Q: I would like to know the meaning of these Hadith: Does the first Hadith state that the imam Mahdi will die when he comes? And does the second Hadith mean that there will be khilafat after the imam Mahdi? (Just like the holy prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) had?)
Narrated Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: There is no prophet between me and him, that is, Jesus (ﷺ). He will descent. When you see him, recognise him: a man of medium height, reddish fair, wearing two light yellow garments, looking as if drops were falling down from his head though it will not be wet. He will fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam. He will destroy the Antichrist and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him. : Sunan Abi Dawud 4324 In-book reference : Book 39, Hadith 34
2nd Hadith : Prophethood will remain in you for as long as God decides for it to remain and then God will remove it when He decides to remove it. After prophethood, there will be a rule on the style of prophethood and it will exist for as long as God decides for it to exist, then He will remove it when He decides to remove it. Then there will be a kingdom in which people will face trials and tribulations and it will continue to exist for as long as God decides for it to exist. Then He will remove it, when He decides to remove it. After this, there will be an oppressive kingdom and it will continue to exist for as long as God decides for it to exist. Then He will remove it, when He decides to remove it. Then there will once again be a rule on the style of prophethood. After saying this, the Prophet (sws) was silent. 2 This narrative is reported on the authority of Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamān – al-Nu‘mān ibn Bashīr – Habīb ibn Sālim – Dā’ūd ibn Ibrāhīm al-Wāsitī – Sulaymān ibn Dā’ūd al-Tiyālisī.
There is no clear implication. After Imaam Mahdi the khilaafat will be in the hands of Hadhrat Esa (alaihis salaam). It will be unanimously accepted by the whole world.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)