A great many Islamic scholars, scholars of the hadiths, scholars of different schools and historians of Islam have written dozens of books and treatises about Hazrat Mahdi (as). They have revealed, with full supporting evidence, that belief in Hazrat Mahdi (as) is one of the obligations of the Islamic faith. Some scholars have devoted separate sections to the subject of Mahdism in their works and have even considered the subject in greater depth in separate books written about Hazrat Mahdi (as). Many of these sections have been published in book form and many others have yet to be published.
Below is a list containing brief information about some of the Ahl Al-Sunnah sources that deal with the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as). The works are set out according to their date of composition. This list alone is enough to show what sound and deep-rooted foundations and what reliable and accurate information the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is based on in Islam:
Abu Bakr Abd ar-Razzak ibn Hammam ibn Nafi' as-San'ani al-Yemeni (Hijri 126-211)
He is a famous hadith scholar from Yemen's al-San'A who learned 17,000 hadiths off by heart, and Bukhari learned hadiths from him.
Zahabi says the following with regard to his work: "Many hadith scholars have accepted his reliability, hadiths from him are narrated in books of trustworthy hadiths, and he is one of the known sources of knowledge."
Ibn Khallikan says: "In his time, Sufyan ibn Uyaynah, Ahmad Ibn Hanbali and many Islamic scholars related hadiths from him."
Sunan ibn Majah
Muhammad ibn Yazid ibn Majah al-Rabi al-Qazwini (Hijri 209-273)
Patronymic: Abu Abdullah
His most famous book is the two-volume Sunan al-Mustafa, known as the Sunan Ibn Majah. It is one of the sources of hadiths known as the Al-Kutub As-Sittah (Six Books) of the People of the Sunnah. One chapter of that part of the book known as "al-Fitan" related hadiths concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Sunan Abu Dawud
Abu Dawud, Sulayman ibn Ash'asth al-Azadi, Al-Sijistani (202-275 Hijri)
Abu Dawud is the author of the "Sunan Abu Dawud" from the Al-Kutub As-Sittah (Six Books), one of his best-known works.
In this collected work, 13 hadiths regarding the features of Hazrat Mahdi (as), the portents of his appearance, and what he will do after his coming are related in the "Kitab al-Mahdi" section.
Abu Isa Muhammed ibn Isa ibn Sawrah ibn Musa ibn al-Dhahhak al-Sulami al-Tirmidhi (Hijri 209-297)
A famed hadith scholar and imam, he attained fame through his preservation of the hadiths. He was born in the village of Bagh by the city of "Termez" to the east of the River Ceyhan, visited such places as Khorasan, Iraq and Hijaz in order to study the hadiths, was taught by Mohammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari and was also instructed together with various other hadith scholars, benefiting from Ahmad ibn Hanbali, ad-Darimi and third century scholars.
He also wrote books about science of hadith, history and the hadiths. These include the books al-Shama'il, al-`Ilal, at-Tarih and Jami' al-Sahih. This last text in particular enjoys great value and fame among Ahl Al-Sunnah. It is also one of the Al-Kutub As-Sittah (Six Books). A great many commentaries have been written about this book. Hadiths regarding Hazrat Mahdi (as) are related in the fourth volume of the Sunan.
Kitab al-Badi wa at-Tarikh
Abu Zayd Ahmad Ibn Sahl al-Balkhi
This book is described to belong to the collector in question in a specimen in the Damat Ibrahim Pasha Library in Istanbul and in Ibn al-Wardi's book "Kharidat al-Ajaib wa Faridatal-Gharaib" (The Pearl of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Things Strange). In Volume 1, page 227, of his Kashf al-Zunun, Haji Khalfah states that Abu Zayd was the compiler of the book. In their chronicles and biographies Abu Zayd was regarded as the most eminent by historians, and was regarded as a most eminent figure in the fields of religion, the Law of Allah, philosophy, literature and other fields. However, the French orientalist Clamon Hewar concludes in his research that the compiler of the book was the historian Mutahhar ibn Takhir al-Mukaddas. Because according to various biographical sources, Abu Zayd died in Hijri 322 or 340. Yet the date of compilation of the book is recorded as Hijri 355. In his work "Kashf al-zunun," Haji Khalfah also gave that as the date of Abu Zayd's death.
