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WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ISLAM/Imamate (Leadership with Divine Authority)

In the discussion of prophethood, it was proven that it was essential that God, the Wise, should dispatch messengers for the guidance of mankind, should provide them with the laws and commandments so that they could achieve prosperity and perfection; now we say that: Since the life of messenger is not eternal in the world and through his demise it is quite possible that divine commandments which came for the ... Read More »

Guarding the Creed

Guarding the Creed

The Shiite creed, right from its expansion at the time of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and Imams (a.s.) was subject to attack by the enemies and more so during the time of occultation. This is because by the twelfth Imam’s absence, they find the arena empty and thus utilise this opportunity by misguiding and deviating the people. Those who truly and sincerely await the Imam of the age (a.t.f.s.) are responsible ... Read More »

Unanimity for Assisting Imam az-Zaman

Unanimity for Assisting Imam az-Zaman

Numerous reasons have been mentioned for the occultation and concealment of Imam az-Zaman (a.t.f.s.). Among them, we may mention the fickle and unfaithful attitude among the people. About Imam az-Zaman, Khwaja Nasir- uddin Tusi writes: “His existence is grace and his domination yet another grace; his occultation and concealment is due to us.”1 If the people desire their Imam’s advent, they must get united by heart in this respect and ... Read More »

Patience and Resistance Against the Enemies

Patience and Resistance Against the Enemies

Considering that the period of occultation has stretched too far, the enemies take undue advantage of the situation and taunt and vex the followers of Imam az-Zaman (a.t.f.s.). Some say: He has not been born. Another group writes: He has come and left! Yet, some consider the Shias to be liars and label them as superstitious and ignorant people! As we truly know and conceive that Imam az-Zaman (a.t.f.s.) is ... Read More »

Sorrow and Grief for Imam of the Age

Sorrow and Grief for Imam of the Age

Among the signs of love and affection for something or someone is that after missing or losing that thing or person, a person is overtaken by grief and sorrow and farther up, tears roll down his cheek. If we reflect nicely, we shall perceive that from the viewpoint of faith, Imam az-Zaman (a.t.f.s.) is the most beloved personality to be loved and his absence a great calamity. Didn’t the holy ... Read More »

Praying for Imam of the Age

Praying for Imam of the Age

Prayer for hastening Imam’s advent is a command from Imam az-Zaman (a.t.f.s.) himself. As he (a.t.f.s.) says: “And pray abundantly for hastening the ‘faraj’ (respite) [i.e. Imam’s advent], for that is your very respite and deliverance from entanglements.”1 The divine ‘faqih’, Mirza Husain Nouri writes: “Among the duties is to pray for the safety of the blessed life of Imam (a.t.f.s.) from the satanic evils of men and jinn and ... Read More »

Preparedness for Assisting the Imam of the Age

Preparedness for Assisting the Imam of the Age

Allah, the Almighty says: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ “O you who believe! Be patient and excel in patience and remain steadfast, and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, that you may be successful.” (Surah Ali- Imran, 3:200) Imam Baqir (a.s.) interpreted this verse as follows: “Adopt patience while following the religious laws and forbear the harms inflicted by your enemies and be ... Read More »

Serving the Imam of the Age

Serving the Imam of the Age

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) was asked: ‘Has the Qaem been born?’ Imam (a.s.) replied: “No. If I were to meet him I would serve him all my life.”1 Ayatullah Sayyed Muhammad Taqi Musawi Esfahani says: This tradition signifies that serving the Imam (a.t.f.s.) is the highest form of worship and the most beloved form of obedience. This is because Imam Sadiq (a.s.) who has spent his noble life only on the ... Read More »

Inviting the People towards Imam of the Age

Inviting the People towards Imam of the Age

The divine duty of every human being is to save his fellow creatures from perversion and wretchedness. And as certified by Imam Askari (a.s.), anyone who dies while not having recognized the Imam of his time has died in ignorance.1 Thus, those who have recognized their Imam and have faith in him have another duty of introducing Imam (a.t.f.s.) to others. Sulaiman-ibn-Khalid says: I informed Imam Sadiq (a.s.) that my ... Read More »

Following the Imam of the Age

Following the Imam of the Age

Acting upon the rules and etiquettes of Imam (a.t.f.s.) is among the vital dimensions of ‘Awaiting’ (Entezar). Anyone calling himself a Shia should please Imam (a.t.f.s.) by this act and should strive in fulfilling his aims and aspirations. Amir-ul-Mu’minin (a.s.) while seated on the pulpit of Kufa said: “O Allah, verily, Thy land is helpless but to have a hujjah appointed by Thee for Thy creatures for guiding them towards ... Read More »