Our Responsibilities During Ghaibat

Ahlul Bayt, they say: anticipate the reappearance day and night. Why day and night? Because the absence of your Imam should be something that should bother you so much that you cannot stop thinking about it. When you have a problem, when you cannot pay your bills, do you not think about it day and night? When your car breaks down, it is a problem. You think about it day and night because you are in a very uncomfortable situation.

We are in al ghaybat ul-kubra. What do the Ahlul Bayt say about what we should be doing during the ghaybah, at least, what should our mindset be? They say: "Fa tawaqqa'u al-farajah sabahan wa masa'a". Ahlul Bayt, they say: anticipate the reappearance day and night. Why day and night? Because the absence of your Imam should be something that should bother you so much that you cannot stop thinking about it. When you have a problem, when you cannot pay your bills, don't you think about it day and night? When your car breaks down, it is a problem. You think about it day and night because you are in a very uncomfortable situation.

You know, brothers and sisters, there is a tradition where one of the companions of Amir al-Mu'minin, salawatullahi alayh [Allahumma salli ala Muhammad, wa aali Muhammad] he says, one day I saw Ali ibn Abi Talib sitting on the ground and he was in deep thoughts and he was playing with some dirt with his hands.

He said, I went to the Imam and I told him: Ya Amir al-Mu'minin, What are you doing? Just sitting on the ground. The Imam said: I am thinking. The companion says; Ya Amir al-Mu'minin, what are you thinking about? Ali ibn Abi Talib, he says, I am thinking about my 11th son and I am thinking about his great occultation, his Ghaybah. And the condition of the Ummah during his Ghaybah.

The absence of the 12th Imam is so significant that Ali ibn Abi Talib is thinking about it even before it happens! We are living it and we do not even think about it.

There is a tradition from Ali ibn Ja'far. Ali ibn Ja'far is the elder brother of Imam Musa al-Kadhim. We have many ahadith that have been transmitted to us from the, from Ali ibn Ja'far. One day Ali ibn Ja'far, he goes to the Imam and he asks him about the last verse from Surat ul-Mulk that brother Zuhair recited. He said to him, Oh, Imam, what is the meaning of: "Qul ara'aytum in asbaha ma'ukum ghawran faman ya'teekum bimaaa'im jadeed [ma'in](67:30). The Ayah where addresses the disbelievers." Say to them, if Allah makes the earth swallow the water, he takes away the water from you, who is going to bring back water?

Imam he gives him the dhahiri meaning, and then he gives him the baatini meaning. Imam al-Kadhim, he says the esoteric meaning of this verse is "Idha gha'baa 'ankum Imamukum, fama ya'teekum bi Imamin jadeed? If your Imam is taken away from you, what will you do? How will you bring back the Imam?

I conclude here, my dear brothers and sisters, with a tradition from Amir al-Mu'minin where he describes the community of the 12th Imam, specifically the 313 that you and I and our forefathers all aspire to be.

Imam Amir al-Mu'minin says, " Inna as'haab al-Qaaim shabaab." Imam, he has ansaar (helpers) and then he has as'haab (companions). The companions are 313. Imam Amir al-Mu'minin, he says the companions are three hundred and thirteen and they are youth. They are Shabaab. Because let us face it, brothers and sisters, when you get old, you start to think that, you know, I cannot do this, I cannot do that. I need insurance, right ? But youth, they have this fire in them. They do not see the boundaries that other people place.

So the Imam says in describing them, he says, Ka annahum luyuthun qad kharaju min ghabatihim mithla zubaril hadid. He says those 313, they are like lions who will come out of the jungle when the Imam reappears. Law annahum hammu bi izaa'latil jibala ar-rawaasil azaaluha amma wa'dhi iha Imam says these three hundred and thirteen, they are so determined that if they wanted to move mountains they would be able to move mountains. You know the. What is that, the the slogan. The motto of what is it Adidas or something impossible is nothing. The three hundred and thirteen in their minds impossible is nothing. If they want they can move mountains.

Fa hummu alladheena Wahadullah Haqqa Tawheedi. Imam Amir al-Mu'minin he says these 313, they are the true monotheists. Everyone says La ilaha Illa Allah but these individuals, they live La ilaha Illa Allah.

Lahum bi 'l-layl aswaatun ka aswaat ath-thawakib. At night, when everybody else is sleeping, they are standing and they are whispering to Allah, azza wa jal, and they are crying out of love for a lot, in the same way a mother cries when she loses her only child.

Quwam ul-layl Suwaam un-nahaar. They worship at night, they have a love relationship, they cannot sleep the entire night. They always want to be speaking to their beloved. They fast during the day. Ala wa inni 'arifu asma-ahum wa amsaram. Imam Amir al-Mu'minin, he says, even though they are not born yet. I know all of their names and I know what cities they come from.

In the heavens, they are well known. In the earth they are not well known because they are not flashy people. They do not publicize their good deeds. On earth, they are unknown, but their remembrance is celebrated in the heavens.