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

Marefat of Imam-e-Zaman (a.t.f.s.)

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In His Name And With The Remembrance of His Last Proof (a) on Earth

Imam Husain (a.s.) came to his companions and said: “O people, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime did not create human beings except that they should recognize Him. Thus if they recognize Him and (then) worship Him, they would become needless of worshipping anything else.”
A man asked His Eminence: “O son of Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.), may my parents be sacrificed on you, what is the recognition of Allah?”
He replied: “In every age the recognition (Marefat) of Allah is the recognition of the Imam whose obedience is obligatory on the people.”
Miraat al-Anwaar, Pg 58
From this point of view the recognition (Marefat) of Allah is interpreted as the Marefat of Imam (a.s.) perhaps because the Marefat of Allah cannot be gained except through Imam or that getting a share of divine recognition (Marefat) is subject to Marefat of Imam (a.s.).

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