The Letter Fa (F)
Points regarding this matter are mentioned in Part Three of this book and also in this section. They should suffice for those who are wise.
That which proves the above point is a tradition quoted in Biharul Anwar from Tafseer Ayyashi reported by Ijlaan Abu Salih that he said:
His Eminence, Abu Abdillah Sadiq (as) said: “The days and the nights shall not come to an end till a caller does not call out from the sky: O people of truth, separate. O people of falsehood, separate. Then the former would separate from the latter and the latter would separate from the former. The narrator says: I asked with due respect: May Allah be good to you, after this call would they again mix together? “No,” replied he, “The Almighty Allah says in His Book:
“On no account will Allah leave the believers in the condition which you are in until He separates the evil from the good…”(Surah Aale Imran 3:179)1
In the same book it is narrated from Amirul Momineen (as) in a lengthy tradition about the happenings of the time of the reappearance and advent of the Qaim (aj):
“…and the caller will call out in the month of Ramadan from the east at dawn: O people of guidance, come together: and a caller will announce from the west after the disappearance of the glow from the horizon: O people of falsehood, come together. And the next day at the time of reappearance the color of the Sun will be changed from red to yellow, after that it will become black and dark.
On the third day the Almighty Allah will separate the truth and falsehood from each other and the walker of the earth will emerge. And the Romans till the youths of the cave will come forward. So the Almighty Allah will bring them out of their cave along with their dog. One of them is named Maleekha and one is named Hamlaha and they shall be the two Muslim witnesses for Qaim (aj).”2
It is mentioned in Ghaibat Nomani quoting from Aban bin Taghlib that he said:
I heard His Eminence, Abu Abdillah Ja’far bin Muhammad (as) say: “The world would not end till a caller calls out from the sky: O people of truth, come together. Then they shall remain in an area. Then he will call out again: O people of falsehood, come together. So they would come together and remain in another area.”
I asked politely: “Would they be able to leave one group and enter another?” He said, “No, by Allah, and it is the saying of the Almighty Allah that:
“On no account will Allah leave the believers in the condition which you are in until He separates the evil from the good.” (Surah Aale Imran 3:179)3
I say: Truth and falsehood shall be separated in another way also. It is that His Eminence knows them by their faces. At that time he would eliminate his enemies. Appropriate points shall be mentioned in the topic of the slaying of the infidels, if Allah the Almighty wills.
That which proves the above point is the statement mentioned in the blessed Tawqee (epistle) quoted in the book of Ihtijaaj:
“And pray more for Faraj (the reappearance) because in it lies Faraj (the success) of you all.”4
Apparently the indication is to ‘Faraj’; that is your Faraj will be as a result of the Faraj and reappearance of His Eminence, may Allah bless him and may Allah hasten his Faraj.
Also in the Ziarat of Friday we recite:
“And today is Friday, which is your day, the day of your reappearance and the Faraj of the believers through your hands and the slaying of the infidels through your sword is awaited on this day.”
Also in the book of Kamaluddin, through the author’s own chains of reporters it is stated from Ibrahim Karkhi that he said:
“I had gone to His Eminence, Abi Abdullah Sadiq (as) and while I was sitting in his company that Abul Hasan Moosa bin Ja’far (as) who was a young boy at that time arrived. I stood up by way of respect and kissed him, then returned to my seat. His Eminence, Sadiq (as) said to me: O Ibrahim, he is your master after me, however a group will achieve salvation through belief in him and other groups will be destroyed.
Thus the Almighty Allah would curse his killer and increase His chastisement upon him two-fold. Indeed, the Almighty Allah will bring out from his loins the best of the people of his time whose name shall be the same as the name of our great grandfather.
He shall be the inheritor of the knowledge, commands and merits of the Prophet. He shall be the mine of Imamate and the repository of wisdom. He shall eliminate the tyrants of Bani so and so. People would be jealous of his excellence but Allah would complete His affair even though the polytheists may be averse. From his loins the Almighty Allah would bring out the completion of twelve Imams, Imam Mahdi. He would endow him especially with His blessings and make lawful for him the sacred position. One who awaits the twelfth Imam is like one who fights on the side of the Holy Prophet (S) and defends him.”
Ibrahim says that a supporter of Bani Umayyah entered and the Imam stopped his discourse. After that I attended the Holy Imam (as) eleven times to listen to the rest of the discourse but no opportunity arose for this. After a long time when I went to Imam (as) he was sitting. He said, “O Ibrahim, he (Imam Qaim) (aj) will reappear after a long period of distress, calamities, fear and sorrow for the Shias. Thus Tooba (congratulations) for those who live in his time. O Ibrahim, this much is sufficient for you.”
