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  1. The Signs of the Reappearance of the Twelfth Imam (ajtf) The Signs of the Reappearance (Qiyam) of the (Imam) who undertakes the Office (al-Qa'im), Peace be on him, the Period of Time of his Appearance, an Explanation of his Life and an Extract of what is revealed about his State. Traditions have been reported mentioning the signs for the time of the appearance of the Imam who will arise (qa'im), peace be on him, and the events which will take place before his appearance, together with the indications and features of it. Among them are: The Sufyani will come out in revolt; the Hasanid will be killed; the Abbasids will dispute over worldly kingdom; there will be an eclipse of the sun in the middle of the month of Ramadan; there will be an eclipse of the moon at the end of that month in contrast to ordinary happenings; the land will be swallowed up at al-Bayda'; it will be swallowed in the east-it will be swallowed up in the west; the sun will stay still from the time of its decline to the middle of the time for the afternoon prayer. It will rise from the west; a pure soul (nafs zakiyya) will be killed in the outskirts of Kufa with seventy righteous men; a Hashimite will be slaughtered between the corner (of the Ka'ba) and the station of Abraham); the wall of the mosque of Kufa will be destroyed; black standards will advance from Khurasan; al-Yamani will come out in revolt; al-Maghribi will appear in Egypt and take possession of it from Syria. The Turk will occupy the region of al-Jazira; the Byzantines will occupy Ramla; the star will appear in the east giving light just like the moon gives light; then (the new moon) will bend until its two tips almost meet; a colour will appear in the sky and spread to its horizons; a fire will appear for a long time in the east remaining in the air for three or seven days; the Arabs will throw off the reins and take possession of their land, throwing out the foreign authority; the people of Egypt will kill their ruler and destroy Syria; and three standards will dispute over it (Syria). The standards of Qays and the Arabs will come among the people of Egypt; the standards of Kinda (will go) to Khurasan; horses will come from the west until they are stabled in al-Hira; the black standards will advance towards them from the east; the Euphrates will flood so that the water comes into the alleys of Kufa; sixty liars will come forward, all of them claiming prophethood, and twelve will come forward from the family of Abu Talib, all of them claiming the Imamate; a man of important rank of the supporters of the 'Abbasids will be burnt between Jalula' and Khaniqin. The bridge next to Karkh in the city of Baghdad will be established; a black wind will raise it at the beginning of the day and then an earthquake will occur so that much of it will be swallowed up; fear will cover the people of Iraq and Baghdad; swift death (will occur) there and there will be a loss of property, lives and harvests; locusts will appear at their usual times and at times not usual so that they attack agricultural land and crops and there will be little harvest for what the people planted; two kinds of foreigners will dispute and much blood will be shed in their quarrel. Slaves will rebel against obedience to their masters and kill their masters (mawali); a group of heretics (ahl al-bida) will be transformed until they become monkeys and pigs; slaves will conquer the land of their masters; a cry (will come) from the sky (in such a way) that all the people will hear it in their own languages; a face and a chest will appear in the sky before the people in the centre of the sun; the dead will arise from their graves so that they will return to the world and they will recognize one another and visit one another; that will come to an end with twenty-four continuous rainstorms and the land will be revived by them after being dead and it will recognize its blessings; after that every disease will be taken away from those of the Shia of the Mahdi, peace be on him, who believe in the truth; at that time they will know of his appearance in Mecca and they will go to him to support him. Note: to see the complete text of the source, refer to: http://www.al-islam.org/articles/signs-reappearance-twelfth-imam-ajtf
  2. I found some related issues here: http://www.al-islam.org/search/site/mahdi%20and%20jesus
