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Chapter Thirty-Two: Companions of Imam Zamana (a.s.)

هَارُونُ عَنِ ابْنِ زِيَادٍ عَنْ جَعْفَرٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ ع قَالَ إِذَا قَامَ قَائِمُنَا اضْمَحَلَّتِ الْقَطَائِعُ فَلَا قَطَائِعَ

1- Qurbul Asnad: It is narrated from Harun from Ibne Ziyad from Ja’far from his father (a.s.) that he said:

“When our Qaim arises, he will completely eradicate the feudal system.”

2- Al-Khisaal: It is narrated from Ibne Musa from Hamza bin Qasim from Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Imran from Muhammad bin Ali Hamadani from Ali bin Abu Hamza from his father from Abu Abdullah (a.s.) from Abul Hasan (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim arises, he will issue three decrees which no one has issued before him. He will order the aged fornicator to be killed; order that anyone who refuses to pay Zakat should be killed; and allow inheritance between brothers in faith.”

3- Al-Khisaal: My father has narrated from Saad from Ibne Yazid from Musab bin Yazid from Awwam Abu Zubair that he said: Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“The Qaim shall come with forty-five men who are from nine tribes. There will be one from one tribe, two from a second tribe, three from a third tribe, four from a fourth tribe, five from a fifth tribe, six from a sixth tribe, seven from a seventh tribe, eight from an eighth tribe and nine from a ninth tribe, which add up to forty-five.”

4- Uyun Akhbar Reza: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Thabit Dawalibi from Muhammad bin Ali bin Abdus Samad from Ali bin Asim from Abu Ja’far the second, Imam Ali Naqi (a.s.), from his forefathers that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) described the Qaim to Ubayy bin Kaab thus:

“Indeed the Almighty Allah has placed in the loins of Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.) a blessed and pure seed, which would be valued by all those from whom Allah has taken the covenant of faith. And who would be denied by every disbeliever. He would be an Imam. He will be pious and purified. He will be satisfied at divine will and he will be the guided and the guide. He would rule with justice and establish equity. He would testify to the saying of the Almighty Allah. Allah would actualize his statement.

He would rise up from Tahama[^7] at a time when all the signs of his reappearance would have appeared. He would be having treasures, but not of gold and silver; he would have elegant horses and signed riders who would number 313 equal to the fighters of the Battle of Badr.

That Imam would have a sealed scroll which would have the names of his men, along with their nationalities and patronymics etc. They will be very much devoted to their Imam.

Ubayy asked: O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.), what are the evidences and signs of that Imam?

The Prophet replied: He would have a standard. When it is time for his uprising, it would unfurl automatically and the Almighty Allah would grant to it the power of speech and it would say: O Wali of Allah, arise and eliminate the enemies of Allah.

These were two signs (unfurling of the standard and talking to the Imam).

Now his sword would be in the sheath, but when it is the time of his advent; it would also come out of the sheath and the Almighty Allah would give it power of speech. It will address the Imam as follows: O Wali of Allah, arise. Now it is not allowed for you to sit without confronting the enemies of Allah.

The Imam will set out with the standard and the sword and he would slay the enemies of Allah wherever he finds them. He would establish the divine limits, apply the divine laws, Jibraeel will be on his right and Mikaeel on the left. Remember what I have told you. I entrust my matter to the Almighty Allah.

O Ubayy, fortunate is the one who would meet that Imam, lucky is one who would be devoted to him and auspicious is one who would have faith in his Imamate. He would remain safe from destruction and because of his faith in Allah and His Messenger, the Almighty Allah will open the doors of Paradise for him. His example on the earth would be like that of musk whose fragrance spreads everywhere and on the heavens his example is that of a shining moon whose light never wanes or goes out.

Ubayy said: O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.), please mention some qualities of those Imams.

He said: The Almighty Allah has revealed twelve scrolls to me and at the end of each of them is mentioned their respective qualities and names.”

5- Ilalush Sharai & Uyun Akhbar Reza: It is narrated from Ibne Saeed Hashmi from Furat from Muhammad bin Ahmad Hamadani from Abbas bin Abdullah Bukhari from Muhammad bin Qasim bin Ibrahim from Harawi from Imam Ali Reza (a.s.) that he narrated from his forefathers (a.s.) that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) said:

“When I was taken up to the heavens in Meraj, I was called. I said: “Yes, my Lord, You are blessed and high.” Then I was called again: O Muhammad, You are My servant and I am your Lord. Then worship Me and rely on Me. You are My Light among My creatures, and My proof among the people. I have created Paradise for you and your followers and created Hell for those who oppose you. I have made it incumbent to honor your Trustees and have assured reward for their followers.”

Then I asked: “O Lord, who are my trustees? I was told, “O Muhammad, the names of your trustees are recorded on the base of My Throne.” When I was in front of my Lord - the Exalted the Magnificent - I looked at the base of the Throne and saw twelve Lights. Over each Light there was a green line on which the name of one of my Trustees was written. The first of them was Ali Ibne Abi Talib (a.s.). The last one was the Mahdi of my nation. Then I asked: “O Lord, are these the trustees after me?” I was told, “O Muhammad, they are My Trustees, loved ones, chosen ones and proofs from My creatures after you. They are your Trustees and successors and are the best

of the people after you. I swear by My honor and majesty that I will make My religion victorious by means of them. I will announce My word by them. I will cleanse the earth from My enemies by the last one of them (Imam Mahdi). I will rule the east and the west of the earth by him. I will make the winds subdued to him. I will debase tough clouds for him. I will raise him up to the heavens and assist him with My Troops. I will assist him with the angels so that he propagates My invitation and unites the people concerning My Unity. Then I will extend his rule and continue the times under the control of My friends until Judgment Day.”

6- Ilalush Sharai & Uyun Akhbar Reza: It is narrated from Hamadani from Ali from his father from Harawi that he asked from Imam Ali Reza (a.s.) about the saying of Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) in which he said:

“O son of Allah’s Messenger, what is your opinion about the following tradition narrated on the authority of Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that: When the riser comes, he would kill the offspring of Imam Husain’s murderers? The Imam said: That is right. Then I asked: Then what is the meaning of the following, which the Almighty Allah has said:

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ إِلاَّ عَلَيْهَا وَلاَ تَزِرُ وَازِرَةٌ وِزْرَ أُخْرَى

“…and no soul earns (evil) but against itself, and no bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another…” (Surah Anam 6:164)

The Imam said: “Allah is honest in all what he says. However the offspring of the murderers of Husain will even be pleased with the deeds of their forefathers. They will be even proud of it. Whoever is pleased with something is like one who has actually performed it. If someone gets killed in the east and someone else in the west is pleased that he was killed, then he will be considered to be a partner in that crime in the sight of the Almighty Allah. The Qaim will kill them for being pleased with their forefathers’ murders when he rises. I asked: “What will the Qaim who is from you do first when he rises?” The Imam said: “At first he will cut off the hands of the descendants of Shaibah since they are the thieves of the House of the Almighty Allah.”

7- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Hamza bin Yaala from Muhammad bin Fudail from Rabai from Rafid, the freed slave of Ibne Hubaira that he said:

“I asked Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.): O son of Allah’s Messenger, would Imam Qaim (a.s.) also deal with the people of Sawad like Amirul Momineen Ali Ibne Abi Talib (a.s.)?

He replied: No, O Rafid, Imam Ali (a.s.) dealt with the people of Sawad in the manner that is mentioned in the White Jafr (scroll). Imam Qaim (a.s.) will deal with the Arabs according to the treatment mentioned in the red scroll.

I asked: May I be your ransom, what is the red scroll?

In reply he gestured with his finger on his neck (implying that he will eliminate them).”

8- Ilalush Sharai: My father and Walid have together narrated from Saad from Barqi from Abu Zuhair Shabib bin Anas from some companions of Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that:

“Once when Abu Hanifah came to the Imam, he asked: What is the meaning of the words of Allah:

سِيرُوا فِيهَا لَيَالِيَ وَأَيَّامًا آمِنِينَ

“Travel through them nights and days, secure.” (Surah Saba 34:18)

Then the Imam asked: What is the location of that place?

Abu Hanifah said: I think it is between Mecca and Medina, where people travel in safety.

Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) turned to his companions and said: You also know that people are robbed on the way between Mecca and Medina and their lives are also in danger. Some are even killed there.

Companions said: True, this happens regularly.

Abu Hanifah fell silent and then Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) asked once more: O Abu Hanifah, what is the meaning of the following verse:

وَمَن دَخَلَهُ كَانَ آمِنًا

“…and whoever enters it shall be secure…” (Surah Aale Imran 3:97)

And what place is that?

Abu Hanifah replied: Holy Kaaba.

Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said: Do you know when Abdullah bin Zubair took refuge in Holy Kaaba, Hajjaj bin Yusuf used catapults to throw rocks to desecrate the Kaaba and eliminated Ibne Zubair. Did he get refuge there?

Abu Hanifah fell silent and when he went away from there, Abu Bakr Hadhrami asked: May I be your ransom, what is the explanation of these two problems.

Imam (a.s.) replied: O Abu Bakr, one who travels with the Qaim of us, Ahle Bayt (a.s.) would be secure. And one who pays allegiance to him and enter his circle and join his companions would be secure.”

9- Ilalush Sharai: Shaykh Sadooq has narrated from Majiluwayh from his uncle from Barqi from his father from Muhammad bin Sulaiman from Dawood bin Noman from Abdur Rahim Qasir that Imam Baqir (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim rises, Humaira will be brought to him (after being raised from the dead), so that he may punish her with lashes to avenge for Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad (s.a.w.s.).” I asked why he would punish her with lashes? He replied, “Due to the false allegation she made against Ibrahim’s mother.” I asked: How is it that the Almighty Allah postponed this matter of (punishment by lashing) till the time of Hazrat Qaim? He said: The Almighty Allah, blessed be He, sent Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) as a mercy, but He has created Qaim (a.s.) for punishing and taking revenge.”

10- Tafsir Qummi: My father has narrated from Ibne Abu Umair from Mansur bin Yunus from Abu Khalid Kabuli that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“By Allah, as if I can see Imam Qaim leaning his back against Hajar Aswad and adjuring people in the name of Allah and saying:

“O people, Whoever argues with me about Allah, I am the worthiest for Allah. Whoever argues with me about Adam, I am the worthiest of Adam. Whoever argues with me about Nuh, I am the worthiest of Nuh. Whoever argues with me about Ibrahim, I am the worthiest of Ibrahim. Whoever

argues with me about Musa, I am the worthiest of Musa. Whoever argues with me about Isa, I am the worthiest of Isa. Whoever argues with me about Muhammad (s.a.w.s.), I am the worthiest of Muhammad (s.a.w.s.). Whoever argues with me about the Book of the Almighty Allah, I am the worthiest of the Book of Allah.”

After that he will go to the Place of Ibrahim and pray two units of prayer and adjure the people in the name of Allah.

Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) then said:

أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ وَيَجْعَلُكُمْ خُلَفَاء الْأَرْضِ

“Or, Who answers the distressed one when he calls upon Him and removes the evil, and He will make you successors in the earth.” (Surah Naml 27:62)

In this verse, the word of ‘distressed’ denotes Imam Qaim (a.s.).

After that first of all, Jibraeel will pledge allegiance to him followed by three hundred and thirteen persons. Some would travel to him some will disappear from their beds. And it is with regard to them that Amirul Momineen (a.s.) has said: It is these who would disappear from their beds and the Almighty Allah has said:

فَاسْتَبِقُواْ الْخَيْرَاتِ أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا

“Therefore hasten to (do) good works; wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together.” (Surah Baqarah 2:148)

Then he said: In this verse, ‘good works’ denotes Wilayat.

On another occasion the Almighty Allah says:

وَلَئِنْ أَخَّرْنَا عَنْهُمُ الْعَذَابَ إِلَى أُمَّةٍ مَّعْدُودَةٍ

“And if We hold back from them the punishment until a stated period of time (reappearance of Imam Zamana (a.s.))…”(Surah Hud 11:8)

In this verse, “stated period of time” denotes the companions of Imam Qaim (a.s.) who would join him in an hour.

When he reaches Baidha, Sufyani would launch an attack on him and at that moment the Almighty Allah would command the earth to swallow them all. And the army of Sufyani would sink in the desert.

