THE LIFE
OF
IMAM AL-MAHDI
Peace Be Upon Him

By: Allama Baqir Sharif al-Qarashi
Translated by: Sayyid Athar Husain S.H. Rizvi

Publisher: Ansariyan Publications – Qum
First Edition 1427 -2006 - 1385
Thamin Al-a'immah Press
Quantity: 2000
Number of Pages: 400
Size: 162 x 229 mm
ISBN: 964-438-806-2
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Table of Contents

     

Titel4

Dedication 5

Translator’s Foreword 17

Foreword 19

Manifestation of the Light

    Honorable father of Imam Mahdi
    Respected mother of Imam Mahdi
    The name of Imam Mahdi’s Mother
    In Praise of Imam Mahdi’s Mother
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Manifestation of the light

    rituals connected with the new birth
    Public Feast
    Shias informed of the birth of the Imam of the time
    Felicitations for the birth of the Imam of the time
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Name of the Imam of the Time

    Titles of Imam Mahdi
    Agnomen of the Imam of the time
    Year of Birth of the Imam of the Time
    The Blessed Night
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Supplication on the night of the Birth

    Acquainting the Shias with Imam of the time
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Characteristics and Qualities of the Imam

    Resemblance of the Imam with the Prophet
    Concocted Traditions
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Prominent Characteristics and merits of the Imam

    Encompassing knowledge of the Imam of the time
    Piety of the Imam of the time
    Patience of Imam of the Time
    Worship of the Imam of the time
    Supplications of the Imam in the Prayers
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    Another Supplication of the Imam of the time
    Valor of the Imam of the time
    Steadfastness of the Imam in rightfulness
    Generosity of the Imam of the time
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Some brilliant legacies of the Imam of the time

    Supplications of the Imam of the time
    1. Supplication for the Muslims
    2. Supplication for Believers
    3. Supplication for fulfillment of needs
    4. Supplication for cure
    5. Ziyarat and Supplication
    6. Supplication for Early reappearance
    7. Supplication for his Shias
    8. Supplication for the Prophet and the Imams
    9. Supplication for release from imprisonment
    Ziyarat of Imam Husain
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Letters of the Imam of the time

    1. Letter to Ahmad bin Ishaq
    2. Letter to Al-Amri and his son
    3. Letter to some of his Shias
    4. Letter to Muhammad Asadi
    5. Replies to the Questions of Ishaq
    6. Letters to Shaykh Mufeed
    Second letter for Shaykh Mufeed
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Examples of Jurisprudence of the Imam.

    1. Queries of Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Ja’far
    Prayer of Ja’far at-Tayyar
    2. Others Queries of Muhammad bin Abdullah
    3. Other Queries
    Other Queries of Muhammad
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The Minor and the Major Occultation 168

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    The Imam under the shade of his respected father
    Imam Hasan Askari to the Eternal Abode
    Clarification on the Imamate of the Awaited Imam.
    Assassination of Imam Hasan Askari
    Vigilance of the Abbaside rule
    Towards Paradise
    The Last rites of Imam Hasan Askari
    Elaborate arrangements of the Funeral Procession
    Burial Place of Imam Hasan Askari
    Raid on the house of Imam Hasan Askari
    Delegation from Qom.
    Ja’far and the Abbaside Caliph
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The Minor Occultation

    Period of Minor Occultation
    Place and situation of Minor Occultation
    Lies And Allegations
    1. Cellar in Babel
    2. Existence of cellar in Samarrah
    (A) Suwaidi
    (B) Ibne Taiymiyah
    (C) Ibne Hajar
    (D) Qaseemi
    Investigation in this matter
    (A) Muhaddith Noori
    (B) Allamah Sadruddin
    (C) Muhaqqiq Arbili
    (D) Muhaqqiq Amini
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The Great Emissaries of the Imam of the time

    1. Uthman bin Saeed Amri
    Uthman bin Saeed's services to the Imam
    Trustworthiness of Uthman bin Saeed
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    Deputyship of Uthman bin Saeed
    Death of Uthman bin Saeed
    Condolence of the Awaited Imam
    2. Muhammad bin Uthman
    Justice of Muhammad bin Uthman
    Writings of Muhammad bin Uthman
    Deputyship of Muhammad bin Uthman
    Death of Muhammad bin Uthman
    3. Husain bin Ruh
    Debate of Husain bin Ruh with the opponents
    Steadfastness of Husain bin Ruh
    Dissimulation of Husain bin Ruh
    Husain bin Ruh with Ali Qummi
    Death of Husain bin Ruh
    4. Ali bin Muhammad Samari
    Death of Ali bin Muhammad Samari
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Guardianship of the scholar

    Responsibilities of the Religious Jurisprudent
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The Major Occultation

    Dajjals
    1. Ahmad bin Hilal
    Imam’s censure of Karkhi
    2. Hasan Sharii
    3. Husain bin Mansur
    Another fraud of Husain bin Mansur
    4. Muhammad bin Ali
    Claimants of Mahdaviyat
    1. Mahdi Sudani
    Beginning of his Mission
    Control on Sudan
    Death of Mahdi Sudani
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    2. Mahdi Tahama
    3. Mahdi of Senegal
    4. Mahdi of Soos
    5. Mahdi of Somalia
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A Study of the occultation of Imam Mahdi

