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In haidth it has been narrated "Person dies without knowing Imam of his time Dies a life of ignorant". What is to know IMAM OF YOUR TIME ?. Does that only mean all we need to know is that IMAM OUR TIME is in GAIB and he is 12th one THE MEHDI ?. 
It would be great if someone can explain what is exactly meant to KNOW IMAM OF OUR TIME ?

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42 minutes ago, Fakeha said:

To know means to have ma'arfat of Imam of our time... And to have ma'arfat of Imam of your time you should have ma'arfat of all Imams... 

This is what I was exactly trying to know. What is exactly to have Ma'arafat of Imam ?  Let's suppose I read and hear Majlis regarding 14 Masooms and get know about their lives and try to implement their teaching in my life which is obviously going to making me a good human being. SO IS THAT ALL I NEED TO BECOME ? A good human being !!! but this what a person with no ma'arafat can do as well.

Then what is the distinction of having ma'arafat ?

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23 minutes ago, Syed Irtiza Ali Rizvi said:

This is what I was exactly trying to know. What is exactly to have Ma'arafat of Imam ?  Let's suppose I read and hear Majlis regarding 14 Masooms and get know about their lives and try to implement their teaching in my life which is obviously going to making me a good human being. SO IS THAT ALL I NEED TO BECOME ? A good human being !!! but this what a person with no ma'arafat can do as well.

Then what is the distinction of having ma'arafat ?

Can i ask you a question??

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10 hours ago, Syed Irtiza Ali Rizvi said:

a lot !! love you can't express in words.

Than... When you are ready to sacrifice them for Islam and IMAM  without even a blink, without thinking thats where you got ma'arfat.. 

Thats the most easy way to describe what ma'arfat is... 

Look out for Hazrat Meesam tamar, Mukhtar Saqafi other sahaba of IMAMs, they are there to teach us well about ma'arfat...

Stay blessed !!

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19 hours ago, Guest Syed Irtiza Ali Rizvi said:

In haidth it has been narrated "Person dies without knowing Imam of his time Dies a life of ignorant". What is to know IMAM OF YOUR TIME ?. Does that only mean all we need to know is that IMAM OUR TIME is in GAIB and he is 12th one THE MEHDI ?. 
It would be great if someone can explain what is exactly meant to KNOW IMAM OF OUR TIME ?

Okay. So the Imam of our time is Mahdi. To know our Imam is to know basically about his existence and to accept that he is your leader. To not know about his existence, his returning and to not accept him is like living in the Age Of Ignorance, where during those times communities had no leader to guide them on the righteous path. 

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11 hours ago, Fakeha said:

Than... When you are ready to sacrifice them for Islam and IMAM  without even a blink, without thinking thats where you got ma'arfat.. 

Thats the most easy way to describe what ma'arfat is... 

Look out for Hazrat Meesam tamar, Mukhtar Saqafi other sahaba of IMAMs, they are there to teach us well about ma'arfat...

Stay blessed !!

Sister I get your point but I think I didn’t make my question clear. Let me elaborate it further.

I believe having knowledge of IMAMS and having Marafat of IMAM of our time are two different things. Everyone can have knowledge of Imams but having Mara’fat is next stage which few people have. For me marafat means to understand your responsibility towards IMAM OF YOUR TIME and then carefully implement it. In this IMPLEMENTATION part my confusion arises.  FOR EXAMPLE. Person with no mara’afat of Imam Helping poor people, giving donation, getting education, Getting Awards which is eventually helping society to become stable. So here is my question HOW A PERSON WITH MARAAFAT CAN HELP SOCEITY DIFFERENTLY THAN PEOPLE HAVING NO MARAAFAT. AS PERSON HAVING A MARAAFAT SHOULD HAVE SOMETHING UNIQUE. How Maraafat is a plus factor ?

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13 hours ago, Syed Irtiza Ali Rizvi said:

Sister I get your point but I think I didn’t make my question clear. Let me elaborate it further.

I believe having knowledge of IMAMS and having Marafat of IMAM of our time are two different things. Everyone can have knowledge of Imams but having Mara’fat is next stage which few people have. For me marafat means to understand your responsibility towards IMAM OF YOUR TIME and then carefully implement it. In this IMPLEMENTATION part my confusion arises.  FOR EXAMPLE. Person with no mara’afat of Imam Helping poor people, giving donation, getting education, Getting Awards which is eventually helping society to become stable. So here is my question HOW A PERSON WITH MARAAFAT CAN HELP SOCEITY DIFFERENTLY THAN PEOPLE HAVING NO MARAAFAT. AS PERSON HAVING A MARAAFAT SHOULD HAVE SOMETHING UNIQUE. How Maraafat is a plus factor ?

