Imam Mahdi

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The Imam Mahdi is just this guy, you know?

Specifically, he's a guy who will bring the return of the true Imamate in the doctrines of the Twelver sect of Shi'a Islam. Why the Imamate had to go away in the first place has never been explained, but presumably it just needed some time away to sort out its relationship with Allah.

The Imam Mahdi is in no way a messiah whatsoever.