Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle
Question: Assalamu alaykum
How do we know who Imam Mahdi is and what he looks like?
Answer: Bismillahi al-Rahmani al-Rahim.
Thank you for your valued question.
The Mehdi will be a man of the descendants of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) who will have a pronounced forehead and a hooked nose. He will fill the earth with justice and will rule for seven years. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban and Hakim) His name will be Muhammad and his father’s name with be Abdullah. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Tabarani, Ibn Hibban, Hakim)
He will come before the Dajjal and before Sayyidna Isa.
Although it is nice to know how to identify the Mehdi, it is much more important that he will identify us as true Muslims when he comes. This means that we should busy ourselves with learning and applying the basics of our religion, and make sure that all the creases in our spiritual lives are ironed out before he comes.
I pray this helps.
[Shaykh] Farid Dingle
Shaykh Farid Dingle grew up in a convert family in Herefordshire, UK. In 2007, he moved to Jordan to pursue traditional studies. Shaykh Farid continues to live in Amman, Jordan with his wife and kids. In addition to continuing his studies he teaches Arabic and several of the Islamic sciences.
Shaykh Farid began his journey in sacred knowledge with intensives in the UK and Jordan (2004) in Shafi’i fiqh and Arabic. After years of studying Arabic grammar, Shafi’i fiqh, hadith, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh) and tafsir, Sh. Farid began specializing in Arabic language and literature. Sh. Farid studied Pre-Islamic poetry, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, and Andalusian literature. He holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and continues exploring the language of the Islamic tradition.
In addition to his interest in the Arabic language Shaykh Farid actively researches matters related to jurisprudence (fiqh) which he studied with Shaykh Hamza Karamali, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, and continues with Shaykh Amjad Rasheed.