  3. The Signs of the Reappearance of the Twelfth Imam (ajtf) The Signs of the Reappearance of the Twelfth Imam (ajtf) The Signs of the Reappearance (Qiyam) of the (Imam) who undertakes the Office (al-Qa'im), Peace be on him, the Period of Time of his Appearance, an Explanation of his Life and an Extract of what is revealed about his State. Traditions have been reported mentioning the signs for the time of the appearance of the Imam who will arise (qa'im), peace be on him, and the events which will take place before his appearance, together with the indications and features of it. Among them are: The Sufyani will come out in revolt; the Hasanid will be killed; the Abbasids will dispute over worldly kingdom; there will be an eclipse of the sun in the middle of the month of Ramadan; there will be an eclipse of the moon at the end of that month in contrast to ordinary happenings; the land will be swallowed up at al-Bayda'; it will be swallowed in the east-it will be swallowed up in the west; the sun will stay still from the time of its decline to the middle of the time for the afternoon prayer. It will rise from the west; a pure soul (nafs zakiyya) will be killed in the outskirts of Kufa with seventy righteous men; a Hashimite will be slaughtered between the corner (of the Ka'ba) and the station of Abraham); the wall of the mosque of Kufa will be destroyed; black standards will advance from Khurasan; al-Yamani will come out in revolt; al-Maghribi will appear in Egypt and take possession of it from Syria. The Turk will occupy the region of al-Jazira; the Byzantines will occupy Ramla; the star will appear in the east giving light just like the moon gives light; then (the new moon) will bend until its two tips almost meet; a colour will appear in the sky and spread to its horizons; a fire will appear for a long time in the east remaining in the air for three or seven days; the Arabs will throw off the reins and take possession of their land, throwing out the foreign authority; the people of Egypt will kill their ruler and destroy Syria; and three standards will dispute over it (Syria). The standards of Qays and the Arabs will come among the people of Egypt; the standards of Kinda (will go) to Khurasan; horses will come from the west until they are stabled in al-Hira; the black standards will advance towards them from the east; the Euphrates will flood so that the water comes into the alleys of Kufa; sixty liars will come forward, all of them claiming prophethood, and twelve will come forward from the family of Abu Talib, all of them claiming the Imamate; a man of important rank of the supporters of the 'Abbasids will be burnt between Jalula' and Khaniqin. The bridge next to Karkh in the city of Baghdad will be established; a black wind will raise it at the beginning of the day and then an earthquake will occur so that much of it will be swallowed up; fear will cover the people of Iraq and Baghdad; swift death (will occur) there and there will be a loss of property, lives and harvests; locusts will appear at their usual times and at times not usual so that they attack agricultural land and crops and there will be little harvest for what the people planted; two kinds of foreigners will dispute and much blood will be shed in their quarrel. Slaves will rebel against obedience to their masters and kill their masters (mawali); a group of heretics (ahl al-bida) will be transformed until they become monkeys and pigs; slaves will conquer the land of their masters; a cry (will come) from the sky (in such a way) that all the people will hear it in their own languages; a face and a chest will appear in the sky before the people in the centre of the sun; the dead will arise from their graves so that they will return to the world and they will recognize one another and visit one another; that will come to an end with twenty-four continuous rainstorms and the land will be revived by them after being dead and it will recognize its blessings; after that every disease will be taken away from those of the Shia of the Mahdi, peace be on him, who believe in the truth; at that time they will know of his appearance in Mecca and they will go to him to support him. Note: to see the complete text of the source, refer to: http://www.al-islam.org/articles/signs-reappearance-twelfth-imam-ajtf
  4. To the best of my knowledge, majority of people use of Khuda-Hafez instead of Allah-Hafiz (Although Allah-Hafez is true as well, but with more Arabic form). You can see many of your doubts or queries here: www.al-islam.org
  5. Perhaps, the following relatively perfect site (books) can reply to your queries: www.al-islam.org
  6. Oh, unfortunately I don't know, perhaps you can also bring up your request in the following site as a good related site (as well as this helpful perfect site): www.quora.com
  7. I found a nice text of a Pakistani tourist about Iran:
  8. As main difference, there are 32 main letters in Farsi (Persian) / 28 in Arabic. Namely: There are four letters which are not in Arabic, but are in Farsi, namely: گ = g (e.g.: go) چ = ch (e.g.: chair) پ = p (e.g.: pen) ژ = ZH/J https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_alphabet
