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Responsibilities During The Ghayba of Imam Mehdi (Aj)

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What should the Shia do during the ghaybat (occultation) of the Imam (عجّل الله تعالى فرجه الشريف)?
1. Imam Jafar Sadiq (asws) says, 
“When this happens then attach yourself to the first Imam until such time as it becomes clear who the next Imam is’.”
(Biharul Anwar vol 11 pg no 671)
2. Imam Jafar Sadiq (asws) says, 
“When such a time comes and you cannot meet your Imam (عجّل الله تعالى فرجه الشريف), then keep acting upon those orders which are already with you.” 
(Biharul Anwar vol 11 pg no 672)
3. Imam Jafar Sadiq (asws) says, 
“You should keep living in the same way that you have been until such time as the ‘Saahib Ul Amr’(Final Authority) makes His appearance’. 
(Biharul Anwar vol 11 pg no 672)
4. Imam Jafar Sadiq (asws) says,
“You should remain on what you have until such time as Allah makes the star rise”. 
(Biharul Anwar vol 11 pg no 673)
5. Imam Jafar Sadiq (asws) says,
“Remain steadfast on what you were given from before until such time as Allah sends the ‘Saahib Ul Amr’.” 
(Biharul Anwar vol 11 pg no 674)
If two hadiths contradict each other then what should we do?
1. In His Toqee, Imam e Zamana (عجّل الله تعالى فرجه الشريف) writes in a reply to a question that was asked of Him,
“When two momins dispute regarding an issue and each produces a specific hadith, then what should they do? Imam (عجّل الله تعالى فرجه الشريف) replied, “Follow one of them with the intention that you are following the orders of Masoomeen (asws) and not with the intention that you prefer one saying over the other.” 
(Al Kafi Kitab e Aql chapter 22 hadith 7)
2. Narrator says, “I asked Imam Jafar Sadiq (asws), “‘If we receive a Hadith from the First Imam (asws) and also Imam Zainul Abideen (asws) or any of the Imams (asws) after Him, which one should we follow?’ The Imam (asws) replied, “Act upon the words of the Latest until such time as you receive a different order from the Imam (asws) of that time. When it comes from a living Imam, follow his words.’ The Imam (asws) then said, ‘We by Allah wish for the religion to be an ease for you.’ 
(Al Kafi Kitab e Aql chapter 22 hadith 9)
If we cannot find an order from Masoomeen (asws) regarding a specific act then what shall we do?
1. Imam Jafar Sadiq (Asws) says, “
Restraint in confusing matters is better than indulging in destruction.’” 
(Al Kafi Kitab e Aql chapter 22 hadith 10)
2. Ameerul Momineen (asws) says, 
“Allah has made certain things wajib upon you, do not waste them. Allah has set limits for you, do not try to cross them. Allah has ordered you to refrain from certain things, do not disobey Him. Those things He did not issue an order regarding, it is not as if He forgot to do so, so do not try to know about them”. 
(Najul Balagha pg no 835 saying no 105)
3. Imam e Zamana (عجّل الله تعالى فرجه الشريف) wrote in one of His Toqee: 
‘Therefore close the doors to those questions that do not concern you, and try to find out about those things which you need. And keep praying more and more for My reappearance as in this there is betterment for you’. 
(Bihar Ul Anwar Vol. 12 pg no 778)
4. Imam Muhammad Baqir (asws) says, “ 
“Holding back in an uncertain condition is better than indulging in a destructive situation. Your not narrating a Hadith is better than narrating one about which you are uncertain.” 
(Al Kafi Kitab e Aql chapter 17 hadith no 9)
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