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Religiousness During The Occultation Of Imam Al-Mahdi

The Holy Prophet (S) said:

"O Ali know that the strangest of the people of Imaan and the greatest of them in certainty are those people who will be in Akhir az-Zaman (the last period of time). They will not meet the Prophet. And their Imam will be hidden from them. But they will believe (only) due to black upon white."1

The "black upon white" means the writings on paper. It means that these people will believe in the Qur’an and the Sunnah as recorded in the books, even though they may not see their Imam (‘a).

Imam Ja’far Al-Sadiq (‘a) said:

"Certainty, the master of this affair has an occupation. Then those who are the pious servants of Allah, will hold firmly to their faith".2

Imam Musa al-Kazim (‘a) said:

"Blessed are our followers (the Shi’ites) who during the time of occupation (Ghaybah) of the Imam of the Age, identify themselves with our Authority (wilayah) and keep away from our enemies. They belong to us and we belong to them. They have accepted our leadership and we are pleased with their adherence. Therefore, blessed are they. I swear to Allah that they will be with us in our rank in Paradise".3

It is related from Imam Ja’far Al-Sadiq (‘a) that the following dua must be recited during the time of Ghaybah.

"O Allah ! O Beneficient ! O Merciful ! O the knower of the thoughts (of the hearts) ! make my heart firm upon your religion."4

Longing For Imam Al-Mahdi (‘A)

Hazrat Imam Hasan al-Askari (‘a) said, regarding his son Imam Al-Mahdi (‘a):

"And know that! Those who are obedient and pious will rush towards him like the birds head for their nests."5

Sorrow And Grief Of Imam Al-Mahdi (‘A)

Imam Al-Ridha’ (‘a) said:

"The most pious of believing men and women are those who are sorrowful for the (time of) flowing water [Imam Al-Mahdi- (‘a)]"

Flowing water indicates that it is a part of the ayat:

"Say! Have you considered if your water should go down, who is if then that will bring you flowing water?" (Sura Al Mulk, 67:30).

According to Imam Al-Sadiq (‘a) "the flowing water" in this Ayat means Hazrat Al-Mahdi (‘a). Hence the exegesis of this Ayat is as follows:

"Say, if your Imam (‘a) goes into Ghaybah, who is it that will bring back your Imam to you. Who, like a gushing spring will teach you what is haraam and what is halal, and quench you thirst with good tidings (news) of the sky and the earth."6

Weeping For Imam Al-Mahdi (‘A)

Imam Ja’far Al-Sadiq (‘a) said:

"Know him! The one who would be hidden from you in your time until it would be said, He is dead! He is killed! He has gone into wilderness. And the eyes of the believers will be tearful."7

Praying For The Early Reappearance Of Imam Al-Mahdi (‘A)

Imam Hasan al-Askari (‘a) said,

"By Allah they do not truly wish for his reappearance, and do not attain salvation. Except those, whom Allah the

High and the Mighty, has made firm upon the sayings of their Imams, and gave them the tawfeeq (opportunity) to pray for the hastening of the reappearance."8

Imam Al-Mahdi (‘a) says:

"And pray more for an early reappearance. For certainly, in it, is your success."9

  • 1. Kamaaluddin vol.1 Pg.288
  • 2. Al Kafi vol.1 Pg.335 and 336, Ghaybah, al-Toosi Pg.455. Ghaybah,- e-Nomani Pg.169
  • 3. Kamaaluddin vol.2 Pg.361. Kifayatul Asar Pg.265-266
  • 4. Kamaaluddin vol.2 Pg.352
  • 5. Kamaaluddin vol.2 Pg.448.
  • 6. Refer Kamaaluddin Pg.325-326.
  • 7. Ghaybah, al-Nomani Pg.152. 153.
  • 8. Kamaaluddin vol.2 Pg.384.
  • 9. Kamaaluddin vol.2 Pg.485, Ghaybah, al-Toosi pg.292-293.