Pronunciation: (mä'dē), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/mahdi.html on line 75 [key]
1. the Muslim messiah, an expected spiritual and temporal ruler destined to establish a reign of righteousness throughout the world.
2. any of various claimants to this role, esp. Muhammad Ahmed, who established an independent government in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan that lasted until 1898.
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