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Answers by Imam Al-Mahdi (as) himself!

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On the commands of Allah Imam Mahdi (af) is in occultation right from the commencement of his Imamat. Hence as compared to his forefathers his meetings with his Shias have been very few. The people present their problem before his esteemed self in the form of letters and areeza. An areeza is a letter of requests written by the Shias to the Imam of their time. The Imam has also reciprocated in a similar manner. The letters of Imam-e-Zaman (a.f) are also terminologically called as "Tawqee". These Tawqee's have been assimilated in several books. Ayatullah Syed Hasan Shirazi has compiled these letters in a book called 'called "Kalemat-ul-Imam al-Mahdi". This single book contains all the letters of Imam (a.s.) which are found in different books.

Originally the book was written in Arabic. Dr. Syed Hasan Sabzawari has translated this book into Persian by the same name. The answers to the questions mentioned below, have been given by Imam (a.f.) himself. These replies have been compiled from various letters that were sent to him (a.f.) in the course of his Ghaibat. To that extent the letters of Imam (a.f.) constitute "half a meeting" with him, and the same is being presented in your service.

Q.1. Where do you live in these days of your occultation?

Ans. Presently, we are living away from the settlements of the oppressors. Till such time that the reins of the worldly governments are in the hands of oppressors and tyrants, Allah has willed for us and for our Shias that I should live away from the people. However, we are cognizant of all your actions. At this point we are dwelling amidst some remote mountains. The place is surrounded by gardens. I am staying here because of the unbelievers. But very soon I will move to the plains that are not very far from the society.

Q.2. What is the reason for the Shias being involved in so many calamities and afflictions?

Ans. One of the reasons is that the Shias are perpetrating those actions which the people of the past avoided. These Shias have forgotten the covenant of Allah and have violated it.

"And had our guardianship and protection not been there, then the calamities would have surrounded you from all sides and destroyed you" .

(This connotes that Imam (a.s.) nullifies most of the calamities with his existence. Else the plight of the Shias would have been most pitiable.)

Q.3. In these last days, what is the best mode of keeping one's self safe from evils and corruption?

Ans: Piety and abstinence. I pledge for the salvation of the one who does not desire any rank or position in any acts of evil and corruption. The believer who possesses the fear of Allah and is prompt in returning the people their dues, will be secure from the evils of the time. And the one who acts miserly in disseminating the bounties of Allah to the people, will be from among the losers on the Day of Judgement.

Q.4. What are our responsibilities in your occultation?

Ans : Perform those actions which bring you closer to our love and affection and refrain from all those actions that become the cause of our displeasure and dissatisfaction.

Q5. How is it possible to meet you?

Ans : If our Shias (may Allah grant them the taufeeq of obedience) had been united in fulfilling the pledge, then certainly there would have been no delay in our meeting and they would have been graced with this opportunity several times. However, their actions are most unbecoming of Shias, and have kept them away from us.

Q.6. How can we disgrace and humiliate Shaitan?

Ans. Reciting namaz on the dot of time at its very outset (Awwal-e-Waqt) is a cause of disgrace for Shaitan.

Q.7. Can a person utilize for his personal use a thing which has been endowed (Waqf) for you?

Ans : If the thing has been handed over to us then the person has no right over it - whether he needs that thing or not.

Q.8. What do you have to say about those people who use your things for their own personal benefits?

Ans : To use someone's belongings without his permission is prohibited. Hence the one who considers our money as permissible and usurps, has actually filling his stomach with fire and will surely be thrown in Hell.

Q.9. Can we eat and drink or do business with a person who earns through illegal means?

Ans : If the person has some other source of livelihood also, then it is not prohibited to eat and drink or do business with him. But if he has no other source of livelihood save his illegal income, then it is prohibited to interact with such a person.

Q.10. What is the order regarding the performance of "Sajdah-e-Shukr" after completing a wajib namaz?

Ans : "Sajdah-e-Shukr" is among the highly recommended acts and is very much emphasised. Just as an obligatory (wajib) act is superior to a recommended (mustahhab) act, in much the same way, the "Sajdah-e-Shukr" which is performed after a obligatory namaz is superior to the one which is performed after a recommended namaz.

Q.11. Will the believers give birth to children in Paradise?

Ans : In paradise, neither will the women become pregnant nor will they have their menstrual cycles. In fact only those things will be available that will be a source of comfort for the eyes and the heart.

Q.12. Can we keep Khak-e-Shifa (soil of Karbala) in the grave?

Ans : Yes it can be kept in the grave. And by the command of Allah, the threads of the shroud get mixed with the soil.

