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What Remains with Allah is better for you if you are believers (11:86)" . The Birth of the Imam (AS): Al Hujjat ibn Al -Hassan Al - Mahdi (AS) the 12th divine leader of Islam was born on dawn, Friday the 15th of Shaaban 255 AH correspondent to 868 AD in the house of the 11th Imam (AS) in the city of Samerrah (Iraq).

His honorable father is Imam Hassan Al-Askari (AS), and his modest mother was the daughter of Caesar's son, Joshua, and from the generation of Samoan one of Jesus' apostles. She was so preferable that Imam Hassan's daughter called her "The mistress of herself and her family". Hakimah was herself one of the noble ladies in her time, but she called herself "Nargis's servant".

Imam Muhammad al- Mahdi's name is that of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) and his agnomen Abal Qassim is also that of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H). He is almost 1150 years old and his life will last as much as Allah wishes.



Mahdawiah in the Qur'an and Narration

As a promise it is mentioned frankly in the Holy Qur'an:

"And certainly we wrote in the book after the reminder that (as for) the land, My righteous servants shall inherit the earth". (Chap 21:105)

Islam will become an international religion and other religions will disappear. Also in the Holy Quran it is written that one of the relics of His Holy existence is above point:

"It is he Who sent His Apostle with the guidance and the true religion, that he may make it overcome all of the religions, though the polytheists may be reluctant" (61:9)


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Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) says, May Allah bestow our Shias with the ability to obey, for if they had sincerely adhered to their covenant with united hearts, then there wouldn't have been any delay in our blessed reappearance (Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 329)

Is Imam (a.t.f.s.) Observing Us?
The belief in the Imamat of Ahle Bait (a.s) is the basis of all (other) Islamic beliefs and laws. It is on the basis of this belief that one can comprehend the accurate and genuine concept of Tauheed. The real grandeur and magnificence of Prophethood (Nabuwwat) is reflected only in the mirror of this belief. Actions are correctly performed under the guidance of this doctrine and it forms the basis of acceptance of all actions. The one whose heart is devoid of this belief will be in a great loss on the Day of Judgment. Salvation and entry in paradise is restricted to those who subscribe to this belief.

However, this belief does not imply that we only believe in the existence of our twelve Imams (a.s) and don't consider them as our guides and role models. The very fact that we consider these venerable personalities as our Imams (a.s) signifies that we accept them as our guides at every step and tread on their path without any questions. In all facets of our lives- individual or social, commerce issues or complex personal relations, or those dealing with family life and the worship of Allah and gaining His proximity- we should adopt those principles which are enumerated by these honorable personalities as the aim of our life and try to emulate them.This belief also demands that we acknowledge and are convinced that our Imams (a.s) are observing our actions and none of our deeds are concealed from them.

Witness to our actions
Imam Sadiq (a.s) was asked about the meaning of the following Quranic verse:'How will be the condition on the day of judgment when We shall bring forth a witness from every nation and We will make you (O Prophet) as a witness upon them.' Surah Nisa, Verse 41) Imam (a.s) replied,'This verse refers particularly to the nation of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). In every era an Imam from among us is a witness upon them and the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) is a witness upon us.'(Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p.190, tradition 1)

Another person asked Imam Sadiq (a.s) about the following Quranic verse in which Allah says:

'In this way have We made you as the middle nation so that you be a witness on the people."(Surah Baqarah, Verse 143)

Imam (a.s) replied:"We are the 'middle nation'. We are the witnesses of Allah upon the creation and His Proof upon them.'(Ibid, tradition 2)

From these traditions, it becomes clear that our Imam (a.s) witnesses our deeds. In order to become a witness, it is necessary that the person should have comprehensive knowledge about the thing that he witnesses. Hence when we say that our Imam (a.s) is a witness to our actions, it means that he has encompassing knowledge of all our actions.


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In the words of the companions of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) and the Taabe'en the love and affection for Imam Husain (AS) found in the hearts of the first century of Hijri Muslims was unprecedented. This was because of the extraordinary favors, affection, courtesy and kindness which were expressed by Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) on Imam Husain (AS). Also, those traditions which the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) said in the excellence of the King of Martyrs were popular among the Muslims. These were discussed in the gatherings of the believers. The masses as well as the lords, without exception were aware about it.