It is with regard to this that the Almighty Allah has said:

وَلَوْ تَرَى إِذْ فَزِعُوا فَلَا فَوْتَ وَأُخِذُوا مِن مَّكَانٍ قَرِيبٍ

{51} وَقَالُوا آمَنَّا بِهِ وَأَنَّى لَهُمُ التَّنَاوُشُ مِن مَكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ {52} وَقَدْ كَفَرُوا بِهِ مِن قَبْلُ وَيَقْذِفُونَ بِالْغَيْبِ مِن مَّكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ {53} وَحِيلَ بَيْنَهُمْ وَبَيْنَ مَا يَشْتَهُونَ كَمَا فُعِلَ بِأَشْيَاعِهِم مِّن قَبْلُ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا فِي شَكٍّ مُّرِيبٍ

“And could you see when they shall become terrified, but (then) there shall be no escape and they shall be seized upon from a near place. And they shall say: We believe in it. And how shall the attaining (of faith) be possible to them from a distant place? And they disbelieved in it before, and they utter conjectures with regard to the unseen from a distant place. And a barrier shall be placed between them and that which they desire, as

was done with the likes of them before: surely they are in a disquieting doubt.” (Surah Saba 34:51-54)

11- Al-Khisaal: It is narrated from Amirul Momineen (a.s.) in the chapter of 400:

“Allah starts with us. Allah destroys by us what He wishes to destroy. Allah establishes everything through us. Allah will fend off hard times from you due to us. Allah will send down rain due to us. You should not be deceived and turn away from Allah due to your pride.

There has been no drops of mercy from the heavens since the Almighty Allah closed the gates of Paradise. Once our Qaim arises there will come down drops of rain from the heavens; plants will grow out of the ground; hatred will be removed from the hearts of the people; beasts and other animals will be in peace with each other such that a woman can walk from Iraq to Syria stepping on greenery all the way with her adornments on and no beast would frighten her.”

12- Al-Khisaal: It is narrated from Ibnul Walid from Saffar from Hasan bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Mughira from Abbas bin Aamir from Rabi bin Thuwair bin Abu Faqta from his father from Ali bin Husain (a.s.) that he said:

“When our Qaim arises, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime would remove the troubles of our Shia and make their hearts like iron ingots and each of them would become as strong as forty men and they shall become the rulers and leaders of the earth.”

13- Qisasul Anbiya: It is narrated from the chains of Saduq from Muhammad bin Ali bin Mufaddal from Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Ammar from his father from Hamadan Qalanasi from Muhammad bin Jamhur from Maryam bin Abdullah from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“O Abu Muhammad, as if I can see Imam Qaim (a.s.) entering Masjid Sahla with his family members.

I asked: Would it be the residence of the Imam?

He replied: Yes, it had been the residence of Prophet Idris (a.s.) as well. All the prophets sent by the Almighty Allah prayed in this Masjid. One who lives in it is like one who lives in the tent of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.). Every believer man and woman is inclined to this Masjid. Also day and night angels visit this Masjid and pray in it. O Abu Muhammad, if I had lived in your neighborhood, I would not have prayed anywhere else. Thus when the Qaim will rise up, he will take revenge from the people on behalf of Allah, the Prophet and all of us.”

14- Ilalush Sharai: My father has narrated from Saad from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Ali bin Hasan Teemi from his brothers, Muhammad and Ahmad from Ali bin Yaqub Hashmi from Marwan bin Muslim from Saeed bin Umar Jofi from an Egyptian from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim appears, he will cut off the hand of Bani Shaibah and hang it upon the Kaaba and on it write: These are the thieves of the Kaaba.”

15- Amali Tusi: It is narrated from Mufeed from Ibne Quluwayh from Kulaini from Ali from his father from Yaqtini from Yunus from Amr bin Shimr from Jabir from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“One who lives till the time of Imam Qaim (a.s.) and dies fighting on his side will earn the status of two martyrs and one who fights on his side and kills even one of our opponents will earn the reward of twenty martyrs.”

16- Adad: It is narrated from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“Indeed the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet is so mingled in the heart of our Qaim like a nice vegetation that has taken growth. If one of you lives till that time and meets him, he should say:

“Peace be upon you, O Ahle Bayt of mercy and prophethood, repository of knowledge and the site of messengership. Peace be on you, O the remnant of Allah.”

17- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Ja’far bin Muhammad Kufi from Hasan bin Hammad Tai from Saad from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“Our traditions are not difficult, they are very difficult to understand and not everyone can bear them. Only the proximate angel, a messenger prophet or one whose heart Allah has tested for faith can bear them. No one else can bear them. When our kingdom arrives and our Mahdi reappears, each of our followers will be braver than a lion and sharper than a spear; he will trample our enemies and give them a sound beating, At that time divine mercy will descend and the door of deliverance will open up for the people.”

18- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Ibne Sinan from Rafid, the freed slave of Abu Hubaira from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“O Rafid, what will be your condition when you see the companions of the Qaim having pitched their tents in Kufa Masjid, after which the Imam will set an example, which will be very hard on the Arabs?

I asked: May I be your ransom, what would that be?

He replied: Slaughter.

I asked: Would he not deal according to the practice of Imam Ali (a.s.)?

He replied: No, O Rafid, Imam Ali (a.s.) acted on what was mentioned in the White scroll and it was reconciliation, although he knew what oppressions they will wreak and his Shia after him. Imam Qaim (a.s.) will deal with them according to what is mentioned in the Red scroll and it is slaughter. Because he knows that now they would not be able to oppress his Shia anymore.”

19- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Salma bin Khattab from Abdullah bin Muhammad from Mani bin Hajjaj Basri from Majashe from Mualla from Muhammad bin Faiz from Muhammad bin Ali (a.s.) that he said:

“The staff of Prophet Musa (a.s.) initially belonged to Prophet Adam (a.s.); after whom it reached to Prophet Shuaib (a.s.). After that it came in the possession of Prophet Musa (a.s.). It is now in our possession and it is still fresh as if it is just detached from a tree. When it is spoken to, it responds. It is kept for our Qaim (a.s.). He would perform all the tasks through it that Musa (a.s.) had performed. And it would do whatever it is appointed to. When it moves forward, it devours all the deceptions. Its two lips would be so huge that when it opens its mouth, one lip touches the floor

and the other touches the ceiling. There is a distance of forty hands between the two lips. It would devour anything that comes before it.”

20- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Ibne Hashim from Barqi from Bazanti etc. from Abu Ayyub Hazza from Abu Basir that he said to Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.):

“O son of Allah’s Messenger, may I be your ransom it is my sincere wish to touch your holy chest.

He said: You may do so.

After being accorded the permission I happily touched his holy chest and shoulders.

He said: But, O Abu Muhammad, what was the need of it?

I said: May I be your ransom. I have heard your respected father say: Imam Qaim will have a broad chest and the shoulders will be wide.

The Imam said: O Abu Muhammad, my respected father put on the armor of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and it dangled till the ground. After that when I put it on, it proved the same for me as well. Now it is reserved for Imam Qaim and it would fit him like it fitted the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.). [Moreover, I am more than forty years of age.] Whereas Imam Qaim would not seem to be more than forty years of age.”

21- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Abdullah bin Ja’far from Muhammad bin Isa from Yunus from Huraiz that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“The world will not end till a man from us, Ahle Bayt (a.s.) is not born and he does not arise, who will judge like Prophet Dawood (a.s.) and the progeny of Dawood (a.s.). He will not ask for evidence in any of the cases. He will judge each case on the basis of his knowledge.”

22- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Ibne Sinan from Aban from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“The world will not end till a man from us does not arise, who will rule like the progeny of Dawood (a.s.). He will not ask for evidence in any of the cases. He will judge each case on the basis of his knowledge.”

23- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Husain from Safwan bin Yahya from Abu Khalid Qummat from Humran bin Ayyan that he said:

I asked Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.): Are you prophets?

He replied: No. I said: But I have heard from a reliable person that you are prophets.

He said: It must be Abul Khattab who has spread this rumor.

Yes, I said.

He said: That is why you also repeated this nonsense!

I asked: Then on what basis do you judge cases?

He replied: We judge cases on the same basis that the progeny of Dawood (a.s.) used to judge.”

24- Basairud Darajaat: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Isa from Muhammad bin Ismail from Mansur bin Yunus from Fudhail Awar from Abi Ubaidah that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim of Aale Muhammad (a.s.) arises, he will also judge according to the judgment of Prophet Dawood and Prophet Sulaiman (a.s.) and he will not ask for evidence.”

25- Dawaat Rawandi: It is narrated from Hasan bin Tareef that he said:

“I wrote to His Eminence, Abu Muhammad Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.) asking about the Qaim that when he rises up, on what basis would he judge among the people? I also wanted to ask His Eminence about the cure of Nubian fever, but I forgot to mention it. The reply arrived as follows: “You asked about the Imam, when he reappears he would judge among the people on the basis of his own knowledge, like Prophet Dawood (a.s.) he will not ask for proof.”

26- Basairud Darajaat & Ikhtisaas: It is narrated from Ibrahim bin Hashim from Sulaiman Dailami from Muawiyah Dahni from His Eminence, Abu Abdullah Sadiq (a.s.) that he said regarding the verse:

يُعْرَفُ الْمُجْرِمُونَ بِسِيمَاهُمْ فَيُؤْخَذُ بِالنَّوَاصِي وَالْأَقْدَامِ

“The guilty shall be recognized by their marks, so they shall be seized by the forelocks and the feet.” (Surah Rahman 55:41)

“O Muawiyah, what do they say about this verse? He replied: They think that the Almighty Allah would recognize the sinners by their faces inQiyamat . Then it would be ordered that they be caught by their forelocks and feet and thrown into the fire. The Imam asked, “How come the Almighty Allah the most powerful would be in need of recognizing a creature, whom He Himself has created?” I said: “May I be sacrificed upon you, then what does it mean?” He replied, “When our Qaim rises up, the Almighty Allah would bestow him the power of identifying faces. Thus he would order that the infidels be caught by their forelocks and feet. Then he would put them to the sword.”

27- Basairud Darajaat & Ikhtisaas: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Ibne Sinan from Abu Khalid and Abu Salam from Surah from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“Dhulqarnain was given a choice between two clouds and he chose the tame one and the hard cloud is saved for your master. The narrator says: I asked: Which is the hard one? He replied: That which is having lightning and thunder. Your master would ride on that cloud; once he will ride the cloud and reach to the ‘Sevens’ the seven heavens and the seven earths, five for building and two for demolishing.”

28-Basairud Darajaat** & Ikhtisaas: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Harun from Sahl bin Ziyad Abu Yahya that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:**

“The Almighty Allah gave Dhulqarnain the choice of two, hard and tame clouds and he chose the tame one and it is one in which there is no lightning and thunder. And if he had chosen the hard one, it would not have become available for him, because the Almighty Allah has stored it for Qaim (a.s.).”

29- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Hamadani from Ali from his father from Ali bin Mabad from Husain bin Khalid that Imam Ali Reza (a.s.) said:

“One who does not have piety does not have religion and whosoever does not have dissimulation(Taqayyah) does not have faith and indeed the

most honored among you near Allah is the one most pious of you. His Eminence was asked: Till when does he have to observeTaqayyah? He replied: Till the day of the appointed hour and on that day is the reappearance of our (Ahle Bayt’s) Qaim. Thus whosoever abandonsTaqayyah before his reappearance is not from us. It was asked: O son of Allah’s Messenger, from which of Ahle Bayt is the Qaim? He replied: He is my fourth descendant, the son of the best of the maidservants. The Almighty Allah would, through him, purify the earth from every kind of oppression and remove every type of injustice from it. He is the one in whose birth the people would doubt and he is the one who would have an occultation before his reappearance. And when he arises, the earth shall be lit up with his effulgence. He would establish the scales of justice among the people so that no one may oppress the other. He is the one for whom the earth would warp itself and he would not throw a shadow. And he is the one by whose name the caller would call out from the sky inviting people to the Imam which all the people of the earth would be able to hear. The caller would say: Know that the Proof of Allah has appeared near the House of Allah, so follow him as truth is with him, and that is the meaning of the statement of the Almighty Allah:

إِن نَّشَأْ نُنَزِّلْ عَلَيْهِم مِّن السَّمَاء آيَةً فَظَلَّتْ أَعْنَاقُهُمْ لَهَا خَاضِعِينَ

“If We please, We should send down upon them a sign from the heaven so that their necks should stoop to it.” (Surah Shoara 26:4)

30- Ikmaaluddin: Shaykh Saduq inIkmaaluddin has narrated from Hamadani from Ali from his father from Riyan bin Sult that he said to Imam Ali Reza (a.s.):

“Are you theSahibul Amr (Master of Affair)? He replied: I am alsoSahibul Amr but not theSahibul Amr who will fill the earth with justice as it would have been fraught with tyranny and oppression. And how can I be that person? While you can see that I am physically weak. Whereas the Qaim is the one who at the time of his reappearance will be senior in age, but will appear as a youth. His body shall be so strong that if he catches hold of the biggest tree of the earth, he shall be able to uproot it and if he shouts between the mountains, their stones will roll down. The staff of Prophet Musa and the seal ring of Prophet Sulaiman (a.s.) are with him. He is my fourth descendant. The Almighty Allah will keep him in occultation as long as Divine wisdom dictates. Then He will reveal him so that he may fill the earth with justice and equity just as it would be fraught with injustice and oppression.”

31- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Muzaffar Alawi from Ibne Ayyashi from his father from Muhammad bin Naseer from Muhammad bin Isa from Hammad bin Isa from Amr bin Shimr from Jabir Jofi from Jabir Ansari that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) said:

“Dhulqarnain was a righteous servant of Allah whom the Almighty Allah appointed as a Divine Proof on the people. So he called his people to God and piety. They slashed on one side of his head and he disappeared from them for a long time till they began to debate about him saying: He has died or he has gone into which wilderness? After that he reappeared and came

back to his community, but once again they happened to strike at his head. And there is among you (Muslims) someone who is on his practice and manner. And indeed Allah, the Mighty and Sublime settled Dhulqarnain in the earth and bestowed him with a cause of everything. He reached up to the eastern and the western limits of the earth. The Almighty Allah would repeat his Sunnah in the Qaim of my progeny till he conquers the east and the west of the earth. Till there does not remain any wet and dry place, mountain and highland, that Dhulqarnain had crossed. And the Almighty Allah would expose for him the treasures and mines and He would help him by giving him awe and through him He would fill the earth with justice and equity in the same way as it would be full of injustice and oppression.”

32- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Saad from Abu Hashim Ja’fari that he said:

“I was with Abu Muhammad (a.s.) when he said: When the Qaim arises, he will order the demolishing of the minarets and maqsoorahs[^8] of the mosques.

I (the narrator) says: I wondered what it denoted.

The Imam turned to me and said: It means that all these are innovations. Neither they were sanctioned by the Prophet nor his true successors.”

33- Ikmaaluddin: Shaykh Saduq (r.a.) has narrated from Ibne Idris from his father from Ibne Isa from Ahwazi from Ibne Abu Umair from Abu Ayyub from Abu Basir that he said: A man from Kufa asked Abi Abdullah (a.s.):

“With how many men would the Qaim arise? It is said that he will appear with 313 persons, equal to the martyrs of Badr?” The Imam said: “He will not appear till he has the required number of people and that number is not less than 10000.”

The author says: The implication of the Imam is that the companions of Qaim at the time of reappearance will not be 313. This number will be of those who gather around him in the beginning of his uprising.

34- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Attar from his father from Ibne Abil Khattab from Muhammad bin Sinan from Abu Khalid Qummat from Zaris from Abu Khalid Kabuli from Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s.) that he said:

“Those who will be missing from their beds will be 313 persons, equal to the number of the martyrs of Badr. And they shall be in Mecca in the morning. And that is the interpretation of the verse:

أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا

“Wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together.” (Surah Baqarah 2:148)

And they are the companions of the Qaim.”

35- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Ibnul Walid from Muhammad Attar from Ibne Abil Khattab from Safwan Ibne Yahya from Manzar from Bakkar bin Abu Bakr from Abdullah bin Ajlan that he said:

We were discussing the advent of the Qaim in the company of Abi Abdullah (a.s.) when I asked him: “How would we know about this?” He replied: “When you get up in the morning, a slip of paper will be found

below your head with the following written on it: Obedience with recognition.”

And it is narrated that the following shall be written on the banner of Imam Mahdi (a.s.): “The Allegiance is for Allah, the Mighty and Sublime.”

36- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Ibne Mutawakkil from Sadabadi from Barqi from his father from Ibne Abu Umair from Ali bin Abu Hamza from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said regarding the words of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime:

هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْمُشْرِكُونَ

“He it is Who sent His Apostle with guidance and the religion of truth, that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists may be averse.” (Surah Taubah 9:33)

“The interpretation of this verse has not yet been actualized and neither will it actualize till the advent of the Qaim (a.s.). Not a single denier in the Almighty Allah and polytheist will remain except that he will detest the Imam and if the disbeliever or polytheist hides in the center of a rock; that rock will say: O believer, there is a disbeliever in my center, break me up and eliminate him.”

37- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Majiluwayh from Muhammad Attar from Ibne Isa from Ibne Abil Khattab together from Muhammad bin Sinan from Abul Jarud that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“When Qaim (a.s.) sets out from Mecca, a caller of His Eminence would announce: ‘None of you must carry any food and water.’ His Eminence would be having with himself the stone of Musa bin Imran that weighs a camel load. Thus he does not halt at any stage, but that streams burst forth from that stone and anyone that feels hunger eats from it and any that feels thirsty drinks from it. The beasts of burden also get their feed from that till they reach Najaf at the rear of Kufa.”

38- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Ibnul Walid from Saffar from Ibne Yazid from Ibne Abu Umair from Aban bin Uthman from Aban bin Taghlib that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim (a.s.) reappears, there will be a sign for every person by which he would recognize whether he is righteous or an evil-doer. And in it is the sign for those who possess reason and it is the right path.”

39- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from the same chains from Aban bin Taghlib that he said: Abi Abdullah (a.s.) said:

“Two bloods are made lawful by Allah, the Mighty and Sublime and no one can issue a judgment regarding them; till the time Allah, the Mighty and Sublime will send the Qaim from Ahle Bayt (a.s.) and he will judge according to the command of Allah. Thus at that time testimony will not be needed. The married fornicator will be stoned to death and the one who refuses to pay the Zakat will be beheaded.”

When Imam Zamana (a.s.) stages an uprising in Najaf

40- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from the same chains from Aban bin Taghlib that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“As if I can see the Qaim outside Najaf, astride a black speckled horse, which has a white mark between its eyes. When his horse moves no one will remain in any town who does not think that he is in that town.

When he waves the flag of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) 13000 angels will come down to him. Of them 13 will be awaiting for the Qaim. These angels are same who were with Prophet Nuh (a.s.) in his Ark, who were with Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) when he was thrown into the fire and who were with Prophet Isa (a.s.) when he was taken up to the heavens.

And 4000 will be following him with flags. 313 are those angels who were present in the Battle of Badr and 4000 are those who came down to accompany Imam Husain (a.s.) in fighting against the Yazidite forces. However they were not allowed to take part in the battle. So they returned to Allah to take the permission but when they came down once more, Imam Husain (a.s.) was already martyred. Thus today they remain with disheveled hair and dust smeared condition at the grave of Imam Husain (a.s.) where they will continue to lament till Judgment Day. And there is constant coming and going of angels between the grave of Imam Husain (a.s.) and the heavens.”

41- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from the same chains from Aban bin Taghlib from Thumali that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“As if I can see Qaim (a.s.) appearing in Kufa at the back of Najaf. When he arrives at Najaf, he would unfurl the standard of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.). Its pole would be a pillar of theArsh and those who accompany it would be helpers of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime. He would not bring it down for anyone, but that the Almighty Allah would destroy that person.”

The narrator says: I asked in a polite manner: “Is that flag with him or it would be brought for him?” He said: “It would be brought for him by Jibraeel (a.s.).”

42- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Majiluwayh from his uncle from Kufi from his father from Muhammad bin Sinan from Mufaddal bin Umar that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“As if I can see Qaim (a.s.) on the pulpit of Kufa surrounded by his 313 men equal to the people of Badr. They are the standard bearers and they are the divine rulers on His (Allah’s) earth over His creatures.

Till he would bring out from his cloak a parchment sealed with a golden seal. A covenant from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.). Then they would go away and disperse from him like tongueless sheep and none would remain with him except the deputy and eleven chiefs - as had remained with Musa bin Imran (a.s.) - then they would wander in the earth, but will not be able to find a way except to him. Then they would come back to him. By Allah, I know what he will say to them, which they will deny.”

43- Ikmaaluddin: My father has narrated from Saad from Ahmad bin Husain from Muhammad bin Jamhur from Ahmad bin Abi Harasa from Ibrahim bin Ishaq from Abdullah bin Hammad from Amr bin Shimr from Jabir from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“As if I can see the companions of the Qaim (a.s.) that have filled up the earth from the east to the west. Everything, even the wild beasts and the jungle birds will obey them, and everything will seek his

satisfaction, so much so that a piece of land will pride itself over others and say: Today a companion of the Imam passed over me.”

44-Ikmaaluddin:** It is narrated from Ibne Masrur from Ibne Aamir from his uncle from Ibne Abu Umair from Ali bin Abu Hamza from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:**

“When Prophet Lut (a.s.) told his people:

لَوْ أَنَّ لِي بِكُمْ قُوَّةً أَوْ آوِي إِلَى رُكْنٍ شَدِيدٍ

“Ah! that I had power to suppress you, rather I shall have recourse to a strong support.” (Surah Hud 11:80)

He did not mean to say anything except that he was wishing for the power of Qaim (a.s.) and ‘a strong support’ are his companions, each of whom would have the strength of forty men and their hearts would be more solid than a mountain of iron, such that if they wanted, they could move a mountain of iron from its place. And they shall not lay down arms till Allah, the Mighty and Sublime is satisfied.”

45- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Majiluwayh from Muhammad bin Yahya from Muhammad bin Husain from Muhammad bin Ismail from Abu Ismail Sarraj from Ja’far bin Bashir from Mufaddal bin Umar from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“Do you know what the garment of Yusuf was? ‘No,’ replied I. He said: “When fire was lit for (burning) Ibrahim (a.s.) Jibraeel brought a garment of Paradise for him and dressed him in it. That garment protected him from heat and cold and when his death approached, he made it into an arm band and tied it to Ishaq; Ishaq in turn tied it to Yaqub and when Yusuf was born Yaqub tied it on him.

And it was tied to his arm till those circumstances befell him. Thus when Yusuf removed it from the arm band in Egypt, Yaqub perceived its fragrance and it is about the same that Allah quotes him saying:

لَأَجِدُ رِيحَ يُوسُفَ لَوْلاَ أَن تُفَنِّدُونِ

“Most surely I perceive the fragrance of Yusuf, unless you pronounce me to be weak in judgment.” ( Surah Yusuf 12:94)

It is the same garment that had come down from Paradise.”

Mufaddal said: May I be sacrificed on you, whom did this garment reach after him? He replied, “To the one deserving of it. It is with our Qaim and he would have it when he reappears. Then he said: All knowledge or things inherited by every prophet have reached to [the progeny of] Muhammad (s.a.w.s.).”

46- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from the same chains from Mufaddal bin Umar from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim establishes his rule, Allah, the Mighty and the High will exalt all downtrodden ones and debase all exalted ones. The earth will become a palm of hand for him and who is it that has a strand of hair on his palm and he cannot see it?”

47- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Ibne Masrur from Ibne Aamir from Mualla from Washa from Muthanna Hannat from Qutaibah Aashi from Ibne Abi Yafur from the freed slave of Bani Shaiban from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“When our Qaim arises, he will stroke the heads of the people, which will gather their intellects and perfect their understandings.”

