Q. Regarding your article, “The Four Horsemen, al Mahdi, and the Magnetic Polar Reversal,” I wanted to clear up some mistakes you have, regarding the issue of the Mahdi (while you are entitled to your view, it should be based on authentic and accurate information).
Firstly, the Mahdi in Islam has NO supernatural abilities or origins. He is a regular man born a regular birth with a regular life except that he will revive the religion. If you are getting this information from somewhere it is undoubtedly NOT from the majority school of thought. Rather it must be from a minority sect or those who claim to be from Islam.
Also, his descriptions of carrying a bow are also not founded in any authentic Islamic sources.
And a final and extremely important fact is that the Mahdi will be present before the anti-christ shows himself, and then during the Mahdi’s time the Anti-Christ will show himself. The Islamic sources clearly distinguish this fact, meaning Islam sets them apart as two unique entities.
Therefore I suggest if you want to discuss the truth of any matter, then you have to have TRUE information with you (ie accurate, authentic, and reliable information). I hope that at least you will clarify these points in the article you have posted. This is the least one could do for intellectual respect.
A. Thank you for your response to this article. I got the information from a review of Shiite prophecies, especially of the so-called 12’er sect. As you know Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad is a 12’er as are many of his associates, and whether they’re in the minority or not, they are playing a major role in framing Islamic world events. They believe that al Mahdi is the hidden 12th Imam, who has been in occlusion at the bottom of a well for about 1000 years and will suddenly appear again. This does not describe a natural man with a natural birth.
Also I was referring to Genesis 21:20 in the reference to a bow, not to Islamic writing. And I never said that al Mahdi fulfilled Islamic prophecies of the anti-Christ but that he seems remarkably similar to Christian anti-Christ prophecies. I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.