MAHDI AND THE ANTICHRIST
It is believed that this figure is about to appear near the end of the world to wipe out the enemies and become the Lord of the world and to later join Christ to defeat the Antichrist. According to the hadiths not only the Mahdi, but also his disciples, possesses superior powers. Thousands of hadiths have been concocted to prove that one’s own sheikh or leader was the Mahdi. There are many contradictory accounts as to the outward appearance of Mahdi, the place where he is to emerge and about his doings. Damascus, Kufa, Istanbul and Madina are the possible points of emergence of Mahdi according to the hadiths. The first generations invented so many hadiths that there was nothing more left for later generations. The description of Mahdi differed according to different leaders; as he was to assume the guise of the leader in question. There has been an inflation of Mahdis in the world of Islam.