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Al-Imam al-Mahdi, The Just Leader of Humanity
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project ^ | unknown | Ayatollah Ibrahim Amini

Posted on 03/04/2007 2:04:31 AM PST by Dajjal

This is a Shi'ite Twelver treatise on the Mahdi.

Al-Imam al-Mahdi

The Just Leader of Humanity


by

Ayatollah Ibrahim Amini

Translated by

Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina


Click for Transliterated Version


Contents


Translator's Introduction

Author's Introduction

Chapter 1
The Beginning of the Belief in the Mahdi

The Mahdi from among the Descendants of the Prophet
The Sunni hadith on the Subject of the Mahdi
The Objection Raised by One of the Authors
Ibn Khaldun and the Traditions about the Mahdi
Other Opinions from Ibn Khaldun
The Existence of the Mahdi is Certain
People Awaited the Appearance of the Mahdi
The Discussion among the Companions and the Subsequent Generations
The Jurists of Medina and the Mahdi Traditions
The Poetry of Di'bil and the Mahdi

Chapter 2
The Pseudo-Mahdis

Manipulation of the Beliefs of the People
Fabrication of the Traditions
The Family of the Prophet and the Eleven Imams' Predictions about the Mahdi
Are these Traditions about the Mahdi Authentic?

Chapter 3
Mahdiism, the Jews, and the Iranians

The Reasons for the Emergence of Belief in the Mahdiism
Does it Really Need Explication?
The Legend of 'Abd Allah b. Saba
The Messianic Leader, Mahdi, in Other Religions
The Qur'an and Mahdiism
The General Prophethood and the Imamate
What System Can Make Human Beings Prosperous?
The Other-worldly Prosperity
The Path of Perfection
The Infallibility of the Prophets
Rational Proof in Support of the Imamate
Textual Proof for the Necessity of the Imamate

Chapter 4
The Unseen World and the Imam of the Age

Will the Imam Be Born at the End of the Time?
Descriptions Identifying the Mahdi
Mahdi Is Among the Descendants of Husayn b. 'Ali
What If the Mahdi Was Well-known?
The Traditions from the ahl al-bayt Are Proofs for All Muslims
`Ali b. Abi Talib, the Paragon of the Prophetic Knowledge
The Book of 'Ali b. Abi Talib
The Heirs to the Prophet's Knowledge

Chapter 5
Who Was the Imam after Hasan 'Askari?

Those Who Saw the Imam of the Age When He Was Small
Why Was the Twelfth Imam Not Mentioned in the Will of Imam Hasan 'Askari?
Why Did Others Not Know about the Twelfth Imam's Birth?
The Mother of the Twelfth Imam
The Sunni 'Ulama' and the Birth of the Mahdi

Chapter 6
Can a Five Year Old Boy Become an Imam?

The Gifted Children
Rising of the People when Naming the Qa'im
When Did the Story about the Occultation Begin?
The Books on the Subject of the Occultation before the Birth of the Twelfth Imam
The Short and Complete Occultation
The Short Occultation and the Contacts with the Shi'a
Were these Letters from the Imam in His Own Handwriting?
The Number of Deputies
'Uthman b. Sa'id, the First Deputy
Muhammad b. 'Uthman, the Second Deputy
Husayn b. Ruh, the Third Deputy
'Ali b. Muhammad Samarri, the Fourth Deputy

Chapter 7
Why Did Not the Occultation Become Complete from the Beginning?

Is There Any Time Limit to the Complete Occultation?
The Philosophy of Occultation
What Danger Faced the Imam If He Were Visibly Present?
Why Is the Mahdi Afraid of Being Killed?
Does Not God Have the Power to Protect the Imam?
Is It Not Likely That the Unjust Rulers Would Have Submitted to Him?
He Should Remain Silent So That He Would Be Safe
He Could Have Negotiated a Treaty of Non-interference with the Rulers
Why Did He Not Appoint Special Deputies During the Complete Occultation?
What Is the Benefit of Having the Imam in Occultation?
The Twelfth Imam Endeavors to Defend Islam during the Occultation

Chapter 8
The Sunni Books on the Characteristics of the Mahdi

The Occultation of the 'Alawid Leaders
Violations of Free Expression under the Caliphs
The Implications of the Situation
How Long Will the Hidden Imam Live?

