Muhammad al-Mahdi

869 - 941

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Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Mahdi (Arabic: مُحَمَّد بِن ٱلْحَسَن ٱلْمَهْدِي‎, Muḥammad bin al-Ḥasan al-Mahdī) is believed by the Twelver Shia to be the Mahdi, an eschatological redeemer of Islam and the final Imam of the Twelve Imams who will emerge with Isa (Jesus) in order to fulfil their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world. Twelver Shias believe that al-Mahdi was born on the 15th Sha'ban 870 CE/ 256 AH and assumed Imamate at nearly four years of age following the killing of his father Hasan al-Askari. In the early years of his Imamah, he is believed to have had contact with his followers only through The Four Deputies. This period was known as the Minor Occultation (ٱلْغَيْبَة ٱلصُّغْرَىٰ) and lasted from 873 to 941 CE. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Muhammad al-Mahdi has received more than 1,185,900 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Muhammad al-Mahdi is the 299th most popular religious figure (up from 393rd in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 32nd 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 299 out of 2,272Before him are Al-Tirmidhi, Pope John XV, Matteo Ricci, Pope Gregory V, Pope Lucius III, and Pope Sergius III. After him are Ignatius of Antioch, Ulfilas, Pope Anastasius I, Pope Zachary, Pope Gregory II, and Pope Paschal I.

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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, and Olaf Guthfrithson.

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Among people born in Iraq, Muhammad al-Mahdi ranks 24 out of 300Before him are Sennacherib (-740), Belshazzar (-600), Sargon II (-750), Al-Ma'mun (786), Fuzûlî (1494), and Nur ad-Din (1116). After him are Al-Masudi (896), Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (659), Idris (-3500), Jalal Talabani (1933), Ismail al-Jazari (1136), and Ezra (-500).

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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 Belshazzar (-600). After him are Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (659), Idris (-3500), Ezra (-500), Hasan al-Askari (846), Junayd of Baghdad (830), and Ibn Hisham (701).