But al-Mukaddas' author is unknown to us too. After being printed in France in six volumes with a commentary through the work of the orientalist Clamon Hewar between 1899 and 1919, the book was then published in Baghdad. One part has still not been published.
Whoever the compiler of the book may have been, a large part of the book is devoted to Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Al-Mu'jam al- Kabeer
Abu al-Qasim Sulaiman ibn Ahmad ibn Al-Tabarani (Hijri 260-360)
A great scholar and memoriser of hadiths. He was born in the Tiberias (Tabariyyah) district of Damascus, visited Damascus, Hijaz, Iraq, Egypt and Yemen to study the hadiths and later died in Isfahan at the age of 100.
This book, the most important of his works, was published by the Iraqi Foundations Ministry in 10 volumes. The Al-Mu'jam al-Awsat and the Al-Mu'jam as-Saghir were published in two volumes in Egypt and Delhi. The hadiths regarding Hazrat Mahdi (as) are considered in Volume 10. There are also other hadiths concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as) in other volumes.
Ma'alim al-Sunan Sharh Kitab Sunan Abu Dawud
Abu Sulaiman Hamd ibn Muhammad al-Khatabi al-Busti (Hijri 319-388)
He was born and died in the Best region, affiliated to Kabul in Afghanistan. He was trained in the fields of the hadiths, canonical law, literature and lexicography. Zahabi describes him as a trustworthy scholar. He narrates hadiths concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as) in one section of this book.
Husayn ibn Mas'ud Shafi (Hijri 436-510 or 516)
"He adopted the pen name Muhyi's Sunnah (reviver of the Prophetic example)."
Born in the village of Bag, affiliated to the city of Herat in Afghanistan he died in the city of Khorasan Rey.
Ibn-i Khallikan describes him as an ocean of knowledge. Published in Egypt in Hijri 1318, one chapter of his book is devoted to hadiths concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Jami' al-Usul min al-Hadith al-Rasul
Abu Saadet al-Mubarak ibn Muhammad, known as Ibn al-Athir al-Jazari (Hijri 544-606)
The famous historian, a brother of Ibn Asir, trained in Qur'anic commentary, canonical law, the hadiths, syntax and lexicography. Born on the island of Ibn al-Omar, he settled in the city of Mosul, where he eventually died. He compiled this book, the most important of his works, from the Al-Kutub As-Sittah (Six Books), devoting part of it, published in Beirut in 13 volumes, to the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Al- Futuhat al-Makkiyya
Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Abdullah al-Tai al-Hatimi, known as Muhyiddin ibn Arabi and Sheikh Aqbar (Hijri 560-638)
The best-known scholar. He is said to have written some 400 treatises and books on such subjects as philosophy, the words of the Scriptures, commentary, literature and poetry. Born in the city of Murcia in Andalusia, he lived and died in Dimashq.
He documented this subject with rational and reported evidence in the third volume of the chapter about Hazrat Mahdi (as) in this work.
Matalib as-Sa'wul fi Manaqib al-Rasul
Muhammad ibn Talhah, ash-Shafii (Hijri 582-652)
One of the greatest hadith scholars, he achieved fame in such spheres as the application of canonical law and literature. Originally from Nusaybin, he later settled in Dimashq and Halab (Aleppo), where he died. This book was first lithographically printed in Hijri 1287, in 91 pages, together with Ibn al-Jawzi's "Tadhkirat al-Khawass al-'Ummah", and subsequently reprinted in Najaf.
The 12th section of this book with the headline, "Muhammad Ibn Hasan al-Ashkar al-Mahdi: The Twelveth Imam"
Tadhkirat al-Khawass al-'Ummah
Sibt ibn al-Jawzi al-Hanafi al-Dimashqi (Hijri 581-654)
A famous hadithic scholar and memoriser of hadiths who contributed to the sciences of canonical law, commentary, history and the hadiths. Born in Baghdad, he died in Dimashq. One of his works, Al-Fiqh 'Ala Al-Madhahib al-Arba (Isar al-Insaf fi Asar al-Hilaf), was translated into Turkish and reprinted several times.
