I am seeing the following hadith being quoted at many places (e.g. ShiaChat, TurnToIslam) but I cant find the reference book for this:

"When a man rules over ash-Sham, and another over Egypt, and the Shami and Egyptian fight each other, and the people of ash-Sham take some of the tribes of Egypt captive, and a man comes forward from the east with small black banners towards the ruler of ash-Sham, then it is he who will hand over the rule to the Mahdi."

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    can you add where have seen this hadith – agha rehan abbas Jul 5 '14 at 18:53
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    google the hadith you will find it is quoted in many blogs on Mahdi topic – user4841 Jul 5 '14 at 19:33
  • To my knowledge there is no authentic Hadith in which name Mahdi is mentioned – goto Jul 5 '14 at 20:30

Naim bin Hammad narrated it from Kab bin Alqamah in Kitab al-Fitan. It is not the words of the Prophet Mohamed.

General rule: Any hadith mentioning "mahdi" is weak.

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    can you substantiate " Any hadith mentioning "mahdi" is weak." with proof – user4841 Jul 6 '14 at 1:26
  • how can you say mahdi(a.s.) as such he is reality and you all will know the truth during the day of judjement – agha rehan abbas Jul 6 '14 at 5:07
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    @Sayyid thats an interesting claim. Please share your research as a Q\A here. – user4841 Jul 6 '14 at 5:23
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    Your answer is really low quality. – Mohammad Hossein Jul 6 '14 at 7:38
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    @Sayyid, but what is your criterion to determine which hadith is weak or strong? – infatuated Jul 6 '14 at 21:29

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