A newborn baby boy in Lebanon believed to be the prophesied redeemer of Islam is now the youngest member of the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
Pictures of the baby, known only as Mahdi, taken in Beirut’s Rasul Aatham Hospital, show the baby wearing tiny military-style camouflage and a hat with the Shiite group’s emblem on his head.
The name "Mahdi" translates to “the guided one” whose arrival, TheBlaze reports, signals the beginning of the end of times according to Islamic theology.
Hezbollah-owned news channel al-Manar posted a video of the baby and his mother earlier this week, claiming the newborn was destined for Hezbollah the moment he was born.
“[The baby] did not wear the clothes usually reserved for newborn babies. Military fatigues were the first garment to touch his tender body. He is a potential resistance fighter from the first hours of his life,” said the Al-Manar TV reporter.
“Nothing could be better than him becoming a soldier for the Imam Mahdi [the prophesied redeemer of Islam],” Mahdi’s mother says in the video, according to a translation from the Middle East Media Research Institute, an Arab news watchdog.
“[He] reflects the continuation of the path of the Islamic resistance, one generation after another," she said.
Al-Manor reported that the hospital bills were waived for Mahdi’s family and workers gave them a token of appreciation – a golden necklace engraved with the name of the Prophet Muhammad.