At present we are living in the period of Greater Occultation which is the period of “general deputyship”. That is, guidance of the Shiites is an obligation as well as a responsibility of the grand jurists and prominent religious scholars who bear the necessary qualifications and the...Read More »
When the Imam al-Mahdi Reappears, How Many Prophets and Imams Will Return and Accompany his Reappearance?
It has been narrated that after the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam (aj) and his establishment of a global Islamic government and prior to the Day of Judgment, certain individuals will be raised from their graves and brought back to...Read More »
How Can We Believe in the Existence of Imam Al-Mahdi?
Supposing that the hypothesis of the Expected Leader and all that it comprehends of prolonged life, early leadership and a silent absence, is possible, that would not be enough proof for his existence, thus, how can we indeed believe in the existence of...Read More »
Necessity of the Existence of Imam al-Mahdi (as)
This article addresses the necessity of the existence of the Representative of Allah on the earth at any time. The opponents of Shi’a protest that although Shi’a consider the Imam necessary in order to expound the injunctions and verities of religion and to guide the people, the occultation of the Imam is the negation of....Read More »
Reasons of Occultation of Shia Twelfth Imam Al-Mahdi (as)
The reason behind the occultation of the Imam of the Age is steeped in divine mystery; and it is possible that we will never be able to fathom it in all its profundity....Read More »
Twelver Shī‘ism and the Problem of the Hidden Imām
The disappearance of the twelfth Imām in 874 plunged the Twelvers (then Imāmīs) into a prolonged state of crisis.....Read More »
Building a New Islamic Civilization based on the Concept of Awaiting
Belief in the reappearance of the 12th Imam has always been stressed in the Shi’a faith, and it has led to a duty which is known as “awaiting....Read More »
Can a Five Year Old Boy Become an Imam?
How can one believe that a five year old lad is appointed to the position of wilayat and Imamate? How is it possible that he is given the charge of protecting and effecting the laws of God at that young age and is made the Imam, the leader of the …Read More »
An Inquiry Concerning Al-Mahdi by Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr
Not only is al-Mahdi (the Guided One) a materialization of an Islamic belief of a spiritual nature, but a model to a particular goal which humanity has been striving to achieve, as well as a...Read More »
Sunni Documentation on Imam al-Mahdi (as)
the Sunni scholars affirm that belief in "Mahdi of the House of the Prophet”is one of the Islamic tenets for "Ahlussunnah wal Jama’a"....Read More »