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Syed Muhammad son of Abdullah and Amena from the descendents of Ali and Fatima declared himself to be Imam Mahdi at the holy city of Mecca, right in front of the Kaaba (between rukn and maqam) in the Hijri year 901 (10th Hijri), and is revered as such by the Mahdavia community throughout the world and Zikri Mahdavis in Balochistan.
Mahdavia (Mahdavia Muslims) are found in most parts of India, Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Balochistan, Farah in Afghanistan, Khorasan in Iran, besides some parts of central Asian countries.
Mahdavis believe in oneness of Allah, the prophethood of Muhammad as the last messenger of Allah, and the Quran as their holy book.
He claimed to teach the true inner meaning of the Qur'an and strictly adhere to the Sunnah of Muhammad.
Jaunpuri's declaration was ignored by the ulema of Mecca, but after he repeated his declaration in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, he gained a group of followers and established a line of caliphs who led the movement after his death.