In my opinion... For the society, A person having no ma'arfat can do things same as a person with ma'arfat can do only the difference is first one will think about himself or whom he is helping! But a person with ma'arfat will think how may I help the one so i can get more and more closer to Imam, or what should I do so I can follow the exact path of my beloved Imam... 

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On 7/5/2017 at 0:54 PM, Fakeha said:

Than... When you are ready to sacrifice them for Islam and IMAM  without even a blink, without thinking thats where you got ma'arfat.. 

Thats the most easy way to describe what ma'arfat is... 

Look out for Hazrat Meesam tamar, Mukhtar Saqafi other sahaba of IMAMs, they are there to teach us well about ma'arfat...

Stay blessed !!

al-Salamu Alaykum,

Others sects also teach to sacrifice your family for Islam and love Allah, His Rasool and Islam more than your ownself and your family and friends. In fact this concept is mentioned in Quran.

Then what's the difference between one knowing his Imam and the one kwoing not. As in both cases no one is able to communicate with Imam and get their issue resolved.

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On 05/07/2017 at 10:07 PM, Syed Irtiza Ali Rizvi said:

Sister I get your point but I think I didn’t make my question clear. Let me elaborate it further.

I believe having knowledge of IMAMS and having Marafat of IMAM of our time are two different things. Everyone can have knowledge of Imams but having Mara’fat is next stage which few people have. For me marafat means to understand your responsibility towards IMAM OF YOUR TIME and then carefully implement it. In this IMPLEMENTATION part my confusion arises.  FOR EXAMPLE. Person with no mara’afat of Imam Helping poor people, giving donation, getting education, Getting Awards which is eventually helping society to become stable. So here is my question HOW A PERSON WITH MARAAFAT CAN HELP SOCEITY DIFFERENTLY THAN PEOPLE HAVING NO MARAAFAT. AS PERSON HAVING A MARAAFAT SHOULD HAVE SOMETHING UNIQUE. How Maraafat is a plus factor ?

Salaamon 'Alaykom WWB 

Allahumma' Ajjil li Waliyyekal Faraj AS 

Ma'refah is not limited to only having superficial knowledge of the life history, location and minute details of the Emam - although it is a preliminary step that carries you towards Ma'refah. 

 

According to the Ulema, Ma'refah is when you RECOGNISE the Emam, in the sense that when you come to the level of worship and obedience such that there is total reverence, awe, respect and you can readily submit totally to the command of the Emam, because Allah SWTT had commanded so. 

At this stage, you totally submit to Allah SWTT and only each and every command of the Emam.. 

Now here you may say that simply obeying isn't a big deal and how is it categorised as Ma'refah, so here's how: 

To begin with, it is the insaani fetrah that we don't simply respect anyone and everyone. Being mice to someone on the face and feeling that sense of reverence,  awe and total admiration for someone are 2 separate things, the latter being a result of recognition. Only when you recognise and realise the value of someone, then only will you be able to respect him from deep down your heart. And with that respect come a feeling of attachment and longing.. That's love.. This love, if nurtured well, will lead you to a stage where you can readily give up anything for him. That's where the total submission comes in, and such a submission with the realisation that the emam will always do what's best for me and will never harm me - a stage where there is full trust and faith in the Emam from the bottom of the heart where there's no wavering - it's called Etminaan. 

Now when you have reached that stage of Etminaan, deep love and longing, you will no longer live for yourself.. You will live for the Emam.. It's difficult to reach there, MAY Allah SWTT Guide us there.. 

And so this is the stage where total obedience comes over you; your haraam desires tend to almost fade out (almost because such people are shaytaan's target so one still has to keep his guards up against this open enemy) and now everything you do will be madd-e nadhar-e Emam meaning that you'll automatically avoid doing things that hurt the emam like indulging in Haraam because you  realise that he's always watching you. So now at this stage if emam asks you to enter a raging fire, without a thought you'll will automatically obey and enter :) like the example of Haroon Al Makki the blessed companion of Emam Ja'far As Sadeq AS... 

Something then how to get there becomes a major question; here's what to do : basically, when you realise the value, the awe and the loftiness of the Emam and start revering and respecting him from deep down, you've starter your journey towards Ma'refah (I feel when you read about him, read his miracles, how he's stood up for Islam, how he helps people and how he also meets some people that flame of longing starts to glow within the heart and so then you nurture it by constantly reminding yourself of him mostly by avoiding the Haraam) 

Second thing you can do is to then keep praying for him, give charity in his name and lots of other amaals you can do.. Even sending 14 Salawaat as a gift to him daily holds weight so long as you're doing it with true love and not as a routine... 

