Ghaybat of Imam Mahdi

Ghaybat In The Words of Ahle Bayt (as) – Part I

The concept of Ghaybat has been discussed extensively in traditions. Right from its concept to preparation and duties of Shiahs in this period. Readers will also note that the beauty of these narrations lies in the uniformity of thought and words of the Ahle Bayt (as). These traditions are reported right from Holy Prophet (sawa) which is from about 1 AH to Imam Hasan Askari (as) which is up to 260 AH. Yet there is no contradiction in these traditions which leads us to believe in the veracity of these traditions without a shadow of doubt. (more…)

Books Written About Imam Mahdi (as)

The topic of Imam Mahdi (as) has been dealt with in a lot of detail by Ahle Bayt (as). We have traditions from the Holy Prophet (sawa) and from every Imam (as) on this subject in which the meaning, implication, causes, events and happenings during the period of Ghaybat and even after reappearance have been discussed in great detail.

In addition, Aimmah (as) have also guided us to our roles and responsibilities to ensure that we stay on the right path and that the length of the period of Ghaybat does not harden our hearts and deviate us. Prophecies from Aimmah (as)  and their supplications are available as a guidance for the believers during this period. All praise is for Allah and may His blessings be upon Holy Prophet, Mohammed (sawa) and the Ahle Bayt (as) for guiding us. (more…)

Has Ghaybat been discussed in Quran?

Ghaybat has been discussed extensively in the Quran and in traditions of the Holy Prophet (sawa) and Aimmah (as). According to traditions, Ghaybat was not for Imam Mahdi (as) alone. Allah has kept sufficient examples in previous prophets which include Hazrat Yunus (as), Hazrat Saleh (as), Hazrat Yusuf (as) who were hidden from the eyes of their nation for a long period of time. (more…)

Where is Imam Mahdi (as) Today?

An interesting aspect about the discussion on Imam Mahdi (as) is that once his birth is established, there are a lot of questions concerning his physical presence. Where is he? How can we meet him? Can we actually meet him?

Islam provides answers to all these questions and even more from the Quran and from traditions of the Holy Prophet (sawa) and Aimmah (as). Ghaybat is a special characteristic and sign of the true Imam Mahdi (as). What is meant by special characteristic is that it is present in the true Mahdi (as) only. This is an important point for Shiahs for the history of Islam is littered with incidents of those who have falsely claimed to be the Mahdi for the society. Needless to say, false claimants deny Ghaybat since they do not have this sign. (more…)