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About Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.)

In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) is the last link in the sequence of guidance and light. He is the inheritor of the perfections of the past Prophets (a.s.), the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), Janabe Fatema (s.a) and all the immaculate Imams (a.s) . This aspect has been mentioned in many reliable supplications.

For instance, In Dua-e-Nudba we address Imam(a.s) thus:

“O son of the divinely guided leaders, O son of the illuminating moons, O son of the clear paths, O son of the witnessed proofs, O son of the seraate mustaqeem.”

Tens of such modes of addressing Imam (a.t.f.s.) can be seen in supplications and ziyaaraat. These terms not only underline the personal inheritance but also highlight the spiritual and religious legacy of Imam (a.t.f.s.).

Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) is the heir of the perfections of the preceding infallibles (a.s.).

Virtues and merits ascribed to these exalted personalities are equally applicable for Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.).

Allah, the Almighty, has conferred a boundless ocean of perfections and virtues, which has wrecked the ship of human intellects and thoughts. (That is, to fathom their virtues and station is beyond human understanding).

Who is the Divine Proof?

Indeed, this is a critical question that needs to be addressed. The (innumerable) traits of sunlight (that is, Allah’s proof) cannot be described by a particle. There is only one way and that is to seek its description from the sun itself.

The Imam (a.t.f.s.) is a human being with celestial qualities, heavenly physique, divine command, holy soul and a great secret of Allah. His essence is angelic and his attributes are divine. His characteristics are endowed by Allah and he has been selected by the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.). He is aware of the unseen. All these traits are specific to the holy Ahle Bait (a.s.). None can equal the progeny of Muhammad (s.a.w.a.) in these qualities and perfection. From our (Ahle Bait (a.s.)) virtues and excellence, nothing has been related to you but a single alphabet from all the alphabets.

(O Ahle Bait (a.s.))! Indeed, Allah, the Almighty, has placed you at a station inaccessible to others. Your virtues are unprecedented and none can overwhelm you in them. None can scale the heights that you have scaled and none can hope to rise to the rank that you have ascended. (Ziyaaraate Jaameah by Imam Ali Naqi (a.s.))

Surely, man’s power of comprehension and conception are simply incapable of perceiving their exhorted status. Therefore, let us bow our heads before the Ahle Bait (a.s.) (in submission and expression of our helplessness) and enrich our hearts with the words of Imam Sadeq (a.s.):

“One who desires that his faith attains perfection, must sincerely confess, ‘My belief in all instances and under all circumstances is in conformity with the teachings of the Ahle Bait (a.s.), explicit or otherwise. I acknowledge absolute faith in all those things that have reached and that which have not reached unto me from them(a.s.).

Some basic information about The Master of our time — Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.)

1. Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) was born on 15th Shabaan 255 A.H. in the city of Saamarra.

2.    His father’s name was Hazrat Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.). He was the eleventh Imam (a.s.).

3.     His mother’s name was Narjis Khatoon (a.s.). She was a Roman princess.

4.     Imam Mahdi (a.s.) assumed the responsibilities of Imamat on 8th Rabi-al-Awwal, 260A.H.

5.     Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) is still alive and lives in Ghaibat.

6.      Ghaibat means that a person who is alive remains hidden from the people and the people don’t know his whereabouts.

7.      Our Twelfth Imam Hazrat Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) has two Ghaibats:

  • The short Ghaibat (Ghaibat-e-Sughra)
  • The long Ghaibat(Ghaibat-e-Kubra)

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