  9. Firstly, we ought to be aware that: Reply: Among the issues on which the heavenly religions have consensus of opinion is the “Global Reformer” who shall appear at the end of time. Not only the Muslims but also the Jews and Christians are waiting for the advent of this man who will spread justice in the world. A survey of the Old and New Testaments will make this fact clear.1 In this regard, muhaddithun narrate that the Holy Prophet (S) has said: Even if only one day is to remain in this world, God will surely send a man from my Ahl al-Bayt who shall fill the world with justice and equity just as it has been filled with oppression.2 Therefore, as it has been mentioned earlier, the belief in the coming of such a reformer is commonly acknowledged by the authorities of the heavenly religions, and by many traditions regarding the Promised Mahdi presented in the Sahih and Musnad books of the Ahl as-Sunnah. The muhaddithun and scholars of the two Islamic sects (Shi‘ah and Sunni) have written a good many books regarding him (‘a).3 The compendium of these traditions have specified his characteristics and salient features in such a manner that they are exactly applicable to the direct son of Imam Hasan al-‘Askari (‘a),4 the 11th Imam followed by the Shi‘ah. According to these traditions, his name is the same as that of the Holy Prophet (S);5 he is the twelfth Imam,6 and he is from the progeny of Husayn ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (‘a).7 By Divine Command, the Promised Mahdi was born in 255 AH and he is now living like other people, though in a state of occultation {ghaybah}. It is necessary to note that such a long life is incongruent neither with science and learning, nor with the logic of revelation. Today science is at the threshold of increasing man’s longevity, believing that man has the ability to live for ages and ages, and if one remains safe from defects and vulnerabilities, the prospect for a long life will be brighter. History has also recorded the names of those who had lived to a very great age. Concerning Prophet Nuh (Noah) (‘a), the Glorious Qur’an says: “And he remained with them (his people) for a thousand-less-fifty years.”8 And regarding Hadrat Yunus (Jonah) (‘a), it says: “And had he not been one of those who celebrate Allah’s glory, he would have surely remained in its belly till the day they will be resurrected.”9 Similarly, from a Qur’anic viewpoint and in the view of all Muslims of the world, Hadrat Khidr (‘a) and Hadrat ‘Isa (Jesus) (‘a) are still alive and they will continue to live. So, God-Willing, we be as a real Shia (of Imam Zaman (Mahdi)) as the last Imam of Shia (besides the Prophet and other Imams...) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reference and further information: http://www.al-islam.org/shia-rebuts-sayyid-rida-husayni-nasab/question-8-who-mahdi-muhammads-progeny-and-why-are-you-waiting
  10. Firstly, let's see what the definition of Shia is: Secondly, we can be Shia of Imam Zaman (Mahdi (a.j.)) by believing in him as 1 of 12 Imams of Shia (as the last Imam...) that Imamate started from Imam Ali (a.s.) as the successor of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household) ... For further info.: www.al-islam.com
  11. There is another Dua which occasionally is famous as Dua-Faraj (which factually is the Dua-Salamati (heath) of Imam Mahdi(a.j.) & even many Shia Muslims are memorized it and likewise recite it daily, is as followings: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیماللَّهُمَّ كُنْ لِوَلِيِّكَ الحُجَةِ بنِ الحَسَن صَلَواتُکَ علَیهِ و عَلی آبائِهِ فِي هَذِهِ السَّاعَةِ وَ فِي كُلِّ سَاعَةٍ وَلِيّاً وَ حَافِظاً وَ قَائِداً وَ نَاصِراً وَ دَلِيلًا وَ عَيْناً حَتَّى تُسْكِنَهُ أَرْضَكَ طَوْعاً وَ تُمَتعَهُ فِيهَا طَوِيلا Source: http://www.askquran.ir/showthread.php?t=9680
  12. Dua-e faraj(azam al-bala) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dua-e faraj(azam al-bala) Faraj dua or dua-e azam al-bala, is a dua for the advent of the Muhammad al-Mahdi.According to Shiite sources have been taught by him to a captive in Baghdad.Read the dua for Appearance is Muhammad al-Mahdi stressed."[1] Contents [hide] 1Credits document 2Content 3References 4Sources Credits document[edit] For the first time in Majma' al-Bayan this prayer tells Shaykh Tabarsi.",[2] As well as Al-Hurr al-Aamili in Wasā'il al-Shī'a",[3]Muhammad Baqir Majlisi in Bihar al-Anwar and kafami ameli in Mesbah.It has been cited. Content[edit] dua begins with wailing and speech problems Then short the words of Imam and Imamat and the obedience of those deals.dua resorted to Muhammad and Ahl al-Baytfor help from Muhammad al-Mahdi ends."[4] References[edit] Jump up^ Imam Mahdi. duas. Jump up^ the monumental exegesis of the Holy Qur’an. shiastudies. Jump up^ Hadith Major Books. islamic-laws. Jump up^ Du‘a al-Faraj- Ilahi ‘azuma’l bala’u. al-islam.