The above-mentioned work contains the virtues and attributes of the twelve imams. The final chapter concerns Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Sharh al-Nahj al-Balagah
Ibn Abi al-Hadid al-Mu'tazili (Hijri 586-655)
A well-known figure in the fields of history and literature, as well as of other spheres. Born in Medayin, he lived in Baghdad and served as scribe to the Abbasid caliphs.
His best-known work, the Nahj al-Balagha compilation, is regarded as the most extensive compilation on the subject after Allame Hoi's 22-volume Nahj al-Balaghah. It was reprinted several times in Egypt, Beirut and Iran.
The book devotes one chapter to Hazrat Ali's (ra) comments regarding the End Times as well as considerable space in other chapters to views concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Mukhtasar Sunan Abu Dawud
Abdul Azim al-Munzir ash-Shafi (Hijri 581-656)
A leading scholar in the fields of canon law, history, memorising the hadiths and knowledge thereof. Volume 6 of this book, which occupies an important place among his works, devotes considerable space to subjects concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Abu Bakr ibn Faraj al-Ansari al-Qurtubi (dec. Hijri 671)
One of the great Qur'anic commentators of the Maliki school. Al-Zaraq has this to say about him: One of the devout, he was born in Qurtuba (Cordoba) from where he migrated to the East and settled in the region of Ibn Hasib, to the north of the Egyptian town of Asyut, where he died.
The "Tafsir al-Jami' li-Ahkam al-Qur'an," one of his works, was published in 20 volumes and is known as the Qurtubi Commentary. The work indicated above was published in Egypt under the name of the "At-Tadhkirah Fih Alil Mawta Wal-Akhira". One chapter of the second volume is devoted to Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Ibn Khallikan (Hijri 608-681)
Originally from Irbil, Iraq he went to Egypt from where he studied in Damascus, serving as a qadi or religious judge for a time. He was a great student of history and literature.
This book is regarded by scholars and researchers as one of the most accurate, reliable and best known biographies. A short chapter in Volume 4 is devoted to Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Muhibbuddin Ahmad ibn Abdullah at-Tabari (Hijri 615-694)
Born and died in Mecca. He was a great hadith scholar, a sheikh in the Shafii school and a mufti of Hijaz. He wrote various important works on the hadiths and canon law.
In this book which was published in Egypt in Hijri 1350, a section about the features of Ahl al-Bayt is devoted to Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Ibrahim ibn Saad al-din al-Hamawaini (Hijri 644-732)
A memoriser of the hadiths and Ahl al-Sunnah scholar. Al-Zahabi refers to him in Volume 4 of his "Tadhkira" as follows: "He is a leading imam of the hadiths, a pride of Islam and saintlike. He was instrumental in the conversion of the Sultan Gazan into Islam."
In his "al-Durar al-Kamina," Ibn al-Hajar al-Asqalani corroborates Zahabi's words and adds that most Ahl Al-Sunnah hadith scholars sought his permission to relate hadiths.
This work was published in Beirut in Hijri 1398 and previously in Lahore.
The book in question is devoted to the virtues of Hazrat Zahra (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra) and their children, while one chapter is devoted to the appearance and struggle of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Wali ad-Din Muhammad ibn Abdullah al-Khatib al-Tabrizi (dec. Hijri 741)
A great hadithic scholar. Part of the third volume of this book is devoted to the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Kharidat al-Ajaib wa Faridat al-Gharaib
Sirajuddin Omar ibn Muzaffar ash-Shafi Ibn al-Wardi (dec. Hijri 749 )
Born in the Numan region of Syria he produced works dealing with canonical law, literature, poetry, lexicography, syntax and history and also served as a religious judge.
He died in the Syrian city of Halab (Aleppo). One of his works dealing with the portents of the Judgment Day and including a chapter on Hazrat Mahdi (as) is that cited above.
Al-Manar al-Munif fi al-Sahih wa al-Dha'if
Compiled by: Shamsuddin Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr; well-known as Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya. (Hijri 691-751)
One of the great scholars of the Hanbali school. Because he had studied canon law with Ibn Taymiyyah and shared his opinions he was imprisoned in Dimashq castle but released on Ibn Taymiyyah's death.
