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Sayyid 'Ali Muhammad's Acknowledgement of the Hidden Imam's Existence

Sayyid 'Ali Muhammad's Acknowledgement of the Hidden Imam's Existence
In his book on the commentary of Sura Kawthar, Sayyid Muhammad 'Ali acknowledged the existence of the Hidden Imam and wrote about the signs and indications of that existence. Thus, for instance, he writes:There is no doubt about the existence of the Hidden Imam. The reason is that if he did not exist no one else would have existed. As such, this matter is as clear as the sun in the sky. The problem is that the necessary corollary of doubt in his ...

Rajat (Return)

Rajat (Return)
Believing in rajat (return) is one of the basic beliefs of the Shia religion. According to the sayings of Masoom (as), one who does not believe in the rajat (return) has nothing to do with the Shia religion. The description of rajat is after the completion of the imamate of Imam Zamana (ajf), the period between the time of the prophet hood of RasoolAllah (saw) and the appearance of Imam Zamana (ajf) will be finished. After this the time of the ...

Doctrine of the Number of the Imam

Doctrine of the Number of the Imam
Adopted from the book : "The Faith of Shi'a Islam" by : Allamah Muhammad Ridha al-Muzaffar"We believe that the Imams are twelve in number; that the prophet publicly announced them by name; and that each of them announcing his successor. They are:We believe that the Imams are twelve in number ; that the prophet publicly announced them by name; and that each of them announced his successor. They are:1) Abu 'l-Hasan 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, ...

Justice: Global vs Individual Perspectives

Justice: Global vs Individual Perspectives
Although some academics, such as F. A. Hayek, have denied the idea that distributive justice has meaning within states, no one would deny the existence of acts, which can be called "unjust". It has been argued, however, that the concepts of justice and injustice have no meaning outside of the nation-state, either because the lack of an international sovereign power precludes the establishment of justice, or because the state constitutes the ...

Justice: Internal vs. External Perspectives

Justice: Internal vs. External Perspectives
The Holy Lady Fatima Az-Zahra (as) has said:Justice is a means for harmonizing the hearts.This hadith used the word "harmony", a word that reflects the philosophy underlying justice. The goal of justice is to achieve the harmonization of hearts, which will end in achieving peace in the outside world.From the words of Sayyidat Un-nissa' Fatima (as), we see that justice has two dimensions: external and internal. A justice that is to be established ...

Exactly when will he appear? Is there a deadline for his occultation to end?

Exactly when will he appear? Is there a deadline for his occultation to end?
L. S. Walbridge wrote concerning this point:When I asked young Shari'ah-minded Ismael when he thought Al-Mahdi would return, he responded, "It is not allowed to make such predictions. "But he could not help adding, "There are signs that it may be coming soon." ... But his equally Shari'ah-minded wife on another occasion told me that she was studying with a visiting Shaykh from Lebanon who was not at all reticent about making some predictions. ...

Avoiding a hasty action

Avoiding a hasty action
The traditions differentiate between hastening (Isti'jal) and praying to Allah to hasten the universal government. The former is prohibited while the latter is commanded. In addition, in a number of verses in the Quran, Allah, the glorious, advices against al-Isti'jal. For instance:Man is a creature of haste. I shall soon show you My signs. So hasten not! (21:37)In the following tradition, Imam al-Sadiq (PBUH) quotes anther verse of the Quran in ...

The Imams and Leaders of Islam

The Imams and Leaders of Islam
The previous discussions lead us to the conclusion that in Islam, after the death of the Holy Prophet, there has continuously existed and will continue to exist within the Islamic community (ummah) an Imam (a leader chosen by God). Numerous prophetic hadiths 1 have been transmitted in Shi ism concerning the description of the Imams, their number, the fact that they are all of the Quraysh and of the Household of the Prophet, and the fact that the ...

On the Appearance of the Mahdi

On the Appearance of the Mahdi
In the discussion on prophecy and the Imamate, it was indicated that as a result of the law of general guidance which governs all of creation, man is of necessity endowed with the power of receiving revelation through prophecy, which directs him toward the perfection of the human norm and the well-being of the human species. Obviously, if this perfection and happiness were not possible for man, whose life possesses a social aspect, the very fact ...

Speaking about Justice as the main task of Al-Mahdi (as), how should man define justice in the Islamic conceptualization? How should it be reflected from different angles?

Speaking about Justice as the main task of Al-Mahdi (as), how should man define justice in the Islamic conceptualization? How should it be reflected from different angles?
Justice is an abstract concept that eludes clear definition. In this way it is like many other concepts, such as liberty and freedom, whose meaning remains fluid and difficult to grasp. Our aim here is to present a definition of justice that moves beyond familiar social contract theories as found in Locke, Rousseau, and Kant, and other classical theories of political and religious thought. In the place of such theories, we seek to establish an ...

What is our duty during the Occultation of the Imam, as it seems that we have no other choice but to wait passively for the decline and fall of man that will occur before his advent?