After the martyrdom of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), a great tragedy befell the Muslims. In this darkness, the only light the believers could see was of Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibne Abi Taalib (AS), Fatema Zahra (p.b.u.h)and her two sons, the leaders of the youth of Paradise - Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (AS). They were the only hopes left. Hence, these illustrious personalities became the focus of the love and respect of the Muslims.
 
But as we all know that Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA) did not live much after the death of her father, the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h). Within ninety days, she expired to join her father in the next world. She was relieved from the difficulties of this world and entered the neighborhood of Allah's Mercy. After her death, Ameerul Momineen Ali (AS) and his two sons, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (AS) became the centre of attention of the Muslims.
 
It was not possible for all those who had genuine love for Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) to keep their hearts void of their love. They were the souvenirs of their grand-father (p.b.u.h). Respecting them was equal to respecting the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h). It will not be an exaggeration to state that the presence of these two gave the city of Medina the same spiritual status which was enjoyed by it during the life of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h).

When they used to pass the streets of Medina or go to the Prophet's mosque or any other gathering it seemed as if the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) himself had arrived. A special form of zeal and enthusiasm was found in the hearts of the people. They would feel as if the era of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) had returned. Their spirituality and dedication penetrated the depths of the people's hearts. Those who did not have the opportunity of visiting the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to express happiness and pride at being favored with the opportunity of visiting his most evident souvenirs.
 
People sat in their gatherings and quenched their spiritual thirst through their wise conversations. Apart from the hypocrites, none was found in the Muslim world in the east or the west whose heart was void of their love. On the contrary, some hypocrites and enemies of Ahle Bait (AS) expressed their devotion to deceive the masses for their own political advancement. The love of Hazrat Hasnain (AS) was to such an extent that some people believed that they were being loved more than their father Hazrat Ali (AS).
 
The governor of Syria, Muawiya bin Abi Sufyan, used to hold meetings in the capital of Syria, Damascus to prepare grounds for the allegiance of Yazid. Anyone who made the blunder of speaking the truth was immediately declared an apostate. Of the people present in the meeting were those who did not abstain from flattery and false praise, the sole aim being to gain proximity to the rulers and the rich.
 
But in one such gathering Akhnaf bin Qais displayed great courage. He stressed that Muawiya should remain on his truce with Imam Hasan (AS) vis-à-vis selection of his successor. He also admonished Muawiya to respect the feelings and desires of the Muslim masses. Akhnaf clearly mentioned the love and devotion of the people of Iraq towards Ameerul Momineen Ali (AS) and his sons, Hasnain (AS) and said: "O Muawiya, remember that you will not have any excuse or argument in front of Allah, the Almighty if you give preference to Yazid over Imam Hasan (AS) and Imam Husain (AS). Though you are fully aware of their illustrious personalities and lofty aims and ideals."
 
During his speech, Akhnaf thundered, "By Allah, the people of Iraq love Hasnain (AS) even more than their father Ameerul Momineen Ali (AS)."(Al Hasan wal Husain Sebtaa Rasulillah, pg. 49-50).
 
Probably, this was the reason that some special companions of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) like Ammar, Qais bin Saad Ansari, etc. who had seen the era of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) and were witness to the devotion of Ameerul Momineen and his spirit of sacrifice, loved Imam Hasan (AS) and Imam Husain (AS) more than Ali (AS) himself. This was based on the fact that they were the children of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) and the beloved of Janabe Zahra (SA).
 
Uqqad says that "Imam Husain (AS) lived for 57 years. Among his enemies and those who bore grudge or malice against him, were those who did not abstain from lie and falsehood. But nobody could dare to find a defect in him or deny his virtues. So much so that when Muawiya received his condemning letter and thought of giving a rebellious reply, he and his advisors did not know how to respond.

