Discussions Concerning al-Mahdi (May Allah Hasten His Return)

Written in the form of questions and answers, it discusses about the three main topics Shiaism, Imamah and Mahdism.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Part 1: Shi’ism
  3. Historical Factors and Shi’ism
  4. The Shi‘a and Armed Uprising
  5. Imam Ja‘far as-Sadiq & the Shi’a School of Thought
  6. Before Imam as-Sadiq (peace be upon him)
  7. Shi‘a Ideology’s Practicality
  8. Shi‘a Positions with Respect to the Usurping Rulers
  9. The Accusation of “Exaggeration” (Ghuluww) Against the Shi‘a
  10. The Relation of the Shi‘a with the Mu‘tazilah
  11. Part 2: Imamah
  12. The Secret of Choosing the Imams
  13. Allah’s Knowledge and the Infallibles’ (peace be upon them ) Knowledge of the Unseen
  14. The Countenance of the Imams’ (peace be upon them) Conduct
  15. The Limits of the Imam’s Leadership
  16. The Number of the Shi‘a Imams
  17. Principality of Reason or Narration in Specifying the Imam (peace be upon him)
  18. Original Source of Belief in Imamah and Faith in The Appearance of the Twelfth Imam (peace be upon him)
  19. The Qur’an and Messianism (Mahdawiyyat)
  20. Belief in the Appearance of the Mahdi and Savior and the Appearance of False Mahdis
  21. The Effect of Social, Economic, and Political Factors in Religious Thought
  22. “Mahdi” in a Special Meaning and Technical Usage
  23. Controversy Regarding the Date of Birth of Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his return)
  24. Consensus of the Shi‘a Regarding the Imamah of Imam Sahib al-Amr (may Allah hasten his return) after the Demise of Imam Hasan al-‘Askari (peace be upon him)
  25. The Twelfth Imam’s Revolution
  26. The title “Al-Qa’im” (The Riser)
  27. Two Types of Occultation
  28. The Miraculous Birth of the Imam of the Age (may Allah hasten his return)
  29. Philosophy of the Delay of Reappearance with the Presence of Conditions
  30. The Length of the Occultation and Difficult and Formidable Trials
  31. The Principle of Grace and the Imamah of the Concealed Imam
  32. The Issue of Bada’ (Alteration in the Divine Will) and the Tradition of Abu Hamza
  33. Belief in the Return (Raj’ah) with respect to Belief in the Mahdi (may Allah hasten his return)