What is our duty during the Occultation of the Imam, as it seems that we have no other choice but to wait passively for the decline and fall of man that will occur before his advent?
The English novelist Aldous Huxley (1894-963) writes: Christ like in may behaviour, Like every good believer, I imitate the Savior. 215 emphasizing that Christians do imitate the Savior. Muslims also follow the through examples of Islam's Prophet Muhammed (saws), and their Savior Al-Mahdi (as). There are similarities between Muslims and Christians, and therefore somebody may claim if we -as believers- cannot make a big difference or a ...

Features of the Mahdi's (as) government

Features of the Mahdi's (as) government
An ideal Islamic state awaiting the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (af) would elevate the spiritual level of the society and minimize moral laxity and corruption. It would fulfill its obligations for general economic welfare within the limits of its resources and ensure that justice is distributed equitably and has completely eradicated opportunities for exploitation and corruption. The state should make a concerted effort to gather the maximum ...

The Infallibility of the Twelve Imams

The Infallibility of the Twelve Imams
The Tenth Spurious Argument:THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE TWELVE IMAMSSome people criticize the Shia for believing that the Imams of the honorable Prophet's family were infallible.THE ANSWERThe Shia believe that the Imam, who has been appointed by Allah, must be infallible. Allah says:Surely, I will make you an Imam of men. Ibrahim said, 'and of my offspring?' My covenant does not include the unjust, said He. (2:124)And whoever goes beyond the limits ...

The promised day of the Mahdi's reappearance

The promised day of the Mahdi's reappearance
Wait they for naught else than that Allah should come unto them in the shadows of the clouds with the angels? Then the case would be already judged. All cases go back to Allah (for judgment)." Quran (2:210)Both the Quran and the authenticated Sunnah of the Prophet speak about this monumental day of Allah. The Quran cites: "And verily We have written in the Psalms, after the Torah: My righteous servants will inherit the Earth." Quran (21:105) The ...

Religious Leaders

Religious Leaders
Argue only in the best way with the People of the Book, except with those of them who act unjustly. Say, "We believe in what was revealed to us and in what was revealed to you: our God and your God are one (and the same); we are devoted to Him." 31Syria´s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun opening his address to Members of the European Parliament, on Tuesday 15th of January 2008, saying: "Religion gives civilization its moral values but ...

General socio-cultural conditions before the appearance of the Imam (as)

General socio-cultural conditions before the appearance of the Imam (as)
One of the socio-cultural conditions that has to prevail universally before the appearance of the 12th Imam (AS) is that all believers will have been born. It has been mentioned in a Hadith from Imam Sadiq (AS) that:"In the loins of disbelievers and hypocrites God has deposited a seed for believing persons. It was for this reason that Imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib (AS) refrained from killing the fathers of disbelievers so that believing children could ...

Preparation for the coming of the 12th Imam (as) in light of the conditions that will prevail before his appearance

Preparation for the coming of the 12th Imam (as) in light of the conditions that will prevail before his appearance
Our scholars have identified and written in their books certain things Muslims ought to do during the occultation: to pray for the twelfth Imam; to do charitable works for him; to perform hajj and to appoint someone to do that on his behalf; to seek his help and assistance in times of difficulty, and so on. There is no doubt that all these suggestions are praiseworthy, however the most important obligation mentioned in the sources and that which ...

Imam Mahdi (A.S.) and Justice

Imam Mahdi (A.S.) and Justice
Imam Mahdi (A.S.) and JusticeIrrespective of their sects, Muslims throughout the world believe that, "When Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) will establish his government, peace, brotherhood, equality, justice and equity will spread to every nook and corner of the world. He will rescue the oppressed ones from the hands of the tyrants. And everybody will enjoy the bounties of the nature equally. He will establish such a government which will be free from all ...

Imam Mahdi (as) in Sehah-e-Sitah

Imam Mahdi (as) in Sehah-e-Sitah
Adopted from the book: "Mahdaviyat in Hadith"The belief in Imam Mahdi (A.S.) has been a topic of debate since the very inception of Islam. Most of the Islamic scholars are so deeply drowned in the pit of prejudice that they deny the existence of Imam Mahdi (A.S.) in its entirety. They assert that it is an idea fabricated by the Shias which has no origin either in Quran or in Prophetic traditions and is an unfounded belief. As far as Quran is ...

Imam Mahdi (as) in the View of Wahabis

Imam Mahdi (as) in the View of Wahabis
dopted from the book: "Mahdaviyat in Hadith"After propounding Oura'nic and traditional arguments there remains no doubt amongst any Muslim, irrespective of his being Sunni, Shia, Wahabi or Non-Wahabi, regarding the belief in Imam Mahdi (A.S.) and it is proved beyond doubt that it is a genuine Islamic belief. But since the Wahabi sect is having a very narrow-minded belief about some of the concepts of Islam hence from its very inception, it has ...