How is it possible to find fault with the greatness, majesty and infallibility of Imam Husain (AS)? Muawiya expressed his helplessness thus, "I could make false allegations against Ali, but I do not understand as to what accusations I should make against these two? (Here, the allegation against Ali (AS) was the conspiracy to murder the third caliph, Usman Ibne Affaan. Although, history itself exposed this fact that the co-conspirators in the killing of Usman were Muawiya, Talha, Zubair, etc.)(Abu Ash-Shohadaa, pg. 73)
 
After the martyrdom of Imam Hasan (AS), the love of the people for his younger brother, Imam Husain (AS) increased. It would not be an exaggeration to state that their hearts were filled with nothing but affection for him. Ibn Katheer writes, "When Imam Husain (AS) and Zubair entered Mecca and resided there, people regularly presented themselves in the service of Imam Husain (AS). They never separated themselves from him. One group after another approached him. They sat around him and listened to him very carefully.”(Samwul Ma'ani Fee Samwizzaat, pg. 139)

Among all the companions of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), Ibne Abbas is remembered with great respect. He was called as the "Light of the Nation". He was from the clan of Bani Hashim and cousin of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h). He was senior in age to Imam Husain (AS). He is among those who head the list of the narrators of the traditions of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h).

The first and second Caliph respected him during their rule. The latter is known to be even taking his counsel. During the Caliphate of Hazrat Ali (AS), he was considered among his senior companions and students. Inspite of all his magnificence, the famous Sunni historian Ibne Saad in his book Tabaqaatul Kubra writes, "Ibne Abbas would catch hold of the reins of the ride of Imam Hasan (AS) and Imam Husain (AS), till they would climb on it and said, They are the children of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h).'"(Tazkeratul Khawas of Sibt ibne Jauzi, pg. 445)
 
Giving due consideration to the magnificence and grandeur of Imam Husain (AS), the second Caliph Umar Ibne Khattab said, "Whatever honor which we have received and you can see, is first from Allah and then due to you."(Al Isaabah, Vol. 1, pg. 333; As'aafur Raaghebeen, pg.183)
 
The son of the second Caliph Abdullah Ibne Umar was sitting near the shade of Kaaba. On seeing Imam Husain (AS), he said "At this moment, he is the most beloved and the most respected person for the dwellers of the sky from among the residents of the earth."(Al Isaabah, vol. l, pg. 33)
 
During the life-time of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), the first Caliph, Abu Bakr was in the habit of carrying Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (AS) on his shoulders.(Maqtal-e-Khwarazmi, pg.93)
 
Relating the martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS) in Masjidul Haraam, Abdullah Ibn Zubair said, "Husain gave preference to death with dignity over life with disgrace. May Allah shower His Mercy upon him and curse his enemies. May divine curse befall on the one who issued the order of his murder. By Allah, Husain fasted a lot and performed the midnight prayers regularly.

He deserved the proximity he enjoyed with Allah's Messenger. By Allah, none is a greater sinner than the one who recites the Quran as music. Instead of crying due to the fear of Allah, he sings, drinks wine during the days and indulges in playful and vain things in the nights. He is engrossed in hunting and plays with the monkeys instead of invoking the Almighty (all these are indicators towards the evil person of Yazid Ibne Muawiya). Soon they will be deviated. Know that the curse of Allah is on the oppressors." (Tazkeratul Khawaas, pg.288)
 
Anas Ibne Maalik says that when the holy head of Imam Husain (AS) was placed in a tray and presented to Ibne Ziyaad, he showed utter disrespect by kicking it and criticized the elegance and beauty of Imam (AS). Anas said, "He was most similar in looks to the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h)." (Saheeh Bukhari, Kitabul Manaqib)
 
The pen will break in the process of writing the excellence of Imam (AS). I do not possess the strength to write more but there remains only one question. "If the hearts of the people were full of love for Imam Husain (AS) and the companions of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) and Taab'een and when they were fully aware of the excellence of Imam Husain (AS), then why did the tragedy of Karbala occur at all ? On the day of Aashoora, the oppressed Imam (AS) demanded to know his offence.

The tyrants did not have any answer except that it was due to the malice which they bore against his father. These were the tyrants whose ancestors and fathers were transferred to hell in the war of Badr, Ohad, Khandaq, Khyber, Hunain etc. by the sword of the master of universe, Ali (AS). Now they had the opportunity to take revenge and the veil of hypocrisy was finally unmasked. When Imam-e-Zamana (AS) reappears, he will destroy all these edifices of oppression and tyranny. O Allah! Annihilate all those who were involved in the killing of Imam Husain (AS) as well as those who are satisfied with it. Aameen.