Chapter 9
The Research about Longevity

Is There Any Fixed Term for Human Age?
The Reasons for Longevity
Senility and Its Causes
The Long Life of the Twelfth Imam
The Article by Justin Glace
Research into the Matter of Longevity
Further Research on Longevity
New Research on Longevity
A Summary of a Russian Study on the Subject of Old Age
A Little Known Theory about the Cause of Death
Those Who Lived a Long Life in History

Chapter 10

The Residence of the Twelfth Imam

The Story about the Countries that Belong to the Sons of the Imam
Jazira Khadra' (The Evergreen Island)
When Will He Appear?
The Signs of His Appearance
The Story of Sufyani
The Story of Dajjal

Chapter 11
The Minds of the People Prepare for the Advent of the Mahdi

The Final Victory of the Downtrodden (mustad'afin)
Why Does the Mahdi Not Appear?
Another Reason for the Delay in the Appearance of the Mahdi

Chapter 12
How Will the Imam Know That the Time for the Appearance (Zuhur) Has Come?

The Preparation for the Emergence Will Take Place Overnight
Awaiting Deliverance through the Appearance of the Imam
Investigation into the Traditions against the Rise (qiyam)
Governance within Religion
The Obligation to Command the Good and Forbid the Evil
Concluding Remarks
The Prophet as the Leader of the Muslims
Islamic Governance after the Prophet
`Ali b. Abi Talib, the Designated Caliph of the Prophet of God
Islamic Governance during the Period of Occultation
The Obligations of Muslims during the Occultation

Chapter 13
Further Investigation in the Hadith-Reports

First Group of Traditions
Second Group of Traditions
Third Group of Traditions
Fourth Group of Traditions
Conclusions of the Discussion

Chapter 14
The Signs of the Appearance (Zuhur) of the Mahdi

The Destiny of the Unbelievers
The Destiny of Jews and Christians
Will the Majority of the Peoples on the Earth Be Killed?
The Teachings of Islam Will Be Proclaimed to the World from Qumm
"Your Enemies Will Destroy Each Other"
War Is Inevitable
The Mahdi's Defense
The World under the Mahdi
The Victory of the Prophets
The Mahdi and the New Constitution
The Conduct of the Mahdi
The Freshness of the Explanations Offered by the Mahdi
The Mahdi and Abrogation of the Ordinances
Is It Not Possible that the Mahdi Has Already Appeared?
Sayyid 'Ali Muhammad Shirazi, "the Bab"
Sayyid 'Ali Muhammad's Acknowledgement of the Hidden Imam's Existence
Sayyid 'Ali Muhammad and the Traditions about Fixing of the Time
What Do the Sayyid's Followers Say?
The Bayan and Messianic Claim
False Claims and the Existence of a Followership


An effort of the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; ayatollah; ayatollahassahola; dajjaal; dajjal; gwot; imamalmahdi; iran; islam; jihad; koran; mahdi; mehdi; qiyama; qiyamah; quran; wot
Thanks, XR7 for finding this!
1 posted on 03/04/2007 2:04:33 AM PST by Dajjal
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To: XR7; Pyro7480; AdmSmith; Aquinasfan; Siobhan; Maeve; SJackson; Dark Skies; JohnHuang2; HAL9000; ...

Twelfth Imam ping


2 posted on 03/04/2007 2:06:10 AM PST by Dajjal (See my FR homepage for an essay about Ahmadinejad.)
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To: Dajjal

What is this?


3 posted on 03/04/2007 2:13:34 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: All
See my FR Homepage for more information on Islamic End-Times beliefs.
4 posted on 03/04/2007 2:14:19 AM PST by Dajjal (See my FR homepage for an essay about Ahmadinejad.)
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To: rogue yam
This is an online book by an Iranian Shi'ite Ayatollah about how the Mahdi is going to return soon to kill all the "infidels" and establish a Global Islamic Utopia under shari'a law.

File it under "Know your enemy."

5 posted on 03/04/2007 2:17:58 AM PST by Dajjal (See my FR homepage for an essay about Ahmadinejad.)
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To: Dajjal

How much do we have to know that islam is evil. Do we have to know every detail of the enemy's way of life? Do we need to know all the idealogies completely?

We know it's evil. And those that know it aren't going to learn by this stuff. And those that don't know it won't either.


6 posted on 03/04/2007 2:26:26 AM PST by Tolsti
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To: Dajjal

Thanks for posting this.


7 posted on 03/04/2007 2:31:46 AM PST by Cvengr
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To: Dajjal
Thanks, XR7 for finding this!

You are quite welcome.
Amzing stuff, eh?
Surely President Bush and our leaders know about this.
So why aren't they out to snuff it?
Why isn't the press all over this - to show the radical Muslims for being the whacked-out and dangerous bunch they are?
Religion of peace myass.

8 posted on 03/04/2007 2:37:32 AM PST by XR7
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To: XR7

And now we're planning to have a neighborly chat with Iran to beg them not to send troops and weapons into Iraq, and to cease developing nuclear weapons.


