MAHDAVIYAT

The Belief in Awaited Saviour (a.t.f.s.)

Imam Mahdi’s (a.s.) similarity with Prophet Noah (a.s.)

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بسمه و بذكر وليه

Waiting for the Saviour

Waiting for the Saviour

Nuh (Noah), the senior-most (in age) of the prophets: It is narrated from Imam Sadiq and Imam Hadi (a.s.) that His Eminence, Nuh (a.s.) lived for 2500 years.

And His Eminence, Qaim (a.s.) is the senior-most (in age) of the successors; on the basis of the tradition of Kafi, was born on the 15th of Shaban 255 A.H.

(Kafi, Vol. 1, Pg. 514)

Thus the age of Imam Mahdi till date — Thursday, 4 Shawwal 1430 A.H. — comes to 1175 years and 46 days. And it is narrated from Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s.) that he said: “In the Qaim is present the characteristics of Adam and Nuh (a.s.), and that is a long life…”

(Kamaluddin,Vol. 1, Pg. 322)

Nuh, by his words, purified the earth from the disbelievers and said:

“My Lord! Leave not upon the land any dweller from among the unbelievers.”

Surah Nuh 71:26:

Qaim also would clear the earth from infidels with the help of his sword till not a trace of them would remain.

Nuh remained patient for 950 years and the Almighty Allah says regarding this: “…so he remained among them a thousand years save fifty years. And the deluge overtook them, while they were unjust.”

The Qaim is also observing patience since the beginning of his Imamate till now, and I don’t know till when he would be patient. Those who opposed Nuh (a.s.) were destroyed.

All those who oppose Qaim would also be destroyed. — as mentioned in tradition – .

(In Biharul Anwar it is narrated from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) that he said: The Qiyamat will not be established till our Qaim arises, and that is the time when the Almighty Allah would give him permission. And one who follows him will be delivered and one who deserts (or opposes) him will be destroyed. O people, for the sake of Allah, for the sake of Allah go to him even if you have to crawl on snow and ice, as he is the caliph of Allah and my caliph.)

The Almighty Allah delayed the success of Nuh and his followers to such an extent that a majority of his followers deserted him.

The Almighty Allah would also delay the reappearance of Qaim to such an extent that the majority of his followers would desert him — as mentioned in a tradition of Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.)-.

Idrees gave the glad tidings of the advent of Nuh.

(Kamaluddin, Vol. 2, Pg. 385)

The Almighty Allah gave glad tidings about the reappearance of Qaim to the angels. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and the Holy Imams (a.s.), and rather the past prophets gave glad tidings of his reappearance – that if we mention their statements it would prolong the book unnecessarily.

The call (voice) of Nuh reached to the east and the west of the earth and it was one of the miracles of His Eminence – thus it is mentioned in the book, Zubdatil Tasaaneef that:

“Qaim (a.s.) also would stand between the Rukn and Maqaam and call out and say: O my deputies and representatives, and my special assistants, and those whom the Almighty Allah had treasured on the earth for my help before the reappearance, come to me with fervor and devotion. The voice of His Eminence would reach them whether they are in the prayer niche (praying) or on their beds (sleeping); all would hear the call at once. And all of them would reach between Rukn and Maqaam in a fraction of a moment.”

This matter is mentioned in the tradition of Mufaddal quoted from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.).

Biharul Anwar; Vol. 53, Pg. 7

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