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'Dua' means 'to call or to seek help'. 'Nudba' means to cry or wail. The Shia books of traditions lay great stress upon 'Dua'. Dua is the weapon of the believer, the essence of belief and the connection between the Creator of the universe and his slaves. One of the treasure of Duas is a pearl, known as Dua-e-Nudba.

It is an important and authentic Dua. It's deep meaning penetrates to the depths of the heart. This is enough proof that these are not the words of an ordinary person. They are uttered by the personality who has connection with the celestial world (Aalam-e-Malakoot). Allamah Muhammad Baqir Majlisi (r.a.) has quoted this Dua in 'Zaad-ul-Maad' from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (a.s.).

It is for the Imam of the time. And Muhammad bin Ali bin Abi Khura has quoted this dua from the book of Muhammad bin Husain bin Sufyan Bazoofari, from Imam-e-Asr. Apart from this, great Shia scholar Sayed Raziuddin bin Tawoos has mentioned it in his book, "Iqbal" on page no.295 to 299. Muhammad bin Jafar Mashadi Haeri has recorded it in book Al-Mazaan (Dua no.107). Qutb Rawandi in Al-Mazaar also records it and so does Allamah Majlisi in 'Zaad-ul-Maad' and 'Beeharul Anwaar'. Shaykh Abbas Qummi too has narrated it in his book, 'Mafatihul Janan'.

Let us see how the magnificent personality of Imam-e-Asr (a.s.) is introduced in this Dua:"Where is the Last Proof of Allah. The one who is a link of the chain of guidance of the purified progeny of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) without whose presence this system cannot remain?"

The word 'Baqiyatullah' is used here. It is from the verse of the Holy Quran"What remains with Allah is better for you if you are believers."(Surah Hud, Verse 86)

It is evident that the world cannot be bereft of the Proof of Allah. And the one from the progeny of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) remaining of this earth is only our Imam Hazrat Mahdi (a.s.). It is reported in the traditions,"If the Proof of Allah is not present the earth will sink."The earth is still remaining as it was. This proves the existence of a divine proof.

"Where is the One who will exterminate the followers of injustice ?"
Beginning from this sentence to the end of this article are various prophecies regarding Imam Mahdi (a.s.). The point to be noted here is that Imam-e-Zaman (a.s.) will not at all tolerate any kind of injustice. Whether it is the injustice against one's own self i.e. sin or it is against the rights of someone else. Because the last representative of Allah is to establish the scales of justice and equity.

Husain ibn Khalid says that he asked Imam Ali Ibne Musa Al-Reza (a.s.):"O son of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) who is the 'Qaem' (one who will rise) among you, the Ahle Bait (a.s.)?" He replied, "Qaem is my fourth lineal descendant. Son of the chief of the maids of Allah (Janab Narjis Khatoon). Allah will through him purify the earth from injustice and tyranny. And when he would reappear the earth will be illuminated by his radiance (light). He will establish scales of justice among the people. Thus no one will oppress anyone."

"Where is that venerated personality who is awaited to correct all kinds of weaknesses and vices?" Unlike the other sects of Islam, it is the Shias of today who are distancing themselves from (religious) knowledge. Personal opinions are given the garb of religious authenticity. Personal view points are expressed as the elements of Islamic doctrine. And we accept all these without testing their authenticity and credibility. The learned scholars are stunned, the Maraaje stupefied. Not knowing what to do. A believer is being degraded and we are amused by it.

People of loose morals, the wealthy and rich are giving opinions regarding religious matters, and we are prepared to offer them co-operation. The school of Aale Muhammad (a.s.) is sidelined by the surrounding vices and evil deeds and we are immersed in the sleep of carelessness. What could be worse than this sloth and betrayal of religion. Seeing all these bad deeds of us all, a believer man fervently prays to Allah, "O Lord! where is Your last representative whom you have given the good news. And waiting for whom is prescribed as the best form of worship.