48- Kaamiluz Ziyaraat: It is narrated from Husain bin Muhammad bin Aamir from Ahmad bin Ishaq from Sadan bin Muslim from Umar bin Aban from Aban bin Taghlib from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“As if I can see the Qaim in the elevated parts of Kufa wearing the armor of Allah’s Messenger. He will shake the armor and it will wrap itself around him, after which he will cover it with a brocade robe. He will be mounted on a jet-black horse with whiteness on its forehead. He will move the horse in such a way that people in every country will see him as if he is with them in their own country. In this way he will unfold the standard of Allah’s Messenger. Its pole is from pillars of Arsh, whereas the rest is from Allah’s victory! If he points it to anything, Allah will destroy it. When he waves it, the heart of every believer will become like a strong iron piece and each believer will be given the strength of forty men. Every believer who has died will feel the joy (of the Qaim’s rising) in his grave. They (dead believers) will begin visiting one another in their graves and give glad tidings to one another about the Qaim’s uprising. Then thirteen thousand three hundred and thirteen angels will join the Imam.

I (the narrator) asked, “So many angels will join him?”

Imam (a.s.) replied: Yes, they are as follows:

A. The angels who were with Nuh (a.s.) in the ark

B. Who were with Ibrahim (a.s.) when he was cast into the inferno

C. Who were with Musa (a.s.) when he split the sea for Bani Israel

D. And who were with Isa (a.s.) when Allah raised him to the heavens.

E. Four thousand equipped angels and one thousand angels who came in unbroken succession who were with the Prophet.

F. Three hundred and thirteen angels who fought in the Battle of Badr

G. Four thousand angels who descended to fight along with Imam Husain (a.s.) but who were not permitted to fight. They remain by the grave of Imam Husain (a.s.), disheveled and covered with dust. They will cry over him until Judgment Day. Their chief is an angel named Mansur. These angels receive all who visit the grave of Imam Husain (a.s.) and accompany them when they bid farewell. They visit them if they become ill, pray on them at their funerals and seek forgiveness for them after their death. All these angels are on this earth, waiting for the Qaim’s uprising.”

InGhaibat Nomani also a similar report is narrated from Abdul Wahid from Muhammad bin Ja’far from Abu Ja’far Hamadani from Musa bin Sadan from Abdullah bin Qasim from Umar bin Aban.

Another similar report is mentioned inGhaibat Nomani from Ibne Uqdah from Ali bin Hasan from Hasan and Muhammad sons of Ali bin Yusuf from Sadan bin Muslim from Ibne Taghlib.

49- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Ali bin Hakam from Muthanna from Abu Basir that he said: Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“The Almighty Allah will assist Imam Mahdi (a.s.) through people who have no religion and faith. When he reappears, there will be people who had till date been idolaters, but they will give up idolatry and join the Imam.”

50- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Hamani from Muhammad bin Fudhail from Ajlah from Abdullah bin Huzail that he said:

“Judgment Day will not arrive till all the believers do not gather in Kufa.”

51- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from a group of scholars from Talakbari from Ali bin Habashi from Ja’far bin Muhammad bin Malik from Ahmad bin Abi Naeem from Ibrahim bin Salih from Muhammad bin Ghazzal from Mufaddal bin Umar that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim (a.s.) arrives in Kufa, not a believer would remain but that he would be present there or would travel to that place. Thus according to the statement of Amirul Momineen (a.s.), he will address his companions thus: Come with me to fight this transgressor and rebel (Sufyani).”

52- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Mufaddal that he said: I heard His Eminence, Abu Abdullah Sadiq (a.s.) say:

“When the Qaim (a.s.) arises, the earth would light up with the luminescence of its Lord and the people would become needless of sunlight. In his rule all will have such long lifespans that each person will beget a thousand sons. Daughters will not be born to them. He will build a mosque on the outskirts of Kufa, which will have a thousand doors and the houses of Kufa will be connected to the river of Kerbala. So wide would habitation spread that if a person travels on a mule to pray the Friday Prayer, he will not be able to reach in time.”

53- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Abu Muhammad Muhammadi from Muhammad bin Ali bin Fazal from his father from Muhammad bin Ibrahim bin Malik from Ibrahim bin Banan Khathami from Ahmad bin Yahya bin Motamar from Amr bin Thabit from his father from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said in a long tradition:

“He will enter Kufa and there will be three standards, which will have become confused. They will be clear to him. He will go in until he comes to the pulpit. Then he will preach, but the people will not know what he says, because of the weeping. On the second Friday, the people will ask him to pray the Friday Prayer with them. He will order that a place of prostration be marked for him with red dye and he will pray there with them. Then he will order that a river should be dug from the back of the shrine of Imam Husain (a.s.), which would flow to the Ghariyyan so that the water would descend into Najaf. At its entrance bridges and mills will be working. It is as if I could see an old woman, on her head a basket, in which is wheat, which is brought to those mills and they grind it free of charge.”

54- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Uthman bin Isa from Salih bin Abul Aswad from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said when Masjid Sahla was mentioned in his presence:

“It will be the residence of our Sahibul Amr (Imam Mahdi (a.s.) when he occupies it with his family.”

A similar tradition is mentioned through Muhammad bin Yahya from Ali bin Hasan from Uthman inAl-Kafi .

55- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Ibne Mahbub from Amr bin Shimr from Jabir from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“When one of you meets our Qaim, he should greet him in the following words: Peace be on you, Ahle Bayt (a.s.) of prophethood, mine of knowledge and site of messengership.”

56- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Abdur Rahman bin Abu Hashim from Ali bin Abu Hamza from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“The companions of Musa (a.s.) were tested by the stream and it is that which the Almighty Allah has said:

إِنَّ اللّهَ مُبْتَلِيكُم بِنَهَرٍ

“Surely Allah will try you with a river…” (Surah Baqarah 2:249)

The companions of Qaim (a.s.) would also be tested in the same way.

57- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Abdur Rahman from Ibne Abu Hamza from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“Qaim (a.s.) would demolish the Masjid al-Haraam till it returns to its ancient form and he would also return the Prophet’s Masjid (Masjidun Nabawi) to its original construction and he would return the Holy Kaaba to its location and raise it on its own foundations. He will cut off the hand of Bani Shaibah and hang it on the Kaaba as they are the thieves of the Kaaba.”

58- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Ali bin Hakam from Sufyan Jurairi from Abi Sadiq from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“Our state is the last of the states, no House which has a state will remain, except that they ruled before us, so that they will not be able to say when they see our actions, if we ruled, we would act in the same way as these. It is the word of Allah, the Exalted:

وَالْعَاقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

“…and the end is for those who guard (against evil).” (Surah Araaf 7:128)

59- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Abdur Rahman bin Abu Hashim and Hasan bin Ali from Abu Khadija from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim arises, he will come with an unprecedented system.”

60- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Ali bin Hakam from Rabi bin Muhammad Musli from Saad bin Tareef from Asbagh bin Nubatah that Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said in his speech regarding the Kufa Masjid that it was made from mud, bricks and clay. Then he said:

“When Qaim (a.s.) reaches Kufa Masjid, its walls would be made of solid bricks and mortar, he would look at it and say: Woe be on the one who demolished you, woe be on the one who facilitated your razing, and woe be on the one who constructed you with solid bricks and changed theQibla of Nuh. And fortunate are those who would witness the razing in the company of the Qaim of us, Ahle Bayt. They are the best of the peoples.”

61- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Abdur Rahman bin Abu Hashim from Ali bin Abu Hamza from Abu Basir that he said in a tradition as follows:

“When the Qaim arises he would enter Kufa. Then he would order the razing of four mosques upto their foundations and they will make them like

the canopies of Musa (a.s.) and demolish the additions and additional floors till they return to the form that they were in at the time of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.). He will widen the main highways to be 60 hands wide. Any Masjid that comes on the way would be demolished. He will shut down all openings, balconies and structures jutting out towards the main road. The Almighty Allah would command the heavens to reduce their rotation during the tenure of his rule, thus a day of that time would be equal to ten days of your period, one month equal to ten months of yours, and one year equal to ten years of your time.

Not much time would pass that ten thousand rebels[^9] would come out of Rameela ad-Daskara and their slogan would be: O Uthman, O Uthman. His Eminence would summon one of his men and attach his sword to his waist. He would go and slay the whole crowd single-handed and not one of them would be spared. After that His Eminence would turn to Kabul Shah; it is a city that no one has ever conquered, but he would conquer it. After that he would return to Kufa and reside there after eliminating seventy Arab tribes…”

62- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Ali bin Asbat from his father, Asbat bin Saalim from Musa Abbar from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“The Arabs should be warned as it would be a very bad time for them, because not one of them will arise with the Qaim,”

63- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Abdur Rahman bin Abu Hashim from Amr bin Abu Miqdam from Imran bin Zabyan from Hakim bin Saad from Amirul Momineen (a.s.) that he said:

“The companions of the Qaim will be young men. There will be no old men among them except like the kohl in an eye or like the salt in the food and the least part of food is the salt.”

64-Ghaibat Tusi:** It is narrated from Fazal from Ahmad bin Umar bin Muslim from Hasan bin Uqbah Nahmi from Abu Ishaq Banna from Jabir Jofi from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said about the Qaim:**

“The allegiance of Imam Qaim (a.s.) will be given between Rukn and Maqam by three hundred and thirteen persons equal to the fighters of the Battle of Badr. Some nobles of Egypt, leaders of Syria and good persons from Iraq will also be included among them and they will set out from there when the Almighty Allah wants.”

65- Ghaibat Tusi: It is narrated from Fazal from Muhammad bin Ali from Wuhaib bin Hafas from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“Amirul Momineen (a.s.) used to say that believers would go on decreasing so much that no one would utter the name of Allah anymore. At that time the leader of religion will rise up and the Almighty Allah will send a group from around him who would gather with him like monsoon clouds and by Allah, I even know their names, nationalities and the name of their chief; and the Almighty Allah will raise them in any way He likes. From some He will take one, from some He will take two, from some He will take three, from some He will take four, from some He will take five, from some

He will take six, from some He will take seven, from some He will take eight and from some He will take nine; in this way 313 will come together. Thus the Almighty Allah says:

أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا إِنَّ اللّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

“…wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together; surely Allah has power over all things.” (Surah Baqarah 2:148)

66- Sahifatur Reza: It is narrated from Imam Ali Reza (a.s.) from his forefathers that Ali Ibne Abi Talib (a.s.) said:

“One who fights us in the last period of time will fight as if he is on the side of Dajjal.

Abul Qasim Tai says: I asked Imam Ali Reza (a.s.): Which of you will he fight in the last period of time?

He replied: Associate of Prophet Isa bin Maryam (a.s.); that is he will fight Imam Mahdi (a.s.).”

67- Kharaij: It is narrated from Abu Saeed Khurasani from Ja’far bin Muhammad from his father (a.s.) that he said:

“When Qaim (a.s.) camps in Mecca and intends to move to Kufa, an announcer would say: None of you may carry any food or water on the journey. And His Eminence would carry with himself the stone of Musa bin Imran, from which had gushed out twelve streams. Then he did not halt at any stage, but that he fixed it and streams burst forth from that stone and anyone that felt hunger, ate from it and any that felt thirsty, drank from it. Thus it would be their only source of food and water till they reach Najaf, which is before Kufa. When they arrive there, water and milk would continuously flow out of it. Anyone that feels hunger, satiates himself from it and any that feels thirsty, drinks from it.”

68-Kharaij:** It is narrated from Muhammad bin Abdul Hamid from Abu Jamila from Abu Bakr Hadhrami from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:**

“One who lives till the time of the Qaim of my Ahle Bayt (a.s.); if he is ill, he will be cured and if he is physically weak, he will become strong.”

69- Kharaij: It is narrated from Abu Bakr Hadhrami from Abdul Malik bin Ayyan that he said:

Once I arose from the assembly of Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) resting my hand on the floor and moaned in weakness and old age. Then I said:

“O son of Allah’s Messenger, I wish for the time of Imam Zamana (a.s.) so that I may become strong once again.

He said: Are you not pleased with the fact that your enemies fight among themselves and destroy each other whereas you sit in peace at home? And even if you have to fight, each of you would become as strong as forty men and your hearts will be like iron ingots such that if they wanted, they could shatter a mountain. Only you will become the rulers and leaders of the earth.”

70- Kharaij: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Isa from Safwan from Muthanna from Amr bin Shimr from Jabir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“(After the reappearance of the Qaim) The Almighty Allah will remove fear from the heart of Shia and fill terror in the hearts of our enemies. Each of our Shia would become sharper than spear and stronger than a lion. He would attack the enemies with the spear, cut them into pieces with his sword and trample them under his feet.”