Chapter 50 of this book deals with the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Kitab al-Nihaya (al-Fitan wa al-Malahim)
Abul al-Fida Ismail ibn Umar; famous as Ibn Kathir (Hijri 701-774)
Hadith scholar, historian, commentator and expounder of canon law. He was born in the Basra region of Iraq. In Hijri 706 he settled in Dimashq where he continued his studies. This book of his was printed in Egypt and Beirut. The hadiths regarding Hazrat Mahdi (as) considered in Volume 1 of this book under the heading "Hazrat Mahdi (as) Who Will Appear in the End Times."
Sayyid Ali ibn Shahab ibn Muhammad al-Husayn (Hijri 714-786)
A scholar from Khorasan. He settled in Kashmir and converted the majority of the people of the region to Islam as a result of his tireless work. He produced several works in Arabic and Persian. This is his most famous book, first published together with Qunduzi's Yanabi al-Muwadda by the Ahtar Publishing House in Istanbul in Hijri 1301. Hazrat Mahdi (as) is considered in the chapter "The Number of the Imams, and the Mahdi Who Is One of Them."
Sa'ad al-Din Masud ibn Umar ibn Abd Allah al-Taftazani (Hijri 712-793)
Born in the village of Taftazan, affiliated to Nesa in Khorasan, from where he settled in Saraks. He was later exiled to Samarqand by Tamburlaine, where he died, though his body was carried to Saraks and buried there.
He was one of the greatest figures in the spheres of the words of the scriptures, logic, rhetoric and Arab literature. Part of the final chapter of his two-volume work on the subject of the imams, regarded as a major reference in the science of the words of the scriptures, is devoted to Hazrat Mahdi (as).
This work was printed at the Olmandesher printing house in Istanbul in Hijri 1277 and was subsequently lithographed in Egypt.
Nuraddin Ali ibn Muhammad (known as Ibn Sabbagh al-Maliki) (Hijri 784-855)
Originally from the African region of Sefaga, he was born and died in Mecca. An expounder of canon law and memoriser of hadiths from the Maliki school, many Ahl al-Sunnah scholars, such as al-Halabi, al-Samhudi, Hamzawi and al-Shablanji sought his permission to relate hadiths.
Many biographers also refer to him.
This book describes the twelve imams, and one chapter is devoted to Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Al-Arf al-Wardi fi Akhbar al-Mahdi
Jalal al-Din, Abd ar-Rahman ibn Kamal ad-din Muhammad al-Suyuti ash-Shafi (Hijri 849-911)
A scholar in the fields of literature and history, and an expounder of canon law expert in the hadiths. He grew up as an orphan in Cairo, being educated by local hadith experts and scholars. His biography can be found in many books of accounts and histories. There are almost no libraries in the Islamic world that do not hold works by him.
The treatise in question exists in two volumes, the "Al-Hawi lil-fatawi," and considers the hadiths concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Aimma al-Isna Ashar
Shams al-din Muhammad ibn Tulun (Hijri 880-953)
A student of the hadiths, canon law, history and literature, also learned in medicine and the interpretation of dreams. He lived and died in Dimashk. This book, one of his most important works, deals with the lives of the 12 imams, with one chapter being set aside for subjects regarding Hazrat Mahdi (as).
The book was published by the Beirut Daru's-Sadr publishing house in 1958.
Al-Yawagit wa al-Jawahir
Imam Abd al-wahhab ash- Sha'rani ash-Shafi (Hijri 898-973)
Born in Egypt and died in Cairo. He enjoyed great fame as an expounder of canon law, a hadithic expert and mystic.
One chapter in the second part of this two-volume work on the subject of the tenets of Islam deals with that of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Ahmad ibn Hajar al-Haytami al-Makki ash-Shafi (Hijri 909-974)
An eminent name in the fields of canon law and the hadiths, he analysed various matters regarding Hazrat Mahdi (as) in one part, "al-Fatawa al-Hadith," of the above work.
Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi (Hijri 885-975)
Attained scholarly fame in the fields of canon law, preaching and many others. He was born in the Indian city of Burhanpur, and after a scholarly education settled in Mecca and Madina, where he continued his education with a number of scholars in the areas of mysticism, the hadiths and commentary. Returning to India, he engaged in teaching Islam and died in Mecca.