Send him among us urgently so that he can correct the weaknesses and the wrong ways of humanity and the religion from the society. These shortcomings and vices which are the causes of the sorry state of the believers.

'Where is the one who is the abode of hope, one who will put an end to the oppression and injustice?" The word used in the metaphor means that in which hope is reposed. When the people of the world would be disappointed by each and every kind of government they will have only one last hope. This hope is the hope in the institution of Imamat or in the meritorious personality of Imam-e-Zaman (a.s.).

"Where is the treasure (of Allah), one who will rejuvenate the obligatory commands and the recommended one?" Yes, Imam-e-Asr (a.s.) is that treasure whom Allah has held back so that when the obligatory commands and the recommended actions are diseased by the germs of doubts, objections and misunderstandings, Imam (a.s.) will reappear and enable it, to have a purified life. After this, the Islamic commands, optional and obligatory, would be carried out in the correct form and with sincerity. The belief would be so much purified that no one would dare to ignore any religious command, either obligatory or recommended.


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Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) says, May Allah bestow our Shias with the ability to obey, for if they had sincerely adhered to their covenant with united hearts, then there wouldn't have been any delay in our blessed reappearance (Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 329)

Is Imam (a.t.f.s.) Observing Us?

The belief in the Imamat of Ahle Bait (a.s) is the basis of all (other) Islamic beliefs and laws. It is on the basis of this belief that one can comprehend the accurate and genuine concept of Tauheed. The real grandeur and magnificence of Prophethood (Nabuwwat) is reflected only in the mirror of this belief. Actions are correctly performed under the guidance of this doctrine and it forms the basis of acceptance of all actions. The one whose heart is devoid of this belief will be in a great loss on the Day of Judgment. Salvation and entry in paradise is restricted to those who subscribe to this belief.

However, this belief does not imply that we only believe in the existence of our twelve Imams (a.s) and don't consider them as our guides and role models. The very fact that we consider these venerable personalities as our Imams (a.s) signifies that we accept them as our guides at every step and tread on their path without any questions. In all facets of our lives- individual or social, commerce issues or complex personal relations, or those dealing with family life and the worship of Allah and gaining His proximity- we should adopt those principles which are enumerated by these honorable personalities as the aim of our life and try to emulate them.

This belief also demands that we acknowledge and are convinced that our Imams (a.s) are observing our actions and none of our deeds are concealed from them.

Witness to our actions

Imam Sadiq (a.s) was asked about the meaning of the following Quranic verse:

'How will be the condition on the day of judgment when We shall bring forth a witness from every nation and We will make you (O Prophet) as a witness upon them.' Surah Nisa, Verse 41)


Imam (a.s) replied,

'This verse refers particularly to the nation of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). In every era an Imam from among us is a witness upon them and the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) is a witness upon us.'

(Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p.190, tradition 1)


Another person asked Imam Sadiq (a.s) about the following Quranic verse in which Allah says:

'In this way have We made you as the middle nation so that you be a witness on the people."

(Surah Baqarah, Verse 143)

Imam (a.s) replied:

"We are the 'middle nation'. We are the witnesses of Allah upon the creation and His Proof upon them.'

(Ibid, tradition 2)

From these traditions, it becomes clear that our Imam (a.s) witnesses our deeds. In order to become a witness, it is necessary that the person should have comprehensive knowledge about the thing that he witnesses. Hence when we say that our Imam (a.s) is a witness to our actions, it means that he has encompassing knowledge of all our actions.

Deeds presented before Imam (a.s.)

A person by the name of Abdullah bin Aabaan az-Ziyaat was in the presence of Imam Reza (a.s). He requested Imam (a.s) that he (a.s) should pray for his well being and that of his family. Imam (a.s) replied, 'Am I not doing like that? I swear by Allah that your deeds are presented to us every morning and evening.' Abdullah says 'I was surprised (to hear that our deeds are presented before Imam (a.s). Imam (a.s) is at one place while he has the information of the entire world!)' Imam (a.s) replied:

'Have you not read the verse of Quran which says

'Then do your (good) deeds. Allah and His prophet and the believers are a witness to your actions."

