Know Your Imam - Some Facts• Name: Mohammed (as)• Father : 11th Imam Hassan al Askari (as)• Mother: Narjis Khatoon(sa) (Susan)• Birth date : 15 Shaaban year 255 AH• Birth place : Samarrah (Iraq)• Imamat date :At the age of 5 -8th Rabil awal 260AH• Presently In occultation (ghaibat)
Know Your Imam - His Titles• Abul Qasim (same as the prophet)• Al Qaim (who will stand up)• Al Muntazar (the awaited)• Al Mahdi (guide)• Sahibuzzaman (imam of our time)• Khalaf saleh• Aba Saleh• Baqiyyatullah• Wali-e-Asr
Know Your Imam - Traditions• “There will be 12 Successors”• “The world shall not end until a person from my progeny who shall carry the same name ,comes & fills the earth with justice”• “The world cannot exist unless an Imam or hujjat is present”• “One who dies without recognizing the Imam of his time, dies the death of ignorance (i.e. unbelief).”• ………There are many many more in various sources
Know Your Imam - Minor Occultation•10/11th Imams made people familiar with concept•Minor (ghaibat sughra) period lasted 69 years upto 329AH•Names of 4 representatives in this period:- 1.Abu amr Uthman ibn Saeed Amri 2.Mohammed ibn Uthman (son of first) 3.Hussain ibn Rauh Nawbakhti 4.Abu Hassan bin Mohammed SumayriThere is a letter by our Imam informing us that hisrepresentatives will be the scholars (Alims - Mujtahids)henceforth.
Know Your Imam - Long Life Issues• The present age of Imam-e-Zamana is 1166 years.• If Allah (swt) can make someone alive after death, why can’t HE keep someone alive for a long period?• Many prophets /people have had v long lives: Adam, Noah, Khizr, Ilyas, Isa (as)• Zulqarnain had a life of 3000 years• Satan(shaitan) himself has a long life!• There are proofs of the Imam’s birth but NO tradition on his death.
Know Your Imam - His Presence• Imam Sadeq (a.s.) says, “They see him but do not recognize him”. He is only hidden from our ordinary vision because of our sins ,but he is aware of our conditions.• His example is like the sun behind the clouds, which though hidden still provides warmth & light• Our deeds (a’amal) are taken to him regularly & he is sad or happy depending on what we do everyday• He attends gatherings especially Haj• Many , many incidents of meeting, sighting & help have been recorded
Know Your Imam - Reappearance Signs• There will be discord & cruelty & injustice widespread• Sufyani will appear with threats• Dajjal will appear with enticements• Killing of Nafs e Zakkiyah• There will be a heavenly cry• It will be on Friday at the Ka’aba• It can be ANYTIME & Its close….- Are u ready?
Know Your Imam - Waiting….• Imam says “The best act of my nation is to await the reappearance.” so we need to be in waiting (Intezar) for his reappearance…• Our actions & behaviour should reflect we are in waiting for such a personality• We should give up deeds which displease Allah (swt) & do what Islam demands from us.• There is NO FIXED TIME for his re-appearance, it is unknown. You can make the difference if you call from the heart and be like he wants his followers to become.
Know Your Imam - Calling….• He answers call from All Momineen and Helps them when called.• He meets people who call him with the right Neeyat• He is the Imam of our time and in the time of need and difficulty we should call upon him for help and solutions.• There are many recorded events since his occultation where he has helped Momineen in person.• “ARIZA” is one way of communicating with him throughout the year.
Know Your Imam - Dua’a from www.duas.org• Dua E Nudba• Dua Faraj “Ilahi Azumal Bal’aa”• Dua - “Allahumma kun-le valiyekal”• Dua Sirdab• Ziarat E Imam E Zamaan• Salawat Zarrab Isphahni• Pray for his re-appearance in any Language ,anytime
Know your Imam atfs- Our Duties and Responsibilities• Recognition of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s), it means to be aware of those levels, perfection and authority that has been granted to Imam-e-Zamana by Allah swt• Improvement in our thoughts & deeds:• Reformation of ourselves & the Society• Supplication (Doa)• Give sadaqah for his safety• We present our difficulties to him for their solution• There will appear a false Imam prior to our Imams re appearance & we need to take time to convince ourself that it is in fact the Awaited savior before Action