Muhammad al-Mahdi

869 - 941

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Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Mahdi (Arabic: محمد بن الحسن المهدي, romanized: Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan al-Mahdī) is believed by the Twelver Shia and Sunni Naqshbandiyya to be the last of the Twelve Imams and the eschatological Mahdi, who will emerge in the end of time to establish peace and justice and redeem Islam. Hasan al-Askari, the eleventh Imam, died in 260 AH (873–874 CE), possibly poisoned by the Abbasids. Immediately after his death, his main representative, Uthman ibn Sa'id, claimed that the eleventh Imam had an infant son named Muhammad, who was kept hidden from the public out of fear of Abbasid persecution. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Muhammad al-Mahdi has received more than 2,036,858 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Muhammad al-Mahdi is the 324th most popular religious figure (up from 361st in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 29th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Iraqi Religious Figure.

Muhammad al-Mahdi is most famous for his role as the 12th Imam of Shia Islam.

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Among religious figures, Muhammad al-Mahdi ranks 324 out of 3,187Before him are Joel, Pope Innocent I, Pope Alexander IV, Saint Monica, Saint Ursula, and Pope Sixtus I. After him are Pope Gregory IV, Pope Victor III, Abd Allah ibn Abbas, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Sergius II, and Pope Anastasius III.

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Among people born in 869, Muhammad al-Mahdi ranks 1After him are Æthelflæd, and Gung Ye. Among people deceased in 941, Muhammad al-Mahdi ranks 1After him are Rudaki, Muhammad ibn Ya'qub al-Kulayni, Jayavarman IV, and Olaf Guthfrithson.

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Among people born in Iraq, Muhammad al-Mahdi ranks 27 out of 384Before him are Ezra (-500), Sargon II (-750), Ahmad Sanjar (1100), Khosrow II (570), Fuzûlî (1494), and Al-Ma'mun (786). After him are Jalal Talabani (1933), Ismail al-Jazari (1136), Belshazzar (-600), Al-Ash'ari (873), Gudea (-2200), and Möngke Khan (1209).

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Among religious figures born in Iraq, Muhammad al-Mahdi ranks 7Before him are Abraham (-1813), Sarah (-1803), Abu Hanifa (698), Mani (216), Rabia of Basra (710), and Ezra (-500). After him are Belshazzar (-600), Eber (-2038), Junayd of Baghdad (830), Ibn Hisham (701), Hillel the Elder (-110), and Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah (1935).