Signs before the appearance of Imam Mahdi

In the past, many people claimed to be Mahdi. Muhammad bin Tumarat and Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani are most notorious. These false claimers only spread ambiguities and mislead Muslims. But Allah has many to separate the truth form false. There are some signs which will precede Imam Mahdi so that we Muslims are not mislead to believe in somebody claiming to be the Mahdi who in reality is a blatant liar.

Signs that will Precede Imam Mahdi

1) Falling of Calamities

World will be indulged in great confutation, intense disputes and violent deaths. Calamities will fall upon the people so much so that a man shall not find a shelter to shelter himself from oppression. There will be battles and fitnaas before his appearance. Abu Saeed Al-Khudri has repoted that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said “He will be sent at a time of intense disputes and differences among people and earthquakes…” (Ahmed)

2) The Battle in Mina

Inter-tribal fight will take place a battle will erupt in Mina in which many people will be killed. Ameer bin Shauaib reported from his grandfather that the messenger of Allah (saw) said:

“In Dhul Qaidah (Islamic Month) the tribes will fight, Hajis will be looted and there will be a battle in Mina in which many people will be slain and blood will flow until it runs over the Jamaratul Aqba. Their companion (referring to Imam Mahdi) will flee to a point between the corner and the Maqaam and will be forced to accept people’s allegiance.” 
(Al-Fitan, Nuaim ibn Hammad) 

3) The Euphrates will disclose a Mountain of Gold

In the river Euphrates a mountain of gold will be discovered. Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “The shall not occur until the Euphrates will disclosea mountain of gold, over which people will fight. 99 out of every hundred shall die, and every one of them shall say, ‘perchance I shall be the one to succeed” (Muslim). In another narration we have been told that whoever is present at the time when the Euphrates discloses a mountain of gold should not take the gold.

5) Emergence of the Sufyani

The Sufyani (a descendant of Abu Sufyan) will emerge before Imam Mahdi from the depths of Damascus who will spread corruption and mischief on the earth Mahdi. Abu Hurairah (RA) has narrated that the Prophet said:

“A man will emerge from the depths of Damascus. He will be called Sufyani. Most of those who follow him will be from the tribe of Kalb. He will kill by ripping the stomachs of women and even kill the children. A man from my family will appear in the Haram, the news of his advent will reach the Sufyani and he will send to him one of his armies. He (referring to Imam Mahdi) will defeat them. They will then travel with whoever remains until they come to a desert and they will be swallowed. None will be saved except the one who had informed the others about them.” 
(Mustadrak).

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