You can also recite Doa'a e 'Asr-e Ghaaybah (aka Doa'a e Ma'refah e Emam-e Zamaan AS/AJTFS) 

اَللّٰهُمَّ عَرِّفْنِىْ نَفْسَك َ -   فَاِنَّكَ اِنْ لَّمْ تُعَرِّ فْنِىْ نَفْسَكَ لَمْ اَعْرِفْ رَسُوْلَكَ

 اَللّٰهُمَّ عَرِّفْنِىْ رَسُوْلَكَ  -  فَاِنَّكَ اِنْ لَمْ تُعَرِّ فْنِىْ رَسُوْلَكَ لَمْ اَعْرِفْ حُجَّتَكَ

 اَللّٰهُمَّ عَرِّفْنِىْ حُجَّتَكَ  -  فَاِنَّكَ اِنْ لَّمْ تُعَرِّ فْنِىْ حُجَّتَكَ ضَلَلْتُ عَنْ دِيْنِىْ

TRANSLATION :

Allah introduce Your self to me - For, if you do not introduce Your self to me, I will not recognize Your Prophet (saws).

 
O Allah make me recognize Your Prophet (saws) ,- because if I do not recognize Your Prophet (saws), I will not recognize Your Proof [Imam (as)].


O Allah make me recognize Your Proof (Imam) - For, if  you do not make me recognize Your Proof , I will deviate from my religion

* For more information regarding this subject, please check my old post in the given link at the bottom of my reply. 

Hope you find it useful. 

 Wabillahi Tawfeeq, 

Request for Surah Al Fateha for my dad, renowned Zaker-e-Ahlolbayt, Marhoom Al-Hajj Ma'alim Liyakatali Gulamali Chandoo. 

Was Salaamo 'Alaykom WWB 

Allahumma' Ajjil li Waliyyekal Faraj AS 

 

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On 05/07/2017 at 10:07 PM, Syed Irtiza Ali Rizvi said:

Sister I get your point but I think I didn’t make my question clear. Let me elaborate it further.

I believe having knowledge of IMAMS and having Marafat of IMAM of our time are two different things. Everyone can have knowledge of Imams but having Mara’fat is next stage which few people have. For me marafat means to understand your responsibility towards IMAM OF YOUR TIME and then carefully implement it. In this IMPLEMENTATION part my confusion arises.  FOR EXAMPLE. Person with no mara’afat of Imam Helping poor people, giving donation, getting education, Getting Awards which is eventually helping society to become stable. So here is my question HOW A PERSON WITH MARAAFAT CAN HELP SOCEITY DIFFERENTLY THAN PEOPLE HAVING NO MARAAFAT. AS PERSON HAVING A MARAAFAT SHOULD HAVE SOMETHING UNIQUE. How Maraafat is a plus factor ?

The difference between a person with Ma'refah and one without is that the one without Ma'refah has no goal. He does good and receives his reward and that's it. A person with Ma'refah has a goal - and that goal is to prepare for the Rujuu (Reappearance) of Emam. 

Also, how many times have we heard that a drunkard has donated to dig a well or for a school or feeds a hungry? Does it mean that just because he donated to charity he is similar to the one with Ma'refah? No. Because if he did have the Ma'refah ge wouldn't have touched alcoholic drinks at all. 

Therefore, Ma'refah leads you to the path of Allah SWTT and  prevents you from sinning and from hurting the Emam. 

And the bonus point for having Ma'refah is that when you strive to get it, not only you become attached to the Emam, in fact, he too, becomes attached to you, not only you love the Emam, in fact, he too loves you and not only do you call out to the Emam, he took calls out to you - as seen in the battle of Karbalaa, Emam Husayn AS called out to Habeeb Ibn Madhaher not because of being childhood friends but because of his Ma'refah and loyalty to the Emam, so in the same vein, doing good without Ma'refah has its rewards but doing it with Ma'refah to please the Emam, the Emam also pleases you by praying to Allah SWTT for you - isn't this a bonus in its own?? What more bonus can one desire, after being included in the prayer of the Emam himself?? As a poet had once said,

What's the beauty in you O' Heaven without the Ahlolbayt, 

it is the presence of the closeness to the Ahlolbayt that makes me desire you,

and if the Ahlolbayt are not present at your abode O Heaven,

then I desire to be in the abode where the Ahlolbayt reside in... 

Another bonus is that when the Emam reappears EnshaAllah, those with Ma'refah will be among the foremost ones to join his army and stand up ready to sacrifice everything for him. 

