Imam al-Mahdi

Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Mahdī (محمد بن الحسن المهدي‎), also known as Imam Zaman (Persian: امام زمان‎), is believed by Twelver Shī‘a Muslims to be the Mahdī, an eschatological redeemer of Islam and ultimate savior of humankind and the final Imām of the Twelve Imams who will emerge with Isa (Jesus Christ) in order to fulfill their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world. Twelver Shī‘a believe that al-Mahdī was born in 869 (15 Sha‘bān 255 AH) and assumed Imamate at 5 years of age following the killing of his father Hasan al-Askari.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 week ago

Yes, Imam Al-Mahdi is granted from Allah ( SWT) the knowledge about our deeds and he feels happy for our good deeds and vice versa. We are encouraged to talk to Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) whenever we want and seek his help, prayers and blessings. Allah (SWT) makes our voice reach to him. We read in the Ziyarah of Ahlul Bayt (AS): I bear witness that you see my place, hear my talk, and reply my Salaam.أشهد أنكم تشهدون مقامي وتسمعون كلامي وتردّون سلامي 

Lovers of Allah, the Prophet and Ahlul Bayt never feel lonely. Imam Al-Mahdi is never far away from his lovers and they are always able to talk to him.

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 2 months ago

Different people have different ways of relating to Allah. Usually, people are at least a little bit reverent and show respect towards Allah like they might do towards people whom they respect in society, rather than being extremely casual like they might be with their friends. 

However, everyone is different, and it is ok to talk to Allah in whatever way you feel is natural for you, especially if you feel like there is a good response. The important thing is that you are sincere. 

The same with Imam Zaman (A).

It is said that some prophets like Yusuf (A) enjoyed a special sort of informality with Allah due to their extremely high level of closeness to Allah, which could make it more like a casual chat than a formal prayer, although this sort of thing will again vary from person to person. 

Anyway, recommended etiquette for speaking with Allah (and the Imams) is modelled in the Qur'an, duas, and ziyarat texts that we have, and one can read these and see if they find inspiration in the style of talking there. But again, everyone is different!

Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 months ago

Allah (SWT) is with us and we can seek from Him our needs and beg to Him any time we want.bit is highly recommended to seek from Allah in every matter in our life.

Allah (SWT) grants Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) as well as all the previous Infallible Imams the knowledge to know our deeds and the ability to hear us when we talk to him. It is highly recommended to talk to him as and when we need. That will strengthen our faith and our relationship with him (AS).

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 months ago

These claims from this person prove that he is a liar. He has been appointed and financially supported by our enemies to create dispute and cause trouble among the followers of Ahlul Bayt. Fortunately, his lies are clear for our community and after spending huge amounts of money which is been injected by our enemies,he hardly has any considerable following. 
He claimed that he is son of imam Al-Mahdi, while people of Basra where he belongs to, know the name of his father and grand father and his family tree and confirm that he is a liar.

There are special websites and social media groups refuting his lies.

'Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 5 months ago

Dajjal is the last leader of falsehood, will come before the reappearance of Imam Al-Mahdi (AS). He will be killed by the last leader of righteous, Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.). Dajjal is one of the definite signs of the reappearance of Imam Al Mahdi (A.S.). Dajjal will lead an army of the enemies of Ahlulbayt and fight against Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.) and he will be defeated. (Al Amali by Al Toosi, Page 459). It is mentioned in Kamaal Ad-Din Page 336 from Imam Jafar As-Sadiq (A.S.) that Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.) will kill Dajjal. Unfortunately, we read narrations in some Sunni books, which are taken from Non-Muslims and it go against the Truth. For example, the narration in Sahih Muslim which is called Hadeeth Al-Jassasa Volume 8 Page 204 & Hadeeth in Sahih Al Bukhari about Ibn Sayyad who is according to the narration of Bukhari the Dajjal. Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani in Fath Al-Bari Volume 13 Page 276 confirmed his opinion that Dajjal is still alive. We don’t have in our authentic narrations the exact date when Dajjal was born and in fact we don't need it, but we only need to know that Dajjal is a devil satanic leader and he will lead his followers to the hellfire, and he will fight against Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.) and he will be killed by Him.  (Al Amali by Al-Toosi Page 527, Al- Bihar Volume 76 Page 74, Al-Waafi Volume 26 Page 186).

