System of the Imam’s (a.s.) Government
The program of the government and his policies shall be mainly concerned with spreading of truth and justice and making peace and security general for all the people. His policies shall be based on commands of the Book of Allah (SwT), practice of the Messenger of Allah (S) and manners of his honorable grandfather, Amirul Momineen (a.s.). His Eminence (a.s.) shall be the standard bearer of social justice and one to establish justice and truth. Here we quote some traditions on this subject.
1. Jabir narrated from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said, “Mahdi (a.s.) shall reappear in Mecca at the time of Isha (Night Prayer) and the flag, the dress and the sword of the Messenger of Allah (S) shall be with him and he shall be having the signs of effulgence and mode of speech. Thus after he completes the Isha Prayer, he shall raise his voice and say, ‘I would make you remember Almighty Allah (SwT) while you are in fact in the service of your Lord.
“And the proof is complete upon you and the messengers have been sent and the books have been revealed and they command you not to associate anything with God and obey Allah (SwT) and His Prophet (S). Whatever the Quran has kept alive you also keep alive and whatever the Quran destroys you also destroy it. Be supporters of guidance and remain with piety because the world is soon to end and to announce its farewell. And I invite you to Allah (SwT) and the Messenger of Allah (S) and to act on the Book of Allah (SwT) and to destroy falsehood and to revive the practice of the Prophet (S)…’”
2. His Eminence, Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said, “When our Qaim (a.s.) reappears he shall distribute equally and judge between good and bad for the creatures of Allah (SwT).”1
3. His Eminence, Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said, “When our Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he shall rule with justice, and injustice and oppression shall be destroyed and roads shall become safe and the earth shall spill out its treasures and every right shall be restored to its rightful owner.”2
4. His Eminence, Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said, “His Eminence, Mahdi (a.s.) shall ward off oppressions of the people. So much so, that even if it is held between the teeth, he would restore it to its owner.”3
In fact, the method and diplomacy of His Eminence, Imam Mahdi (a.s.) is only the continuation of the practice of his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah (S) and the legatee and the Gate of the City of the knowledge of the Holy Prophet (S). He would rise up just as they had risen. Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) was asked about the system of the government of His Eminence, the Remnant of Allah (a.s.) and the Imam (a.s.) replied, “He would cancel the past just as the Messenger of Allah (S) had done and establish Islam anew.”4