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@magma Thank you for your input. Stating the Imams could live forever had they not been killed, is also speculation? Thank you for having me @Haimi. What you said does not answer my question. Assume the hypothetical scenario where the Sahaba and their successors actually listened to the Prophet Peace be upon him and took the Imams up to the 12 as leaders. When Imam Mahdi dies, will there be a 13th Imam? Or will Al Hussain come back and be the Imam when he performs ghusl on Imam Mahdi? or are there no more Imams and the world ends? @Lordofgemini Good point, but my question isn't about why Allah willed or did not will something. Rather it's if the Shi'i narrative of what was meant to happen comes true, what happens after the 12th Imam? If we assume that Allah willed them NOT to gain leadership, then this would be a contradiction as he supposedly commanded the Ummah to take them as leaders - Yet he didn't allow it to happen. If we assumed that Allah had willed them to gain leadership, then what he willed did not come true.
Salam Alaykum to you all, I have a simple question about the practicality of 12 Imams. Assume Allahs will goes to plan and Ali becomes the leader of the Ummah after the Prophet Peace be upon him, then he passes it onto Al Hassan, then to Al Hussain and so on. When we reach the 12th Imam, Imam Al Mahdi - what happens? He will not need to go into hiding, because no one is after his blood. So will he pass on the Imamate to a 13th Imam? Or will the world end after Imam Al Mahdi dies?