MAHDAVIYAT

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


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Ghaibat – In the light of Holy Quran

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

Numerous ayats of the Holy Quran mention about the Ghaibat of previous Prophets (a.s.) as well as Imam-e-Zamana (a.s.).

Holy Quran itself says:

وَعِندَهُ مَفَاتِحُ الْغَيْبِ لَا يَعْلَمُهَا إِلَّا هُوَ ۚ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ ۚ وَمَا تَسْقُطُ مِن وَرَقَةٍ إِلَّا يَعْلَمُهَا وَلَا حَبَّةٍ فِي ظُلُمَاتِ الْأَرْضِ وَلَا رَطْبٍ وَلَا يَابِسٍ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ

And with Him are the keys of the unseen treasures — none knows them but He; and He knows what is in the land and the sea, and there falls not a leaf but He knows it, nor a grain in the darkness of the earth, nor anything green nor dry but (it is all) in a clear book.

(Anam: 59)

But to understand everything about Quran, Allah has sent Prophets (a.s.).

وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الذِّكْرَ لِتُبَيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ مَا نُزِّلَ إِلَيْهِمْ

“We revealed to you the Book so that you may explain to them what has been revealed.”

(Surah Nahl: 44)

About 200 ayats of Quran are connected to the topic of Mahdaviyat. Here we will discuss five ayats.

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الم ﴿١﴾ ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ ۛ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ ﴿٢﴾ الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ

“This book, there is no doubt in it is a guide to those who guard against evil. Those who believe in the ghaib and keep up prayer and spend out what we have given them.”

Under this ayat, Yahya bin Abil Qasim narrates from Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.). Imam (a.s.) says, “Muttaqee’ implies the shia of Ameerul Momeneen Ali ibn Abi Taleb (a.s.) and ‘Ghaib’ implies to Imam Zamana (i.e. Imam Zamana will be in Ghaibat). And then he (a.s.) quoted another ayat, ‘And they say: Why is not a sign sent to him from his Lord? Say: The unseen is only for Allah therefore wait; surely I too with you am of those who wait. (Yunus: 20)

(Kamaluddin, 1/18, Yanabial Mawwadda 508)

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Imam Mahdi is the remover of all misfortunes

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

emam_zaman_aj_by_bomjl-d48l82vYou may have, perhaps, come across individuals who in their mind conjure that the holy being of Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) is like that person who will wield his sword blindly, will set off rivers of blood, will chop-off heads and will go on a carnage. More upsetting than this is the fact that these individuals pass-on their own way of thinking and blatantly erring mindset to others and thus tamper the benevolent being and the justice oriented persona of Imam (a.s.) in the minds and thoughts of others. Consequently, they instill fear in a large portion with regards to Imam’s (a.s.) blessed reappearance, which dissuades them to pray for his reappearance.

This is a big cruelty on a personality whose being is all about love, affection, compassion and mercy. Even certain religious individuals jokingly or due to lack of attention say negative things about Imam (a.s.). For instance they talk about Imam-e-Zamana’s sword slicing their throats or someone else’s.

On one radio program (In Iran), which was related to Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.), in one of their reports they tried to know the point of view of one of the schools of Tehran on the subject of reappearance. They discovered that 70 out of 100 students didn’t want Imam-e-Zamana (a.s.) to reappear. When they were asked the reasons for not wanting Imam (a.s.) to reappear, they said, “If Imam-e-Zamana (a.s.) comes he will behead us.”

This is a situation where one wants to shed tears of blood and wishes to tear the heart out. Can anything more distressing be imagined than this? Continue reading


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Twelve hundred years of solitude! The loneliness of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.)

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

My Master! My lonely and beleaguered Master! The distressed son of Fatemah! The chief of Aale Muhammad (a.s.)! The benevolent father of the universe!

I wish to discuss your loneliness. Aloneness that has continued for twelve hundred years. That loneliness over which the sky and the earth weep incessantly. That lonesomeness which even your followers fail to comprehend. That solitude over which your ancestors (a.s.) had grieved over even before your birth.

I am at loss and don’t know with which chapter to begin this ode. Which volume of this moving book should I pick. Which line, which page and which lesson should I read. This picture — of sorrow and loneliness — has weakened me.

