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al-Mahdi is "the rightly-guided one" who, according to Islamic Hadiths (traditions), will come before the end of time to make the entire world Muslim.  Over the last 1400 years numerous claimants to the mantle of the Mahdi have arisen in both Shi`i and Sunni circles.  Modern belief in the coming of the Mahdi has manifested most famously in the 1979 al-`Utaybi uprising of Sa`udi Arabia, and more recently in the ongoing Mahdist movements (some violent) in Iraq, as well as in the frequently-expressed public prayers of former Iranian President Ahmadinezhad bidding the Mahdi to return and, in the larger Sunni Islamic world, by claims that Usamah bin Ladin might be the (occulted) Mahdi.  Now in 2014 Mahdism is active in Syria, as the jihadist opposition group Jabhat al-Nusra claims to be fighting to prepare the way for his coming; and in the new "Islamic State/caliphate" spanning Syrian and Iraqi territory, as its leadership promotes the upcoming apocalyptic battle with the West at Dabiq, Syria.  This site will track such Mahdi-related movements, aspirations, propaganda and beliefs in both Sunni and Shi`i milieus, as well as other  Muslim eschatological yearnings.
For a primer on Mahdism, see my 2005 article, "What's Worse than Violent Jihadists?," at the History News Network:; for more in-depth info, see the links here to my other writings, including my book on Mahdism.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Training Like It's the End of the World?

As if we needed the DIA and CIA to figure THIS out, the heads of those respective agencies told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that Hizbullah fighters, facilitated by Syria, are training elements of the Mahdi Army in Iraq (  Besides teaching Muqtada al-Sadr's people how to apply methods of killing Israelis to Americans (and other Iraqis), wouldn't you suppose some discussion transpired over coffee (or weapons cleaning) concerning the return of the Awaited Mahdi?  Remember, al-Sadr has said Bush invaded Iraq because he KNEW the Mahdi was about to appear. 

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Mahdism and Creationism: Twin Sons of Different Mothers? has a story today about "Islamic Creationism" in Turkey (see Adnan Oktar, who writes and publishes a website under the pseudonym Harun Yayha, is the man behind this Islamic bashing of Darwin and the evolutionary theory.  What Newsmax fails to mention, and what many need to know, is that Oktar is even more enamored of Mahdism and the coming of the Mahdi; in fact, he has informed me that both the Mahdi AND Jesus are already here on Earth, concealing themselves until a propitious time and to keep themselves safe from attack.  Here's the link to the Mahdism section of his site:
Recall that Turkey has historically been perhaps the most moderate of majority-Muslim countries--so what does it portend that both Mahdism and Creationism are seemingly growing in popularity? 
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Friday, November 10, 2006

The Mahdi...a Democrat?
The head of al-Qa`idah in Iraq "hails the defeat of Republicans in the US mid-term polls" and says that "Democrats' victory in Tuesday's Congressional elections was a move in the right direction."   (

Maybe Nancy Pelosi should save one of those soon-to-be-vacated GOP offices for the Mahdi, when he comes.  Seems he won't be caucussing with the Republicans.  (No word yet on what sorts of drapes he'll prefer.)
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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

First the Caliphate, then the Mahdiyah?

According to a new story in al-Jazeera, Hizb al-Tahrir--a group dedicated to resurrecting the caliphate--has targeted Zanzibar (the city, not the bar from the Billy Joel song) as the place to jumpstart their movement.  Now while it is true that most caliphs in Islamic history have not been Mahdis, it is also true that all Mahdis have considered themselves (and been considered by their followers) caliphs; thus, if Hizb al-Tahrir were to succeed it would give any aspiring Mahdist claimant a base of operations (although whether UBL would relocate to East Africa from that nice villa in Qom is another question entirely). 

Here's the link: Pro-caliphate group targets Zanzibar

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Jamkaran Mosque near Qom, Iran (during my trip there Aug. 2008)

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