In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Title: al-Mahdi, al-Qaim, al-Hujjah, Sahib Al-Zaman, Baqiyutullah
Father's name: Al-Hassan Al-Askari - 11th Imam (pbuhim)
Mother's name: Nargis - Daughter of the king of Rome.
Birth: In Sammara, on Friday the 15th of Shaaban 255 A.H.
Imam Al-Mahdi will unite the East and the West. His father Imam Hassan Al-Askari is from the East. And His mother Nargis, also known as Malika, was from the west. It is narrated she was the daughter of the king of Rome Yashu'a Ibn Qaisar (Caeser). His mother didn't live close to the Islamic world, but one night she had a dream that the Prophet of Islam came to her and told her to marry one of His children. They told her that she will have a son that will rule the world and fill it with justice. Following this dream, she woke up with the desire to meet these people whom she later realised were the Muslims being fought. She did what she could and was captured by the Islamic army, her desire all along. She was later bought as a merchant along with other prisoners, but was amazed at the good treatment she received. She didn't know why this man treated her with such kindness, as if she was his next of kin. She was later introduced to the same man, as Imam Hassan, the light from her dream with whom she lived happily ever after. With their love, the Prince of our time was born.
Imam Al-Mahdi, is still living and will appear before the end of time..
Imam Ali narrates that Prophet Muhammad (pbuthem both) said: Even if only a day remains for Qiyamah to come, yet Allah will surely send a man from my family who will fill this world with such justice and fairness, just as it initially was filled with oppression.
Prophet Muhammad said: The promised Mahdi will be among my progeny, among the descendants of Fatima. (Abu Dawud, Sahih, Vol. 2, P. 207; Ibn Majah, Sahih, Vol. 2, P. 519)
Rasullah said: A group of my Ummah will fight for the truth until near the day of judgment when Jesus, the son of Marry, will descend, and the leader of them will ask him to lead the prayer, but Jesus declines, saying: "No, Verily, among you Allah has made leaders for others and He has bestowed his bounty upon them. (Sahih Muslim)No one can fully understand the reason for the occultation of Imam Mahdi (ajtf) but some explainations bought forward are:
1. The benefit of being tested and purified, this is a test for the beleiver.
2. The benefit of being relieved from having to pay allegiance to unjust rulers.
3. The benefit of being immune from murder.
The minor occultation was needed to prepare his people of the major occultaion to come. Ultimately the reasons of the occultation are based on divine wisdom.
Minor Occultaton: 8th Rabi 'ul-awwal 260 A.H.
Major Occultation: 10 Shawwal 329 AH.
May Allah (swt) hasten his reappearance and may our lives be His (pbuhim) sacrifice. Illahi Amen.