Q.13. Can a rosary (Tasbeeh) be made of Khak-e-Shifa?

Ans : There is no adornment for a Tasbeeh more excellent than Khak-e-Shifa. Among the virtues of a tasbeeh made of Khak-e-Shifa is that often a person is lost in his thoughts and just turns the beads of the tasbeeh in his hands, yet he will get the complete reward of reciting that tasbeeh.

Q.14. Can we prostrate on Khak-eShifa?

Ans : It is permitted to prostrate on Khak-e-Shifa. In fact, it is a source of distinction.

Q.15. Can we prostrate on the graves of Imams(a.s.)?

Ans : You should not prostrate on the graves. However, you can touch your face to the grave. And there is also no harm in performing namaz in front of the grave.

Q.16. What do you have to say about those people who exaggerate the position of Ahle Bait (a.s.) and ascribe them with Divinity (Godhood)?

Ans : I and all my ancestors, right from Adam (a.s.) till Mohammad Mustafa (s.a.w.s) are the servants of Allah. Actually, we are aggrieved by those Shias who are ignorant and whose faith is not even equal to the wing of a mosquito. We detach ourselves from all those people who associate us with Allah.

Q.17. What will be the condition of the world and the Muslims before your reappearance?

Ans : Before our reappearance, the hearts of the people will become hard and full of injustice and inequality.

Q.18. Have you appointed anyone as your special deputy in Ghaibat-e Kubra?

Ans : Before the rising of Sufyani and before the hearing of the voice from the sky, anyone who claims that he can meet me (at will) is a liar and a malicious person. (There is no special representative in Ghaibat-e-Kubra)

Q.19. Will those Sayyeds (descendants of the Prophet s.a.w.s.) who deny your Imamat get salvation?

Ans. Allah does not have any exclusive relation with anyone (i.e. no one is special in front of Allah). If someone denies our Imamat then he is not from us. His example is like the example of Hazrat Nuh (a.s.)'s son.

Q.20. Is the time of your reappearance decided? And does anyone have information about it?

Ans. (The time of my) reappearance is in the hands of Allah. And anyone who claims otherwise is a liar.

Q.21. As you do not have a special representative in the major occultation, then who should we resort to for redressal of our religious problems?

Ans. You must refer (your questions) to the narrators of our traditions. We have appointed them as our proof (Hujjat) upon you.

Q.22. What is the reason for your occultation?

Ans. Allah mentions in the Quran. "DO not ask those things about which if you are told, you will not like it". (Surah Maidah: 101)

Q.23. When will your occultation end and when will you reappear?

Ans. Do not inquire about those things that will not benefit you. And don't ask questions about matters that are not your responsibility.

Q.24. Is it necessary to pay khums? And is there some particular way in which it should be paid?

Ans. We accept your wealth only with this intention that you should be purified. Otherwise, whatever Allah has bestowed on us is far superior than what He has given you.

Q.25. Can the people derive benefit from you while you are in occultation?

Ans : The people can derive benefit from me in my occultation just as they derive benefit from the sun when it is concealed behind the clouds.

Q.26. What are the characteristics and the status of Allah's guides?

Ans : Allah has protected them from all kinds of sins and purified them from all kinds of defects and has made them clean from all sorts of vices. He has appointed them as the treasurers of His knowledge and the custodians of His wisdom. He has made them the focal point of His secrets and has strengthened them with proofs. If all this had not been there then every person would have claimed (this position) and it would not have been possible to discern truth from falsehood. And knowledge would not be distinct from ignorance.

Q.27.What is the reason for the sending of Prophets (a.s.) and Imams (as )?

Ans. Allah has sent the Prophets (a.s.) and Imams (a.s.) so that they should command the people towards His obedience and refrain them from rebelliousness, and inform the people about Allah and about the tenets of His religion.

Q.28. How should we test and disgrace those people who falsely claim the status of Imamat?

Ans : Ask them about the Quran and the practical tenets (Ahkam). Inquire from them about the laws governing namaz. You yourself will be able to gauge their authenticity.

Q.29. At any point of time can the earth ever remain devoid of the Proof of Allah (Hujjat)?

Ans : The earth can never remain devoid of the "Hujjat" of Allah - whether he is apparent and manifest or concealed and hidden.

Q.30. Who is the Imam after Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.)?

Ans : Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.) has appointed that person as his successor and vicegerent whom Allah has kept in occultation. (i.e. he only is your Imam).

Q.31. Are the Imams (a.s.) the creators as well as the sustainers (of the people)?