The 14-volume encyclopedic work in question is regarded as one of the main sources of hadiths. One chapter of Volume 14 is titled "Hazrat Mahdi (as) Who Will Appear in the End Times." He also examined the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as) in another of his works, the "Talkhis al-Bayan wa al-Burhan fi Alamet al-Mahdi."
Akhbar ad-Duwal wa-Athar al-Uwal
Ahmad ibn Yusuf ibn Ahmad al-Dimashqi (Hijri 939-1019)
He is known as Karamani.
A well-known historian. Haji Khalfah, the author of the work "Kashf al-Zunun" says of this book "I have never before seen such a book on the subject of the states in the Islamic world."
This work considers states' pre- and post-Islamic histories and structures. One extensive section of the book deals with the 12 imams and Hazrat Mahdi (as). The book was printed lithographically in 500 large pages in Hijri 1282 in Baghdad.
Risalat Mashrab al-Wardi
Ali ibn Sultan Muhammad Al-Qari al-Haravi (dec. Hijri 1014)
A scholar in various fields of expertise. He was born in the city of Herat in Afghanistan, later settling and dying in Mecca. Volume 5 of this five-volume work consists of hadiths regarding Hazrat Mahdi (as). Another of his works, "Risalat Mashrab al-Wardi," is totally devoted to the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Al-Asharatul Fi Asharat Al-Sa'aa
Muhammad ibn Abd Al-Rasul ash-Shafi (Hijri 1040-1103 )
A commentator on the Qur'an, hadith scholar, student of literature and lexicographer. He travelled for studies to Baghdad, Istanbul, Damascus and Egypt, before settling in Madina, where he taught and eventually died. This book was published in 300 pages in Egypt in Hijri 1370. As can be seen from its title, it considers the portents of the End Times and the appearance and activities of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Fath al-Manan, Sharh al-Fawzi wa al-Aman
Ahmed ibn Ali Abu Al-Najah al-Hanafi (Hijri 1089-1173)
Born in one of the villages around city of Trablus (Tripoli) in Syria, he was a great scholar, poet, man of literature and memoriser of the hadiths. He set aside one chapter of this book, one of his famous works, for the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Lawaih al-Anwar al-Ilahiyya
Shamsaddin Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Nablus (Hijri 1114-1188)
A well-known expert in Islamic canon law from the Hanbali school, a sufi and a historian. He was born in one of the villages around the city of Nablus in Palestine and later settled in Dimashq, where he died.
This valuable work was printed in two volumes in Hijri 1324 in Egypt, and one chapter in the second volume discusses the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Muhammad ibn Ali Al-Sabban al-Misri ash-Shafi
One of the greatest Egyptian scholars, he achieved high levels of knowledge in the fields of lexicography, syntax, verse harmonics, rhetoric, logic, the life and attributes of our Prophet (saas), the hadiths, astronomy and many others.
He was born and died in the Egyptian city of Cairo. In this book he discusses the moral conduct and activities of the Prophet (saas) and his descendants, devoting one chapter to the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as). This book was lithographically printed in Egypt, together with the "Nur al-Absar."
Sayyid Mu'min ibn Hasan al-Shabalnaji (dec. Hijri 1290)
A hadithic scholar, historian and literary figure. This book, one of his most important works, deals with the moral conduct and activities of the Prophet (saas) and his descendants. The chapter considering Hazrat Mahdi (as) is titled "The Legends of Muhammad ibn Hasan (as)." The book was lithographically printed in Cairo.
Al-Fayd Al-Qadir, Sharh Al-Jami Al-Saghir
Muhammad Abd al-Ra'uf Muhammad al-Munawi ash-Shafi (Hijri 952-1031)
An eminent hadith scholar, he trained and wrote works in such fields as the hadiths, grammar, Islamic jurisprudence and history. Volume 6 of this work contains a chapter about Hazrat Mahdi (as). It was published for the second time by the Daru'l-Maarif publishing house in Beirut in 1972.
Sheikh Hasan al-Adwi al-Misri (Hijri 1221-1303)
An expert in the words of the Scriptures, memoriser of the hadiths and Maliki school scholar, he was educated in Al-Azhar, and taught and died in Cairo. One chapter of this valuable book is devoted to Hazrat Mahdi (as). The book was published by the Ottoman Publishing House in Hijri 1307.
