Police in Makkah have revealed that the suspect who attacked Makkah’s Grand Mosque imam pulpit is a Saudi man claiming to be the awaited Imam Mehdi, local media reported.
The armed man, in his 40s, was detained after attempting to attack the imam in on Friday, Gulf News reported.
According to Saudi media, the public prosecution was notified of the incident and launched immediate investigation to discover the motives behind the attempted attack.
The man has also subjected to medical examinations to check his mental abilitity.
In Islam, the anticipated Imam Mehdi is the prophesied redeemer of Islam who will rule for seven, nine or nineteen years (according to various interpretations) before the Day of Judgment and will rid the world of evil.
All Islamic groups agree that Imam Mehdi will appear at the end of time to fill the world with justice and equity and establish the government of righteousness over all parts of the earth.