MAHDAVIYAT

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

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

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In His Name And With The Remembrance of His Last Hujjat (a.t.f.s.)

O_MahdiThe pregnancy of Ibrahim’s mother was not obvious and his birth was concealed. It was the same with Qaim (a.s.) and his mother’s pregnancy and his birth was also concealed.

Ibrahim (a.s.) grew up in a day as much as others grow in a week and his growth every week was as much as others grow in a month and he grew in a month as much as others grow in a year — as narrated from Imam Sadiq (a.s.) –

Biharul Anwar; Vol. 12, Pg. 19

Qaim (a.s.) also was such, as mentioned by Hakima Khatoon (r.a.) in the report quoted from her: After forty days, I went to the house of Abu Muhammad (a.s.) and suddenly saw that the Master of the Age was walking about the house. I had never seen a face more beautiful than his, nor heard a tongue more eloquent than his. Abu Muhammad (a.s.) said to me, “This is the boy dignified before Allah, the Exalted.”

I said to him, “My master, he is forty days old and I see him like this.” He said, “My aunt, don’t you know that we the congregation of legatees grow in a day as much as others grow in a week, and grow in a week as much as others grow in a year?”

Biharul Anwar; Vol. 51, Pg. 27

Ibrahim (a.s.) separated himself from the people. Allah, the Mighty and Sublime has quoted him as: “And I will withdraw from you and what you call on besides Allah…”

Surah Maryam 19:48

Qaim (a.s.) has also detached himself from the people.

Ibrahim had two occultations. Qaim is also having two occultations. When Ibrahim (a.s.) was thrown into the fire (of Nimrod) Jibraeel brought a garment of Paradise for him. The Qaim also – when he reappears – would also be wearing the same garment. It is reported by Mufaddal ibn Umar al-Koofi in Kamaluddin that he quoted Imam Sadiq (a.s.) to have said: “Do you know what was the garment of Yusuf? ‘No,’ replied I. He said, “When fire was lit for (burning) Ibrahim (a.s.) Jibraeel brought a garment of Paradise for him and dressed him in it. That garment protected him from heat and cold and when his death approached, he made it into an armband and tied it to Ishaq; Ishaq in turn tied it to Yaqoob and when Yusuf was born Yaqoob tied it on him. And it was tied to his arm till those circumstances befell him.
Thus when Yusuf removed it from the arm band in Egypt, Yaqoob perceived its fragrance and it is about the same that Allah quotes him saying:

“Most surely I perceive the fragrance of Yusuf, unless you pronounce me to be weak in judgment.”

Surah Yusuf 12:94

It is the same garment that had come down from Paradise.”
I said: May I be sacrificed on you, whom did this garment reach after him? He replied, “To the one deserving of it. And the garment is with our Qaim, when he would reappear. Then he said: All knowledge or things inherited by every prophet have reached to Muhammad (s.a.w.s.).”

Kamaluddin, Vol. 1, Pg. 142

We say: This tradition is not contradicting the one quoted by the notable scholar, Allamah Majlisi in his book, Biharul Anwar from Nomani. The tradition is as follows: from his own chain of narrators, from Yaqoob bin Shuaib from His Eminence, Abu Abdillah Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“Shall I show you the garment, wearing which the Qaim would reappear?” “Yes,”‘ said I (the narrator). So His Eminence asked for a garment and opened it and out of it came a canvas garment. And he spread it. I saw that the left sleeve was smeared with blood. Then he said, “It is the same garment that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) wore when his teeth were injured. And His Eminence, Qaim would put on the same garment and appear.”
I kissed that blood and put it on my face. After that His Eminence folded it and took it away.

Biharul Anwar; Vol. 52, Pg. 355, Ghaibat Nomani, Pg. 128

There is a possibility that he may be wearing both these garments at some time; perhaps he would be having the garment of Ibrahim (a.s.) with him, tied to his arm or like that. Because in the first tradition it is not clearly mentioned that His Eminence would be dressed up in it.

And Allah knows best.

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