Question: In the name of the Father., How do you say that the Prophet Jesus will appear at the end of the time, and that he will pray behind the person whom you say is not a prophet, and is called “Mohammad Al Mahdi? Isn’t this strange?!! How can a prophet pray behind a man who is not a prophet?
A Christian Woman
Answer: Dear sister, the prayer of Prophet of God, Jesus the son of Mary (A.S), behind Imam Al Mahdi (A.S) can be explained in two ways:
First: That Imam Al Mahdi (A.S) is greater than the Prophet of God, Jesus (A.S). Of course, Imam Al Mahdi cannot be better unless he has the same rank of prophethood, in which case, the problem which you referred to cannot arise. Even if I believe in the previously mentioned, I will present the second option and respond to both.
Second: That Jesus (A.S) is greater than Al Mahdi (A.S), and in such case, the problem which you have presented will arise in the circle of seeking truth and honesty.
The answer exists in the Torah and Bible, or the Old and New Testaments, and it also exists in the Quran.
From the Torah (the Old Testament), I will choose for you the story of Saul (Taloot) and David (A.S). David is one of God’s prophets, and greater than Saul. However, at the beginning, David was a soldier in Saul’s army (A.S), was under his command and was a follower of his, as Saul (A.S) was a king assigned by God (to Whom be ascribed all perfection and majesty). So David (A.S) killed Goliath (Galoot) at the same time as David (A.S) was one of Saul’s soldiers. Read Samuel 1- Chapter 17 in the Torah, and the story of Taloot (Saul) in the Quran.
As for the Bible (or the New Testament for some), I have chosen the story of Jesus (A.S), and Yahia (A.S) (or John). Jesus (A.S) is greater than John (A.S), however, Jesus came to John A.S to baptize him, (Jesus asked John to do something even though it represented sanctification, purification and chastening for Jesus (A.S). In this regard, John (A.S) embodies the hand of God over Jesus (A.S). Chapter three of Mathew states, “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer `it’ now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffereth him. And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him..” 13-16.
In both cases, David and Jesus (A.S) were better than John and Saul (A.S).
Praise be to God only.