  13. Dua of Faraj (for Imam Mahdi (a.j.) reappearance): ================================================================================================= Ref.: http://ahlolbait.com
  14. As well as my another answer above, I recommend you to refer to the pretty complete link of below which consists of diverse issues regarding: Mahdi in the Quran According to Shi‘ite Quran Commentators The following link: http://www.al-islam.org/mahdi-quran-according-shiite-quran-commentators-vasran-toussi
  15. As a relatively detailed answer: In this study, we have seen that the idea of Mahdawiyyah (Mahdism) in Islam, in both Sunnite and Shi’ite creeds, is particularly strong, although this idea did not originate solely within the Islamic faith. Indeed, Islam only confirms the period of waiting and the belief in a Saviour at the End of Time in terms of the world religions. As for the Shi’ites, they believe that this Saviour, who is also awaited by non-Muslims, is exclusively the twelfth Imam who is presently in Occultation. For these Muslims, the earth could not even last a day without the Occult presence of the Imam. Also, the idea of Messianism is stronger in Shi’ism than in any other religion and has its place in day-to-day life, the greatest act of worship for Shi'ites being to wait for the Mahdi’s reappearance and to be prepared at any time to help him. The subject of our study was to explore the presence of the Mahdi in the Qur’an according to Shi’ite commentators. In order to assess these Shi’ite scholars’ opinion concerning the idea of Messianism in the Qur’an, we have studied two tafsir works that according to us are the most representative and widely accepted among the Shi’ite works, and that are also praised by Sunnite scholars, especially the work of Shaykh Tabarsi, representing the classical works, and Allama Tabataba’i, representing more modern thought. We also studied the tafsir work of Banu Amin as a modern work, because we found it interesting and important to introduce her to the Western world as the first woman in Islam to have written the entire tafsir of the Qur’an. Their methods: Concerning the method used in her commentary, Banu Amin follows Tabarsi's method in general terms. She first explains the words and grammar of the verse, then reports on the points of view of several commentators. It is possible to assert that her tafsir is a summary of the Majma, at least in the verses studied in this research. Of course, a reliable comparison between the two works in their entirety can only be done by studying the gnostic verses, since Banu Amin’s is known as a gnostic tafsir given that she is considered to be a disciple of Molla Sadra, however research such as this would need to be tackled as a separate study. Concerning the Mahdi, Banu Amin follows Tabarsi as other Shi’ite and Sunnite mufassirin have done. However, she does not follow him in all the nine verses he interprets as referring to the Mahdi. Indeed, she interprets four verses in common with Tabarsi in this respect while also discussing the Mahdi in the Qur’an 61: 9, and in the Qur’an 97: 5. Another difference between Banu Amin's work and that of the two other authors is the absence of Sunnite references in her tafsir. This may be the reason why her tafsir is less voluminous. Tabataba’i makes the most use of the Sunnite references and being a modern mufassir, his independent view and non- imitation of the opinions of the classical mufassirin, plus the fact that his commentary is based on the principle of having one part of the Qur’an interpreting other parts, has earned him a major position among the Shi’ite commentators, as is the case for Tabarsi. Indeed, Tabataba’i, as we see in his debates, relies more on his own understanding of the verses than the others do. If we compare the way the verses are interpreted, we get the following results: In the Qur’an 21: 105, the Majma’, after having reported from other commentators that the verse concerns theMahdi that he did not reject, reports the view of someone who denies the Mahdi, arguing his case through a demonstration of the weakness of the hadith while affirming that the Mahdi's appearance is certain and that the traditions concerning the Mahdi are mutawatir. Banu