The Chronological Order Of The Signs Of The Reappearance Of Imam AlMahdi, May Allah expedite His Reappearance
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Is There Really Imam AlMahdi Coming At End Times ?
Note: AlMahdi is an adjective that means: Guided to the right path by The one God, Allah (Exalted is He).
In fact we do not want to go into this argument, as it is not our aim, and let us leave it to each one of us to investigate and decide upon what conclusion he arrives at.
Yet, it is enough to find that the narratives and tales, whether Islamic or non Islamic, like Christian, Jewish, or Mandaean, which talk about the coming of a "saviour" at the end of time, by whom Allah (The One God (EH)) shall change earth for him in order that he establishes the reign of Allah (EH) on earth. He shall spread out fairness, justice, and prosperity; inaugurating a new phase in the history of humanity. They are even to be found in ancient civilizations like Sumerian, Babylonian, Buddhist, Confucianism, the Maya, and others.
It is noticeable that all religions and faiths, whether divine or secular, agree upon the appearance of a "saviour" at the end of time, after man had abysmally failed in governing earth, and people fill earth with blood, destruction and disasters, with injustice and oppression , which are about to put an end to humanity. The Creator shall have control to force the reign of Allah on earth, at the hands of a "saviour" Caliph, whom He sends to begin a new phase of life!
It means that all religions and sects, whether divine or secular, agree upon the appearance of a "saviour" at the end of time. Their differences about his name, lineage, origin, religion, sect, his governance time and methods, or his life history, all have no bearing on the reality of the fact regarding the appearance of the "saviour" at the end of time. It is an agreed upon fact.
So, what is the name of that "saviour"?
For the Muslims: the awaited Imam AlMahdi (AJ).
For the Christians: The Messiah, and the return of Jesus, peace be upon him (henceforth: AS).
For the Mandaeans: Seateal.
For the Hebrews: Messiah, Elia, or the real awaited Messiah, because they do not acknowledge Jesus (AS).
For the Buddhists: Buddha the fifth: Maitrreya, Amida.
For the Zoroastrians: Saoshyant the third.
For the Hindus: Krishna – Kalki Jivadha.
For the Maya/Aztec (South America): Quetzalcoatl.
For the Hopi (South America): Bhana.
For the Eskimo (Inuit): Arctic Tan prophet.
For the Nomads (Central Asia): White Berkhal.
For the Acadians, the Sumerians, the Babylonians, and the Assyrians: Elijah.
What is his name in other religions / cultures?
Moreover, it never happened across history that so many scholars in religion, in history, and in archaeology, of different ethnicities and faiths, say that we are living now the end of time of the era of reappearance, because that so many general signs are realized, and what remains are only the near signs that precede the reappearance. Are all of those misled?
Is it reasonable that all of this huge amount of narratives and marks are just idle talk and legends of the ancients, or they are deviations of past sects which are extraneous on accurate Islam, as declared by many, amongst whom are scholars of religion who have many followers and presence in the mass media and the internet?
And what if this is not idle talk? Is it reasonable that we do not get ready and prepared, but be surprised by it, while we usually get ready everyday for difficult times, for many hypothetical difficulties about finance, health, and life, which are much easier than what shall happen at the end of time?
However, before we move on towards the rest of the queries, there are three points in this respect which I would like to refer to:
Has Allah, high and exalted is He, created us frivolously and in vain, then left us to our destiny? Is it possible that, He the all Mighty, the creator of heavens and earth, the initiator of their most precise laws, is unable to roll over us all His code of law, or did He postpone it to a designated term, as He informed us in many verses in the Quran?
In the name of Allah, the All Merciful, the Most Merciful;
“It is not in idle play that We created heaven and earth, and what is between them. Had We wanted to take it as a past time We would have taken it from what is with us, if We were to do so.” (Al Anbiya’ 16-17).
“He is the one who created you from clay, then decreed a stated term, and a designated term from Him; yet you dispute.” (Al An’aam 2).
