{The words of scholars - No. 21-30}

 

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Consider the Reappearance as near

Regarding Imam Mahdi (PBUH) and his Reappearance, one of the important duties which should be taken into account by noble companions and believers is considering the Reappearance as near.  In our narrations, under different titles, Ahl-al-Bayt have recommneded us to consider the Reappearance as near. It means that if a night passes, don’t say he won’t come till the next night, but he may come the next morning.

(Hojjat al-Islam Masoud Aali- The Reappearance Signs and the the Duties of the Awaiting People. “Samt-eh Khoda” Tv program)

 

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At the Apocalypse, the main problem is the good people; not pagans

At the Apocalypse, the main problem is good people; not pagans and bad people. As an example, there is no narration saying: “The Reappearance is postponed because numerous sin centres are built!” Or another narration saying: “Pagans have many destructive atomic weapons, so Imam won’t reappear for the fear that they drop these bombs on Muslims.”

According to Imam Baqir (PBUH) some of scholars want to issue a death sentence for the Imam, but they can’t! (And if it weren’t for the sword in his hand, the scholars would have issued fatwas to kill him; Ayatollah Bahjat’s website, Note 2148 and Sharh Usul Al-Kafi/1/563)

This is all about “Good people should be pure and refined” The problem is that we are impurities, this should be fixed.

(Hujjat al-Islam Panahian- Ayatollah Haghshenas Hosseynieh 1395/07/15)

 

 

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The obnoxious practice among believers…

The mosque, the scholar and the believer which don’t deal with the issue of Mahdism, propagate the type of religion the Israelites had! / The Israelites told Moses: “You and your God fight, we pray here”!

Nowadays, not dealing with the issue of Mahdism is an obnoxious habbit among some believers. This type of religiousness, ethicality and spirituality without Mahdism should be demilished in our society!

If Basij doesn’t pioneer in performing “Nudbah” prayers, it will be away from its true “identity”. Nudbah doesn’t belong to people who are in the mood of prayers, but belongs to people who are in the mood of “battling”.

(Hujjat al-Islam- Panahian. December 9, 2016- The “Festival of Allegiance” - The Imam Hussain Square.)

 

 

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Let’s not be hasty…

No one has the right to announce the time of the Reappearance of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) (there is also strong emphasis in Islamic narrations that the people who announce the exact time of the Reappearance are mendacious), but it is different from that when we say he may Reappear this Friday, if it would be God’s will. Shia people and those who are the followers of Imam Mahdi should always pray to God that the Reappearance of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) be precipitated.

(Hujjat al-Islam Rafei- The Imam Khomani Shabistan- The Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah Ma’sumeh.)

 

 

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We are just happy that… !

Waiting for Imam Mahdi’s Reappearance doesn’t mean that we should sit around and do nothing! Choosing no rectification as our ambition and “just” be happy that we are expecting Imam Mahdi (PBUH)! This “is not waiting!” Waiting for what?!

Any action to the establishment of justice is a step to that exalted aim. Waiting is “action”; waiting is not to drop and sit around for the affair to be concluded by itself! Awaiting is “preparedness”, this preparedness should be preserved in our souls and our environs…

(Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei the Supreme Leader of Iran, 08/17/08)

 

 

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The crushing  answer of Imam Khomeini

A group of people used to say that, every government which is established in the time of the occultation is invalid and is anti-Islamic! They applied this theory on “every government”, but the Islamic narrations explained that, if any government claims in the pretext of “Mahdism” is wrong and invalid.

“They don’t understand and they don’t know what they are talking about. It is like someone injected them to speak these kind of words, these unaware people are manipulated. Having no government means you let all the people in a society, fight with each other, assassinate and kill one another, and it is in the contrary to “God’s Law!”.

“If there is no government and no system in a country for one year, it produces that much corruption without an end! What should the Imam do if he reappears? The sentence that every government is invalid in the time of occultation means anarchy! It means that the whole world should be disorganized so Imam Mahdi (PBUH) reappears to organize it. We should organize everything so Imam Mahdi (PBUH) could reappear.”

We do not have any duties now to perform? No duty applies on a human? Or his duty is to invite people to a chaos? Then let us pray for America and her followers, if someone says that the Americans play tricks on us and we should not interfere in their matters so they can do whatever they like to us; this person should be very insensible.

Yes, we cannot fill the whole world with justice, so when we cannot, then he should come, but it’s our duty to pave the way for his Reappearance. [This is according to the Quran]

(The Sahifeh-of Imam, volume, 21, page, 13)

 

 

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We should not act in a way that makes Imam Mahdi (PBUH) feel ashamed!

I’m afraid that we pretend to be adherents of these beloveds Imams, we may pretend to be Shiites, if they see our Record (of Deeds)…, God forbid, they would be ashamed!

If one of your children commits an offence, you will be ashamed! If your servant commits an offence, you will be ashamed! I’m afraid that we do something that makes Imam Mahdi (PBUH) ashamed in front of God that they are “Your Shiites” who do these actions! Don’t do these actions. Watch what you do… 

(The Sahifeh-of Imam Khomeini, vol. 8, p. 391)

 

 

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Prayers of the French Henry Corbin…

Allameh Tabatabai narrates: Once, I was discussing with “Henry Corbin” (the French professor who studied Shiism and was converted to Shiism in 1977) some points on praying. I asked him: “What do you do when you need to pray?” He answered: “I am like the Protestants and I am not a Catholic or bound to church or Sundays. I pray everywhere and every time.”

I asked: “Do you recite prepared prayers or you compose them yourself?” He said: “I use the prayers narrated by your twelfth Imam, and since their writer is alive, they give me lots of passion.”

(Sahifeh al-Mahdi, written by Sheikh Isa Al-Ahri, p. 18)

 

 

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Provided that…

The time of reappearance will come if your awaiting is real, your waiting should be accompanied with “action”, “effort”, “motivation and movement”.

The day that Iranian nation upraised, they got “hope” which made them upraise. This is the light of hope which gives motivation and freshness to our youth, and protect them against sadness and depression, and this is the same reason which revives the “dynamic sense” in our nation. This is the result of awaiting the Reappearance of Imam Mahdi (PBUH).

(The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic. Sep.20. 2005.)

 

 

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Imam Mahdi (PBUH) knows the time of the Reappearance…

Ayatollah Bahjat says:

“It is narrated from Imam Sadiq (PBUH): “Our Shias are more patient than us… We await for what we know, but they await for what they don’t know.” [Usul al-Kafi, vol.2, p.93 – Tafsir al-Qumi, vol. 1, p. 365]”

How patient is Imam Mahdi (PBUH), while he knows all we know and don’t know and he is aware of our affairs and troubles and worries, he himself is awaiting for the Day of Reappearance and he knows when he comes. It is not true that it is said he doesn’t know the time of his Reappearance.

(In Bahjat’s Company, p. 315)

Note: Of course there is a dispute among scholars about this issue…

 

 

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