Amin interprets the Qur’an 21:105 as concerning the Mahdi. As for Tabataba’i, where most of the Shi’itemufassirin have followed the classical works, saying that according to this verse [21:105] the Companions of the Mahdi will inherit the earth, the author of al-Mizan (Tabataba’i) disagrees with this interpretation, stating that it carries a general meaning, although the belief in the Mahdi itself is certain and has been reported inmutawatir traditions by the Shi’ites and the Sunnites, and there is no need to interpret this verse as referring to the Mahdi. In the Qur’an 24: 55, Tabarsi and Banu Amin share the same method of interpretation, both interpreting the verse explicitly as referring to the Mahdi. However, Tabataba’i, after having mentioned the views of othermufassirin, offers a broader interpretation of this verse and does not attribute it exclusively to the Mahdi. In the tafsir of the Qur’an 2: 3, Tabarsi reports different opinions concerning the verse; one of them mentions the occultation of the Mahdi. His style of relating this seems to imply that he also believes in this interpretation. Banu Amin attributes this verse to the hereafter and all that we cannot perceive through our senses, but also to the occultation of the Mahdi that she explains in more weighty terms. Tabataba’i gives a broad meaning to the verse, implicitly suggesting that the Mahdi may be one among many other meanings embedded within the verse. In the tafsir of the Qur’an 34:51, the three authors report traditions from different sources concerning the rise of the Sufyani and his being swallowed up by the earth in Bayda at the time of the Mahdi. They thus agree that the verse concerns one of the signs of the time of the Mahdi. Concerning the Qur’an 4:159, Majma’ discusses the faith of the People of the Book in ëIsa, suggesting that it concerns the time of the Mahdi's reappearance. Al-Mizan offers the same tafsir as Majma’. The author ofMakhzan does not mention the Mahdi in her tafsir. In the Qur’an 8: 39, Tabarsi and Tabataba’i confirm that the verse refers to the time of the Mahdi, and that the people of the time of the Mahdi will understand the ta’wil of this verse. Banu Amin does not offer an interpretation of this verse. For the Qur’an 9: 33, Tabarsi sees the verse as a prediction of the Qur’an and interprets it as concerning the time of the reappearance of the Mahdi. Tabataba’i interprets it without doubt as the rise of the al-Qa’im and reports this tafsir from several commentators. The Makhzan al-ëIrfan offers no interpretation for this verse. For the Qur’an 11: 8, Majma’ considers the verse as referring to the Mahdi and his Companions while al-Mizanconfirms Majma's tafsir and those of other mufassirin. The Makhzan offers no interpretation concerning theMahdi. For the Qur’an 41: 53, al-Mizan reports two tafsirs concerning this verse and considers one of the two as concerning the Mahdi according to references gleaned from other commentators. The Majma’ and theMakhzan have no tafsir for this verse. In the Qur’an 48: 28, Tabarsi reports two interpretations for the verse, one of them concerning the time of theMahdi's reappearance. Al-Mizan and Makhzan offer no tafsir concerning the verse. The Qur’an 97: 5, and the Qur’an 61: 9, are only interpreted by Banu Amin as concerning the Mahdi. Neitheral-Mizan nor Majma’ offer an interpretation concerning the Mahdi. What we can understand from the verses reported as implicitly concerning the Mahdi and their interpretation by three Shi’ite commentators is the future supremacy of Islam over the world and good tidings from God to the Muslims of the future Universal Reign of Islam. There are diverging opinions among the commentators concerning the above-mentioned victory of Islam over all the religions. Some say that this victory can be understood in intellectual and rational terms, and that it has already occurred since Islam is the most logical and rational religion practised in the world today.1 But most of them agree, as do the authors studied here, that a more correct interpretation would encompass a victory on all fronts, meaning that the day will come when Islam will be victorious over all the religions of the world, not only intellectually and