Al-Iza'a Lima Kana Wa Ma Yakunu
Sayyid Muhammad Sıddiq Khan ibn Hasan al-Qanuji (Hijri 1248-1307)
Born in the Indian town of Qanuj he was educated in Delhi, producing various works in the spheres of Islamic learning in Hindu, Farsi and Arabic. His Arabic books were published in Cairo and Beirut. This book includes the subject of the "Strife before The Judgment Day and the portents of the End Times," with one chapter being devoted to the matter of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
This book was first published in India in Hijri 1293, with the second edition being published in Egypt by the al-Saudi publishing house in Hijri 1379.
Hayraddin Numan al-Alusi al-Hanafi (Hijri 1252-1217)
A preacher, expert on the Qur'an and a religious judge, he was a scholar from the Hanafi school. Reliable biographies have praised the author in such terms as, "His mind was greater than his knowledge, his knowledge was more eloquent than his prose, and his prose was sounder than his verse."
This book was first published in Egypt in Hijri 1301, with one chapter of the first volume dealing with the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Muhammad Shams Ul Haqq al-Hindi (Hijri 1273-1329)
This individual, regarded as one of the great hadith scholars, wrote this book as an exposition of Abu Dawud's Sunan, devoting one chapter in Volume 11 to the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Nazm al-Mutanathir min al-Hadith al-Mutawatir
Compiler: Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Jafar ibn Idris ibn Muhammad al-Fasi al-Maliki (Hijri 1274-1345)
A historian, expert in Islamic canon law and hadithic scholar. He was born and died in Morocco. This book, one of his most important works, was published in Morocco in Hijri 1328. The book states that the hadiths concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as) are absolutely trustworthy.
Compiler: Abu 'Ali Muhammad Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Abd al-Rahim al-Mubarakfuri (Hijri 1283-1353)
Born in the Indian town of Mubarakfur, he was a great scholar who enjoyed considerable renown in the fields of Arabic, logic, philosophy, astronomy and canon law.
This book was written as a commentary on the Tirmidhi and was published in India, Cairo and Saudi Arabia. One chapter in Volume 6 is devoted to the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Nazrat fi Ahadith al-Mahdi
Muhammad al-Khidr al-Husayn al-Misri (Hijri 1292-1377)
Originally Algerian, he was born in Tunisia. He continued his education in the Tunisian Zaytuna Institute of Learning, and later taught in al-Azhar in Egypt, where he died. He wrote many works and articles. This article about Hazrat Mahdi (as) was printed in Syria in 1370 Hijri in the journal "Majallat al-Tamaddun al-Islami."
Al-Taj al-Jami' li al-Usul
Sheikh Mansoor Ali Nasif (dec. Hijri 1371 Hijri)
One of al-Azhar's great scholars and professors. One chapter in Volume 5 of this book is devoted to the subject of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Ibraz al-Wahm al-Maknun Min Kalam Ibn Khaldun
Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn as-Siddiq ash-Shafi al-Maghribi (dec. Hijri 1380)
One of the leading memorisers of the hadiths, hadith scholar and man of learning of Marrakech. This book was written as a refutation of Ibn-i Khaldun's doubt concerning Hazrat Mahdi (as). It was published in Hijri 1347 in Damascus, by the Matbaat alt-Taraqqi.
Master, Sheikh Nasruddin al-Albani
A contemporary scholar who has written works and articles on various subjects. This article was penned as a response to questions about Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the journal "Majallat al-Tamaddun al-Islami" published in Damascus.
Akhidat al-Ahl al-Sunnah Fi al-Mahdi
Sheikh Abdul-Muhsin ibn Hamd
A teacher at the Islamic University in Madina. This article dealt with the subject of "Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the Belief of the People of the Sunnah," and was published in the journal "Jamiat Al-Islam" in Hijri 1388, together with an affirmation by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, ibn Baaz. In this work he revealed Ahl Al-Sunnah's conviction about Hazrat Mahdi (as). In another article he responds to those who reject the hadiths about Hazrat Mahdi (as). That article was published in Hijri 1400 in the same journal.