Hazrat Imam Mahdi (as) bears the special characteristics and more from the previous prophets. He is the embodiment of their virtues and qualities. He carries their signs and is the inheritor of all that they stood for and what was revealed upon them. The following article mentions the similarity between Hazrat Ayyub (as) and Imam Mahdi (as).
His patience in difficulties
Hazrat Ayyub (as) observed patience in calamities for seven years as Imam Sadiq (as) has mentioned (Beharul Anwar volume 12, page 347) that Allah, the Mighty and the High says: “Surely We found him patient; most excellent the servant! Surely he was frequent in returning (to Allah).” (Surah Saad verse 44)
Imam Mahdi (as) is also keeping patience from the time of the passing away of his father till date.
Springs of water…
Once or twice water spring burst forth for Ayyub (as) as the Almighty Allah says: “Urge with your foot; here is a cool washing-place and a drink.” (Surah Saad verse 42) For Imam Mahdi (as), spring of water erupts, as mentioned in some narrations and incidents.
In addition to this is the conclusion that Qutub Rawandi has drawn in his book, Kharaij and the respected scholar, Allamah Majlisi has mentioned in Beharul Anwar quoting from Ghaybat of Shaykh Tusi that we present below.
Shaykh Tusi through his own chain of narrators has reported from Abu Surah that: He met Hazrat Hujjat (as) during his return from the Ziyarat of Karbala in Arafah days. Abu Surah says, “That night while we was on our way, suddenly we reached the graves of Masjid Sahla. He said: This is my destination. Then he said: You go to Ibne Raazi Ali bin Yahya and tell him to give you that particular thing, having such and such distinguishing mark…has reached…and it is hidden with…I asked: Who are you? He replied: I am Mohammed bin al-Hasan (as).
Then we continued on the way till we reached to Nawaawees. He sat down and dug with his hands till all of a sudden water erupted. He performed the ritual ablution and recited thirteen units of prayer. Thus I went to Ibne Raazi and knocked at his door. ‘Who is it?’ he asked. ‘Abu Surah,’ said I. I heard him say to himself: What do I have to do with Abu Surah? When he came out I related the incident to him. He shook my hands, kissed my face and rubbed the palms of my hands on his face. Then he took me inside and brought out a purse from under the bed. Abu Surah recognized the truth and after this incident became a Shiah, because previously he was Zaidiyyah.” (Al-Kharaij page 70)
Dead will be brought back to life
Allah, the Mighty and Sublime brought the dead back to life for the sake of Ayyub (as) as Allah, the Mighty and Sublime says: “And We gave him his family and the like of them with them: a mercy from Us and a reminder to the worshippers.” (Surah Anbiya verse 84)
Imam Mahdi (as) is also such that the Almighty Allah would enliven the dead for him.
(The above article was taken and adapted from the book Mikyalul Makarim Fee Fawaedid Dua Lil Qaem)