Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: Assalam aleykum
Will the name of Imam Mahdi be exactly “Muhammad” or only similar to it?
Answer: assalamu alaykum
The hadith concerning the name of Imam Mahdi identify it as being the same as the name of the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him). In one hadith, for example, the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him stated that, “his name will be the same as my name.” [Abu Dawud]
Since “Muhammad” is the most well-known name of the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon), scholars have concluded that the name of Imam Mahdi is Muhammad.
[Ustadh] Salman Younas
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.