Janab Usman bin Saeed (ra) was the first special deputy of Imam Mahdi (as) in Ghaybate’ Sughra. The renowned Shiite scholar, Shaykh Tusi (ra) records in his illustrious book, ‘al-Ghaybah’ ‘Among the companions that the infallible Imams (as) considered as virtuous and pious, was Janab Usman bin Saeed al-Amri (ra). Imam Ali Naqi (as) and Imam Hasan Askari (as) have spoken highly of him and he was their most trusted companion.’ (al-Ghaybah of Shaykh Tusi page 353) (more…)
The history of Islam records the events of some men who claimed to be a special deputy of Imam Mahdi (as). A study of these events is important from two aspects. Firstly, it is a lesson for the masses to understand that after the fourth special deputy of Imam Mahdi (as), the door for any person to claim a direct channel to Imam Mahdi (as) has been closed forever. No person can claim to enjoy this special relationship. Secondly, history has exposed the mischief of such false claimants so that others may learn a lesson and not commit the mistake of claiming such deputyship for themselves. (more…)
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…)
The discussion about the Mahdi has been taken up extensively in traditions – both from sources of the Shiah and the Ahle Sunnah. Several books on the subject have been written over the years on the topic. What is interesting to note is that there were books written on the topic of the Mahdi, or chapters written on the subject even before the birth of Imam Mahdi (as) in 255 AH. (more…)
Various objections have been raised regarding the birth of Imam Mahdi (as). Keeping in mind the necessity for brevity, this this article we shall discuss two objections.
Objection 1: Why the Date of Birth of Imam Mahdi (as) is not
mentioned in Sahih Bukhari or Sahih Muslim?
Sceptics are willing to believe only after seeing such a tradition. Actually this objection is based neither on Shariah nor on reasoning and understanding. Rather, by refusing to believe in the birth of Imam Mahdi (as) they have doubted the power of the Almighty Allah. (more…)