Where do I begin? Should I express this saga in my own words or in someone else’s? Should I tell the past generations, complain with the present ones or the enemies? Should I make a complaint with the masses or the noble classes? Should I speak with those who offend you?[1] Should I talk to those who interpret your merciful and compassionate hands as hands that will shed blood? Should I protest with those who introduce your flashing sword in such a manner that even your friends feel intimidated? Or should I have a word with those who say you are not reachable for the masses? Or should I address those who feel seeing you is impossible? Or should I talk to those who invite people towards their desires in your name? Or should I talk to those who give hope to people of your coming but they themselves assume that your reappearance is far-off? Should I have a word with those who describe you as per their fancies and not as your holy being actually is? Should I complain to those who take your occultation as a state of your non-existence. Continue reading


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Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) helps the defender of Shia faith

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

Allamah Shaikh Hasan Ibn Yusuf Ibn Ali Ibn Mutahhar (r.a.) also known as Allamah Hilli (a.r.) (648-726 A.D) is the most remarkable Shia personality. He had no equal during his period and was the most outstanding writer of the Shias. He has been specially blessed by the Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s) with a special favour.

allama_hilli_a-rHe was the student of his father, his uncle Muhaqqiq (a.r.) who was the author of “Sharail Islam”. Khwaja Naseeruddin Tusi (a.r.) was also his teacher. He attained Ijtehad at the age of 11 and taught many students. Once in his childhood he was teaching when a bird fell in front of him. Being a child he immediately took his turban and caught the bird in it.  All the students laughed at this action of his. Continue reading


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Imam Mahdi (a.s.) in the words of his great grandfather Ali ibn Abi Taalib (a.s.)

In His Name and With the Remembrance of His Last Proof (a.t.f.s.)

Ali bin Ahmad narrated from Obaydillah bin Musa al-Alawi from Abu Muhammad Musa bin Haroon bin Eessa al-Ma’badi from Abdullah bin Maslama bin Qu’nub from Sulayman bin Bilal from Ja’far bin Muhammad as-Sadiq (s) from his father (s) from his grandfather (s) that al-Husayn bin Ali (s) had said:

“Once a man came to Amirul Mo’mineen (s) and said to him: “O Amirul Mo’mineen (s), would you tell us about your Mahdi?”

Imam Ali (s) said: “He is from the Hashemites; the top of the mountain of the Arabs (the best of the Arabs), the sea, to which everyone comes ladling, the safe resort and the pure spring when others become turbid. He is from the people, who do not cower when death hastens, do not weaken when the end approaches and do not recede when the heroes clash. He is always a winner like a lion. He will do away with the oppressors and the arrogants. He is a sword of Allah’s. He arises from loftiness. His glory emits from a great glorious family. Let none of those, who hasten towards seditions and who when saying, the evilest of sayers and when keeping silent, fishing in the troubled water, prevents you from paying homage to him.”

 

Then he talked again about the aspects of al-Mahdi (s) by saying: “He is the most generous, the most aware and the kindest of you to his kin. O Allah, make his advent as deliverance from distresses and make the umma unite by him! O you man, if Allah chooses (that) to you, be determined and do not deviate from him (al-Mahdi) when you are guided to him.” He sighed and pointed at his chest with his hand showing his eagerness to see him.”

Ref: Ithbat al-Hudat, vol.3 p.537, Biharul Anwar, vol.51 p.115, Muntakhab al-Athar p.309, Mo’jam Ahadeeth al-Imam al-Mahdi, vol.3 p.59


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A few distinctive characteristics of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.)

بسم الله ارّحمن الرّحيم

Allah the Most High has blessed the Imam of the time Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) with innumerable noble traits and distinctive characteristics. This shows the special position held by Imam (a.t.f.s.) near Allah, the Almighty. It is not even possible to list all of these attributes. We have listed below some of these special characteristics.

1. Light:

During his ascension (Meraj) the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) witnessed the light of the Holy Infallibles (a.s.). Among these, the light of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) was most bright and was the only one in an upright position.

2. Lineage:

The lineage of our Imam (a.s.) is the most noble and honorable. He is the grandson of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), he is of the family of the pure and holy Imams (a.s.). In addition to this, from his mother’s side his lineage extends to the Caesar (Qaiser) of Rome and further to Shamoon al-Safa, who was the successor of Hazrat Isa (a.s.). Consequently his lineage extends to Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s.) from both of his sons, Hazrat Ishaaq (a.s.) and Hazrat Ismaaeel (a.s.). Thus the supplication of Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s.) reaches fruition through Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.).

3. Imam (a.t.f.s.) visiting the skies:

When Imam (a.t.f.s.) was born, two angels took him up to the Throne and there, Allah The Most High spoke to Imam (a.t.f.s.) thus, ‘Welcome my servant, welcome! You are created for helping My religion and for the manifestation of My Glory. O Mahdi of the servants! I swear that I will accept through you, I will reject through you, and because of you will I forgive.’

4. Baitul Hamd:

Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) has a house called ‘Baitul Hamd’. Inside this house is a lamp, which is alight from the time of his birth and will remain so till his emergence from occultation. Continue reading