SHAFAQNA – There are two kinds of recognition; the historical and the real one which is more important than the first. The important point is that we recognise Imam Mahdi (AJ) and be seen by him, not the other way round. At the time of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) [whose position is above all Imams], a lot of people used to see him but Allah (SWT) in Ayah 198, Surah Al-A’araaf said: “You see them that they look at you but they cannot see you, they look but they have no vision.” The fact is, we need to be in a way to be seen by Imam Mahdi (AJ).
Ayah 77, Surah Al-e-Imran says: God who is all seeing, on the Dy of Judgment will not look at some people and will not hounor some people by looking at them. If we move in the right path, he [Imam Mahdi (AJ)] sees us.
Translated from parts of speech in Farsi by the Grand ayatollah Javadi Amoli