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Section Forty-One

The traditions that indicate the people will assist his government

Comprised of three traditions

697. Sunan ibn Māja1: Narrated to us Ḥarmalat b. Yaḥyā al-Miṣrī and Ibrāhīm b. Sa`īd al-Jauharī, from Abū Ṣāliḥ `Abd al-Ghaffār b. Dāwūd al-Ḥarrānī, from Abū Lahī`a, from Abū Zur`a Amr b. Jābir al-Ḥaḍramī, from `Abd-Allah b. al-Ḥarth b. Jaz’ al-Zubaidī, from the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be on him and his family, who said: “A [group of] people will emerge from the East and will prepare for the Mahdī—meaning his government.”

698. Sunan Abī Dāwūd2: From Hārūn, from `Amr b. Abī Qays, from Muṭarrif b. Ṭarīf, from Abū l-Ḥasan, from Hilāl b. `Amr, from `Alī, may Allah be satisfied with him, from the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be on him and his family, who said:

A person will emerge from Mā Warā’ al-Nahr. He will be called al-Ḥārith b. al-Ḥarrāth; in the vanguard [of his army] will be a person called Manṣūr. He will organize or prepare for the family of Muḥammad just as the Quraish prepared for the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be on him [and his family]. It is compulsory for every believer to assist him—or he said—to respond to his [call].

Tradition no. 720 also establishes the above concept.

  • 1. Sunan ibn Māja, vol. 2, chap. “The emergence of the Mahdī,” p. 1368, citing Kitāb al-fitan, chap. 34, no. 4088; `Iqd al-durar, chap. 5, p. 125, citing Sunan ibn Māja and al-Bayhaqī. He has also recorded it in al-Tadhkira, p. 240, from Abū Dāwūd with the difference: “they will prepare for the Mahdī the throne of his kingdom”; Farā’id al-simṭain, vol. 2, chap. 61, p. 333; al-Ṭabarānī, al-Mu`jam al-ausaṭ, vol. 1, p. 200, no. 287, with minor variation; al-Munār al-munīf, sect. 50, p. 145, no. 332; Nihāyat al-bidāya wa l-nihāya, vol. 1, p. 41; al-Burhān fī `alāmāt Mahdī ākhir al-zamān, chap. 7, p. 147, no. 2, which says: “they will prepare for the Mahdī his kingdom”; Mukhtaṣar tadhkirat al-Qurtubī by al-Sha`rānī, p. 40, which says “they will prepare for the Mahdī the throne of his kingdom”; al-Idhā`a, p. 124; Kanz al-`ummāl, vol. 14, p. 263, no. 38657; Majma` al-zawā’id, vol. 7, p. 318, and many more references.
  • 2. Sunan Abī Dāwūd, vol. 4, “Kitāb al-Mahdī,” pp. 108–109, no. 4290; Maṣābīḥ al-sunna, vol. 2, p. 194; `Iqd al-durar, chap. 5, p. 130, citing Abū Dāwūd, Sunan al-Nisā’ī, al-Bayhaqī, and al-Maṣābīḥ; Jam` al-jawāmi`, vol. 1, p. 997, citing Abū Dāwūd; al-Tadhkira, p. 240, with the difference: “a person from the ministers of al-Mahdī will emerge who will be called al-Ḥarth b. al-Ḥarrāth” and “or he said—to help him”; Yanābī` al-mawadda, chap. 72, p. 430; al-Tāj al-Jāmi` lil-uṣūl, vol. 5, p. 344, and many other references.

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