71- Kharaij: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Isa from Safwan from Muthanna from Abu Khalid Kabuli from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“When our Qaim arises, he will stroke the heads of the people, which will gather their intellects and perfect their understandings.”

72-Kharaij:** It is narrated from Ayyub bin Nuh from Abbas bin Aamir from Rabi bin Muhammad from Abu Rabi Shami that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:**

“When our Qaim arises, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime would increase the hearing and sight of our Shia, so much so that there would be no need of any correspondence between them and the Qaim. His Eminence would speak and they would hear as if he were in front of them.”

73-Kharaij:** It is narrated from Musa bin Umar from Ibne Mahbub from Salih bin Hamza from Aban from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:**

“Knowledge consists of twenty-seven letters - all that the prophets brought is two letters and people have not received till date more than two letters. And when our Qaim arises, he would bring another twenty-five letters and spread them among the people and add them to the two letters and spread the knowledge of twenty-seven letters.”

74- Kharaij: It is narrated from Saad from Yaqtini from Safwan from Abu Ali Khurasani from Aban bin Taghlib from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“As if I can see a bird perching on Hajar Aswad and a man has appeared below it, who is judging cases like Prophet Dawood and Sulaiman (a.s.) without asking for evidence.”

75- Irshad: It is narrated from Hajjal from Thalaba from Abu Bakr Hadhrami from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“It is as if I can see the Qaim (a.s.) on the sand dunes of Kufa. He came there from Mecca with five thousand angels. Jibraeel was on his right and Mikaeel on his left. The believers were standing in front of him and he was scattering the soldiers into the land.”

76- Irshad: It is narrated in the report of Mufaddal that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim Aale Muhammad (a.s.) rises, he will build a mosque on the outskirts of Kufa, which will have a thousand doors and the houses of Kufa will be connected to the river flow of Kerbala.”

77- Irshad: It is narrated from Abdul Kareem Khathami that he said: I asked His Eminence, Abu Abdullah Sadiq (a.s.):

“How long would Qaim (a.s.) rule?” He said: He replied: “Seven years, the days and the nights would be prolonged so much that a year would be as long as ten years of yours. Thus his rule would be equal to seventy years

according to your standards. And when the time comes for his end in the month of Jumadi II ten days before Rajab, there would be such heavy rainfall as the people had not seen before. Then the Almighty Allah by that would expose the flesh and bodies of the believers in their graves. And as if I could see them coming from Jehna, shaking off dust from their hair…”

“When the time comes for his reappearance in the month of Jumadi II and ten days of Rajab, there would be such heavy rainfall as people have not seen before. Through it, the Almighty Allah would expose the flesh and bodies of the believers in their graves. As if I could see them coming from Jahina shaking off dust from their hair.”

Mufaddal bin Umar has narrated that: I heard Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) say: “When our Qaim rises, the earth will shine with the light of its Lord. Men will not need a light of the sun and darkness will vanish. In his dominion a man will live long enough to have a thousand male children born to him without a single female. The earth will expose its treasures, so that the people will see them on its surface. Men will search for someone among you to receive their money and to take their alms (Zakat), but they will find no one to accept that from them. The people will not need it, because of what Allah has provided for them out of His beneficence.”

78- Irshad: It is narrated from Mufaddal bin Umar that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When the Almighty Allah accords permission to the Qaim (a.t.f.s.) to reappear, His Eminence, will go on the pulpit and invite the people towards him and he would put them under the oath of the Almighty and he would invite them to his own rights. He would observe the manners and behavior of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) among them and he would perform all his actions. Then the Almighty Allah will send Jibraeel to him, who would reach him near theHateem and ask: ‘Towards what are you inviting?’ The Qaim will inform him about it. Then Jibraeel will say: ‘I am the first to pay allegiance to you, give me your hand.’ Thus he would clasp his hand while 300 odd person will be present with the Imam. Then they would all also pay allegiance to His Eminence. He would remain in Mecca till the number of his followers increase to 10000, then he would march to Medina.”

79- Irshad: It is narrated from Abdullah bin Mughira from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim reappears, he will pick up 500 persons from the Quraish and have them executed. Then he will in the same way pick 500 people of non-Quraishite origin and also have them executed. He will repeat this procedure six times. The narrator says: I asked: Will their number be such at that time?” He replied: “Yes, by himself and his followers.”

80- Irshad: It is narrated from Abu Basir that Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim (a.s.) rises up, he will demolish the Masjidul Haraam upto its original construction and restore theMaqam-e-Ibrahim to its prior location. And he will cut off the hand of Bani Shaibah and hang it upon the Kaaba and on it write: These are the thieves of the Kaaba.”

81- Irshad: It is narrated from Abul Jarud from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) in a long tradition that he said:

“When the Qaim (a.s.) rises, he will go to Kufa and ten thousand persons called the Batriyya, who will be wearing arms, will come out against him. They will say: ‘Go back where you came from. We have no need of the sons of Fatima.’ He will put them to sword until he comes to the last of them. Then he will enter Kufa. There he will kill every doubting hypocrite and he will destroy their palaces. He will kill those who fight for them until the Almighty Allah is satisfied.”

82- Irshad: It is narrated from Abu Khadija from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim rises, he will come with a new commandment from Allah, just as the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) summoned men to a new set of commandments at the beginning of Islam.”

83- Irshad: It is narrated from Ali bin Uqbah from his father from Imam Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim rises, he will rule with justice. In his time, injustice will be removed and the roads will be safe. The earth will produce its benefits and every due will be restored to its proper person. No people of any other religion will remain without being shown Islam and confessing faith in it. Have you not heard the Almighty Allah say:

وَلَهُ أَسْلَمَ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرْهًا

وَإِلَيْهِ يُرْجَعُونَ

“…and to Him submits whoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and to Him shall they be returned.” (Surah Aale Imran 3:83)

He will judge between the people with the judgment of Prophet Dawood and the law of Muhammad (s.a.w.s.). At that time, the earth will reveal its treasures and show its blessings. Men will not find any place to give alms nor be generous, because wealth will encompass all the believers.” Then he added: “Our state is the last of the states, no House which has a state will remain, except that they ruled before us, so that they will not be able to say when they see our actions, if we ruled, we would act in the same way as these. It is the word of Allah, the Exalted:

وَالْعَاقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

“…and the end is for those who guard (against evil).” (Surah Araaf 7:128)

84- Irshad: It is narrated from Abu Basir from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said in a lengthy tradition:

“When the Qaim arises, he will go to Kufa. There he will destroy four mosques. There will not remain a mosque on the face of the earth, which has a verandah, except he will destroy it and make it flat. He will expand the main street and every building that juts out along the road will be destroyed. He will destroy drain pipes that jut out on to the roads. There will no innovation left which he does not remove and no religious practice (Sunnah) which he does not establish. He will conquer Constantinople, China and mountains of Dailam. He will remain doing that for seven years. Each year being ten of your years. Then Allah will do what He wishes.”

“May I be your ransom, how will He lengthen the years?” I asked.

“Allah, the exalted, will order the universe to slow down and lessen its movement and the days and the years will be longer because of that,” he answered.

“It is said that if the universe changes, it will be destroyed,” I said.

“Those are the words of the atheists,” he replied. “There is no way for a Muslim to hold that view. Allah, the Exalted, has split the moon for His Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and He has sent the sun back to its earlier position for Yusha. He has informed us of the length of the day of Resurrection. It will be like a thousand years in your reckoning.”

85- Irshad: It is narrated from Jabir that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim Aale Muhammad (a.s.) arises, he will set up encampments and he will teach the people the Quran as it was revealed by the Almighty Allah. The greatest difficulty will be for those who have learnt it as it is today, because it differs from its original composition.”

86- It is narrated from Abdullah bin Ajlan from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim of Aale Muhammad arises, he will judge between the people according to the judgment of His Eminence, Dawood. He will not need testimonies or evidence. The Almighty Allah will inspire him and then he will judge according to his knowledge. He will inform the people about what they conceal in themselves and he will distinguish his friends from the enemies. The Almighty Allah says:

إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَاتٍ لِّلْمُتَوَسِّمِينَ {75} وَإِنَّهَا لَبِسَبِيلٍ مُّقيمٍ

“Surely in this are signs for those who examine. And surely it is on a road that still abides.” (Surah Hijr 15:75-76)

87- Irshad: It is narrated that:

“The period of time of the state of the Qaim will be nineteen years, whose days and months will be lengthened as we have already described. This is a matter which is hidden from us. From it, it has been made known to us that what Allah, the Exalted, does is through the condition that He, may His name be exalted, knows the best interest. We do not positively assert any one of the two matters (whether the state will be seven or nineteen years), even though the reports about the seven years are clearer and more numerous.”

88- Dawaat Rawandi: Mualla bin Khunais said:

“I said to Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.): Alas, if you had been in power; we would have led a life of comfort.

He said: By Allah, if we had been in power, you would have to eat coarse food and wear coarse clothes.”

It is narrated from Mufaddal bin Umar that the Imam said:

“If we had been in power, you would have had to lead life as the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) led and follow the practice of Amirul Momineen (a.s.).”

89- Tafsir Ayyashi: It is narrated from Rafa bin Musa that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim (a.s.) arises there would not remain any place where the following statement does not echo: There is no god, except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.).”

90- Tafsir Ayyashi: It is narrated from Ibne Bukair that he asked Imam Musa Kazim (a.s.) about the words of Allah:

وَلَهُ أَسْلَمَ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرْهًا

“…and to Him submits whoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly…” (Surah Aale Imran 3:83)

He said: This verse was revealed about Imam Qaim (a.s.). When he reappears, he would present Islam to all the Jews, Christians, atheists, apostates and infidels; whoever would accept it willingly, will be ordered to observe the duties incumbent on a Muslim and he would execute one who does not accept Islam. After that no one would remain in the world but that he would be a monotheist.

I asked: May I be your ransom, non-Muslims are in majority; how he would subdue them all?

He replied: When the Almighty Allah makes an intention, He would make the more less and the less, more.”

91- Tafsir Ayyashi: It is narrated from Abdul Alaa Halabi that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said with reference to the qualities of Imam Qaim (a.s.) and the practice of His Eminence during the period of his reappearance:

“Imam Qaim (a.s.) will go into occultation from one of these passes and he pointed out to Zeetawa. Then he said: When two days remain from his rising, one of his special servants would come to his particular companions and ask: How many of you are there? He would reply: We are forty people. Then he will ask: What will you do if you see your Sahibul Amr? They will reply: If he goes from here and takes refuge at any mountain, we would also be with him.

On the following night he would come and say: You may discuss among your friends. When they reach consensus and come with him the servant will bring them to the Imam. He would promise to them about the coming night.

Then Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said: By Allah, as if I can see the Qaim leaning on Hajar Aswad and adjuring the people in the name of Allah and saying: O people, whoever argues with me about Allah, I am the worthiest of Allah. Whoever argues with me about Adam, I am the worthiest of Adam. Whoever argues with me about Nuh, I am the worthiest of Nuh. Whoever argues with me about Ibrahim, I am the worthiest of Ibrahim. Whoever argues with me about Musa, I am the worthiest of Musa. Whoever argues with me about Isa, I am the worthiest of Isa. Whoever argues with me about Muhammad (s.a.w.s.), I am the worthiest of Muhammad (s.a.w.s.). Whoever argues with me about the Book of the Almighty Allah, I am the worthiest of the Book of Allah.

After that he will go to the Place of Ibrahim and pray two units of prayer and adjure the people in the name of Allah.

Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) then said:

أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ وَيَجْعَلُكُمْ خُلَفَاء الْأَرْضِ

“Or, Who answers the distressed one when he calls upon Him and removes the evil, and He will make you successors in the earth.” (Surah Naml 27:62)

In this verse, the word of ‘distressed’ denotes Imam Qaim (a.s.).

After that first of all Jibraeel will pledge allegiance to him in the form of a bird perching on the niche; followed by three hundred and some persons.

Then Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said: Thus one who is capable to travel to him will immediately come to him and one who can’t will be taken away from his bed at night. And it is with regard to them that Amirul Momineen (a.s.) has said: It is these who would disappear from their beds and the Almighty Allah has said:

فَاسْتَبِقُواْ الْخَيْرَاتِ أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا

“Therefore hasten to (do) good works; wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together.” (Surah Baqarah 2:148)

Then he said: In this verse, ‘good works’ denotes Wilayat.