Ans : Imams (a.s.) pray to Allah and He creates and gives sustenance because of their supplications. Allah accepts their invocations and exalts their rank and status.

Q.32. Till when can a person pray for a son?

Ans : A person should pray for a son till the fourth month of pregnancy.

Q.33. To whom does Allah give guidance?

Ans : The one who desires guidance gets it from Allah. The one who endeavors for it, is bestowed with it.

Q.34. Is it proper to search for you?

Ans : The one who struggles and strives too much for searching me will (in fact) direct the enemies towards me. And the one who guides the enemies towards me has endangered my life. And the one who puts my life in danger is a polytheist.

Q.35. What are the responsibilities of the scholars (Ulema) towards the people?

Ans : They should meet the people with humility, and fulfill the needs of the people. They should be accessible. We will help them in this regard.

Q.36. Can we give preference to the needs of the relatives before the needs of others?

Ans : Imam Moosa ibn Jafar (a.s.) says: "If the relatives are in want then Allah does not (even) accept your sadqah".

Q.37. But what if we have already made the intention of helping someone else?

Ans : Distribute the money among both the parties so that you get the maximum reward.

Indeed, we await that day when we can directly converse with Imame Asr (a.t.f.s), illuminate our eyes and souls by his luminous light. (Amin).

Forwarded By Shaikh Muslim Bhanji

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(bismillah)

(salam)

Ans : Before the rising of Sufyani and before the hearing of the voice from the sky, anyone who claims that he can meet me (at will) is a liar and a malicious person.

That could have been translated in a better way. Scholars have different opinions regarding this point. Some say that it is not possible to see the imam (as) during his occulation, and others say that it is possible and that what the Imam(as) means is that nobody should claim that he is the Imam's representative or that he takes orders from the Imam(as).

I dont get this, how can they communicate their messages to Imam Mahdi (aj)

and how does he reply back, in person or soemthing??

Clarification needed.

Dont think that the questions above were asked by someone and he got answers from the Imam(as) ... No... read:

These replies have been compiled from various letters that were sent to him (a.f.) in the course of his Ghaibat.

Those letters where sent to his deputies during the smaller occultation.

also read:

Q5. How is it possible to meet you?

Ans : If our Shias (may Allah grant them the taufeeq of obedience) had been united in fulfilling the pledge, then certainly there would have been no delay in our meeting and they would have been graced with this opportunity several times. However, their actions are most unbecoming of Shias, and have kept them away from us.

most (if not all) of the answers were taken from the Imam's(as) last letter to his 4th and last deputy.

wa salam

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Dear All,

Assalamoalaikum wa RahtmatuÚáíå ÇáÓáÇãllah

I am sorry but I do not get this at all. I have grave doubts about the authenticity of these letters and their purported replies.

I am not sure how the Imam Ghaib can "nullify the calamaties" on present day Shias, during his Ghiyabat, while Imam Hussain was unable to nullify the calamaties which overtook the Ahlul Bay'at in Karbala during his "Hazirat"?

I would like to say that I am not a Shia, but I believe in the A'Imma e Ahlul Bay'at as being the divinely guided Imams. I do not however believe in the Ghiyabat of Imam Mahdi.

Can someone please explain to me why, if the Imam Madhi is in Ghiyabat e Kubra, how we can get guidance from him. As you know if someone does not accept the Imam e Zaman, then He/She will die the death of ignorance.

wa salaam

Navidul Haq Khan

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(bismillah)

(salam)

Dear All,

Assalamoalaikum wa RahtmatuÚáíå ÇáÓáÇãllah

I am sorry but I do not get this at all. I have grave doubts about the authenticity of these letters and their purported replies.

I am not sure how the Imam Ghaib can "nullify the calamaties" on present day Shias, during his Ghiyabat, while Imam Hussain was unable to nullify the calamaties which overtook the Ahlul Bay'at in Karbala during his "Hazirat"?

I would like to say that I am not a Shia, but I believe in the A'Imma e Ahlul Bay'at as being the divinely guided Imams. I do not however believe in the Ghiyabat of Imam Mahdi.

Can someone please explain to me why, if the Imam Madhi is in Ghiyabat e Kubra, how we can get guidance from him. As you know if someone does not accept the Imam e Zaman, then He/She will die the death of ignorance.

wa salaam

Navidul Haq Khan

Your question is very easy. Read the following two surah's. Surat laylat al-qadr and first 6 verses of surat al-dukhan (The Smoke).

If you don't understand, let me know.