“And We did not create heaven and earth and what is between them except by the right and for a designated term. But those who disbelieve turn away from what they were warned about.” (Al Ahqaf 3).
Look at the following verses about Satan (cursed be he) which were mentioned twice:
In the name of Allah, the All Merciful, the Most Merciful;
"He (Allah) said: get out of it, verily you are accursed. And curse upon you till the day of the religion. He said: my Lord, reprieve me until the day they are resurrected. He (Allah) said: then you are reprieved; until the day of the known time. He (Satan) said: My Lord, as You have allured me, I shall adorn (evil) for them on earth and allure them all; except those servants of Yours who are chosen." (Al Hijr 35-40).
"He (Allah) said: then get out of it, verily you are accursed. And my curse upon you until the day of the religion. He said: my Lord, reprieve me until the day they are resurrected. He (Allah) said: then you are reprieved until the day of the known time. He (Satan) said: By your might I shall allure them all; except your chosen servants." (Saad. 78-83).
In these verses three days of Allah are mentioned: the day of the religion, the day of resurrection, and the day of the known time.
As we know, the day of religion is the day of judgment. Before it is the day of our resurrection; the day when the last of the people will be unable to repent and reform their deeds. That is when Satan requested postponement of his demise until the last day of humans on earth. But Allah, Exalted and High, refused that and postponed him until the day before that, which is the known day.
When will be that known day, when Satan and his demons and their allurements are finished, and people become free of allurement?
According to Wahab bin Jamee’, follower of Isaac bin Ammar, who said: I asked Imam Zain AlAabideen, and in other sources Imam Jaafar AlSaadiq (AS) about the postponement of Allah for Satan to a certain time, which is mentioned in His Book: “You are from among the reprieved until the known day.” He (AS) said: (The known time is the day the AlQa'em (Imam In-Charge) shall stand. When Allah resurrects him, when he will be in the mosque of Kufa, Satan will come and prostrate on his knees, and say: Woe to me from this day. The Imam takes him by the neck and kills him. That is the day of the known time, the end of Satan). (Mi’jam Ahadeeth alImam AlMahdi, vol 5, pp 197-198, narrative 1620 & 1621) (15 sources).
From Salman Alfarisi, he said, the Messenger of Allah (S) said to me: (…The AlQa'em (Imam In-Charge) AlMahdi by the order of Allah… Ay, by Allah, Satan and his soldiers will be present for Him, with any one who is sincere in his faith, and the one who is adamant on his disbelief, so that reprisal is exacted for him, and your Lord does not do injustice to any. And this is the interpretation of the verse: "And We want to cast favor on those who were considered weak and oppressed on earth, and make them leaders and make them the inheritors; and enable them firmly on earth, and show Pharaoh, Haman, and their soldiers what they were cautious about". (AlQassass 5). Salman said: I left him unworried whether I meat with death or death meats with me). (Mi’jam Ahadeeth AlImam AlMahdi, vol 5, p 221, H 1644) (thirteen sources).
From Imam AlRhida (AS), he said: (…The day of the known time is the day when our AlQa'em (Imam In-Charge) of Ahlulbayt shall reappear… By him Allah shall purify earth from all oppression, and sanctify it from all injustice. He is the one about the birth of whom people are in doubt. He is in the absence which precedes his reappearance. When he reappears earth will shine with his light, and the scale of justice between people gets established, thus no one be unjust to anyone. He is for whom earth will be rolled up, and he will have no shade. For him there will be a caller from heavens in supplication for him, and all on earth will hear him, calling: The evidence of Allah has reappeared at the house of Allah. Follow him, as the right is with him and in him. It is in what Allah, Exalted and High is He, said: "If We wish We shall send down on them a sign from the sky, for which their necks will be down in submission"). (Al Sho’araa’ 4). (Mi’jam Ahadeeth AlImam AlMahdi, vol 5, p 377, H 1814). (one source).