(Surah Taubah, Verse 105)

I swear by Allah (the word) 'believers' (in the verse) refers to Ameerul Mo'mineen (a.s)."

(Al - Kafi, vol.1 p. 219, tradition 4)

Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s) used to say,

'Why are you people troubling the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.)?'

One person asked, 'How is it that we are troubling the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.)?' (i.e. Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) is not amongst us, then how can we hurt or upset him). Imam (a.s) replied,

'Are you not aware that your actions are placed before him (s.a.w.a.)? When he (s.a.w.a.) witnesses a sin among your deeds then he (s.a.w.a.) gets distressed and sorrowful. Don't make the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) unhappy. Instead, try to make him (s.a.w.a.) cheerful.'

(Ibid., tradition 3)

Imam (a.s.) recognizes each one of us by our names

People are familiar with only those individuals whom they see and recognize and the majority consists of those individuals whom we don't recognize. Therefore a smart and cunning person can deceive others who don't really know him very well. However, none can deceive the Imams (a.s), because the Imams (a.s) recognize each and every one of us by our names.

Imam Reza (a.s) once wrote in one of his letters,

'Hazrat Mohammed Mustafa (s.a.w.a.) is the Trusted One (Ameen) of Allah among His creatures. After his (s.a.w.a.) demise, we are his inheritors and are the trusted ones of Allah on this earth. We know who among you will be involved in which examination and calamity and where you will die. We know the lineage of the Arabs. We also know who will be born on the religion of Islam. If we see someone then we immediately recognize how strong is his faith and the amount of hypocrisy in him. And we have the names of our every Shia along with the names of his father.'

(Ibid., p. 223, tradition 1)

Thus simply calling ourselves as Shias is not sufficient. Instead we should beseech Allah that our names should be included in the list of those Shias who are with our Imam (a.t.f.s.)

Imam (a.t.f.s.) has information of each and everything

Janabe Mufazzal (r.a) once asked Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s) 'May I be sacrificed for you! Is it possible that Allah makes the obedience of a person obligatory on everyone but conceals from that person the knowledge of the heavens?'

Imam (a.s) replied,

'No. Allah is more kind, sympathetic and generous upon His servants than that He should make the obedience of an individual obligatory on everyone but should conceal the news of the heavens from him'.

(Ibid., p. 261, tradition 3)

In another tradition, Imam Mohammad Baqir (a.s) declares,

'Allah is much higher and greater than this that He makes the obedience to someone as obligatory on everyone else, but conceal from that person the knowledge of the heavens and the earth'.

(Ibid., p. 262, tradition 6)

In the light of these traditions it becomes clear that every morning and evening, the news of the heavens and the earth is presented before our Imam (a.s). In this way, he is aware of the minutest details of our actions.

Imam (a.s.) is more compassionate and tender than our father

Not only are our Imams (a.s) aware of all our deeds and actions, but they are also affected by our pains and sufferings. The following incident underlines this fact and shows us how much our Imams (a.s) value and cherishes their Shias.

A person by the name of Rumailah narrates: 'In the days of Hazrat Ali (a.s) I was severely ill. On Friday I recovered a bit. I thought to myself - how nice would it be if I have my bath today and recite namaz behind Ali (a.s). Hence I got up and after taking a bath, went to the mosque. While Ali (a.s) was delivering the Friday sermon, my condition again deteriorated. After namaz Ali (a.s) went to a place by the name of 'Qasr', I too accompanied him. He (a.s) said to me,

'O Rumailah! Why are you restless?'

I narrated to him (a.s) about my illness and explained to him my condition. Then Imam (a.s) said,

'O Rumailah! When a believer becomes ill then we too are affected by his illness. If someone becomes sorrowful and distressed then we too become sorrowful. If someone prays then we say 'Aameen' for his supplication. And when he becomes silent (i.e. he stops praying) then we pray for him.'

Rumailah asked Imam (a.s) "My master! Are you referring about those believers who are staying in this place of 'Qasr'? What about those who stay in the different corners of the earth?' Imam (a.s) replied,

'O Rumailah! There is no believer - in the east or in the west - who is hidden from us'.

