let us see some authentic narrations in this regard

we find in musnad ahmad



abu saeed narrates that holy prophet asws said that qayamat will not come till the time a man from my ahlubait with broad forehead and balanced nose does not become caliph. he will fill the earth with justice like it was filled with injustices before, he will be there for 7 years 

[musnad ahmad, vol 5, page 54]

translator of the book, molvi zafar, says that it is sahih as per ibn haban and hakim

sheikh shoaib ul arnawut says that hadeeth is sahih, except for the part which says 7 years

[musnad ahmad, research of sheikh shoaib ul arnawut, vol 17, page 210, hadeeth 11130]

sheikh hamza ahmad zain terms the chain hasan in this takhreej of musnad ahmad [10/58]

this narration also comes in urdu version of musnad ahmad [5/111] in these words



abu saeed narrates that holy prophet asws said that qayamat will not come till the time earth is not filled with injustice, then a man will emerge from my progeny or from my ahlubait, and he will fill earth with justice like it was filled with injustice before

sheikh shoaib ul arnawut has termed this hadeeth sahih on terms of sheikhain in his takhreej of musnad ahmad

[musnad ahmad, vol 17, page 416, narration 11313]

some more references for this narration

لا تقوم الساعة حتى تمتلىء الأرض ظلما وعدوانا قال ثم يخرج رجل من عترتي ، أو من أهل بيتي يملؤها قسطا وعدلا كما ملئت ظلما وجورا ” .
الراوي: أبو سعيد الخدري المحدث: الوادعي – المصدر: الصحيح المسند – الصفحة أو الرقم: 407
خلاصة حكم المحدث: صحيح ، رجاله رجال الصحيح

لا تقوم الساعة حتى تملأ الأرض ظلما وعدوانا ، ثم يخرج رجل من عترتي ، أو من أهل بيتي يملأها قسطا وعدلا ، كما ملئت ظلما وعدوانا
الراوي: أبو سعيد الخدري المحدث: الألباني – المصدر: السلسلة الصحيحة – الصفحة أو الرقم: 4/39
خلاصة حكم المحدث: صحيح على شرط الشيخين

now, we come to the point if he would be appointed by allah or selected by people 

we find in musnad ahmad 



abu saeed narrates that holy prophet asws said that allah will appoint a caliph in this nation who will give money to people without counting
 

[musnad ahmad, vol 5, page 288]

sheikh shoaib has termed this narration sahih in his takhreej 

[musnad ahmad, vol 18, page 407, narration 11914]

sheikh hamza ahmad zain has termed the chain hasan in his takhreej of musnad ahmad [10/302]

this can be said that narration is speaking of a caliph 
so let us take help of another narration where we will see that it is Imam Mahdi asws who would give so much that that it will be not counted, let us see



abu saeed narrates that holy prophet asws said: i give you good news of mahdi, he will apear when differences and earth quakes will be more, he will fill the earth with justice like it was filled with injustices before, those of skies will be happy with him like those on earth who would be happy with him as well. hearts of nation of muhammad (asws) will be satisfied then. no one will be dependent on other. so much that He will order an announcer to announce who ever needs money should come to us. and only one man will come to himl, so he will tell him to go to treasurer and tell him that Mahdi has ordered to give me money. treasurer will tell him to pick as much as he can by filling his arms. and when he will collect that in a cloth, he will feel ashamed and will think i am the hungry most person in this nation, did i not had what others had. (urdu translator has added in brackets:- after thinking this, he will return it, but it will not be taken saying we do not take back when we have given). situation will be like this for 7or 8 or 9 years, and then life will have no use

[musnad ahmad, urdu version, vol 5, page 158]

sheikh hamza ahmad zain terms the chain hasan in his takhreej of musnad ahmad [10/162]

so, what we learn from these narrations is that not anyone can be imam mahdi
rather, he will be from ahlubait
and his appointment will be from allah’s side

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