Sharhu Sunnah : Lesson 21 : Point 23
Shaykh Fawzan | Dawud Burbank [Audio|English]
And to have eemaan in the descent of `Eesaa ibn Maryam `alayhis-salaam. He will descend and he will kill the Dajjaal. He will marry and he will pray behind the one who will be in authority from the family of Muhammad sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam. And he will die and the Muslims will bury him.
His saying, “And to have eemaan in the descent of `Eesaa ibn Maryam `alayhissalaatu was-salaam (may Allaah extol him and grant him peace and security).”
And he will be from the major signs of the hour.
His ‘descent’, meaning from heaven, because Allaah raised him up when the Jews wanted to kill him. And they came to him to kill him and to crucify him, and they entered upon him. Allaah raised him up from amongst them, whilst they were not aware, and he caused another man to look like him. So they killed that man thinking that it was the Messiah, and it was not him. He the Most High said:
And they did not kill him and they did not crucify him but it was made to appear so to them (Sooratun-Nisaa· (4), aayah 157)
So Allaah caused this man to resemble him. It is said that this man was the one who guided them to him, so therefore Allaah punished him. Or it is said that he was from the followers of `Eesaa from the disciples, that `Eesaa `alayhis-salaam said to him, “You shall be given my appearance and Paradise shall be for you.” So the man had patience and he accepted this resemblance and being killed and being crucified, because he wanted Paradise through that.
His saying that, “He will descend and he will kill the Dajjaal.” He will kill the Dajjaal at the gate of Ludd. And it, Ludd, is a well-known place. `Eesaa ibn Maryam `alayhissalaam will chase the Dajjaal. When he (the Dajjaal) sees him, he will dissolve away, just as salt dissolves in water. Then he will draw close to him and strike him with his spear and kill him.
His saying, “And he will marry and he will pray behind the one in authority from the family of Muhammad sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam”.
His saying, “And he will marry,” this occurs in some reports, however it is not established. 
As for the fact that he will pray behind the Mahdee then this is established. The Mahdee will ask him to lead the Muslims in Prayer because he will descend at the time of the Fajr prayer. And the Muslims will be gathered for the prayer. So the Mahdee will request from him that he should lead the Muslims in prayer. So the Messiah will say, “No some of you are Imaams for the rest.”  So he will pray behind the Mahdee.
And the one in charge he is the Mahdee. (His name will be) Muhammad ibn ` Abdillaah (Muhammad the son of `Abdullaah). His name will be the same as the Messenger sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam and the name of his father will be the like the name of the father of the Messenger. And he will be of the family (descendants) of al-Hassan ibn `Alee radiyAllaahu `anhumaa. They (the People of Knowledge) said, the wisdom, and Allaah knows best, is that al-Hasan radiyAllaahu `anhu, when he stepped down from the Khilaafah in favour of Mu`aawiyah in order to preserve the blood of the Muslims, then because of this, Allaah honoured him and made the Mahdee from his descendants.
His saying, “And he will die and the Muslims will bury him.” This is in the Qur’aan. He, the Most High, said:
There is not anyone from the people of the Book except that he will believe in him before his (`Eesaa’s  ) death. (Sooratun-Nisaa· (4), aayah 159)
So he will die, just as the rest of mankind die.
And We did not grant everlasting life to any human before you. So if you die, will they then live forever? (Sooratul-Anbiyaa· (21), aayah 34)
So he will die `alayhis-salaatu was-salaam at the end of the life which Allaah has written for him. And the Muslims will bury him, just as they bury their dead. 
 This is related from Ibn `Abbaas. Refer to Fat.hul-Baari and `Umdatul-Qaari (Translator’s Note: two of the explanations of al-Bukhaaree).
Translator’s side point: Ibnul-Jowzee mentions such a report in al-`Ilal al-Mutanaahiyah, he mentions as a narration of `Abdullaah ibn `Amr as a hadeeth with regard to `Eesaa coming down and getting married. And Ibnul-Jowzee said, “This hadeeth is not authentic.” And Shaykh al-Albaanee said the same about this report in ad-Da`eefah (no. 6562) that this report is munkar, meaning weak/contradictory to what is authentic.
The wording of that report is, that “Eesaa ibn Maryam will descend to the earth and he will marry and he will have offspring and he will remain for forty-five years. Then he will die and he will be buried along with me in my grave. So I and `Eesaa ibn Maryam will get up from one grave in between Aboo Bakr and `Umar.”
 Reported by Muslim in his Saheeh from the hadeeth of Jaabir with the wording: So `Eesaa will descend and their leader will say, “Come and lead us in prayer.” So he will say, “No, some of you (or one of you) will lead the others in Prayer as an honour from Allaah upon this nation.”
 Translator’s side point: As is authentic from Ibn `Abbaas radiyAllaahu `anhumaa, meaning before the death of `Eesaa ibn Maryam `alayhis-salaam.
 Translator’s side point: A hadeeth which mentions that is reported by Aboo Daawood (no. 4324), a hadeeth of Aboo Hurayrah radiyAllaahu `anhu that the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “There is not between me and him (`Eesaa ibn Maryam) a Prophet; and he will descend…” the hadeeth. At the end of the hadeeth there occurs: “And he will destroy the Maseehud-Dajjaal. And he will remain upon the earth for forty years. Then he will die and the Muslims will pray over him.” (pray funeral prayer over him)” Shaykh al-Albaanee said about this hadeeth, “Saheeh.”
Ithaaful-Qaaree bit-Ta`leeqaat `alaa Sharhis-Sunnah
by Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan hafizahullaah
Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood Burbank, rahimahullaah
Posted with kind permission from Dawud Burbank rahimahullaah
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