From Abdullah bin Amr, who said: The Prophet (S) said: (When the sun shall rise from its setting side Satan will fall in prostration, calling: my Lord, order me to prostate to any one You wish. His myrmidons will gather around him and say: O the Master of them; why is this begging? He will say: I asked my Lord to reprieve me till the known time, and this is the known time. Then the earth moving creature comes out from a cleft in the Saffa…). (op. cit. vol 2, p 165, H 501) (7 Sunni sources. Considered it weak).
The day of the known time is:
the day when the sun rises from its setting side,
the day of the reappearance of the awaited AlMahdi of Ahlulbayt (People of the Prophetic House)(AJ), by whom Allah shall purify earth from all oppression, and sanctify it from all injustice.
and Satan and his soldiers will be brought,
and every one who is sincere in his faith, and every one who is adamant on his disbelief, so that reprisal is exacted for him, and your Lord does not do injustice to anyone.
It is not the day of judgment, nor it is the day of resurrection.
As we know this "saviour" is denominated "AlMahdi" which is not his name as we know. So, what does the word "AlMahdi" mean?
AlMahdi is an adjective that means: Guided to the right path by The one God, Allah (Exalted is He).
Meaning that the Awaited Imam AlMahdi has been guided by Allah (Exalted is He) to the authentic religion and the authentic governance, and thus those who won't pledge allegiance to him won't be on the authentic path.
This "Saviour is also denominated "AlQa'em" by the Messenger Mohamed (S) and the Imams of his Ahlulbayt (People of the Prophetic House) (AS). So, what does it mean?
AlQa'em is an adjective that means: Standing up honestly firmly determined to accept the obligation of managing, correcting, fixing and conserving the nation affairs with perseverance .
Many narratives of all religions and cultures talk about horrible tragedies of oppression and injustice, of horrible death and wars, which will engulf the earth. There will be killing, famine, earth quakes, hurricanes, and floods, which precede the reappearance of the "Saviour".
If all of those were deluded, don’t you agree with me that we have to know these close signs which precede the reappearance and their order, so that we look for how can we protect ourselves and our families from these tragedies and calamities?
What would you say if you know that Mohammad, the Messenger of Allah (S), and Ahlulbayt Imams (AS), had defined for us these signs and their order, and how to protect ourselves and our families from them?
The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s prayers and greetings on Him, said: (Earth will be filled with injustice and oppression, that no one says: Allah Allah, announcing that. Then it will become full of justice and equality, like it was full of injustice and oppression.) (op. cit. vol 2, p 8, H 563, (5 sources); and the phrase (filled with oppression and injustice) in many other sources.
Which one of the three cups is full?
To say: the cup is full to the top means it takes all it can when it is full; i.e. the cup on the right side fulfills the description of being full.
Therefore, the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, teaches us that of the signs of the reappearance of the awaited Mahdi (AJ) when all of us, without exception, you and me, our families and neighborhood, will suffer from injustice and oppression, which will afflict each one of us.
An affliction which spares no one.
From Abo Saeid Alkhodri, who said: The messenger of Allah, peace be upon him and his progeny, said: (An affliction will hit this nation so that a man does not find a refuge to go to from injustice and oppression. Then Allah shall send a man of my progeny, of my Ahlulbayt (People of the Prophetic House), who shall make it full of justice and equality, as it was full of injustice and oppression). (Al’Omdah: of Ibn Batreeq, p436, H 918).
From Mohammad bin Moslem who said: I heard Abo Abdullah (AS) say: (Before the reappearance of the Standing, there will be an affliction from Allah). I asked: And what would that be, ransom to You I am? He recited: "And We shall afflict you with some fear and hunger and shortage in wealth, lives and fruitage; and give good tidings to those who endure". (Al Baqarah 155). Then he said: (Fear will be of the kings of so and so, hunger will be from high prices, with shortage in wealth is from economic depression and lack of surpluses, shortage in selves is from devastating death, and shortage in fruitage from low yield in crops and no blessings in them). Then he said: (And give good tiding by then to those who endure by the expediting of the AlQa'em (Imam In-Charge)(AS)).(5 sources: Al Tabari, in Dala’il Al Imamah, p 259; Al sadooq in Kamal Aldeen, p 649, H 3; Al Na’maani in Al Ghaybah, p 250, H 5; Al tabarsi in A’laam Alwaraa, p 427).