May Allah SWTT grant us the Tawfeeq to gain Ma'refah and maintain it., behaqqe Haqq-e Zahraa SA - Elaahi Aameen.

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On 7/7/2017 at 10:25 PM, Guest Shabeer said:

 

Then what's the difference between one knowing his Imam and the one kwoing not. As in both cases no one is able to communicate with Imam and get their issue resolved.

Walekumsalam..

There is alot teachings of our IMAM to solve our problems,then there are marajas. A man who don't know his Imam don't have these virtue because it need a strong belief.

I have a personal experience brother! If you want to communicate with your Imam go ahead, call Him with faith ask Him  talk to Him :) He is always been there for you !! Is communication only depends on the words?? :)

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5 hours ago, Fatimiyyeh said:

The difference between a person with Ma'refah and one without is that the one without Ma'refah has no goal. He does good and receives his reward and that's it. A person with Ma'refah has a goal - and that goal is to prepare for the Rujuu (Reappearance) of Emam. 

Also, how many times have we heard that a drunkard has donated to dig a well or for a school or feeds a hungry? Does it mean that just because he donated to charity he is similar to the one with Ma'refah? No. Because if he did have the Ma'refah ge wouldn't have touched alcoholic drinks at all. 

Therefore, Ma'refah leads you to the path of Allah SWTT and  prevents you from sinning and from hurting the Emam. 

And the bonus point for having Ma'refah is that when you strive to get it, not only you become attached to the Emam, in fact, he too, becomes attached to you, not only you love the Emam, in fact, he too loves you and not only do you call out to the Emam, he took calls out to you - as seen in the battle of Karbalaa, Emam Husayn AS called out to Habeeb Ibn Madhaher not because of being childhood friends but because of his Ma'refah and loyalty to the Emam, so in the same vein, doing good without Ma'refah has its rewards but doing it with Ma'refah to please the Emam, the Emam also pleases you by praying to Allah SWTT for you - isn't this a bonus in its own?? What more bonus can one desire, after being included in the prayer of the Emam himself?? As a poet had once said,

What's the beauty in you O' Heaven without the Ahlolbayt, 

it is the presence of the closeness to the Ahlolbayt that makes me desire you,

and if the Ahlolbayt are not present at your abode O Heaven,

then I desire to be in the abode where the Ahlolbayt reside in... 

Another bonus is that when the Emam reappears EnshaAllah, those with Ma'refah will be among the foremost ones to join his army and stand up ready to sacrifice everything for him. 

May Allah SWTT grant us the Tawfeeq to gain Ma'refah and maintain it., behaqqe Haqq-e Zahraa SA - Elaahi Aameen.

Wa Laikum Salam Sister. 

First of all It was amazing the way you understood my question then it was further astonishing the way you answered my question. After quite a long time I got answer for this "MAFAARAT A PLUS FACTOR" thing. May Allah bless and Muhammad and Ahle Muhammad always protect you.

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3 hours ago, Fakeha said:

Walekumsalam..

There is alot teachings of our IMAM to solve our problems,then there are marajas. A man who don't know his Imam don't have these virtue because it need a strong belief.

I have a personal experience brother! If you want to communicate with your Imam go ahead, call Him with faith ask Him  talk to Him :) He is always been there for you !! Is communication only depends on the words?? :)

 

 

No !! communication to Imam only depends on believe.

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On 7/8/2017 at 4:46 AM, Fakeha said:

Walekumsalam..

There is alot teachings of our IMAM to solve our problems,then there are marajas. A man who don't know his Imam don't have these virtue because it need a strong belief.

I have a personal experience brother! If you want to communicate with your Imam go ahead, call Him with faith ask Him  talk to Him :) He is always been there for you !! Is communication only depends on the words?? :)

That's the whole idea of Ma'refah.. AS i said earlier, when you attain Ma'refah he lhe loves you back, he includes you in hus prayer.. So. What makes you think then, that he wouldn't come to meet you? Of experience he does MashaAllah. And you can cite aplenty instances and incidents where not only maraja but common men as well, have met with the emam. 

Wabillahi Tawfeeq 

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15 minutes ago, Fatimiyyeh said:

That's the whole idea of Ma'refah.. AS i said earlier, when you attain Ma'refah he lhe loves you back, he includes you in hus prayer.. So. What makes you think then, that he wouldn't come to meet you? Of experience he does MashaAllah. And you can cite aplenty instances and incidents where not only maraja but common men as well, have met with the emam. 

Wabillahi Tawfeeq 

As IMAM MEHDI ajtf said:

If my shia knew the intensity of my love for them, they would die from longing to see me!!

May Allah blessed us all with the ma'arfit of our IMAM ajtf..

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