SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Imam Sadeq (AS) said: If I could have been present at the time of Imam Mahdi (AJ), I would have served him all my life. So what should we do to be counted as the friends of Imam Mahdi (AJ)? Regarding Ayah 41 of Surah Al-Hajj, Imam Sadeq (AS) said: It is referred to the companions of Imam Mahdi (AJ), the first thing they do after the appearance of Imam (AS) is to perform Salaat (Namaz) on the earth. Therefore one of the duties of those who live at the time of occultation and after the appearance of Imam Mahdi (AJ) is to reach a level that their prayers are accepted by Allah (SWT).
The acceptance of prayers by the Almighty depends on the presence of heart. When Imam Sadiq (AS) was asked, how to know if our Salaat is accepted, he replied: Look at your actions and behaviours, if your Salaat keeps you away from all sins, know that 100% of it has been accepted but if you do backbiting, accuse others and commit some sins, know that to the amount of sins you commit, that much of your Salaat has not been accepted. The importance of Salaat has always been stressed in the holy Quran, meaning a Muslim person must perform and keep up the prayers in the society. All those who are waiting for the appearance of Imam Mahdi (AJ) have such characteristics. Therefore Salaat has individual and social aspects and the followers of Imam Mahdi (AJ) will perform prayers and encourage others to do so with the presence of heart and full concentration at all times.