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

Yes, it is mentioned in many narrations that Imam al-Mahdi (AS) will martyred and Imam Husain (AS) will pray his Namaz e Janaza. (Biharul Anwar , volume 53, page 103 and Al-Kafi 8:250)

Wassalam.

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Mateen Charbonneau, Sheikh Mateen Joshua Charbonneau achieved a certificate from Harvard University in Islamic Studies. He undertook Howza classes under esteemed scholars since 2013 and has been teaching at Imam Mahdi... Answered 6 months ago

There is a very beneficial video series about the topic here:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD2F0DFA18BFBD747

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 9 months ago

The sincere believers will obey the orders of Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) in every matter in their life. He will not order all the believers to fight. His aim is not merely fighting but only against the enemies of human beings who are the tyrants. He will clean the whole earth from tyranny and injustice and fill the whole earth with justice and fairness.

He will never ask people to do any thing which they do not know, so, if you have no experience in fighting, you will not be asked to fight, unless you go through suitable training which makes you able to fight. That also only fighting was required in your area, which is not confirmed in every area. We need to prepare ourselves to obey the orders of our Imam (AS) but we can never know now whether he will order us to fight against the enemies of human beings or to build  our societies and serve people.

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 9 months ago

Short answer: Yes and no.

Longer answer:

"Al-Qa'im" means "the one who rises up" [for instance, against injustice]. It is primarily used for the Mahdi, but it can also be used for all the Imams.

The literal meaning of the word "al-Qa'im" does not specifically relate to one's name being unused; it comes from the word meaning "to rise" or "to stand".

However, titles for the Mahdi (including al-Mahdi and al-Qa'im) have been used instead of his personal name (which is the same as that of the Prophet (S)) because there are narrations saying that you should not refer to the Mahdi by name. So, in that sense, the Qa'im will arise when people are not referring to him by name; rather, they are referring to him as the Mahdi or the Qa'im.

[For instance, see https://www.al-islam.org/kamaaluddin-wa-tamaamun-nima-vol-2-shaykh-saduq... ]

It is also mentioned in a couple narrations that the Mahdi is called "al-Qa'im" because his occultation will last for a very long time. Therefore, when he reappears, people will have forgotten him so much that it will be as if he is rising up as a new creation. [Similar to how, on the qiyamah or Resurrection, people will rise up anew after being dead.]

[For instance, Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 51, p. 30 -  سمي القائم عليه السلام قائما لأنه يقوم بعد موته ذكره. - "he is called the Qa'im because he will arise after his remembrance has perished".]

This is similar to narrations which say that the Mahdi will reappear in a time when faith is at an all-time low. So, in this sense, he may not be commonly spoken about before his reappearance. 

So, you can say that both:

(a) The Mahdi is called "al-Qa'im" because he will lead an uprising [this is explained, for instance, by Imam al-Sadiq], and
(b) The Mahdi is called "al-Qa'im" beacuse he will arise at a time when his name has been forgotten, and therefore will be rising up anew.

The first view (that he is called al-Qa'im because he will lead an uprising) is the more commonly understood meaning, but both views are supported by narrations, and one can say that he is called al-Qai'm for both reasons.

Hope that helps!

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 10 months ago

Some narrations about the raj'ah specifically mention the return of people from ancient times. Of course, not all narrations about the raj'ah are correct, and maybe those are not correct, but, at least, from what we have, it seems that the raj'ah will include people from all times and not only the time after certain Imams.

However, according to narrations, not all people return in the raj'ah. Only those who have the highest level of faith and highest level of depravity will be brought back to life.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 11 months ago

Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) will not fight but only against those enemies who insist on fighting him. Non Muslims will never be forced to become Muslims. The Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and Imam Ali (AS) never forced any non Muslim to become a Muslim. Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) will be applying Islamic rules in the same prophetic way.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 11 months ago

1. Being pious in every act we do and every word we say.

2. Remembering the fact that our Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) is alive and he is informed about our acts and deeds and trying to always please him by obeying Allah (SWT).

3. Doing more good deeds and gifting the reward to Imam Al-Mahdi (AS). Pious believers gift all their reward to Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) and other Infallible.

4. Praying sincerely for Imam Al-Mahdi (AS)'s reappearance and keeping it as our first and upmost important need.

5. Preparing ourselves to serve our Imam (AS) in every possible way that we can including serving his followers and lovers and spreading his message to people.

And many other noble acts which can help us in this regard.

Wassalam.