Muhammad Jaunpuri

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Hazrath Imamuna Mehdi Mauood Khalifathullah, Muradullah, Amrullah
Syed Mohammed Jaunpuri Imam al-Mahdi al-Mauood
سید محمد جونپورى
The Tomb of Muhammad Jaunpuri
Sayyid Muhammad Jaunpuri

(1425-09-09)9 September 1425
(14, Jamadi ul Awal 847H)
Died23 April 1488(1488-04-23) (aged 62)
(19, Ziquada 910H)
Resting placeFarah, Afghanistan
  • Bibi Alhadadi (866H)
  • Bibi Bhika
  • Bibi Malkan
  • Bibi Buwan
  • Bibi Bhanmati
  • Syed Mahmood alias Sani-e-Mahdi (Title given by the followers after the death of his father Sayyid Muhammad of Jaunpur who they accepted to be the Promised Mahdi - Mahdi al-Mauood.)
  • Syed Ajmal
  • Syeda Khunza
  • Syeda Fatima
  • Syed Hameed
  • Syeda Hadaitullah
  • Syed Ibrahim
  • Syed Ali
  • Sayyid Abdullah Alias Syed Khan (Father)
  • Syeda Aminah (Mother)

Sayyid Muhammad al-Mahdi al-Mauood Jaunpuri (Urdu: سید محمد جونپورى; 9 September 1443 – 23 April 1505) was a Muslim mystic and self-proclaimed Mahdi who founded the breakaway Mahdavia sect. Hailing from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, Jaunpuri traveled extensively throughout India, Arabia and Khorasan.[1]

Early life[edit]

His first wife, Bibi Alahdadi, was the daughter of his uncle, Syed Jalaluddin. He married her in Jaunpur in 866H, when he was nineteen years old. Jaunpuri and Alhadadi had two sons and two daughters together, Syed Mahmood Sani-e-Mahdi, Syed Ajmal, Syeda Khunza and Syeda Fatima.


He left Jaunpur along with his family and a group of followers. Migrating from place to place and gathering companions, that would later become the core of the Mahdavia sect founded by him, until he reached Farah in Afghanistan.

Pilgrimage and claim to be the Mahdi[edit]

By the age of 53 he embarked on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, where in 1496 (901 Hijri), after circumambulating the Kaaba, he declared that he was the Promised Mahdi and whoever believes in him is a Momin.

He was generally ignored by the Ulema of Mecca, and after staying in Mecca for nearly seven or nine months,[2] he returned to India where he proclaimed himself Mahdi at Ahmedabad and later at Badhli (near Patan, Gujarat).


  1. ^ Balkhi, Al-Hajj Syed Munawar Husain (September 1989). "The Biography of Imam Mahdi Maud Hazrat Syed Muhammad Jaunpuri AS" (PDF). Hyderabad: Al-Haj Syed Munawar Husain Balkhi. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  2. ^ Yaqoob, Syed (4 February 2005). "The Promised One". Tanzeem-e-Mahdavia. Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2019.