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Published on JAN 24,2015
audi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud
died on January 23 at the age of 90. Abdullah had
been the de facto ruler of the nation since 1995 after
King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke; he was made
king when Fahd died in August 2005.
Some Shiite Muslims have long believed, based on Islamic
prophecies, that Abdullah’s death would set off a chain
of events that would destabilize Saudi Arabia and culminate
in the rise of Imam Mahdi—the messianic figure of
Islamic eschatology.
Though Mahdi is not explicitly mentioned in the Koran,
references to him appear in the hadith, a collection of
reported teachings by the Prophet Mohammed, assembled
after his death.
man named Abdullah comes to the power. Whoever informs
me of his death, I will inform him of the rise [of Mahdi].”
— Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam
The most populous group of Shiites—the Twelvers—say the
Mahdi is the last of 12 divine imams that are heirs to an
Islamic nation. Mahdi is said to have been born in the mid-9th
century, but to have then disappeared from humanity. Doctrine
says Mahdi will reappear in “the end times.”
A hadith in Ghaybat Al-Tusi quotes Mohammed discussing when
that reappearance would be: “On doomsday, a man who is carrying
the name of an animal ascends to the throne, after which a man
named Abdullah comes to the power. Whoever informs me of his death,
I will inform him of the rise [of Mahdi]. After Abdullah passes away,
for several days and months, the government will appear.”
Abdullah’s predecessor, King Fahd, is said to have carried “the
name of an animal” since one meaning of Fahd is related to “cheetah.”
That would leave King Abdullah as the ruler that reigns before Mahdi.
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