What is the difference between the Mahdi and the Messias?
Praise be to Allaah.
The texts state that the awaited
Mahdi will come at the end of time, and he will be a just ruler descended from
the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him). He is not infallible, unlike the Messiah ‘Eesa (Jesus – peace be upon
him), on who, according to the mutawaatir reports will come down at the end
of time and will rule according to the sharee’ah of Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The difference between them is
that the Messiah ‘Eesa is a Prophet and the Mahdi is a just ruler. For more
details on the false messiah (Dajjaal), please see Question#