On another occasion, the Almighty Allah says:

وَلَئِنْ أَخَّرْنَا عَنْهُمُ الْعَذَابَ إِلَى أُمَّةٍ مَّعْدُودَةٍ

“And if We hold back from them the punishment until a stated period of time (reappearance of Imam Zamana (a.s.))…”(Surah Hud 11:8)

In this verse, “stated period of time” denotes the 313 companions of Imam Qaim (a.s.) who would join him in an hour.

All will gather at Mecca, like shreds of clouds gather in rainy season and they will call people to follow the Book of Allah and Sunnah of the Prophet, but very few would harken to them. Then the Imam will appoint a deputy in Mecca and set out from there; but on the way he would be informed about his assassination. So he will come back to Mecca and fight the Meccans. But he will not take anyone as prisoner.

After that he will set out from there calling to the Book of Allah, Sunnah of the Prophet, Wilayat of Ali Ibne Abi Talib (a.s.) and aloofness from his enemies. But he will not mention anyone by name. In this way, he would reach Baidha and there he will be confronted by Sufyani’s army. At that time the Almighty Allah would command the earth to swallow them all. And the army of Sufyani would sink in the desert.

It is with regard to this that the Almighty Allah has said:

وَلَوْ تَرَى إِذْ فَزِعُوا فَلَا فَوْتَ وَأُخِذُوا مِن مَّكَانٍ قَرِيبٍ

“And could you see when they shall become terrified, but (then) there shall be no escape and they shall be seized upon from a near place.” (Surah Saba 34:51)

That is they should believe in the Qaim of Aale Muhammad (a.s.) although before that they had refused to believe in him (when the divine chastisement descended and they began to sink in the ground their acceptance of faith was of no use to them).

From that army except for two men: Watar and Watira, none will survive and their heads will also be turned to their backs and they will go and report the fate of their associates.

After that Imam Mahdi (a.s.) will enter Medina and the Quraish will say to the people to Medina: Come with us to fight this rebel. By Allah, if he had been a descendant of Muhammad, he would never have behaved in this (cruel) manner, if he had been an Alawite, he would never have behaved in this manner, if he had been a descendant of Lady Fatima, he would never have behaved in this manner. Then the Imam will fight them, take their children as prisoners and move to Shaqra, where he will receive information that his deputy has been assassinated. So he would return and initiate such a slaughter that the attack of Harra (on Medina) will be nothing in comparison.

Then he would call people to the Book of Allah, Sunnah of the Prophet, Wilayat of Ali Ibne Abi Talib (a.s.) and immunity from his enemies. When he reaches the Thalaba stage, a relative of his who would be physically strong and brave. He will ask: What are you doing? By Allah, you are herding them like animals. Do you have any authority from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.)?

The special servant of the Imam will say: Keep quiet or I will break your head. But the Imam will restrain him and say: I have the permission of the Prophet; it is kept in so-and-so bag; go and bring it here.

When he brings it there, that man will read it and say: May I be your ransom, give me your head so that I may kiss it. Then he will renew his allegiance to him.

Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said: As if I can see that the Qaim is accompanied by 313 men, whose hearts are like ingots of iron; he is flanked by Jibraeel and Mikaeel and he is on his way from Medina to Najaf and Kufa; his awe precedes him to a distance of a month’s travel all around him. And the Almighty Allah will send with him 5000 angels to assist him. When he reaches Najaf Ashraf, he would say to his companions: You may spend this night in worship. Thus they will spend the whole night in worship. In the morning, he would order them to march to Nakhila. They will reach Masjid Ibrahim in Nakhila. They will pray two units of prayer. Meanwhile some army men of Murjia and some Sufyanis will march to him and he would ask his men to remain in ambush and then he will order them to attack.

At last he will enter Kufa and fight Sufyani who would be arrested and brought to the Imam. He will slaughter him with his own hands.

Then he will send some men to Rome (where the survivors of Bani Umayyah would be taking refuge) to bring the Umayyads. When they refuse to surrender to him, he will go over there and rout them.

فَلَمَّا أَحَسُّوا بَأْسَنَا إِذَا هُم مِّنْهَا يَرْكُضُونَ {12} لَا تَرْكُضُوا وَارْجِعُوا إِلَى مَا أُتْرِفْتُمْ فِيهِ وَمَسَاكِنِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُسْأَلُونَ {13} قَالُوا يَا وَيْلَنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا ظَالِمِينَ {14} فَمَا زَالَت تِّلْكَ دَعْوَاهُمْ حَتَّى جَعَلْنَاهُمْ حَصِيدًا خَامِدِينَ {15} وَمَا خَلَقْنَا

“So when they felt Our punishment, lo! they began to fly from it. Do not fly (now) and come back to what you were made to lead easy lives in and to your dwellings, haply you will be questioned. They said: O woe to us! surely we were unjust. And this ceased not to be their cry till We made them cut off, extinct.” (Surah Anbiya 21:12-15)

Then he would return to Kufa and send those three hundred and thirteen persons to all the parts of the world. He would (also) stroke their shoulders and chests, (by which) they would not face any difficulty in any judgment and every part of the earth would echo with the call of: ‘There is no god except Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.’

And the master of this affair is not such that he would agree to accept Jizya like the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.). And that is the meaning of the statement of the Almighty Allah:

وَقَاتِلُوهُمْ حَتَّى لاَ تَكُونَ فِتْنَةٌ وَيَكُونَ الدِّينُ لِلّهِ

“And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah…” (Surah Baqarah 2:193)

Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said: By Allah, they will fight so much that all would submit to the oneness of the Almighty Allah and no polytheist would be left. And there will be so much security in the world that even if an unaccompanied old lady wishes to travel from the east to west, she will not face any trouble. The Almighty Allah will germinate every seed from the earth and send down rain from the sky. People will carry their taxes on their shoulders and bring it to Imam Mahdi (a.s.). At that the Almighty Allah will bestow prosperity to our Shia.

Then Imam Zamana (a.s.) would issue his commands and would be speaking about some religious practices when a clamor will arise from outside the Masjid. Some people would try to attack to him, but he would ask his men to crush them. His men would apprehend the attackers on the way and present them to Imam Qaim (a.s.); after that they would be killed; and this would be the last attack on him.

InGhaibat Nomani, Ibne Uqdah has narrated from Muhammad bin Ali from Ibne Bazi from Mansur bin Yunus from Ismail bin Jabir from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) a similar report.

92- Tafsir Ayyashi: It is narrated from Mufaddal bin Umar from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim Aale Muhammad (a.s.) reappears, he will enliven and bring out twenty-seven persons from the back of the Kaaba, and raise from the graves twenty-five persons from the community of Prophet Musa (a.s.) who used to judge equitably, seven people from the folks of the cave, Yusha bin Nun, legatee of Prophet Musa (a.s.), believer of the nation of Firon, Salman Farsi, Abu Dujana Ansari and Malik Ibne Ashtar.”

InIrshad a similar report is mentioned from Mufaddal bin Umar on the topic of Rajat.

93- Tafsir Ayyashi: It is narrated from Abil Miqdam from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said with regard to the interpretation of the following verse:

لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْمُشْرِكُونَ

“…that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists may be averse.” (Surah Taubah 9:33)

No one will remain without confessing to the prophethood of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) during the period of the reappearance of the Imam.”

And in another traditional report he said: During the period of Rajat, the Almighty Allah will make Islam dominant over all the faiths of the world.

94- Tafsir Ayyashi: It is narrated from Samaa from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said with regard to the interpretation of the following verse:

هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْمُشْرِكُونَ

“He it is Who sent His Apostle with guidance and the religion of truth, that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists may be averse.” (Surah Taubah 9:33)

When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, every polytheist and infidel will be compelled to come out of polytheism and infidelity.”

95- Tafsir Ayyashi: It is narrated from Saad bin Umar that a person was saying in the assembly of Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.):

The house of Salih and Isa bin Ali was safe and sound so far… that is he was talking about the period of Bani Abbas. Another man said: May Allah destroy it Himself or at our hands.

Imam (a.s.) said: Don’t say like that; it is the residence of Imam Qaim (a.s.) and his men; and the words of the Almighty Allah are:

وَسَكَنتُمْ فِي مَسَاكِنِ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ

“And you dwell in the abodes of those who were unjust to themselves…” (Surah Ibrahim 14:45)

96- Majalis: It is narrated from Jaabi from Ibne Uqdah from Umar bin Isa bin Uthman from his father from Khalid bin Aamir bin Abbas from Muhammad bin Suwaid Ashari that he said:

“Once we and Fitar bin Khalifah came to meet Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) and he offered us some dates. Then he offered some to Fitar as well, and he asked Imam (a.s.):

O son of Allah’s Messenger, please tell me about the tradition narrated by Abdul Tufayl in which it is mentioned that the day the Almighty Allah will bring together the key persons of Shaam and the royals of Iraq, would be the worst day for our enemies.

Imam (a.s.) said: May Allah have mercy on you, first we (Imams) get involved in calamities and after that you fall into difficulties. In the same way there would be happiness for us first and then for you. May Allah have mercy on one who creates among the people love for us and not enmity and hatred.”

97- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa from Abdullah bin Jabla from Ibne Bataini from his father from Abu Basir that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“The master of this matter has aspects like those that four of the prophets have had; an aspect of Musa, one of Jesus Christ, one of Joseph and one of Muhammad (peace be upon them).”

I asked: “Which aspect of Musa (a.s.)?” He said: “Afraid and lying in wait.” I said: “Which one of Jesus Christ (a.s.)?” He said: “It will be said about him (Imam Mahdi) as that has been said about Jesus Christ (a.s.).” I said: “Which of Joseph?” He said: “Prison and disappearance.” I said: “Which of Muhammad (s.a.w.s.)?” He said: “If he (Imam Mahdi) appears, he will imitate his grandfather, Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) but he will unsheathe his sword for eight months, during which there will be commotion, until Allah becomes pleased.” I said: “How will it be known that Allah becomes pleased?” He said: “Allah will put mercy into his (the Imam’s) heart.”

98- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ahmad bin Yusuf from Jofi Abul Hasan from his book from Ismail bin Mahran from Ibne Bataini from his father from Wuhaib from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“There will be a very few Arabs with the Qaim (a.s.).” It was said to him: “But those, who talk about this matter among the Arabs, are so much many.” He said: “People must be tried, sifted and purified. Much many people will be discarded from the sieve.”

99- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Saeed from Yahya bin Zakariya from Yusuf Ibne Kalib from Ibne Bataini from Ibne Hamid from Thumali from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim of Muhammad’s family appears, Allah will support him with His angels. Jibraeel will be in front of him, Mikaeel on the right and Israfeel on the left. Awe will precede him about a month’s travel before him, behind him, on the right side and on the left side. The close angels will be beside him. The first one to follow him will be Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) and the second one will be Ali (a.s.). He will conquer Rome, Daylam, Sind, India, Kabul and the area of the Caspian.

The Qaim (a.s.) will not appear unless his appearance is preceded by great terror, earthquakes, seditions, calamities, spread of plague, killing among the Arabs, great disagreements among people, separation in religion and bad conditions until one wishes to die day and night, because of what madness he sees among people and their trying to eat each other. The Qaim (a.s.) will appear after people reach a very high extent of despair. Blessed is he, who sees the Qaim (a.s.) and becomes one of his supporters, and woe unto whoever opposes him, disobeys his orders and becomes his enemy.

He appears with a new method, new principles and new judgments. He will be severe with the Arabs. He will just kill without forgiving anyone and without caring for any blame, because he will act according to the will of Allah.”

100- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Qasim bin Muhammad bin Husain from Ubais bin Hisham from Ibne Jabla from Ali bin Abi Mughira from Abdullah bin Shareek from Bashar bin Ghalib Asadi that he said: Imam Husain bin Ali (a.s.) said to me:

“O Bishr, when the Qaim al-Mahdi appears, he will bring five hundred men of those, who have remained of Quraish (the Arabs), and kill them. Then he brings other five hundred men and kills them. Then he brings other five hundred and kills them.”

Bashir bin Ghalib, the brother of Bishr, said: “I witness that Husain bin Ali (a.s.) has mentioned to my brother six times five hundreds.”

101- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Muhammad bin Mufaddal bin Ibrahim from Muhammad bin Abdullah Ibne Zurarah from Harith bin Mughira and Zarih Maharibi that they said: Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“Nothing remains between us and the Arabs, except slaughter. (He pointed at his throat).”

102-Ghaibat Nomani:** It is narrated from Ali bin Husain from Muhammad bin Attar from Muhammad bin Hasan Raazi from Muhammad bin Ali Sairafi from Muhammad bin Sinan from Muhammad bin Ali Khathami from Sudair Sairafi from an Algerian who had vowed to offer his bondmaid and had come with her to Mecca, he said:**

“I met the door keepers (of the Kaaba). I told them about my vow and my bondmaid. Everyone of them said to me: “Bring her to me and Allah will accept your vow.” I felt afraid of that. I told one of our companions of Mecca about that and he said to me: “Would you listen to me?” I said: “Yes, I would.” He said: “Look at that man, who is sitting beside Hajar Aswad surrounded by people. He is Abu Ja’far Muhammad bin Ali bin Husain (Baqir) (a.s.). Go to him. Tell him of your story and see what he will say to you and act according to it.”

I went to him and said: “May Allah have mercy upon you! I am a man from the Arabia. There is a bondmaid with me. I have vowed to offer her to the House of Allah (the Kaaba). I told the doorkeepers of that and each of them asked me to give him the bondmaid and that Allah would accept my vow. I felt too afraid of that.” Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.) said: “O you slave of Allah, the House neither eats nor drinks. Sell your bondmaid and look for someone from among the people of your country who has come to perform the Hajj and now has no money to go back home. Give him the money so that he can return to his home.” I did as he had said to me.

I met the doorkeepers again. They asked me about the bondmaid and I told them what Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.) had asked me to do. They said: “He is a liar and ignorant. He does not know what he says.” I mentioned that to Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.). He said to me: “Would you inform of what I tell you?” I said: “Yes, I would.” He said: “Tell them that Abu Ja’far says to you: How about you when your hands and legs are cut and hung on the Kaaba and then you are asked to announce loudly: we are the thieves of the Kaaba?” When I wanted to get up, he said: “It is not me, who will do that, but it is a man from my descendants.”

103- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from the same chains from Muhammad bin Ali Ibne Mahbub from Amr bin Shimr from Jabir that he said:

“A man came to Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.) and said: “May Allah bless you! Please take these five hundred dirhams from me. They are the Zakat of my wealth.”

Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.) said: “You take them and divide them among the poor Muslims of your neighbors and brothers.” Then he said: “When the

Qaim of Ahlul Bayt rises, he will divide the wealth equally and rule justly over the people. Whoever obeys him certainly obeys Allah and whoever disobeys him disobeys Allah. He is named as Mahdi, because he guides to a hidden matter. He takes the Torah and the rest of the divine Books of Allah from the cave of Antakya (Antioch). He will judge among the people of the Torah with the Torah, among the people of the Bible with the Bible, among the people of Psalms (of Prophet Dawood) with the Psalms and among the people of the Quran with the Quran. The wealth of the world is gathered to him from above the ground and from under the ground. He says to people: Come on to the wrong you have done to your kin! Come on to the bloods you have shed wrongfully! Come on to the sins you have committed! He will offer something that no one has ever offered before him. He will fill the world with justice, equity and light after it has been filled with injustice, oppression and evil.”

104- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Muhammad bin Mufaddal from Sadan bin Ishaq and Ahmad bin Husain and Muhammad Qatwani together from Ibne Mahbub from Abdullah bin Sinan from His Eminence, Abu Abdullah Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“The Staff of Musa (a.s.) was a myrtle stick from the tree of Paradise which Jibraeel (a.s.) brought to him when he wanted to move to Madayan; and that Staff with the coffer of Adam is in the hatch of Tiberia; it neither decays not changes, till the time Qaim (a.s.) brings it out during his reappearance.”

105- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Hawza from Nahawandi from Abdullah bin Hammad from Abul Jarud from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“When Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he would do so with the flag of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.), the ring of Prophet Sulaiman (a.s.) and the staff and stone of Musa (a.s.). Then he would command an announcer to say that none of his men must carry with themselves rations and fodder for their beasts. His men would comment: It seems he wants to starve us and our animals. But when they halt at the first station, he would strike at the stone and out of it will gush forth food, water and fodder. So they would all eat and drink from it and also feed their animals. In this manner they would cross each stage of the journey till they arrive at the rear of Kufa.”

106- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from the same chains from Abdullah from Ibne Bukair from Humran bin Ayyan that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“As if I see your religion agitating in its blood and then no one will restore it as it has been before except a man from us Ahlul Bayt. He will give you two gifts a year and two incomes a month. You will be granted wisdom at his time until a woman can judge with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) in her house.”

107- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from a group of scholars from Sahl from Ibne Mahbub from some of his associates from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“As if I can see the Qaim (a.s.) upon the pulpit wearing his cloak. He takes out from his cloak a sealed proclamation. Then he breaks the seal and

reads out the proclamation. The people become horrified and scatter away from him like goats and sheep and except for his close confidants none remains with him. Then he says something, hearing which those who had run away from him are compelled to return. And I know what he would say.”

108- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid bin Abdullah from Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Rabah from Ahmad bin Ali Himyari from [Hasan bin Ayyub from Abdul Karim Khathami from Ahmad bin] Hasan bin Aban from Abdullah bin Ataa that he said:

I asked Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.): “When the Qaim (a.s.) rises, what will he do to people?” He said: “He will annul all that has been established before him as the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) has done and he will resume Islam anew.”

109- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Husain from Muhammad bin Attar from Muhammad bin Hasan Raazi from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from Bazanti from Ibne Bukair from his father from Zurarah:

I asked Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.): “I want you to mention to me the name of one of the virtuous men - I meant the Qaim (a.s.).” He said: “His name is like mine.” I said: “Will he act like Muhammad (s.a.w.s.)?” He said: “O Zurarah, how far! He will not act as the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) has acted.” I asked: “May I be your ransom! Why not?” He said: “The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) acted leniently towards his Ummah. He entreated people kindly whereas the Qaim (a.s.) will use his sword with them. He has been ordered by the book, which is with him, to do so. He will kill (bad) people without forgiving anyone. Woe unto whoever opposes him then.”

110- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from Abdur Rahman bin [Abi] Hashim from Abil Khadija from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said: Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said:

“I could have killed the fleers and finished off the wounded (warriors) but I did not do fearing for the end of my companions that if they might be wounded, they would not be killed. But the Qaim (a.s.) is permitted to kill the fleers and to finish off the wounded.”

111- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ali bin Hasan from Muhammad bin Khalid from Thalaba Ibne Maimoon from Hasan bin Harun that he said:

“I was with Abu Abdullah Imam Sadiq (a.s.) when Mualla bin Khunais asked: ‘Will the Qaim (a.s.), when he appears, act unlike the way, in which Ali (a.s.) acted?’ He replied: ‘Yes, he will. Ali acted with leniency and forgiveness, because he knew that his Shia were going to be oppressed after him. But when the Qaim (a.s.) appears he would kill and capture, because he knows that his Shia will never be defeated again.’”

This report is mentioned through another source inTahdhib Shaykh Tusi .

112- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ali bin Hasan from his father from Rafa from Abdullah bin Ataa that he said:

I asked His Eminence, Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.): When Qaim (a.s.) reappears how would he behave among the people? He replied: “He would raze the foundations preceding him just as the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) had done and he would initiate Islam anew.”

113- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Husain from Muhammad bin Attar from Muhammad bin Hasan from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from Bazanti from Alaa from Muhammad from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“If people know what the Qaim (a.s.) will do when he appears, most of them would wish him not to appear. He would kill a large number beginning with Quraish. He would kill so many until people say: He is not from Muhammad’s progeny. If he were from Muhammad’s progeny, he would have been merciful!”

114- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from the same chains from Bazanti from Asim bin Hamid Hannat from Abu Basir that he said: Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“The Qaim will rise with a new task, new principles and new judgments. He will be severe with the Arabs. He will do nothing but killing. He will not forgive anyone and he will not care for any blame, because he acts for the sake of Allah.”

115- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from the same chains from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from Ibne Mahbub from Bataini from Abu Basir that His Eminence, Abu Abdullah Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“Why are you impatient for the advent of Qaim (a.s.)? By Allah, there will be no garments except the coarse ones and no food except barley with bran. His advent is not except with the sword and death under the shade of the sword.”

116- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ahmad bin Yusuf bin Yaqub from Ismail bin Mahran from Ibne Bataini from his father from Wuhaib from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim appears, there will be nothing between him and between the Arabs and Quraish except the sword. There will be nothing save killing. So why do they urge on his appearance? By Allah, he wears rough cloths and eats coarse barley. It will be just the sword and killing under the shadow of the sword.”

117- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ali bin Hasan Taimili from his father from Hasan bin Ali bin Yusuf and Muhammad bin Ali from Sadan bin Muslim from some persons from Abu Abdullah Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“In the same way that the person will be standing before His Eminence, Qaim (a.s.) and His Eminence, will be enjoining good and forbidding evil. Suddenly he would order that he should be brought back to him. They will bring him back to His Eminence. His Eminence will order his execution. Then there would be no one in the whole world but that he would be afraid of His Eminence.”

118- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Hamam from Hamid bin Ziyad from Hasan bin Muhammad bin Samaa from Ahmad bin Hasan from his uncle, Husain bin Ismail from Yaqub bin Shuaib from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“Abu Abdullah Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said to me: Shall I show you the shirt that the Qaim will put on when he rises?” I said: “Yes, please!” He opened a case and took a shirt out of it. He spread the shirt. There was some blood on

its left sleeve. He said: “This is the shirt of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.). This blood dropped on it from the Prophet’s mouth on the day when his front teeth had been struck.” I kissed the spots of blood and put them on my face. Then Abu Abdullah (a.s.) folded the shirt and put it back in its place.”

119- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa from Ali bin Hasan from Ali bin Hassan from Abdur Rahman bin Kathir that Abu Abdullah Imam Sadiq (a.s.) had said about this Quranic verse:

أَتَى أَمْرُ اللّهِ فَلاَ تَسْتَعْجِلُوهُ

“Allah’s commandment has come, therefore do not desire to hasten it…” (Surah Nahl 16:1)

“It is our matter (the appearance of the Qaim). Allah has ordered not to hasten it until it is assisted with three armies; the angels, the believers and terror. His (the Qaim’s) advent will be like the advent of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.). Allah has said: “Even as your Lord caused you to go forth from your house with the truth, though a party of the believers were surely averse.

120- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Hawza from Ibrahim bin Ishaq from Abdullah bin Hammad from Bataini that Imam (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim (a.s.) rises, 313 angels will descend. A third of them will be on gray horses, a third on piebald horses and a third on red horses.”

121- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from the same chains from Bataini from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim rises, the swords will be brought down. On each sword there will be the name of the man, who will use it in fighting, and the name of his father.”

122- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ali bin Hasan Taimili from Abbas bin Aamir from Musa bin Bukair from Bashir Nubal that he said: and also narrated to me Ali bin Ahmad from Abdullah bin Muslim from Ayyub bin Nuh from Safwan from Bashir in the words of the report of Ibne Uqdah that he said:

When I came to Medina I went to the house of Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.). I found that his mule was saddled at the door. I sat in front of the house. He came out. I greeted him. He dismounted and came towards me. He asked me: “Where are you from?” I said: “I am from Iraq.” He said: “Which part of Iraq?” I said: “From Kufa.” He said: “Who has accompanied you on your way?” I said: “Some people of Muhadditha.” He said: “What is Muhadditha?” I said: “Murjia.” He said: “Woe unto these Murjias! To whom will they resort tomorrow when our Qaim appears?” I said: “They say: If that occurs, we and you will be the same before justice.” He said: “Whoever repents, Allah accepts his repentance, whoever conceals hypocrisy, Allah damns him and whoever announces something of hypocrisy, his blood is to be shed.”

Then he said: “By Allah, he (the Qaim) will slaughter them as a butcher slaughters sheep,” pointing to his throat.

I said: “They say: If he appears and controls the affairs, he will not shed even a drop of blood.”

