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Traditions on al-Mahdi a.s

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SHAFAQNA- Out of the controversial narrations we can refer to the various traditions cited in the books widely known among the Sunnis, dealing with al-Mahdi the Awaited, stating that he will reappear at the end of time to fill the world with…

Awaiting the Beloved

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SHAFAQNA-A person is indebted to the blessing of hope and anticipation in his social and personal life.  If it was not for this hope and anticipation there would be no purpose in looking forward to the future.  Life for such a person would…

The Awaited Imam, The Living Hujjah

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SHAFAQNA-The Holy Prophet [s] said: "The person who dies and has not known the Imam of his time (Imam Mahdi [a] is that of the present time) has died the same as one who died during the Age of Ignorance." Musnad-i-Ahmad-ibn-Hanbal, vol. 2,…

Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Title:  Al-Mehdi, Saheb-ul-Asr and Al-Hujjat Kunyat:  Abul Qasim Born at Samarra, on Friday, the 15th Shaban 255 A.H. Father’s name:  Imam Hasan-al-Askari Mother’s name:  Nargis Khatoon He is still living…

On the Appearance of the Mahdi

SHAFAQNA- 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,…

Division of Groups

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SHAFAQNA- Regarding the Imam after the martyrdom of Imam Hasan Askari a man by the name of NOU BAKHATI had written a book under the title “HREQ AL-SHIA” (sects of Shia). This man says strange things never heard before nor will be heard…

An Imam Still Calls Out...

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SHAFAQNA- With his face covered with a mask, the horseman rode triumphantly as the streets of Kufa rang with jubilant cries of "Allahu Akbar!" and "Ya Hussain!". As the man neared the governor's palace, it seemed like the entire city had…

Miraclous Birth and the Date

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SHAFAQNA- It is not bad to give a summary about the event of Mahdi’s birth. The birth of Mahdi the son of Imam Hasan Askari is recorded by historians as being a simple event. However the birth is surrounded by some strange signs. The…

Absence of Mahdi (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA- Under this title or leading the following may be said; A. the disappearance of the Imam was an event of most importance. Shias became upset and much disappointed they were uncertain as to what would happen politically, religiously…

The GHEEBAT of the 12th Imam

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SHAFAQNA- Earlier to Nomani in the books of the Prophet’s sayings and conversations (TRADITIONS) both types of the Imam’s disappearance (GREEB AT) have been mentioned. There are some who have been written before the end of the short GHEEBAT.…

The Signs Heralding the Reappearance of Imam al-Mahdi (a.s)

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SHAFAQNA- Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.) has said: "Even if the entire duration of the world’s existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left before Doomsday, Allah will expand that day to such length of time as to accommodate…

The Last Signs Heralding the Appearance of Imam al-Mahdi (a.s)

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SHAFAQNA- There is a Hadith from Imam Muhammed Baqir (a.s) that for three or seven consecutive days, one will see reddish yellow fire raging in the East. Sufiani will emerge in Palestine, where he will start a revolt in the month of Rajab.…

On the Appearance of the Mahdi (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA- 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…

Imam Mahdi (A.S) in Chapter al-Qadr (Part 1)

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SHAFAQNA- Chapter al-Qadr (97) of the Holy Qu’ran is a short chapter containing five verses in which Allah (swt) promises a night during which the angels descend with God’s command. In this paper, we will discuss some aspects of this blessed…

SHIA MUSLIMS CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY OF BEGINNING OF IMAM MEHDI’S IMAMAT

SHAFAQNA-Shia Muslims are celebrating the anniversary of the beginning of Imamat (leadership) of Imam Mehdi, the 12th infallible Imam of Shia Islam that is known as saviour of the humanity and Messiah. His father Imam Hassan Askari embraced…

Which one of the holy Imams (AS) recited Dua Faraj?

SHAFAQNA- The term “faraj” means remedy or improvement or relief from grief and sorrow. [1] The hadith books which include this term and also duas and deeds (a’amāl) have referred to the same meaning.   We suffice to mentioning a…

Have the 313 Already Been Chosen?

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SHAFAQNA- Question: Is it true that the 313 companions have already been chosen and that we cannot be from amongst them nor make an intention to be from amongst them? It is a small, yet important question. Answer: If the list…

The Connection between Imam Mahdi (A.S.) and Imam Husayn (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Dr. Mohammad Ali Shomali This paper is the first part of a series of three papers on the subject, initially conceived as part of a series of lectures delivered by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in Muharram…

Imam Hussein (A.S.) as a central theme in Imam Mahdi s movement

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SHAFAQNA- Mohammad Ali Shomali This paper is the second part of a series of three papers on the subject, initially conceived as part of a series of lectures delivered by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in Muharram 1433/November…

The Title Al-Qaim (The Riser)

SHAFAQNA-By: Ayatullah al-Uzma al-Hajj ash-Shaykh Lutfullah as-Safi al-Gulpaygani QUESTION: As everyone knows, one of the titles of the Mahdi (may Allah hasten his return) is �Al-Qa�im� (The Riser). A tradition has been related regarding…

What is the purpose of the belief in “Mahdawiyyah” and when did it originate?

SHAFAQNA- “Mahdawiyyah” is the belief about a universal saviour. All heavenly religions like Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam make a prominent mention about it. They hold that the last age will witness a person who will emancipate…

Imam of the Time in the Words of Imam Ali (PBUH)

SHAFAQNA- As the successor of the Prophet (PBUH), Imam Ali informs people of an absent Imam from among his descendents who will make world full of justice and remove injustice. How beautiful it is to combine the event of Ghadir with the…

The Era of Patience

SHAFAQNA- O impatient ones! Allah (SWT) will not become hurried in regards with the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) due to the hurry and rush of people…”‌ Believing in a saviour and his mission of settling the affairs of humanity…

Imam Mahdi (A.S) and the Wahabbis

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SHAFAQNA- After propounding the Qur'an and traditional arguments there remains no doubt amongst the Muslims, irrespective of his religion either Sunni, Shiite, Wahabi or non-Wahabi, regarding the belief in imam al-Mahdi (A.S) and it is proved…

Reappearance of Imam Mahdi

SHAFAQNA- Imam Mahdi is a divine figure who is on occultation and will reappear at the end times to establish justice in the world. He will establish a just government and will prepare the grounds for man’s perfection in all dimensions.…

Why is Imam Mahdi (A.J) also known as BaqiyatAllah?

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SHAFAQNA- In numerous traditions, it is stated that the term BaqiyatAllah in verse 86 of Surah Hud is a reference to the person of Imam Mahdi (A.S) or some of the other Imams (A.S). For example, the book IkmÁl al-Din narrates the following…

Resemblance of Imam Mahdi (as) to the Prophets (pbut)

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SHAFAQNA- This is a summary I wrote up from the volume 1 of the book Mikyalul Makarim Fee Fawaaid ad-Duaa Lil Qaaim by Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Taqi Musawi Isfahani. The title of the book translates to Perfection of Morals Among the Benefits…

The Connection between Imam Mahdi (A.S) and Imam Hussein (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- This paper is the first part of a series of three papers on the subject, initially conceived as part of a series of lectures delivered by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in Muharram 1433/November and December…