Definition of Mahdi in English:
noun (plural Mahdis)
1(In popular Muslim belief) a spiritual and temporal leader who will rule before the end of the world and restore religion and justice.
- Its name suggests that he sees the coming of the Muslim promised one, the Mahdi, as imminent.
- Men say that a certain religious Mullah has prophesied the immediate second coming of the Mahdi.
1.1A person claiming to be the Mahdi, notably Muhammad Ahmad of Dongola in Sudan ( 1843–85), whose revolutionary movement captured Khartoum and overthrew the Egyptian regime.
- In 909 a leader claiming descent from Isma il proclaims himself the Mahdi and creates a state in North Africa.
- There, a revolt led by a religious leader, Muhammad Ahmed, self-styled the Mahdi, had started in 1881.
- In 1881, a religious leader named Muhammad ibn Abdalla proclaimed himself the Mahdi, or the ‘expected one,’ and began a religious crusade to unify the tribes in western and central Sudan.
from Arabic (al-)mahdī 'he who is guided in the right way', passive participle of hadā 'to guide'.
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- Mahdism can be highly militant.
- A note in the gallery says: ‘Mahdism remains a vital political force in contemporary Sudan’.
Mahdist noun& adjective
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- In July of the previous year, while the British were engaged in a war against the Mahdists in the Sudan, a French contingent, with the cooperation of the Belgian authorities in the Congo, took possession of Fashoda, on the Nile.
- The Mahdists were defeated at Omdurman on 2 September 1898 and on 19 September Kitchener confronted Marchand at Fashoda, on the headwaters of the Nile.
- In this battle the Anglo-Egyptian force commanded by Kitchener defeated the Mahdists and established British dominance in Sudan.
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