Residents of a small Saudi town were jolted out of their beds late night after hearing a man screaming through the mosque loudspeaker that he was the world’s saviour and that they must repent before it is too late.
Instead of going back to bed, most of them rushed out of their homes towards the mosque and captured the man before calling the police.
Police said they believe the man is suffering from mental problems after claiming that he is El-Mehdi Al-Montathar (the chosen Imam El-Mehdi).
“He was screaming through the loudspeaker that he is the chosen Imam and telling the people to repent now,” Alsaudi newspaper said in a report from the eastern province of Ihsa.
“Residents said the man lives in the same town and has sometimes led prayers at the mosque while the local imam was absent.”
The arrest of the man was the latest in a series of incidents in Saudi Arabia involving men claiming to be El Mehdi Al Monthathar.
In late 2012, a man aged over 70 years finished prayers at packed mosque in Saudi Arabia and waited for the people to come out to claim to them that he was the chosen savior of the world. Minutes later, he was arrested.
The 73-year-old Saudi begged the worshippers in the central town of Makkah to believe him that he was El-Mehdi Al-Montathar.
Earlier, Saudi police seized a man who was stopping people in the streets of Makkah and telling them that he was the long-awaited El-Mehdi Al-Montathar.
Muslims believe Imam Al-Mehdi, dubbed “the ultimate savior of mankind” will eventually reappear as a great reformer who will destroy the beliefs of injustice and ignorance and fill this earth with fairness after it has been filled with injustice and oppression.
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