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n. pl. Mah·dis Islam
a. The messiah prophesied to appear at the world's end and establish a reign of peace and righteousness.
b. In Twelver Shia belief, the 12th imam, who is expected to emerge from occultation to fulfill this role.
2. A person who claims to be or is seen as the messiah.

[Arabic mahdī, rightly guided one, Mahdi, passive participle of hadā, to lead; see hdy in Semitic roots.]

Mah′dism n.
Mah′dist n.
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1. (Biography) the title assumed by Mohammed Ahmed. ?1843–85, Sudanese military leader, who led a revolt against Egypt (1881) and captured Khartoum (1885)
2. (Islam) Islam any of a number of Muslim messiahs expected to convert all mankind to Islam
[Arabic mahdīy one who is guided, from madā to guide aright]
ˈMahdism n
ˈMahdist n, adj
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(ˈmɑ di)

n., pl. -dis.
1. the Muslim messiah destined to establish a reign of righteousness throughout the world.
2. a claimant to this role.
[1790–1800; < Arabic mahdīy he who is guided]
Mah′dism (-dɪz əm) n.
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Noun1.Mahdi - (Islam) a messianic leader who (according to popular Muslim belief) will appear before the end of the world and restore justice and religion
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
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[ˈmɑːdɪ] Nmahdi m
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It will be followed by a procession at the gate of Abdul Qayoom in Omdurman until the dome of Imam Mahdi, where the official ceremony will take place.
Not to be outdone, many Muslims are eagerly awaiting the reappearance of Jesus and the advent of Imam Mahdi (although admittedly the Mahdi's job description varies widely in the Sunni and Shia narratives).
He said that he was also the guardian of the appearance of Imam Mahdi. He also invited the youth of Pakistan to join him for the uprising of Islam, urging them to take 'bayt' (oath of allegiance) to him otherwise they would be effused of Islam (Islam se kharij).
NNA - Head of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council Sheikh Abdul Karim Qabalan, vowed in a statement on Thursday, not to remain idle over any attempt to insult Imam Mahdi, warning that unrestrained media can take a destructive toll on the country and put civil peace at stake.
She also said the university doesn't uniformly enforce its policy, pointing to the Imam Mahdi student group that requires members to be Muslim and to respect religious rules and practices.
Before addressing this question, one would need to retake a look at the Shia political theory (imamate), according to which 'the authority' belongs to Imam Mahdi, the twelfth Shia Imam and his true representative, who, by definition, is the Shia religious authority.