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Asalamalakum and Ya Ali Madad.

 

 

Last night during sehri I got into a very heated debate with one of my friends.

 

His argument: "As much as I would like to see the Imam reappear, he won't, at least not in our lifetime"

 

Given the hypothetical idea that we live max 60 years he said that the world would have to be in terrible condition leaving 13 functioning countries (?? no source) and that the "dunya" is moving too slow to expect the reappearance of the imam.

 

I of course was outraged completely disagreeing with everything he was saying simply because I was under the impression that he had a false sense of confidence.

 

I told him the best thing we can do is wait (intezaar) is the best ibaddat but slowly I began to realize that certain points he was making were correct

 

I need to restore his confidence as a friend and as a Shia without contradicting any hadith regarding belief in the reappearance or regarding conditions that need to met.

 

 

 

He also said that we think the world is chaotic enough for the Imam to come, but if it was he (atfj) would have been here already. If everything in Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran is not proof enough, if the fact that the word "Islam" is being associated with the word "terrorist" is not enough, if being a shia gets you killed is sufficient then the Imam would have been here.

 

At the time I couldn't verify any of his information so I gave smaller practical example which I believe did not suffice.

 

I told him Imam Hussain would have never fought karbala without the 72. Right now the Imam needs 313, that's all he is waiting on, but if he is waiting for 313 how long do we have to wait.

 

What more can I tell him that is backed up by sources.

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