Ibrahim says that no statement had ever caused such happiness to me and brightened my eyes before.5
It is narrated from His Eminence, Amirul Momineen Ali (as) that he said regarding the conditions of the believers during the rule of tyranny:
“Till the time that none of you will be able to find a place to put your foot, so much so that you will become of less worth in the view of the people than a dead animal in the view of its owner and you shall be in this way when (all of a sudden you will receive the help of Allah and victory). And that is the interpretation of the saying of the Almighty in His book:
حَتَّىٰ إِذَا اسْتَيْأَسَ الرُّسُلُ وَظَنُّوا أَنَّهُمْ قَدْ كُذِبُوا جَاءَهُمْ نَصْرُنَا فَنُجِّيَ مَنْ نَشَاءُ
“Until when the apostles despaired and the people became sure that they were indeed told a lie, Our help came to them.” (Qur’an, Surah Yusuf 12:110)
In Biharul Anwar it is quoted from Ghaibat of Shaykh Tusi that Wahab bin Munabbah reported from Ibne Abbas a lengthy tradition in which he said:
“…O Wahab, then the Mahdi will rise.” I asked, “Is he from your progeny?” He said, “No, by Allah, he is not from my progeny. He is from the progeny of Ali (as). Bliss be for the one who reaches his time. Through him Allah will relieve the Ummah’s stress, until he makes the earth full of equity and justice…”6
In the supplication of Imam Sadiq (as) of 21st Ramadan for His Eminence quoted in Iqbalul A’maal it is mentioned:
“And that You give permission for the reappearance of one through whose Faraj Your friends and chosen ones would also get Faraj.”7
If Allah wills, we shall again refer to this supplication.
In the book, Kamaluddin it is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that he said:
“The Imams after me are twelve. The first of them is you, O Ali and the last is the Qaim; at the hand of whom the Almighty Allah would conquer the east and the west of the earth.”8
In the ninth volume of Biharul Anwar is quoted from the Amali of Shaykh Tusi the saying of the Holy Prophet (S) that he said to Jabir:
“…thus the Almighty Allah ended prophethood with me and Ali was born. Thus He ended the legateeship with him. After that the seeds from both me and Ali joined together and from us were born, Jahar and Jaheer, Hasnain.
Then the Almighty Allah through these two, ended the grandsonship of prophethood and made my progeny to proceed through them and also the one who would conquer the cities – or he said ‘countries’ – of the infidels and fill up the earth with justice and equity just as it would fraught with injustice and oppression.”9
I say: Jahar and Jaheer means handsome and elegant as the experts of language have stated. In the 16th volume of Biharul Anwar it is narrated from His Eminence, Abu Ja’far Baqir (as) that he said:
“The Qaim will rule for 309 years equal to the number of years the folks of the cave (As-haab-e-Kahaf) remained in their cave. He would fill up the earth with justice and equity just as it would fraught with injustice and oppression. After that the Almighty Allah will conquer the east and the west of the earth for him and kill the people till no religion remains, except that of Muhammad (S). He (the Qaim) will deal in the manner of Sulaiman bin Dawood. He would call out to the Sun and the Moon and they would respond to him and the earth shall be illuminated by his effulgence and divine revelation would descend for him and he would act according to divine commands and revelation.”10
In the book of Ghayat al-Maraam and other books, it is narrated through Sunni channels that the Holy Prophet (S) said:
“Mahdi is from my progeny. In appearance he is like a forty year old. His face shall be shinning as a brilliant star. Upon his right cheek would be a black mole. He would be donning two cloaks of cotton. He would resemble a man of Bani Israel. He would bring out the treasures and conquer the countries of the polytheists.”11
Also it is narrated from His Eminence that he said:
“Qiyamat shall not be established till a person from my family rules. He would conquer Constantinople and Mount Dailam. And even if a day remains from the tenure of the earth, the Almighty Allah will prolong that day so much as to enable him to be victorious.”12
In Biharul Anwar it is narrated from Imam Sadiq (as) that he said:
“When Qaim (aj) rises up, he will appoint a person in every province of the earth and tell him: If you ever be in a position when you cannot understand or you do not know that what judgment you should deliver, glance at the palm of your hand and act upon what is mentioned there. And he would dispatch an army to Constantinople. When it reaches the gulf they would write something with their feet and walk on the surface of the water. The people of Constantinople will say: They are the companions of one who walks on water, then what would be his own excellence? At that moment they would open up the gates of the city for them. They would enter the city and order whatever they desire.”13
In Kafi it is narrated from Imam Sadiq (as) that he said to Ibne Abi Ya’fur:
“The red jafr is in my possession.”
“I asked, ‘What is in the red jafr?’ He said: ‘The armory; (it is called red) because it will be opened only for blood, the owner of the sword (Imam Mahdi) will open it for fighting.’”14
Regarding this matter we shall talk in detail under the topic of Letter Noon (N) in the sub heading of Nafa’ (Benefits) of His Eminence, if the Almighty Allah wills.
- 1. Biharul Anwar; Vol. 52, Pg. 222, Tafseer al-Ayyashi, Vol. 1, Pg. 207
- 2. Biharul Anwar; Vol. 52, Pg. 274
- 3. Ghaibat Nomani, Pg. 320
- 4. Al-Ihtijaaj, Vol. 2, Pg. 284
- 5. Kamaluddin, Vol. 1, Pg. 334
- 6. Biharul Anwar; Vol. 51, Pg. 76
- 7. Iqbal, Vol. 1, Pg. 201
- 8. Kamaluddin, Vol. 1, Pg. 282
- 9. Biharul Anwar; Vol. 37, Pg. 46
- 10. Biharul Anwar; Vol. 52, Pg. 290
- 11. Ghayat al-Maraam, Pg. 693
- 12. Ghayat al-Maraam, Pg. 695
- 13. Biharul Anwar; Vol. 52, Pg. 365
- 14. Kafi, Vol. 1, Pg. 240