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Mahdi is the title reserved for the future savior of the Muslim community. The name means “divinely guided person.” Muslims believe that the Mahdi, as God's caliph, will launch a revolution to deliver people from tyranny and oppression in order to usher an era of justice and equity on earth at the “End of Time,” prior to the final resurrection and judgment. Messianism is a salient feature of Islamic salvation history. Major compilations of Muslim traditions, both Sunnī and Shi'a, have long sections dealing with the final days of the world, foretelling the apocalyptic signs that will appear before the Mahdi launches the restorative justice. Messianic expectations were part of the early Muslim belief in Prophet Muhammad being the “apostle of the End of Time” ...

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