Sayd ABbas

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I have read three different books on the subject in Urdu/English with titles of "Mulaqat-e-Imam" Meeting with Imam (as) . Most significant of them is Mulaqat ba Imam Zaman, Syed Abtahi.

Please note that Imam (as) is always in contact with his supporters and followers all over the world, including North America. It is not necessary that the contacts can only be possible in Iran or Iraq.

SOME IMPORTANT BOOKS ON IMAM MEHDI (A.S)

Some important books on the life and occultation of Imam Mehdi (A.S) are given in the following lines.

Shifa wa Jila dar ghaibat, Ahmed bin Ali Razi Khasibabadi.

Mukhtasar ma Nuzzela minal Quran fi Saheb al-amr, Ahmed bin Mohammad bin Ayyash.

Tarteeb al-adillah, Abul Abbas Urozi.

Zikr al-Qaim, Ahmed bin Ramih al- Maroozi.

Kitab al- Mehdi, Esa bin Mehran.

Kitab al- Ghaibah, Hasan bin Hamzah Alwi.

Esbat al- Rajaa’t, Mohammad Fazal Bin Shazan Naishapuri.

Kitab al- Hujjah fi ebta al- Qaim, by same author.

Ezalah al- Ran, Ibn Junaid.

Kamal al- Din, Sheikh Sadooq.

Risalah al- Ghaibah, Sheikh Sadooq.

Al- Ghaibah, Allama Ayashi.

Al- Rajaa’t, by same author.

Kitab al-Ghaibah, Naomani. Sheikh Mufid has praised this book a lot and said that this is the best book compiled on this topic till his days.

Kitab al- Ghaibah, Sheikh Mufid.

Kitab al- Maqna, Syed Murtaza.

Al- Ghaibah, Sheikh Tusi.

Al- Burhan aala seht Tool Umr Saheb al- Zaman, Allama Krajki.

Saheb al- Zaman, Ibn Jamhoor.

Kitab al- Waqt, by same author.

Kitab al-Faraj, Mohammad bin Hebah bin Jafar warraq Trablesi.

Kitab Ghaibat, Abul Muzaffer Ali bin Hussain Hamdani.

Tauqiat al – Ghaibat, Abdullah bin Jafar Hemyari.

Jana al- Jannatain, Qutbuddin Rawandi.

Sultan al- Faraj, Naba al- Din Ali bin Abdul Karim Najafi.

Suroor ahl al- Zaman, by same author.

Kitab al- Ghaibat, Same author.

Behar al- Anwar, Allama Majlisi, (vol: 13)

Risalah Rajaa’t, Allama Majlisi.

Kifayatal Muhtadi, Mohammad bin Mohammad Lauhi.

Sheraa’t al- Tasmiah, Muhaqqiq Damad.

Kashf al- Taamiah, Hur Aameli.

Iqaz al- Hajaa’h, by same author.

Rajaa’t, Momin Astarabadi.

Risalah Tahreem, Sheikh Sulaiman Mahoozi Bahrani.

Falk al- Mash’hoon, Baqir Qizwini.

Maulad al- Qaim, Muhaddis Hashim Bahrani.

Muhejjah fima Nazala fil Hujjah, Hashim Bahrani.

Tabnseratul Wali, Same author.

Kitab al- Awalim, Mullah Kazim Hazar Jaribi. (volume on Imam)

Risalah dar Ghaibat, Allama Dildar Ali Ghufran Maab. Mirza Hussain Noori has praised this book. The author was my great grandfather.

Tabeen al- Muhijjah, Mirza Mohsin Aqa Tabrezi.

Al- Fusool al- A’shrah, Sheikh Mufid.

Al- Jannatul Mawa, Mirza Husssain Noori.

Kashf al- Astar, Allama Noori.

Al- Najm al- Thaqib, Allama Noori.

Elzam al- Nasib, Sheikh Ali Yazdi.

Minan al- Rahman, Sheikh Jafar bin Mohammad Naqdi.

Ayan al- Shia, Mohsin al- Amin. (Vol 5)

Al- Burhan ala Wajood Saheb al- Zaman, by the same author.

Al- Mehdi, Sadr al- Din Sadr.

Al- Imam thani ashar, Mohammad Saeed al- Mosavi.

Dar al- Slam, Sheikh Mahmood Iraqi Misami.

Imam Mehdi and the sayings of Holy Prophet, Dr. Mohsin Naqvi.

Musleh Ghaibi, Syed Hasan Abtahi.

Parwaz Rooh, Syed Abtahi.

Muntakhab al- Ather, Lutfullah Safi.

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