Lamp and light

Consider we put a lamp by the side of a child because of its heat and light and he throws a stone at it ignorantly. We take the lamp away so it wouldn’t be damaged. The reason for taking the lamp away is not his power and its weakness against him, but the fear of his failure and mistake. Of course it would be possible to not taking it away if we had numerous lamps and bring another one in case it is damaged. But if just one lamp is left, we will take it away from him to keep it safe from breaking.

The Imams are like guidance lights that God has put in the way of humans. Eleven lights has been broken… One is left…

We should be aware that as long as there is a chance of his break, the Occultation will continue.


The airplane

The metal used in constructing an airplane is so different from the one used in constructing a car. An airplane should be constructed from a type of metal that is so resistant. It is so dangerous to use the same metal for construction of an airplane that is used in constructing a car.

It is so common that a mobile car becomes out of commission and passengers get out of it and fix the problems, but the airplane is constructed out of reliable metals and pieces to avoid the risk of a crash.

Imam Hussain’s (PBUH) associates in Ashura and Imam Mahdi’s (PBUH) special associates at the time of the Reappearance are like materials that should be used in construction of an airplane. They should be firm and rigid. Because their failure is everything’s failure… 


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Awaiting with the flavor of soccer

When someone doesn’t know how to play soccer, he wouldn’t be allowed to play in a lower league team, let alone the national team. Only people who are head and shoulders above others can go to the national team and great teams.

A person who is not familiar with the awaiting culture, can’t be named as “awaiting” for Imam Mahdi (PBUH) at all. Of course every awaiting person would not be honored to be in the awaiting team for the Reappearance. Imam Mahdi’s (PBUH) best associates and the “main staff” are the most elite awaiting people during the Occultation.


The highway

Consider a convoy has laboriously travelled through craggy lands and terrible dry desert for many years till it reached a paved broad highway and now it can continue its way fast.

This highway will be established by Imam Mahdi (PBUH) and human can quickly travel the way of salvation and growth. At that time, human’s talents will be flourished, and human knowledge till now, is “nothing” compared to the talents God has given to human.

So, it is not true to say human’s life will end when Imam Mahdi (PBUH) comes. Is it possible that human lives many thousands years with trouble and when Imam Mahdi (PBUH) comes and fills the world with justice, the world ends???


Rajaat (return), sweet, green leaves

1- Every autumn leaves of the trees turn to yellow and every spring become green. Implying each year the Earth dies and becomes alive by God’s order.

2- The raising of the dead people to life was one of Prophet Jesus’s (PBUH) miracles. It means that even in this world dead people have been raised to life.

As an example, when you go to a confectionery, they say taste it a little, you taste it and like it and then you buy two kilos of it. (Implying “you may know by a handful the whole sack”)

Conclusion: Allah who raises everyone on the Day of Judgement, raises four people before the Day of Judgement (it is not hard to Him), of course only a few people will raise and this is not general… 

Hujjat al-Islam Qaraati, Mahdism allegories, p. 118


Red card, sending-off

Sometimes in soccer, a player commits a foul beyond or in the penalty area inexpertly or carelessly. Doing this, he causes himself a loss and receives a card (yellow or red) and also causes the “team” a loss, and in addition to receive a goal, others will get into trouble…

Friends and the awaiting people for Imam Mahdi (PBUH) should be careful not to say or do something that makes enemies pleased and friends discouraged! During the Occultation, in any place and any position, we should be careful not to fan the flame started by the enemy. The “awaited person” is completely connected to the “awaiting team”.


The queen bee

She is the mother of all the bees of the hive and lives longer than all the bees (she lives about 5 to 6 years). In the hive, it’s only the queen that other bees gather around her lovingly and obey her. She is “the pivot of solidarity” in all ups and downs. Discipline and principle reigns throughout the hive, but she flies everywhere and supervises everything.

It’s the same in the government of Imam Mahdi (PBUH).

One of the phrases that is used for Imam Mahdi (PBUH) in Nahj al Balagha is “Yaasub al-Din (leader of the religion)”and the word “Yaasub”means honeybee, leader and governer of the society.


The sheep, the butcher

Imam Baqir (PBUH) says, about the disappointment during the Occultation of Imam Mahdi (PBUH),: “You won’t see him, whom you await until you become like dying goats that have no fear that the butcher puts his hands on them and examines their fatness or thinness since they got scared and disappointed with life so much.” (Bihar al-Anwar, v. 52, p. 310)

It means that the lengthening of the Occultation causes an increase in disappointment like a sheep that has no hope in life because it will be slayed sooner or later. A hopeless person is a walking dead. We shouldn’t be so… Let’s give hope to others as well through efforts to introduce Imam Mahdi (PBUH) to people and making preparations for his Reappearance in all aspects…


Let’s not call him the last minute

The remembrance of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) should be permanent and we should not only call on him whenever we are obsessed. Many people make vow and salute Prophet (PBUH) at the time of the Entrance Exam. While in the Quran, Allah criticizes why you call on Allah when you get stuck? (The Quran, Surah 29, Verse 65)

Momentary remembrance is Pharaoh’s deed. As Pharaoh found him drowning, said: “O God! Now I have repented”. And God said: “Of no effect is the repentance”. The repent is of no effect. The last minute repent is useless.

We all call on Imam Mahdi (PBUH) when we are faced with difficulties while we should remember him all the time. If you want to move towards the Reappearance of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) faster, remember him always and all the moments…


Labor pain

If you await for Imam Mahdi (PBUH) with your heart, you should show it in action as well. Some just imagine that they await for Imam Mahdi (PBUH). Awaiting doesn’t mean that everything gets sorted out without sorrow.

Consider a pregnant woman. She’s waiting for her baby to be born. Does it mean that she will not suffer labor pain? No. She is awaiting and she will suffer the pain of labor (but it is sweet for her).

On the other hand, it’s possible that Imam Mahdi (PBUH) confiscates our properties after his Reappearance. Or he may order us to live in a certain place. How ready have we gotten for the moments of divine test and its sweet difficulties and say: “I like whatever my sweetheart likes”?


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