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

Narrated to us Muhammad bin Ali bin Hatim Naufali alias Kermani: Narrated to us Abul Abbas Ahmad bin Isa Washsha Baghdadi: Narrated to us Ahmad bin Tahir [Qummi]: Narrated to us Muhammad bin Najr bin Sahl Shaibani: Informed us Ali bin Harith from Saeed bin Mansur Jaushini: Informed us Ahmad bin Ali Budaili: Informed us my father from Sadeer

Sairafi that he said:

“I, Mufaddal bin Umar, Abu Baseer and Aban bin Taghlib came to our master Abi Abdullah as-Sadiq (a.s.) and saw him sitting on the floor and covered with Khaibari sheet made of hair, his neck was open and his sleeves folded up. He was crying like a mother who laments the death of her only son. The signs of sorrow were apparent from his face and its effects were spread on his cheeks.

Tears had moistened the hollows of his eyes and he was saying: My master, your occultation has taken away my night’s sleep, it has narrowed my bed for me, and has snatched away the solace from my heart. My master your occultation has turned my tragedies into the atrocities of eternity!

The loss of one after the other perishes a crowd and a multitude. No more I feel the tear that drops from my eye, and the moon that faintly leaves my chest from the places of tragedies and past calamities except that it exemplifies before my eye the greatest and cruelest of catastrophes, the most dismal and disdainful mishaps, mixed with your wrath, and calamities coupled with your anger.”

Sudair says: Our hearts and minds were overwhelmed by that terrifying scene and mortifying view. We thought that it is the sign of a dreadful shattering or times have brought him a calamity. So we said, “May Allah, O son of the best of the creation, never bring tears into your eyes. For what incidents are your eyes pouring and your tears raining and what situation has led you to this mourning?”

Sudair says: As-Sadiq (a.s.) took a deep sigh that his chest expanded and his fright enhanced, and he said, O, you, I looked at the Book of al-Jafr this morning, and that is the book that encompasses the knowledge of deaths, trials and tribulations and the knowledge of all that has been and all that will be until the Day of Judgment, which Allah, glory to His name, has exclusively imparted to Muhammad and the Imams after him, peace unto him and them. I viewed therein the birth of our Qaim and his disappearance and its protraction and the length of his lifespan and the trials of the believers through him and after him in that period and the generation of doubts in their hearts from the length of his disappearance and the apostasy of most of them from their religion and their removing the cord of Islam from their necks, about which Allah, glory to His name, has said, We have fastened to every man’s neck his fateful bird which is the Wilayah. So emotions overpowered me and griefs overwhelmed me.”

We said, “O son of Allah’s Messenger, dignify us and bestow honor upon us by sharing some of what you know from the knowledge.” (more…)

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

Among the first occultations is the well known occultation of Prophet Idrees (a.s.). His occultation was so much prolonged that his followers fell into dire circumstances and the tyrant ruler of that time killed some of them; while some he subjected to poverty and terror. After that Prophet Idrees (a.s.) reappeared and promised the removal of the travails of his Shias (followers) through the uprising and Jihad of one of his descendants, that is Prophet Nuh (a.s.). Then Allah, the Mighty and Sublime raised up Idrees (a.s.) towards Himself. And century after century his followers continued to wait for the advent of Nuh (a.s.), one generation after another. And during that time they continued to bear with patience the humiliating oppression of the tyrant rulers till the prophethood of Nuh (a.s.) became apparent.

Shaikh e Saduq (a.r.) narrates the parable of Prophet Idrees (a.s.) in his Kamal-al-deen in these words: Narrated to us my father, and Muhammad bin Hasan bin Ahmad bin Walid; and Muhammad bin Musa bin Mutawakkil – may Allah be pleased with them – they said: Narrated to us Saad bin Abdullah: and Abdullah bin  Ja’far Himyari; and Muhammad bin Yahya al-Attar who said: Narrated to us Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Isa; and Ibrahim bin Hashim, all of them from Hasan bin Mahboob from Ibrahim bin Abi Bilaad from his father from Abu Ja’far Muhammad bin Ali al-Baqir (a.s.) that he said: (more…)

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

When the mother of Moosa (a.s.) was pregnant with him, her pregnancy did not become apparent on anyone. The situation of Qaim (a.s.) was also same. When his mother was pregnant with him, the pregnancy did not become obvious.

The birth of Moosa (a.s.) was concealed.

Shaykh Sadooq, through the author’s own chain of narrators from Abdullah bin Sinaan that he said: His Eminence, Abu Abdillah Sadiq (a.s.) said: “In the Qaim (a.s.) is a resemblance to Moosa bin Imran. I asked: What is that resemblance to Moosa bin Imran (a.s.)? He replied: His concealed birth and his disappearance from the people. I asked: For how long did Moosa bin Imran remain concealed from the people and his family? He replied: Twenty eight years.”

(Kamaluddin, Vol. 2, Pg. 340)

And the duration of the second disappearance was forty days; Allah, the Mighty and the High says:

“…so the appointed time of his Lord was complete forty nights…”

(Surah Araaf 7:142)

Qaim (a.s.) is also having two occultations. One of them is longer than the other. Moosa (a.s.) was such that the Almighty Allah spoke to him. And He said to him: “Surely I have chosen you above the people with My messages and with My words, therefore take hold of what I give to you and be of the grateful ones.”