spiritually, but also politically through the constitution of a new world government, and belief in the predictions of these verses and that such important and universal events can only be realised at the time of the Mahdi. These commentators give as an argument for their opinion that these verses are unconditional and general, and that there is no reason to limit their meaning by affirming that the victory will be limited to a particular region demarcated at the time of the Prophet or at some time afterwards, or to a particular intellectual standpoint. Moreover, they argue that the verses concerning the victory of Islam on a worldwide scale at the time of theMahdi have been interpreted by numerous traditions explicitly announcing the appearance of the Mahdi who will enable Islam to triumph throughout the world. Apart from those reported by the Imams, the Mahditraditions are also reported by a number of the Prophet’s Companions; for example, ‘Othman ibn ‘Affan, Ali ibn Abi Talib (first Imam for the Shi’ites, but also considered as a Caliph and Companion by the Sunnites), Talha ibn ‘Ubaydillah, ‘Abdurrahman ibn ‘Awf, ‘Abdullah ibn Harith, Abu Hurayrah, Jaber ibn ‘Abdullah, Abu Umamah, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Omar, Anas ibn Malek and others, also Umm Salama or ‘Aisha (the Prophet’s wife). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Source and further perusing: http://www.al-islam.org/mahdi-quran-according-shiite-quran-commentators-vasran-toussi/conclusion
  16. In the meanwhile, apart from perfect site (book) of www.al-islam.org, I suggest you to peruse the helpful site below including diverse question concerning Islam/Shia and likewise Imam-Mahdi (a.j.): http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive Note: the mentioned site in available in other language as well such as: Spanish / Germany / Arabic / Urdu / French and so forth.
  17. Besides, you can follow your doubts in the two following perfect sites, but note that occasionally solving the doubts needs to be patient and a little expending of your time in investigating (unbiased)...: www.al-islam.org http://www.islamquest.net/
  18. Alhamdolellah there are many evidences to prove the issue of Imam Mahdi as a real matter (as the savior), even related issues who the Prophet stated... E.g., you can read the following related site (question-answer) as a helpful one (Of course if you are familiar to Arabic/Farsi/French/Spanish/Turkish): http://www.islamquest.net/ar/archive/question/fa1129
  19. In the meantime, I strongly recommend you to see the following site as indeed a complete site regarding Islam/Shia and likewise the significant issue of Prophet's succession: http://www.al-islam.org/ http://www.al-islam.org/ghadir-narrated-ahlul-bayt-sayyid-ali-al-husayni-al-milani
  20. And likewise: Stressing on Ummah's Attention to Imamate To see full issue, refer to: http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa1998
  21. Perusing Ghadir-khum's main text will definitely help you a lot. E.g. you can read a part of its matters as the following: Introducing the Commander of Faithful
  22. AFAIK, the following source book might be the best and the most complete site: http://www.al-islam.org/search/site/mahdi ========================================================================= Besides, I strongly recommend you to be active (as well as this good site) in the site www.quora.com as a high-ranking and very effective site which consists of many doubted questions about Shia/Iran/Yemen/... etc. But unfortunately majority of the users and answers are opponents ... Allah bless you.
  23. بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم Salam The following site has great issues regarding Ibn-Taymiyyah (and other related issues): http://www.al-islam.org/search/site/taymiyyah ========================================================= Besides, I strongly recommend you to be active (as well as this good site) in the site www.quora.com as a high-ranking and very effective site which consists of many doubted questions about Shia/Iran/Yemen/... etc. But unfortunately majority of the users and answers are opponents ... / Allah bless you.
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