A long affliction will be, during which grow up a generation or more, who know nothing else:
From Abo Saeid Alkhodri, who said: I heard the Messenger, Allah pray on him and his progeny, say: (Your matters will go on, until some who will be born in the discord and oppression, who know nothing else; until earth becomes full of oppression, and nobody can say Allah. Then Allah, the Great and Almighty, shall send a man of me and of my progeny, who will make earth full of justice, as it was made by who were before him).(Amaali Altoosi, p 1121/28, H 512 & 513).
Meaning: If you have not been hit by injustice or affliction, or you know anyone who had not been hit by injustice or affliction, then the time of the reappearance has not come yet!
Wouldn’t that draw our attention and concern to think and investigate the truth about this "saviour", as Allah, Great and Almighty He is, has ordered us?
Many narratives of all religions and cultures talk about the beginning of a new chapter in human life when the "Saviour" shall make the just reign of Allah prevail all over the world, and repentance will be no more valid.
Abdul Rahman bin Awf and Abdullah bin Amr said that the Messenger of Allah, prayers and greeting on Him, said: (… Repentance will still be accepted until the sun rises from its setting side. When it rises all hearts will be sealed with what is in it, and people’s deeds will come to an end".(Narrated by Abo Alsheikh and ibn Mordawayh).
Alhafudh Abo Bakr ibn Mordawayh said in his interpretation: from Mohammad bin Ali bin Dohaym, from Ahmad bin Hazim bin Abo Ghorzah, from Dhirar bin Surad, from bin Fadheel, from Solaiman bin Yazid, from Abdullah bin Abo Awfaa, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, prayers and greeting on Him, say: (Two nights on people will be as long as these three nights of yours. When that will take place, it will be recognized by those who worship voluntarily; one goes to read a part chapter then sleeps; then he wakes up, reads a part chapter and sleeps. While they are like that, people will shout at each other, saying: what is that? They will rush frightened to the mosques, and notice that the sun has risen. When it has reached the middle of the sky it goes back, then rise from its rising side. By then belief will not avail a self). Then ibn Mordwayh asked, from Sofian Althawri, from Mansoor, from Rabée, from Hodhaifah, who said: I asked the Prophet, , prayers and greeting on Him, what is the miracle of the sun rising from its setting side? He said: (That night will be elongated until the moon becomes a moon of two nights, and those who were praying will notice that, doing what they are used to do before; the stars will not move, standing still. They sleep and wake up to pray, then they sleep and wake up to pray, then they sleep and wake up. Night will be elongated and people get scared, there will be no morning. While they are waiting for the sun to rise from its rising side, it rises from its setting side. When people see that, they will become believers, when their belief does not avail them).
From Anas, who said that the Messenger of Allah, prayers and greeting on Him, said: (On the morning when the sun rises from its setting side, there will become monkeys and pigs in this nation; books will be closed, and pens get dry, and good deeds will not be increased, nor bad deeds will be reduced).(Narrated by Abo Alsheikh, and Ibn Mordawayh in Altafseer Alkabeer).
Moreover, many scholars of religion and history, of different ethnicities, quoting from different religions and cultures, talk about a kind of divine reckoning which will be done before, during, and after the reappearance!!
Don’t you think that we have to know these signs which are about to appear, and their order of occurrence, so that we prepare ourselves and families for the time of reckoning, when no repentance will no more be accepted, nor belief shall avail a self, unless it had believed before?
As for the other queries:
Aren’t you of the same opinion of mine, that in spite of the importance of these points, both in belief and in jurisprudence, yet they will have no effect on our life now, nor on our future or our families; not even during the catastrophes that precede the reappearance?
Let us leave the answer about these queries to Imam AlMahdi (AS) after the reappearance, sooner or later, Allah wills it…
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Published 10 Muharm 1435 \ 13-11-13
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