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20 June 2019 CE | 17 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Mahdi’s Helpers

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A man will appear from beyond the river, who is called Al-Harith Harrath (farmer). His army will be led by a man called Mansoor. They will consolidate things for the family of Muhammad as the Quraish consolidated things for the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). It is essential for every believer to support him.” Or he said: “Respond to him.” [Abu Dawud]

The mention of Hazrat Mahdi will not be complete without mentioning two of his most important helpers: Harith and Mansoor. These are not necessarily names, but titles representing the kind of support Harith and Mansoor provide to Hazrat Mahdi, for the sake of giving supremacy to Allah’s Deen. Till Hazrat Mahdi is given the pledge of allegiance at the Kabah, he himself will not know that he is the awaited Mahdi. Thereupon, he will be immediately opposed not only by people outside of Islam but first and foremost by Muslims who will refuse to accept him as their reformer and leader of the Mujahideen.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will then help him with “Harith” and “Mansoor.” Harith works hard like a farmer, earning for Allah’s sake, to spend on Allah’s soldiers, seeking recompense from none other than Allah. He will be the financial supporter of Hazrat Mahdi, setting an example of spending in the path of Allah, on the pattern of the Sahabah.

Mansoor will be in command of the army. “Mansoor” means one who is helped by forces from the unseen. He and his fellow Mujahideen will clear the path for the troops of the Mahdi and none will be able to stand in Mansoor’s path due to his being helped by forces from the unseen.

To help the people who fulfill the roles and responsibilities of Harith and Mansoor is a duty on each Muslim. The followers and supporters of Hazrat Mahdi will be very few in number, but like the Sahabah at Badr, they will be the choicest of Muslims.

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