The Mahdi and Prophet Jesus (pbuh)
will come in 2000s
Imam Rabbani states that the
Mahdi will come 1,000 years after our Prophet's
(may God bless him and grant him peace) death,
"It is expected that, after
1,000 years, this secret administration
will be renovated. It will be granted with superiority...
This way, genuine virtue will emerge and cover
the degradation... And it is expected that the Mahdi,
the supporter, will come. May God be pleased with
him." (Imam Rabbani, Letters of Rabbani, vol.
1, p. 569)
The confirmation of the
religious law, the renovation of people takes
place in this second thousand.
The just witnesses of the truthfulness of this
cause are the existence of Prophet Jesus [pbuh]
and Mahdi in this period (the second thousand
years). (Imam Rabbani, Letters of Rabbani, vol.
1, p. 611)
Those among the nation of
Allah's Messenger (may God bless him and grant
him peace) are highly perfected in faith. It does
not matter whether they are few in number, even
a thousand years passes after the death of our
Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace).
Their being perfected in faith serves to the following
end: strenghtening the Islamic law in its true
coming of the Mahdi after 1,000 years serves this
purpose. Our Prophet (may God bless him and grant
him peace), the last Messenger, gave the glad
tidings of his coming. Prophet Jesus (pbuh), on
the other hand, will come down after 1,000 years.
(Imam Rabbani, Letters of Rabbani, vol. 1, p.
little more than 1,000 years pass over
the passing of God's Messenger (may God bless
him and grant him peace) from this life, a time
comes and the true Islam rises from its own ranks
and unites with the truth of the Ka`bah. Then,
on behalf of the true Islam, the name of truth
of Ahmad emerges... From the two names comes a name
into effect; and the place of true Islam is left
unoccupied until the coming of Prophet Jesus [pbuh].
Ultimately, Prophet Jesus [pbuh] comes
and performs his religious duties in conformity
with the religious laws of Islam. Then, true Christianity
rises from its own ranks and rules in the realms
of true Islam. (Imam Rabbani, Letters of Rabbani,
vol. 1, p. 470)
A thousand years after the death
of our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him
peace), people will enter the second millennium.
According to Imam Rabbani, quoted above, the Mahdi
and Prophet Jesus (pbuh) will come during that
Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuti wrote
The life of this community
will exceed 1,000 years, yet be limited to 1,500
years. (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah
li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 299)
Thus, as-Suyuti draws attention
to Hijri 1000-1500, during which some glad tidings
(e.g., the Mahdi's appearance, Prophet Jesus'
(pbuh) second coming, and the prevalence of Islam's
morality) will come true. We are now in the fifteenth
Islamic century. Thus Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) return
is very near. (God knows best)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi also
confirms this glad tiding and calls attention
to the events that will take place until Hijri
"The first statement, with reference
to 1500, indicates the last times of those who
struggle for religion in the End Times; the second
statement, with reference to 1506 calls attention
to the date of the victorious struggle. (...) until
this date (1506), it hints that it will, evidently
and clearly, continue in a victorious manner."
(Sikke-i Tasdik-i Gayb, p. 46)