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Chapter 57: Signs of the reappearance of al-Qaim (a.s.)

1 - Narrated to us my father: Narrated to us Abdullah bin Ja’far Himyari from Ibrahim bin Mahziyar from his brother Ali from Husain bin Saeed from Safwan bin Yahya from Muhammad bin Hakam from Maimoon Alban from Abi Abdullah as-Sadiq (a.s.):

“Five signs will become manifest before the reappearance of the Qaim: Advent of Yamani and Sufyani, call from the sky, the sinking of Baida land and the killing of the Pure Soul (Nafse Zakiyyah).”

2 - Narrated to us Muhammad bin Hasan bin Ahmad bin Walid (r.a.): Narrated to us Muhammad bin Hasan Saffar from Abbas bin Maroof from Ali bin Mahziyar from Abdullah bin Muhammad Hajjal from Thalaba bin Maimoon from Shuaib Hadhdha from Salih, freed slave of Bani Azra that he said: I heard Abi Abdullah as-Sadiq (a.s.) say:

“There will be only a gap of fifteen days between the rising of the Qaim of Aale Muhammad and the killing of the Pure Soul (Nafse Zakiyyah).”

3 - Narrated to us my father: Narrated to us Abdullah bin Ja’far Himyari from Ahmad bin Hilal from Hasan bin Mahboob from Abi Ayyub Khazzaz and Alaa bin Razeen from Muhammad bin Muslim that he said: I heard Abi Abdullah (a.s.) say:

“Before the rising of the Qaim, Allah will appoint signs for the believers. I asked: What are those, may I be sacrificed on you? He replied: They are mentioned in the saying of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime:

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ

That is before the advent of the Qaim the believers will be tested through fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient.

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنْفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ 

And We will most certainly try you with somewhat of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient, 1

He said: The believers will be tested through the fear of the last ruler of Bani so-and-so. Hunger through rise in prices. Loss of property and lives and fruits means loss in business and agriculture. And give good news to the patient means those who await for the reappearance.”

4 - Narrated to us Muhammad bin Hasan bin Ahmad bin Walid (r.a.) that he said: Narrated to us Husain bin Hasan Ibne Aban from Husain bin Saeed from Nadhr bin Suwaid from Yahya Halabi from Harith bin Mughaira Basri from Maimoon Alban that he said:

“I was with Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) in his tent. He lifted the opening of the tent and said: ‘Our Wilayat is clearer than this sun.’ Then he said: ‘A caller will call out from the sky that so and so son of so and so is Imam. And he would call out his name. While Iblees, may Allah curse him, would call out from the earth, in the same way as he had called the Holy Prophet (S) on the night of Uqbah.’”

5 - And through the same chain of narrators from Husain bin Saeed from Safwan bin Yahya from Isa bin Ayyan from Mualla bin Khunais from Abi Abdullah (a.s.) that he said:

“Indeed the advent of Sufyani is a certain matter and it shall take place in the month of Rajab.”

6 - And through the same chain of narrators from Husain bin Saeed from Hammad bin Isa from Ibrahim bin Umar from Abi Ayyub from Harith bin Mughaira from Abi Abdullah (a.s.) that he said:

“The call from the sky shall be raised on the 23rd night of the month of Ramadhan.”

7 - And through the same chain of narrators from Husain bin Saeed from Muhammad bin Abi Umair from Umar bin Hanzala that he said: I heard Abi Abdullah (a.s.) say:

“Five signs will become manifest before the reappearance of the Qaim: Advent of Yamani and Sufyani, call from the sky, the killing of the Pure Soul (Nafse Zakiyyah) and the sinking of Baida land.”

8 - Narrated to us my father: Narrated to us Saad bin Abdullah: Narrated to us Muhammad bin Husain bin Abil Khattab from Ja’far bin Basheer from Hisham bin Saalim from Zurarah from Abi Abdullah (a.s.) that he said:

“A caller will call out in the name of the Qaim.” I asked: “Will it be for some people or for all?” He replied: “It would be for all. And every community will hear it in its own language.” I asked: “Would the opponents of Qaim be also called in his name?” “No,” he said, “For them Iblees will call out at the end of the night and put suspicion in the hearts of the people.”

9 - Narrated to us Muhammad bin Ali Majilaway (r.a.) that he said: Narrated to us my uncle Muhammad bin Abil Qasim from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from Muhammad bin Abi Umair from Umar bin Uzaina that he said: Abi Abdullah (a.s.) said to me: Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said:

“The son of the liver-eater will come out from the valley of Yabis. He shall be of medium height. His face will be horrible. He will be fat. His face will be pockmarked. He will be one-eyed. His name will be Uthman and his father’s name will be Anbasa. He will be from the progeny of Abu Sufyan. He will camp in Kufa where he will sit on the pulpit.”

10 - Narrated to us Ahmad bin Ziyad bin Ja’far Hamadani: Narrated to us Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim from his father Ibrahim bin Hashim from Muhammad bin Abi Umair from Hammad bin Uthman from Umar Ibne Yazid that he said: Abi Abdullah as-Sadiq (a.s.) said to me:

“If you have seen Sufyani you have seen the most horrible man. He is red, blond and blue. He will say: My Lord, I will take revenge even if I have to go to Hell. The extent of his evil is that he would bury alive his slave mother so that she may not reveal his true ancestry.”

