General overview of the worldShould think more

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The End of a Dark Night

When we look at the deplorable state of the present situation where crime, murder, bloodshed, wars, and international conflicts prevail, we are faced with the following question: will this situation continue to exist? Are these murders and crimes going to destroy mankind altogether?

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The signs for such inspirations

General love for universal justice. This is because all people of the world, despite their differences, all love, justice and peace. We all work for peace, justice, and endeavor to implement them.

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Save the world

The universal anticipation of all religions is for a great world reformer. In almost all the religions of the world one can find this phenomenon. The belief that a great savior will come to alleviate mankind deep-seated worries and grief does not belong only to Muslims.

 
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Islam

Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion which professes that there is only one and incomparable God (Allah). It is the world's second-largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.8 billion followers or 24.1% of the global population, known as Muslims

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Quran

Islam teaches that God who is merciful, all-powerful, and unique has guided mankind through prophets, revealed scriptures and natural signs. The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, viewed by Muslims as the verbatim word of God, and the teachings and normative examples

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Imam Mahdi(a.s)

Imam Mahdi is believed by Twelver Shī‘a Muslims to be the Mahdī, an ultimate savior of humankind and the final Imām of the Twelve Imams who will emerge with Isa (Jesus Christ) in order to fulfill their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world.

 
  • Birth
  • Long Life
  • Moral Character
  • Place of Residence
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Time of Birth

Some old sources did not talk about the birth date of Imam al-Mahdi (a), taking it to be a secret. However, many Shiite and some Sunni hadiths take the year of the Twelfth Shiite Imam (a) to be 255/869 or 256/870..


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Place of Birth

Historians who talked about the issue agree that Imam al-Zaman (a) was born in the house of his father, Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari (a), in Samarra. The house is now part of the shrine of Imam al-Hadi (a) and Imam al-'Askari (a). Imam al-Hadi (a) and Imam al-'Askari (a) were summoned to Samarra, the center of the Abbasid Caliphate, years before the birth of Imam al-Zaman (a) and lived there until they were martyred..

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Long Life

Imam al-Zaman (a) was born in 255/869 about 12 centuries ago. This longevity is not comparable to that of ordinary people. Shiite theologians have provided different replies to questions about the extraordinary longevity of Imam al-Zaman (a), Shiite theologians..


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Philosophical Responses

Possibility of Occurrence Miracle: Imam al-Zaman's (a) long life is a miracle and an extraordinary event.With the Divine Will, a human person can have a long or permanent life. The human soul is in control of the body. If the soul is so powerful that it can have wilaya on the body, in addition to the control, then it can keep the body alive for a longer time. According to the Qur'an, the prophet 'Uzayr's food and drink stayed fresh after 100 years although the food and drink do not have souls. Thus, a fortiori a human person with a soul can have an extraordinarily long life..

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Appearance

According to different hadiths, the Prophet (s) has characterized Imam al-Mahdi (a) as being the most similar person to him. Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari (a) also said that Mahdi's look and moral character are the most similar to the Prophet's (s). According to a hadith from Imam 'Ali (a): "when al-Mahdi (a) begins his uprising, his age will (seem to) be between 30 to 40"..


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Moral and Religious Characteristics

The moral and religious characteristics of Imam al-Mahdi (a) can be examined in two ways: Given the hadiths in which he is taken to be the most similar person to the Prophet (s) and given the moral characteristics of the Prophet (s) as described in the Qur'an and the hadiths, the moral and religious characteristics of Imam al-Mahdi (a) can be described accordingly. Another way is to consult hadiths which provide independent characterizations of the moral characteristics of Imam al-Mahdi (a). In general, according to Shiite and Sunni hadiths about the moral characteristics of Imam al-Mahdi (a), he is the most modest person towards God and the wisest and the most knowledgeable person.

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Residence before the Occultation

Since his birth until the beginning of the Minor Occultation, Imam al-Mahdi (a) lived in his place of birth, Samarra. In this period, he lived and worshipped in the cellar (sardab). According to some reports, he was frequently seen in this place during his father's life. Some researchers believe that he attended the hajj rituals together with his father in the last years of his life, and then he hid in Medina. This view is not consonant with Shiite historical sources..


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Residence in the Period of Occultation

According to some hadiths, the place of Imam al-Zaman's (aj) residence during the Occultation is unknown. However, some other hadiths point to places such as Mount Dhi Tuwa, Mount Radwi, and Tayba (Medina) as places in which Imam al-Zaman (a) lives during the Occultation. Since his Four Deputies had contacts with him during the Minor Occultation, it can be said that in at least some parts of the Minor Occultation, the Imam (a) lived in Iraq..

Believing in a savior is not exclusive to the Shi'a or Muslims. Many religions and sects also maintain similar beliefs.

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