A very auspicious day
Heartiest felicitations to you on a very auspicious day. Today is the blessed 9th of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, a day of happiness after over two months of mourning for the Chief of Martyrs, Imam Husain (AS), in the months of Muharram and Safar in commemoration of history’s most heartrending tragedy.
We celebrate the start of the imamate or divinely-designated leadership of the 12th and Last Infallible Heir of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), after having paid tributes of tears yesterday on the 8th of Rabi al-Awwal to his martyred father, Imam Hasan Askari (AS).
We have firm faith in the promise of God Almighty that on his reappearance, Imam Mahdi al-Qa’em will end corruption and oppression on Planet Earth by establishing the global government of peace, prosperity and justice, as the holy Qur’an refers to in 105 of Surah Anbiya: “Certainly, We had written in the Psalms, after the Reminder (Torah), Indeed My righteous servants shall inherit the earth."
Also ayah 5 of Surah Ankabout informs us of God’s promise:
“And We desired to show favour to those who were abased in the land, and to make them Imams, and to make them the Heirs;”
Now we have a special article in this regard.
Indeed, God’s promise is true. Whatever the arrogant and the ignorant do, with all their material and military power, they cannot belie it, and the Mahdi will announce his advent at the holy Ka’ba in Mecca with the words: “Ala ya ahl al-alam! An-al-Imam al-Qa’em” (O’ people of the world, know that I am Imam al-Qa’em).”
Imam Mahdi (AS) will also say: “Ala ya ahl al-alam! Inna Jaddi al-Husain qatalu atashanan, (Know O’ people of the world! Indeed my ancestor [Imam] Husain [AS] was slain in the state of acute thirst).”
He will then say: “Ala ya ahl al-alam! Inna Jaddi al-Husain tarahuho uryanan, (Know O’ people of the world! Surely, my ancestor [Imam] Husain [AS] lay bare without a shroud or burial.”
The last phrase of his universal declaration will be: “Ala ya ahl al-alam! Inna Jaddi al-Husain sahquho uryanan, (Know O’ people of the world! The bare body of my ancestor [Imam] Husain [AS] was trampled [by the Omayyad horsemen].”
Today, the Pharaohs, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Achaemenians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Omayyads, the Abbasids, the Ottomans, the British and all other empire-builders have long vanished from the world scene.
Tomorrow will be the turn of the United States of America – so far the most satanic of world powers – which is all poised to fall into the dustbin of history, despite its arsenal of doomsday weapons and its monopolization of global economy.
As we said earlier, yesterday, we commemorated the martyrdom of Imam Hasan al-Askari (AS), the Prophet’s 11th Infallible Heir, who was forced to leave the world in the prime of his youth, at the age of 28 years, through a fatal dose of poison administered on the orders of the arrogantly ignorant Mo’tamed, the self-styled caliph of the usurper Abbasid regime.
The head of the superpower of those days then launched a manhunt in vain for the son of his victim, on learning that the Prophet’s 12th Heir, the Promised Mahdi al-Qa’em, who would rid Planet Earth of corruption and oppression and whose birth he had tried to prevent, was already born.
Unable to find any trace of the 5-year old orphan and deeming him too weak to pose any danger to their rule, since his mother had predeceased his father and his uncle Ja’far was also against him, the Abbasids continued their misrule of sins, corruption and oppression for a few more centuries, until another bloodthirsty tyrant, the Mongol Marauder Hulaku Khan, thrust the so-called caliph into several sacks and trampled him under the hooves of horses.
As for the boy-Imam, God Almighty – Who had given wisdom to Yayha (John the Baptist) while still a mere child, and entrusted prophethood and the scripture to the infant Jesus with the miraculous power to speak from the cradle when the ever rebellious Israelis tried to slander his virgin mother, Mary – ensured that Imam Mahdi (AS) grows into youth and manhood. The mission of the 12th Imam started with the Minor Occultation (Ghaybat as-Sughra) and sixty-nine years later, by the Will of God the All-Wise, turned into the lengthy period of the Major Occultation (Ghaybat al-Kubra). Nonetheless, despite his apparent disappearance, the 12th Imam is physically in our midst and continues to guide the seekers of truth, like the resplendent sun on cloudy days.
It is worth noting that over a century before the birth of Imam Mahdi (AS), his ancestor Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (AS), the 6th Infallible Heir of the Prophet, was expounding to a group of faithful the following hadith:
“The earth has not been devoid of a representative of God, since God created Adam; a representative that was either visible and well-known or invisible and concealed. (Likewise) The earth will not remain devoid of such a representative of God till the occurrence of the Hour (Doomsday), for if it were to remain without God’s representative, then would not be worshipped!”
A person asked Imam Sadeq (AS): So how does mankind benefit from an invisible and hidden representative?
The 6th Imam replied: “Just as they benefit from the sun when the clouds hide it!”
For the past 1178 lunar years, the devotees of the Ahl al-Bayt have continued to benefit from the presence of the Imam of the Age, while eagerly awaiting his reappearance for materialization of God’s promise to establish the global government of peace, prosperity and justice.
So firm has been their faith that they have not just weathered the storms of seditions generated by the enemies of Islam and humanity, such as the modern day Takfiris, but have spread the liberating ideology of God’s promise to make the weak inheritors of the earth when the promised Redeemer of mankind reappears – as is evident by the tens of millions of Nigerians who have become devout followers of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt with readiness to face oppression and martyrdom.
No wonder, Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) had said to his divinely-designated vicegerent, the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS):
"O Ali, know that the strangest of the people of faith and the greatest of them in certainty are those people who will be in end times. They will not meet the Prophet. And their Imam will be hidden from them. But they will believe (only) due to black upon white."
Imam Ja’far Sadeq (AS) explaining this hadith has said:
“The "black upon white" means the writings on paper. It means that these people will believe in the Qur’an and the sunnah as recorded in the books, even though they may not see their Imam.
The 6th Imam has also said:
"When the Qa’em shall arise, he will rule with justice, the tyrants of his time shall fear him, the righteous will be safe, the earth shall reveal its treasures, all the truth-seekers will seek his company and no follower of any religion would remain except that they see Islam and declare their faith in it.”
So let us felicitate the Lord of the Age on the start of his global mission, and let us pray to God Almighty to hasten his reappearance for the salvation of humanity. Amen