There is a wonderful thread on collection of sunni hadiths regarding Imam Ali was the true successor of Prophet .
Sunni Hadiths Which Hint Ali was the successor of Prophet (pbuh
I thought it would be necessary that a similar thread exist on collection of sunni hadiths on Imam Mehdi so hence I am posting some of the Sunni hadiths.
"It is probable that I will be called soon, and I will respond. So I leave behind me two weighty (very worthy and important) things: the Book of Allah (the Qur'an), which is a string stretched from the heaven to the earth; and my progeny, my ahl al-bayt. Verily Allah, the Merciful, the Aware, has informed me that these two will never be separated from each other until they meet me at the Fountain of Abundance (the Hawdh of Kawthar, a spring in heaven). Therefore, be careful how you treat these two in my absence."
This hadith has been narrated by more than twenty companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh&hf) and has also been narrated by over 185 narrators mentioned in Sahih Muslim, 2:238; Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal, 5:181-182; Sahih Tirmidhi, 2:220, and others. (M.Ticani)
Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 9.329
I heard the Prophet saying, "There will be twelve imams." He then said a sentence which I did not hear. My father said, "All of them (those rulers) will be from Quraish."
Sahih Muslim, Hadith 4483
The Islamic religion will continue until the Hour has been established, or you have been ruled by twelve Caliphs, all of them being from the Quraysh.
The Prophet of Islam(pbuh&hf), said:
"Whosoever dies without recognizing the Imam of his time dies the death of the ignorance (Jahiliyyah)."
Ahmad b. Hanbal, al-Musnad, p. 96.
Would request any more hadiths on Imam Mehdi .
Edited by zakzaki, 26 May 2010 - 09:35 AM.