    Causes of the occultation of Imam Mahdi
    1. Fear of tyrannical Abbaside regime
    Letter of Khwarizmi to the people of Nishapur
    Doubt of Khanizi
    2. Test and Trial
    3. Secrets of the Occultation
    4. Not paying allegiance to the oppressors
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Some Queries

    1. What is the benefit from the occultationa
    2. Longevity of the Imam of the Age
    3. Why such a long agea
    4. Why does the Imam of the Age not reappeara
    5. How would the Imam reform the worlda
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Those who prophesied the reappearance

    1. The Holy Prophet
    2. Amirul Momineen
    3. Imam Hasan Mujtaba
    4. Imam Husain
    5. Imam Zainul Abideen
    6. Imam Muhammad Baqir
    7. Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq
    8. Imam Musa Kazim.
    9. Ali bin Musa
    10. Imam Muhammad Jawwad
    11. Ali al-Hadi
    12. Imam Hasan Askari
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The Reappearance – A fundamental religious belief

    The reformer in the view of the Christians
    Return of the Christ
    1. Gospel of John
    2. Gospel of St. Luke
    3. Gospel of St. Matthew.
    Signs of reappearance of Christ
    The Great Reformer in the view of Jews
    Description of the Advent of the Reformer of Jews
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Signs of Reappearance of the Imam of the time

    The Vast Spread of Bounties after the Advent
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Believers and Deniers of the Imam of the time

    Those who believe the Imam is born and exists
    1. Muhammad bin Talha Shafei
    2. Ibne Arabi
    3. Ibne Sabbagh Maliki
    4. Ibne Athir
    5. Shamsuddin
    6. Abul Fida
    7. Qirmani
    8. Ibne Khallikan
    9. Dhahabi
    10. Sirajuddin Rufayi
    11. Shaykh Shablanji
    12. Sulaiman Ibne Khwaja
    13. Abdul Wahhab Sherani
    14. Khairuddin Zarkali
    15. Baihaqi
    16. Husain Kashifi
    17. Shuqrani
    18. Salahuddin Safadi

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    19. Muhammad Najjari
    20. Sayyid Ahmad Zaini Dahlan
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Books written about His Eminence 299

Poets who believed in Imam Mahdi

    1. Kumayt
    2. Dibil Khuzai
    3. Sayyid Himyari
    4. Wurd bin Zaid
    5. Musab bin Wahab
    6. Muhammad bin Ismail Saimari
    7. Ali Khawafi
    8. Qasim bin Yusuf
    9. Ibne Rumi
    10. Yahya bin Aqib
    11. Fazl bin Ruzbahan
    12. Abdur Rahman
    13. Ibne Abil Hadid
    14. Amir Basri
    15. Abul Ma’ali
    16. Bahauddin Amili
    17. Sayyid Haider Hilli
    18. Sayyid Ali Khan
    19. Khalie-e
    20. Abdul Ghani Aamili
    21. Hasan Qaftan
    22. Sayyid Abbas
    23. Shaykh Muhammad Samawi
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Deniers of Imam Mahdi

    1. Ibne Khaldun
    2. Muhammad Amin Baghdadi
    3. Ahmad Kasravi
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    4. Ahmad Amin
    5. Shukri Afandi
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Signs of the reappearance

    Certain Signs

    Widespread Injustice and Oppression
    The Signs of the Hour
    First Tradition
    Second Tradition
    Advent of Dajjal (Anti-Christ)
    Emphasis of traditions for the advent of Dajjal
    Titles of Dajjal
    Patronymics of Dajjal
    Characteristics of Dajjal
    Fabricated Traditions
    Plight of the Believers under Dajjal
    Followers of Dajjal
    Faith of Jews on Dajjal
    Signs of the advent of Dajjal
    Treasures under Dajjal’s control
    The End of Dajjal
    Advent of Sufyani
    Sufyani’s Lineage
    Physical features of Sufyani
    Sufyani’s Character
    Tradition of His Eminence, Ali regarding Sufyani
    Duration of Sufyani’s Rule
    Black Flags
    Voice from the Sky
    First Group of Traditions
    Second Group of Traditions
    Third Group of Traditions
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    Jesus shall pray behind Imam Mahdi
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Time and Venue of the reappearance

    Time of Reappearance
    Time of the call of the Angel
    Widespread Power of the Imam of the Time
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System of the Imam’s Government

    The Imam’s Companions
    Characteristics of the Companions of Imam Mahdi
    Number of the companions of Imam Mahdi
    Venue of Allegiance
    Conditions imposed by the Imam for allegiance
    The Standard Bearer of Imam Mahdi
    Period of Imam Mahdi’s Government
    Abundance of riches and blessings
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Ziyarat of Imam al-Mahdi 367

Supplication for Imam al-Mahdi 380

Glossary of Islamic Terms 380

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