11 - Narrated to us my father and Muhammad bin Hasan - May Allah be pleased with them – they said: Narrated to us Muhammad bin Abil Qasim Majilaway from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi: Narrated to us Husain bin Sufyan from Qutaibah Ibne Muhammad from Abdullah bin Abi Mansur Bajali that he said: I asked Abi Abdullah (a.s.) about the name of Sufyani. He replied:

“Why do you want to know his name? When he conquers the districts of Shaam, Hams, Palestine, Jordan and Qanassireen, you wait for the reappearance.” I asked: “Would he rule for nine months?” He replied: “No, only for eight months and not a day more.”

12 - Narrated to us Muhammad bin Ibrahim bin Ishaq Taliqani (r.a.): Narrated to us Ahmad bin Ali Ansari from Abi Salt Harawi that he said: I asked ar-Reza (a.s.):

“What would be the sign of your Qaim when he reappears?” He replied: “He will be advanced in age but he will seem like a young man. Whoever sees him will say that he is forty or less. The rotation of days and nights does not affect him till his last.”

13 - Narrated to us Muhammad bin Ali Majilaway (r.a.) from his uncle Muhammad bin Abil Qasim from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from his father from Abi Maghra from Mualla bin Khunais from Abi Abdullah (a.s.) that he said:

“The call of Jibraeel will come from the sky and the voice of Iblees will come from the earth. So you must obey the first call and do not pay attention to the second since it would be to spread mischief.”

14 - Narrated to us Muhammad bin Musa bin Mutawakkil: Narrated to us Abdullah bin Ja’far Himyari from Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Isa from Hasan bin Mahboob from Abu Hamza Thumali that he said: I asked His Eminence, Abu Abdillah Sadiq (a.s.): Abu Ja’far (Imam Baqir a.s.) says: The advent of Sufyani is inevitable. He replied:

“Yes, and the conflict of Bani Abbas, the killing of the Pure Soul (Nafs-e-Zakiyya), the advent of Qaim (a.s.) are among the inevitable occurrences. I asked: How would the call be? He said: On the first day the caller will call out from the sky: Indeed, the truth is with Ali and his Shias. After that Iblees, may Allah curse him, will call at the end of the day that: Indeed, the truth is with Sufyani and his followers. Thus at that time those who are inclined to falsehood will fall into doubt.”

15 -Narrated to us Muhammad bin Hasan (r.a.): Narrated to us Husain bin Hasan bin Aban from Husain bin Saeed from Safwan bin Yahya from Isa bin Ayyan from Mualla bin Khunais from Abi Abdullah (a.s.) that he said:

“Indeed the advent of Sufyani is inevitable and it shall take place in the month of Rajab.”

16 - And through the same chain of narrators from Husain bin Saeed from Hammad bin Isa from Ibrahim bin Umar from Abi Ayyub from Harith bin Mughaira from Abi Abdullah (a.s.) that he said:

“There will be a call from the sky on Friday eve on the 23rd of the month of Ramadhan.”

17 - Narrated to us Ali bin Ahmad bin Musa (r.a.): Narrated to us Abi Abdullah Kufi: Narrated to us Muhammad bin Ismail Barmaki: Narrated to us Ismail bin Malik from Muhammad bin Sinan from Abil Jarud Ziyad bin Mundhir from Abi Ja’far Muhammad bin Ali Baqir from his father from his grandfather that he said: Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said from the pulpit:

“A man from my descendants would appear in the last period of time. His complexion would be fair with a reddish hue and he would have a broad stomach, his thighs would be big. And his sides would be broad. He would have two moles, one skin colored and the other like the seal of prophethood of the Holy Prophet (S).

He would have two names, one is confidential and the other, popular. His secret name is Ahmad and his known name is Muhammad. When he hoists and waves his flag he would illuminate the east and the west. He would stroke the heads of the people. Thus there would not remain any believer but that his heart would become as a strong as a mountain of steel and Allah, the Mighty and the High would give each of them the strength of forty men.

And no corpse would remain but that the celebration of his reappearance would reach its grave as the believers in the grave also would see him in their graves and they would greet each other upon the reappearance of Qaim (a.s.).”

18 - And from the same chain of narrators from Muhammad bin Sinan from Amr bin Shimr from Jabir from Abi Ja’far (a.s.) that he said:

“Knowledge of the book of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, and the Sunnah of His Messenger develops in the heart of our Mahdi, just as a plant grows to perfection. Thus whosoever of you survives till he sees him, when you meet him you must greet him by the words: “Peace be on you, O folks of the house of mercy and prophethood and the mine of knowledge and the abode of messengership.”

In another narration the Imam is saluted as follows: Peace be on you O the remnant of Allah on His earth.

19 - Narrated to us Husain bin Ahmad bin Idrees (r.a.): Narrated to us my father from Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Isa from Husain bin Saeed from Ali bin Abi Hamza from Abi Baseer that he said: Abu Ja’far (a.s.) said:

“The advent of the Qaim shall take place on a Saturday, the day of Ashura; that is the day of the martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.).”

