KEDATANGAN IMAM MAHDI MENURUT IBN ARABI
KENAPA ULAMA FEKAH MENENTANG BELIAU.
He will manifest Religion as it (really) is in Itself, the Religion by which the Messenger
of God would judge and rule if he were there. He will eliminate the different schools (of
religious law) so that only the Pure Religion (Kor. 39:3) remains,8 and his enemies will
be those who follow blindly the 'ulama', the people of ijtihad,9 because they will see the
Mahdi judging differently from the way followed by their imams (i.e., the historical
founders of the schools of Islamic law). So they will only accept the Mahdi's authority
grudgingly and against their will, because of their fear of his sword and his strength and
because they covet (the power and wealth) that he possesses. But the common people of
the Muslims and the greater part of the elite among them will rejoice in him, while the
true Knowers of God among the People of the (spiritual) Realities will pledge allegiance
to him because of God's directly informing them (of the Mahdi's true nature and mission),
through (inner) unveiling and immediate witnessing.