(Surah Araaf 7:144)

Qaim (a.s.) is also like this. The Almighty Allah spoke to him when they took him up in the sky. Thus it is narrated in Biharul Anwar from Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.) that he said: “When the Almighty Allah bestowed me with the Mahdi of this community he sent two angels who took him to the curtain of the Arsh (throne) till they conveyed him into the presence of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime. The Almighty Allah said to him:

The birth of Qaim (a.s.) was also concealed. (more…)

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

Vis-à-vis Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.), occultation bears a peculiar significance. Traditions make it amply clear that the occultation of Imam-e-Zaman (a.t.f.s.) is not an accidental occurrence. The infallibles Imams (a.s.), as also the Messenger of Islam (s.a.w.a.), have mentioned about it.

It is also a fact that occultation is not confined only to Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.). In other words, in the history of divine guidance, Imame Zaman (a.t.f.s.) is not the only one to have gone into occultation lest the people may use it as a pretext to refute his Imamate or to question its benefit.

History of divine guidance is a testimony that when the oppressors, rebels and enemies of Allah made life difficult for divine leaders and were adamant on their assassination, Allah the Almighty has concealed His representatives from these unjust tyrants. These emissaries lived among the people in a way that they went unnoticed and unrecognized, or in some cases, they (the Prophets) distanced themselves from their townships. But when the pleas of the oppressed knocked the doors of the All-Forgiving, All-Merciful, Allah- the Answerer of Prayers, responding to their petitions, manifested His ambassadors for their guidance. The best instance of this is the illustrious existence of Prophet Moosa (a.s.). (more…)

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Imam_MahdiYaqoob (a.s.): The Almighty Allah, after a long time, brought his dispersed affairs together and removed his distress. Qaim (a.s.) is also such that the Almighty Allah would solve his problems and remove his distress after a long time. Yaqoob (a.s.) wept so much for Yusuf (a.s.) that his pupils became white with blindness.

Surah Yusuf 12:84

Qaim (a.s.) weeps intensely for his great grandfather, Husain (a.s.) and in Ziarat Nahiya he says:

“And I weep on you blood instead of tears.”

Biharul Anwar; Vol. 101, Pg. 320

Yaqoob (a.s.) was in anticipation of reappearance and he said:

“O my sons! Go and inquire respecting Yusuf and his brother, and despair not of Allah’s mercy; surely none despairs of Allah’s mercy except the unbelieving people.”

Surah Yusuf 12:87

Qaim (a.s.) is also waiting for the reappearance as proved by the traditional reports regarding this matter.

Resemblance to Yusuf

Yusuf (a.s.) was the most handsome person of his time. Qaim (a.s.) would also be the most handsome person of his time as mentioned in the discussion about the elegance of His Eminence.

Yusuf (a.s.) disappeared for a long time while he walked among them and recognized them but they did not recognize him.

Surah Yusuf 12:88

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ya-mahdi-1600Ishaq (a.s.): the Almighty Allah gave the glad tidings of his birth to Sara when she had lost all hope of having a child. Allah, the Mighty and Sublime says:

“And his wife was standing (by) , so she laughed, then We gave her the good news of Ishaq and after Ishaq of (a son’s son) Yaqoob. She said: O wonder! shall I bear a son when I am an extremely old woman and this my husband an extremely old man? Most surely this is a wonderful thing.”

Surah Hud 11:71-72

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

Al_Qaim_by_wilayatThe Almighty Allah gave glad tidings of the birth of Ismail (a.s.) and He says:
“So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance.”

Surah Saffat 37:101

The Almighty Allah has also prophesied the birth and advent of Qaim (a.s.).  And in the same way the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and the Infallible Imams (a.s.) have also given glad tidings about them. That which additionally proves this matter is that which is mentioned in the books Tabsiratul Wali and Biharul Anwar from Ismail bin Ali Naubakhti (r.a.) that he said:

When Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.) was in his fatal illness I was present with him. He summoned his servant, Aqeed, who was a Nubian black. Prior to this he was in the employ of Imam Ali Naqi (a.s.). It was he that had brought up Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.). Imam (a.s.) told him: “O Aqeed, boil for me some mastic water.” Aqeed obeyed and after the water was procured, Saiqal, the mother of Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) brought it to His Eminence. His Eminence took hold of the vessel but his hands shook so much that the bowl clattered against his teeth. The Imam let go of the vessel and said to Aqeed: “Go inside the house where you will find a boy in prostration. Bring him to me.” (more…)

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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.

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In His Name and with the Remembrance of His Last Hujjat (a.t.f.s.)

mahdi_by_yoosof_e_zahraProphet Saleh (a.s.) went into occultation from  his people. After that when  he returned to them a majority of them denied him as mentioned  in the book of Kamaluddin in the tradition of His Eminence, Abu Abdillah Sadiq (a.s.) that he said: “Saleh (a.s.) remained in occultation from his community for a period of time: The day he disappeared from them he was of middle age, wide belly, elegant body, thick beard, fair complexioned and medium height. When he returned to his people, they did not recognize him from his face. And he found them divided into three groups: A group had denied him and they were not prepared to retract their denial. Another group was of those who had doubts about him. The third group was firm in its faith.

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Key_of_freedom_by_Last_SaviorThe actual name of Hud (a.s.) is Aabir, and Nuh had given glad tidings about him.

And it is narrated from Imam Sadiq (a.s.) in Kamaluddin that he said:

“When the demise of Nuh approached, he summoned his Shias and followers and said: You should know that after me there shall be an occultation when false deities would appear.

And indeed Allah, the Mighty and Sublime would bestow victory upon you through my descendant who would be named Hud. He shall be having awe, tranquility and dignity and in his appearance and manners he shall resemble me. During his reappearance the Almighty Allah would destroy your enemies through a wind. Thus they began to continuously await and anticipate the reappearance and advent of Hud till the period became prolonged and the hearts of most of them hardened. (more…)

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