20 - And through the same chain of narrators from Husain bin Saeed from Ibne Abi Umair from Abi Ayyub from Abi Baseer that he said: A man from Kufa asked Abi Abdullah (a.s.):

“With how many men would the Qaim arise? It is said that he will appear with 313 persons, equal to the martyrs of Badr?” The Imam said: “He will not appear till he has the required number of people and that number is not less than 10000.”

21 - Narrated to us Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Yahya al-Attar: Narrated to us my father from Muhammad bin Husain bin Abil Khattab from Muhammad bin Sinan from Abi Khalid Qammat from Dhuraith from Abi Khalid Kabuli from the Chief of the Worshippers, Ali bin Husain (a.s.) that he said:

“The first people to reach the Imam will be 313 persons, equal to the number of the martyrs of Badr. From wherever they start they shall be in Mecca in the morning. And that is the interpretation of the verse:

أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا

Wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together.2

And they are the companions of the Qaim.”

22 -Narrated to us Muhammad bin Hasan (r.a.): Narrated to us Muhammad bin Yahya al-Attar from Muhammad bin Husain bin Abil Khattab from Safwan bin Yahya from Mandal from Bakkar bin Abi Bakr from Abdullah bin Ijlan that he said:

We were discussing the advent of the Qaim in the company of Abi Abdullah (a.s.) when I asked him: “How would we know about this?” He replied: “When you get up in the morning, a slip of paper will be found below your head with the following written on it: Obedience with recognition.”

And it is narrated that the following shall be written on the banner of Imam Mahdi (a.s.): The Allegiance is for Allah, the Mighty and Sublime.

23 - Narrated to us my father: Narrated to us Ali bin Ibrahim from his father from Muhammad bin Abi Umair from Amr bin Abil Miqdam from his father from Ubaid bin Karb that he said: I heard Ali (a.s.) say:

“There is a flag for us; and one who goes ahead of it is a transgressor and one who lags behind it, is destroyed and one who follows it would achieve the truth.”

24 - Narrated to us Ali bin Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Ahmad bin Abi Abdullah Barqi that he said: Narrated to me my father from his grandfather Ahmad bin Abi Abdullah Barqi from his father Muhammad bin Khalid from Ibrahim bin Uqbah from Zakariya from his father from Amr bin Abil Miqdam from Abi Ja’far (a.s.) that he said:

“A fool from the Bani Abbas will be murdered secretly. The cause of his death shall be that he would have married a eunuch who will slay him when he get an opportunity. This murder will remain unreported for forty days before it would be discovered. So the police will go out in search of this eunuch but they will not return before the downfall of their rule.”

25 - Narrated to us Muhammad bin Hasan (r.a.): Narrated to us Husain bin Hasan Aban from Husain bin Saeed from Nadhr bin Suwaid from Yahya Halabi from Hakam Hannat from Muhammad bin Hammam from Ward from Abi Ja’far (a.s.) that he said:

“Two signs will be seen before the reappearance: there will be a lunar eclipse for five days and there will be solar eclipse for fifteen days. Such a phenomenon has not taken place since the arrival of Adam (a.s.) on the earth. At that time the calculations of the astrologers will fail.”

26 -And through the same chain of narrators from Husain bin Saeed from Nadhr bin Suwaid from Yahya Halabi from Muammar bin Yahya from Abi Khalid Kabuli from Ali bin Husain (a.s.) that he said:

“The Bani Abbas will establish a city on the banks of the Euphrates. Their kingdom will last for a year after this.”

27 - And through the same chain of narrators from Husain bin Saeed from Safwan bin Yahya from Abdur Rahman Ibne Hajjaj from Sulaiman bin Khalid that he said: I heard Abi Abdullah (a.s.) say:

“The reappearance of the Qaim will be preceded by two types of death: the red death and the white death. Five out of seven people will perish through this. The red death is killing by the sword and the white death is plague.”

28 - Narrated to us Muhammad bin Musa bin Mutawakkil: Narrated to us Ali bin Husain Sadabadi from Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Khalid from his father from Muhammad bin Abi Umair from Abi Ayyub from Abi Baseer from Abi Abdullah (a.s.) that he said:

“There will be a solar eclipse on the 5th of Ramadhan preceding the reappearance of the Qaim.”

29 - And through the same chain of narrators from Abi Ayyub from Abi Baseer and Muhammad bin Muslim that they said: We heard Abi Abdullah (a.s.) say:

“It will not take place till two-third of human population does not perish.” He was asked: “If two-third perish, who will remain?” He replied: “Are you not satisfied that one-third will remain?”

Abu Ja’far Muhammad bin Ali Babawahy the author of this book says: I have mentioned the signs of reappearance of Qaim (a.s.), his biography and whatever will occur during his time in the book As Sirrul Maktoom Ilal Waqtul Maaloom. And there is no power and strength except by Allah the High and the Mighty.

  • 1. Surah Baqarah 2:155
  • 2. Surah Baqarah 2:148