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Many religions have a messianism-related concept. However, the purpose of is to elaborate on the messianism doctrine according to the Abrahamic religions, in order to demonstrate the surprising commonality, as well as harmonical complementaries among them.

To begin it is very critical to acknowledge that all Abrahamic religions prophesise that the whole world will be extremely surprised and will have extremely hard time to believe that this particular person should be the redeemer (Messiah, Moshiach, Mahdi). As one of the greatest Jewish mystic, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, sighted over two centuries ago: “the Redeemer that everyone wants, isn’t coming and the Redeemer that is coming, nobody wants.” Some Islamic sources prophesied that most people will resist Imam Mahdi (as) at first, (as they disagree with his doctrine) to the extent that some people even intend to kill him.

The good news is that the some Islamic sources provide us with more than twenty identification signs on physical appearance of the redeemer, which makes it easier to identify him, even if we at first, don’t agree with his doctrine.  

However, the best news is that all Abrahamic religions agree on one fundamental point: The final redeemer must appear in a Jewish body. There are more than ten references in Islamic Hadith, teaching us that Imam Mahdi (as) will appear in body of someone from Bani Israel (Israelites), and that he will be wearing Qutwani Cloak (Tzizit, Tallit), which is typical Jewish clothing, hinting that he is an observant person.

He will not be recognized when he first comes. Prophet Muhammad (saas) says: “He is like the Prophet Yusof (as).” “Hazrat Mahdi (as) will move among the people and through the markets. He will know the people, but the people will not recognize him.” There are many jewish sources that link the final redeemer with the Prophet Yusof (as), and refer to him as Moshiach ben Yosef.

The most remarkable prophecy, however, linked with the final redeemer is about his nose and the role of the sense of smell. While Islamic sources teach us that he has a prominent and sharp nose, the Jewish sources mention that through the nose, he obtains his essential vitality. All the wars he will wage and all the conquest he will make shall emanate from there, as in (Isaiah 11:3) “he shall breathe the fear of God.” (Likutey Moharan 1, 2:2)

Furthermore, it is explicitly stated that the sense of Mashiach (literally, “the anointed one,” the Messiah or Mahdi) is the sense of smell. “And he shall smell with the awe of God”—”he shall judge by smell.” He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears, yet with righteousness shall he judge the poor. (Isaiah 11:3; Sanhedrin 93b). By the sense of smell the Mashiach will know how to connect each person’s soul to its Divine root, and thereby identify its tribe.

“The sense of smell is the most spiritual of all senses and related to our spirit” -Kabbalah  

Why Army of 313
The Islamic sources teach us that Imam al-Mahdi مهدي‎ امام (literally, “The guided one”) shall come with 300 and 13 companions, 50 of which are females, to fill the earth with justice. This concept is known as the Army of 313.

The connection between 300 and 13 companions and the Letter Shin Ш‍

Shin also spelled Šin or Sheen literally means “Sharp.

Numerical (Gematria/Abjad) value of the letter shin is 300.

Abjadi order of letter shin is 13.

Phonemic representation: ʃ  (it looks like a hook, which is a tool for connection)


The sense of smell
The sense of smell is perhaps the most pervasive of all senses, but it is also one of the least understood by the modern science. The Talmud states: “The sense of smell was the only sense of the five senses, that did not participate in the primordial sin of man and therefore, didn’t get corrupted.” Olfactory perception takes an exceptional position in the neurological processing of sensory stimuli in compare to our other senses, and the olfactory system has strong links with circuits involved in emotion, hedonics, memory, and decision making.

Why the guided one
A recent study confirmed that sense of smell is key factor in bird navigation. Another scientific discovery from past years showed that a human olfactory receptor protein plays a key role in sperm-egg communication by guiding the sperm to the egg during fertilization. The same olfactory receptor protein (hOR17-4) is also expressed in human olfactory tissues in the nose and functions in our sense of smell.

This shows why the sources of many belief systems link the sense of smell with guidance and judgment, but this is also evident from global culture as we all subconsciously judge with our sense of smell as in different languages we use similar terms when we judge a situation, someone or something:

English: “it smells fishy” refers to “being suspicious” or “to think that someone is being dishonest”

French: ”Je ne peux pas le sentir” translated ”I can’t smell him” refers to “I can’t stand him“

German: “Ich kann ihn nicht riechen” translated “I can’t smell him“ refers to “I can’t stand him“

German: “Er hat einen guten Riecher” translated “He has a good nose“ refers to “He makes the right decisions“

Persian: “شامه اش تیزه” “shame’ash tize” translated “He has a sharp nose” refers to “He is a sharp guy”