(Basaaer al-Darajaat; part 16, tradition 1)

Through this incident it becomes evident that our Imams (a.s) hold their Shias dearer than a father holds his son. Thus when Imams (a.s) love us so much, then the least that we can do is perform such actions that are a cause of happiness for them and refrain from those deeds which anger and upset them.

A signed letter (Tawqee) from Imam Mahdi (a.s.)

Now let us pay attention to this tawqee (a 'Tawqee' is a letter signed by Imam (a.s) himself in the time of his occultation) through which we learn that Imam's (a.s.) knowledge encompasses all our actions.

Every word of the blessed Tawqee addressed to Shaikh Mufeed (r.a) spells out this fact. Those people, who in the time of major occultation are serving the religion of Islam, are defending the laws and beliefs, are taking care of the weak and helpless Shias have been addressed by the one who is the cause of the existence of this Universe , Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) - as "the brother with an upright character and a learned and intelligent friend". This form of address itself is a proof that our Imam (a.t.f.s.) is aware of our deeds and our character. Imam (a.t.f.s.) (may our lives be sacrificed for him ) states,

"Even though we are residing away from the settlements of oppressors - as Allah has destined this in the best interest of the Shias - yet our knowledge encompasses all your information. Nothing is hidden from us. We are conscious of the problems and the degradation which all of you are enduring right now. The reason for all this is that you are indulging in all those (prohibited) things from which your elders used to abstain and you have abandoned the promise and the pledge that was taken from you as if you have never ever known this promise."

(These words of Imam (a.t.f.s.) reflect his remorse on our heedlessness, negligence and disgraceful actions. But the words that follow are an indication of his fatherly love and his compassion.) Imam (a.t.f.s.) continues

"We are not negligent of your affairs and neither do we forget your remembrance. If it would have been so, then calamities and difficulties would have encircled you and the enemies would have annihilated you."

At the end of this Tawqee, Imam (a.t.f.s.) continues,

"Then each one of you should perform such actions which will bring you close to our love and should abstain from those deeds which are a cause of our displeasure and anger. This is because our reappearance will occur unexpectedly and at that time your repentance will serve no purpose. Your remorse and your regret will not protect you from our chastisement."

(Al-Ehtejaaj of Sheikh Tabarsi, vol. 2, p. 497, 498)

Another Tawqee

In another Tawqee to Janab Sheikh Mufeed (r.a), Imam (a.t.f.s.) declares,

"May Allah grant the 'Taufeeq' (grace) to our Shias for His obedience. If our Shias would have remained united and would have been steadfast in fulfilling their pledge, there would not have been any delay in our meeting with them. They would have been blessed with our meeting and our presence through their recognition and their truthfulness. But the thing which has delayed our reappearance and has distanced us from them is the news that we get about their deeds which we dislike and don't expect from them."

(Ibid., p. 499)

There is one very important thing that is highlighted from the above discussion - the Imams (a.s.) (particularly the Imam (a.s.) of our time) are aware of our each and every movement. Nothing in this world is concealed from their divine eyes. In the supplication on Fridays related to Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) we recite:

"Peace be upon you, O the eyes of Allah among His creation!

In the presence of an Emperor

If a blind individual stands in the presence of a king then he will observe the same etiquette of honor and respect due to a king, which are applicable to the one who is actually seeing the king (even though the blind man is unable to see the king.) This is because the blind man perceives the presence of the king and realizes that he is standing before a king. He himself is unable to see the king, but he is convinced that the king is observing him.

The situation is similar during the time of the major occultation. A believer is unable to see his Imam (a.t.f.s.) but he is certain that Imam (a.t.f.s) is observing him. Due to his conviction, he is always aware of the fact that he is standing in Imam's (a.t.f.s.) presence. He considers Imam (a.t.f.s.) to be a witness to his each and every action. In Dua-e-Nudbah we recite

"May I be sacrificed for you! You are that concealed one who is constantly present in all our gatherings!"

True faith and certainty demands that we always realize that we are in the presence of Imam (a.t.f.s.) and hence maintain the decorum of honor and respect.

O Allah! For the sake of Your immaculate, infallible friends (a.s) and their sincere followers, grant us such upright faith and perfect certainty. Aameen!





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