9 posted on 03/04/2007 2:43:32 AM PST by Dajjal (See my FR homepage for an essay about Ahmadinejad.)
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To: All

ON THE NET...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iran
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=ahmadinejad

http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html

http://www.memri.org/iran.html
http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S5&P1=148

http://www.jihadwatch.org/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=iran
http://www.jihadwatch.org/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=ahmadinejad

http://www.internet-haganah.com
http://www.internet-haganah.com/haganah/internet.html
http://www.sofir.org


10 posted on 03/04/2007 2:56:52 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Dajjal
Hmmm, here's a short item from Dajjal's homepage: " There's a popular Muslim belief that the world will end in 2076, the Muslim year 1500 AH."

What a coincidence. 2076 is the 300th birthday for the US of A. Will the Muslim world end that day, after they do something so horrific that Americans finally get fed up and say they are hopeless, there's no living with them? I won't be around to find out, unless Life Extension actually works.

11 posted on 03/04/2007 3:20:49 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: Cindy

Sorry dudes the mahdi appeared last month in iraq and got run over and greased our tank treads.


12 posted on 03/04/2007 4:45:45 AM PST by omega4179 (Hitler had a "Rockstar" personality and was an articulate speaker.)
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To: Tolsti
I think we need to know it and that the more it is repeated the better.

To simply say that we know it is evil will not accomplish anything with those who are either the believers or the targets. It is too easy in todays society to label such a statement as hate speech, dismiss the contents and persecute the speakers.

Within days of 9/11/01, there were US Leftists out on all email lists/forums attacking anyone who mentioned the Koran, used the term Islamists or made any reference to Islam. On one list I was on, where I was the one sharing my research on the matter, my back channel email was supportive, the list owner was supportive, but only one other member was willing to publicly agree. Today, it is common knowledge that Islam, the Koran and the Islamists are what they are. It took 5 years to get to this point of general acceptance and knowledge such that we can have TV specials on Islam that are truthful. Even so, the usual progressives still attempt to spin, to isolate anyone telling the truth and to attempt a consensus about peaceful and moderate Islam.

We need to know the Shia Twelvers beliefs, as they are the animating force behind Iran. Knowing the details allows us to dissect the speeches of Ahmadnejad (sp) and to understand the Shia who are being directed by Iran, via these beliefs.

Back in the 1930s, everyone wanted to believe that Hitler was simply after power and territory and that it was only of concern to the neighbors of Germany who had ethnic Germans within their borders. Since they lacked the Internet and TV and even radio that spoke against prevailing views, it probably wouldn't have changed history if Hitler's animating ideologies against Jews and non-Aryans had been known.

Today, we have instant communication and it is not yet in the hands of a central controlling force. The more people understand Mahdi-ism, the more they can be prepared to understand the basis for Iranian aggression.

This information needs to become common knowledge, IMO, just as basic Koranic information already has.
13 posted on 03/04/2007 5:50:46 AM PST by reformedliberal (If the troops are mostly home by November 2008, how will the Dems disenfranchise them, this time?)
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To: reformedliberal

Koranic jihad from mohammed says they will try to take over the world and lie and cheat and murder to do so.

The more mystical stuff doesn't mean anything if people don't believe the above basic spelled out parts.


14 posted on 03/04/2007 7:02:28 AM PST by Tolsti
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To: Dajjal

Does he have "666" tattooed on his forehead?


15 posted on 03/04/2007 7:03:01 AM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: Dajjal
I like your page. Take a look at mine.
16 posted on 03/04/2007 7:04:56 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (Never try to teach a pig to sing -- it wastes your time and it annoys the pig)
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To: Tolsti

Actually, IMHO, the more mystical stuff telegraphs much more of their operations than the ethical perspective of Islam as a comparative religion.

Additionally, whereas we are warned of fallen angels as very real third persons, whom we have not been as as susceptible as a Christian nation in the past century, our position today may be much more vulnerable to spiritual attack with very real consequences.


17 posted on 03/04/2007 7:09:50 AM PST by Cvengr
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Al-Mahdi Militia Leader Arrested
KUNA | March 3 2007
Posted on 03/03/2007 9:11:00 PM EST by jmc1969
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1794800/posts


18 posted on 03/04/2007 7:23:27 AM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: omega4179

Thank you very much for that update omega4179.


19 posted on 03/04/2007 1:50:18 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Dajjal

A veritable, huge pile of shi'ite..


20 posted on 03/04/2007 10:26:15 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: SauronOfMordor

A great page! Allahu fubar!


21 posted on 03/04/2007 10:28:09 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

I'll be 95. But I eat a lot of fried chicken, so a heart attack might get me a few years before then.


22 posted on 03/04/2007 10:32:11 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief
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To: SauronOfMordor
I like your page. Take a look at mine.

Excellent!

23 posted on 03/05/2007 11:48:52 PM PST by Dajjal (See my FR homepage for an essay about Ahmadinejad.)
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