He said: “It is not as they say. I swear by Him, in Whose hand my soul is! It will be so terrible until we and you wipe blood and sweat together.”

123- Ghaibat Nomani: A similar tradition is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Muhammad bin Muslim from Uthman bin Saeed from Ahmad bin Sulaiman from Musa bin Bakr from Bashir Nubbal, except that he said:

“When I said to Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.): “They say: If he appears and controls the affairs, he will not shed even a drop of blood.”

He said: “It is not as they say. I swear by Him, in Whose hand my soul is! It will be so terrible until we and you wipe blood and sweat together.”

I said: “I hope that his matter (rising) will be so easy.”

He said: “It will be not so until you wipe blood and sweat together.” Then he touched his forehead.

124- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa from Hasan bin Muawiyah from Ibne Mahbub from Isa bin Sulaiman from Mufaddal that he said:

“I heard Abu Abdullah as-Sadiq (a.s.) mentioning the Qaim (a.s.). I said: ‘I hope that his matter (rising) will be so easy.’

He said: “It will not be so until you wipe blood and sweat together.”

125- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid bin Abdullah from Muhammad bin Ja’far from Ibne Abil Khattab from Muhammad bin Sinan from Yunus bin Zabyan that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“The followers of truth will always spend their days in distress. Know that the period of distress will be short and the period of Qaim’s rule will be long.”

126- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Husain from Muhammad bin Yahya from Muhammad bin Hasan Raazi from Muhammad bin Ali from Mamar bin Khallad that he said:

Once the Qaim was mentioned before Abul Hasan Reza (a.s.); he said: “Today you are at ease more than that day (when the Qaim will appear).” They asked: “How is that?” He said: “When our Qaim (a.s.) appears, there will be nothing save blood, sweat and sleeping on the saddles. His cloths are not but rough and his food is not but coarse.”

127- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid from Ahmad bin Hawza from Nahawandi from Abdullah bin Hammad from Mufaddal that he said:

Once I was with Abu Abdullah Imam Sadiq (a.s.) during the circumambulation (around the Kaaba). He looked at me and said: “O Mufaddal, you seem distressed and uneasy! What is the matter?”

I said: “May I be your ransom! I think of the Abbasids and their prevailing rule and tyranny. If it (the rule) is in your hands, then we will be with you!”

He said: “O Mufadhdhal, if it is so, it will be politics in the night, achieving people’s affairs in the day, eating coarse food and wearing rough cloths like Amirul Momineen (a.s.); otherwise it will be (going to) Hell. It has gone away from us. We eat and drink. Have you ever seen an oppression that Allah has made as a blessing like this?!”

128- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from the same chains from Abdullah bin Hammad from Amr bin Shimr that he said:

Once I was with Abu Abdullah as-Sadiq (a.s.) in his house. The house was crowded and people were asking him about different things. Whenever he was asked about something, he gave the sufficient answer. I began to cry. He asked: “O Amr, why are you crying?”

I said: “May I be your ransom! How do I not cry? Is there anyone other than you in this Ummah? You are imprisoned here, the door is closed and the curtain is lowered before you!”

He said: “O Amr, do not cry! We eat good foods and wear soft cloths. If what you say occurs, we will eat coarse foods and wear rough cloths like Amirul Momineen Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.); otherwise putting on ties in Hell.”

Flag of the Qaim is same as the flag of the Prophet

129- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from the same chains from Abdullah bin Hammad from Abdullah bin Sinan from Abi [Abdullah] Ja’far [bin Muhammad] that he said:

“The Almighty Allah has fixed the time of the reappearance of Imam Zamana (a.s.) against the time fixed by the time-fixers. The flag of the Qaim is the same flag as that of the Prophet, which Jibraeel brought from the heavens in the Battle of Badr and he waved it during the battle.

Jibraeel said: “O Muhammad, by Allah, this flag is not of cotton, flax or silk.” I said: “Then what is it of?” He said: “It is of the leaves of Paradise. The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) spread it on the day of Badr and then he has folded it and gave it to Imam Ali (a.s.). It was still with Imam Ali (a.s.) until he spread it on the day of the battle of Jamal against the people of Basra and gained victory. Then he folded and kept it safe. It is with us and no one is to spread it until the Qaim (a.s.) appears. When he appears, he will spread it and then everyone in the east and the west will curse it. Terror will move a month before it, a month behind it, a month on its right side and a month on its left side.”

Then he said: “O Abu Muhammad, he (the Qaim) will appear depressed and angry because of the anger of Allah with the human beings. He will appear wearing the Prophet’s shirt, which the Prophet put on in the battle of Badr, turban, armor and holding the Prophet’s sword Zulfiqar. He will unsheathe the sword for eight months. He will kill excessively.

He will begin with Bani Shaibah. He will cut their hands and will hang them on the Kaaba. Then his caller will call out: “These are the thieves of the Kaaba.” Then he will move to kill the people of Quraish. He will not leave anyone of them safe from his sword.

The Qaim (a.s.) will not appear except after that two books will have been read openly; one in Basra and the other in Kufa. By these books people will declare their immunity of (believing in) Ali (a.s.).”

130- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid bin Abdullah from Muhammad bin Ja’far from Ibne Abil Khattab from Muhammad bin Sinan from Hammad bin Abi Talha from Thumali from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“Once Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.) said to me: “O Thabit, as if I can see the Qaim of my family coming near to your Najaf.” He pointed to Kufa and

then added: “When he comes to your Najaf, he will spread the banner of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and then the angels of Badr will descend to him.”

I asked him: “What is the banner of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.)?” He said: “Its pole is from the pole of the Throne of Allah and from His mercy. The rest of it is from the assistance of Allah. Everything that he swoops on with this banner Allah will make it perish.” I asked: “Is it kept with you until the Qaim (a.s.) appears or it is brought then?” He said: “No. It is brought then.” I asked: “Who will bring it?” He replied: “Jibraeel (a.s.).”

131- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Muhammad bin Mufaddal from Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Zurarah from Muhammad bin Marwan from Fudhayl bin Yasar that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When our Qaim appears, he will receive harms from the ignorant people more and bitterer than that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) had received from the ignorant people of the pre-Islamic age.” I said: “How is that?” He said: “The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) came to people while they used to worship idols of stone and wood whereas when the Qaim comes to people, they will protest against him by interpreting the Book of Allah according to their fancies. By Allah, he (the Qaim) will insert his justice into their houses like the entering of hot and cold. “

132- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid from Muhammad bin Ja’far from Ibne Abil Khattab from Muhammad bin Ibne Sinan from Husain bin Mukhtar from Thumali from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“When the man of this matter (the Qaim) appears, he will receive (harm) from people worse than what the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) has received.”

133-Ghaibat Nomani:** It is narrated from Muhammad bin Hamam from Hamid bin Ziyad from Hasan bin Muhammad bin Samaa from Ahmad bin Hasan Mithami from Muhammad bin Abi Hamza from some of his associates from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:**

“The Qaim will face (difficulties) in his wars more than what the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) faced. The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) came to the people while they used to worship stone and wood, whereas the people of the Qaim will protest against him by the means of the Book of Allah and will fight him by the means of the Book of Allah.”

134-Ghaibat Nomani:** It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa Alawi from Muhammad bin Husain from Muhammad bin Sinan from Qutaibah Aashi from Aban bin Taghlib that he heard Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) say:**

“Abu Abdullah Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “When the banner of the truth (the Mahdi) appears, the people of the east and the west will curse it. Do you know why?” I said: “No, I do not.” He said: “That is because of what harms the people receive from his (the Mahdi’s) family before his appearance.”

135- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid from Muhammad bin Ja’far from Muhammad bin Husain from Muhammad bin Sinan from Qutaibah from Mansur bin Hazim from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the banner of the truth is raised, it will be cursed by the people of the east and the west.” I said: “What for?” He said: “That is because of what people receive from the Hashemites (before the appearance of the Qaim).”

136- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa and Ahmad bin Ali Alam from Muhammad bin Ali Sairafi from Muhammad bin Sadaqah and Ibne Uzniya Abdi from Muhammad bin Sinan together from Yaqub Sarraj that Abu Abdullah Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“The Qaim will fight the people of thirteen cities and nations and they will fight him; Mecca, Medina, Basra, Dast Maysan, Shaam, the Umayyads, the Kurds, the Arab nomads, the people of the tribes of Dhabba, Ghaniy, Bahila, Azd and the people of Rayy (a town in Iran).”

137- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ahmad bin Ziyad from Ali bin Sabah from [Abi] Ali bin Muhammad Hadhrami from Ja’far bin Muhammad from Ibrahim bin Abdul Hamid that he said: Someone heard Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) say:

“When the Qaim (a.s.) appears, those who have thought themselves as his followers will apostatize and those, who are somehow like the worshippers of the sun and the moon, will believe in him.”

138- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ahmad bin Yusuf from Ismail bin Mahran from Ibne Bataini from Mufaddal bin Muhammad from Hariz from Abi Abdullah from his father from Ali bin Husain (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim appears, Allah will cure every sick believer and restore to him his power.”

139- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ali bin Husain from Husain and Muhammad sons of [Ali bin] Yusuf bin Sadan bin Muslim from Sabbah Mazni from Harith bin Hasira Habbatul Arni that Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said:

“As if I see our Shia in the mosque of Kufa setting up pavilions to teach the people the Quran as it has been revealed but when our Qaim appears, he will destroy it (the mosque) and level its mihrab to the ground.”

140- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Husain from Muhammad bin Yahya from Muhammad bin Hasan Raazi from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from Abdullah bin Muhammad Hajjal from Ali bin Uqbah that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“As if I see the Shia of Ali with the Quran in their hands teaching people the divine principles.”

141- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Hawza from Nahawandi from Abdullah bin Hammad from Sabbah Mazni from Harith bin Hasira from Ibne Nubatah from Amirul Momineen (a.s.) that he said:

“I heard Ali (a.s.) say: “As if I see the Persians setting up their pavilions in the mosque of Kufa and teaching people the Quran as it has been revealed!”

I said: “O Amirul Momineen, is the Quran not as it has been revealed?”

He said: “No, it is not. The names of seventy persons of Quraish have been removed from it. The name of Abu Lahab has been left (in the Quran)

just to remind the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) of something, because he is the Prophet’s uncle.”

142- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa from Ja’far bin Yahya from his father from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“How about you when the companions of the Qaim (a.s.) set up their pavilions in the mosque of Kufa and then he (the Qaim) appears with new ideals and a new rule? He will be severe with the Arabs.”

143- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Hamam from Fazari from Abi Tahir Warraq from Uthman bin Isa from Abi Sabbah Kanani that he said:

Once I was with Abu Abdullah Imam Sadiq (a.s.) when an old man came to him and said: “My sons became undutiful to me and my brothers turned away from me.” Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “Do you not know that the truth has a government and the untruth also has a government? Each of them is low in the state of the other. Whoever enjoys the ease of falsehood will be punished in the state of truth.”

144- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Hawza from Nahawandi from Abdullah bin Hammad Ansari from Muhammad bin Ja’far that Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When Qaim (a.s.) rises up, he will appoint a person in every province of the earth and tell him: If you ever be in a position when you cannot understand or you do not know that what judgment you should deliver, glance at the palm of your hand and act upon what is mentioned there. And he would dispatch an army to Constantinople. When it reaches the gulf they would write something with their feet and walk on the surface of the water. The people of Constantinople will say: They are the companions of one who walks on water, then what would be his own excellence? At that moment they would open up the gates of the city for them. They would enter the city and order whatever they desire.”

145- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid from Muhammad bin Ja’far Qarshi from Ibne Abil Khattab from Muhammad bin Sinan from Hariz from Aban bin Taghlib that he said: I heard Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) say:

“This world does not end until a caller from the heavens will call out: “O people of the truth, come together!” They will crowd in one place. Then the caller will call out again: “O people of falsehood, come together!” They will crowd in one place.” I said: “Can these people mix with those people?” He said: “No, by Allah, they cannot. Allah has said: ‘On no account will Allah leave the believers in the condition, which you are in until He separates the evil from the good.”

146- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ahmad bin Yusuf from Ismail bin Mahran from Ibne Bataini from his father from Wuhaib from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“Everyone of you is to prepare himself for the appearance of the Qaim even if it be with one arrow, because if Allah knows that one intends that sincerely, He may prolong his life that he may live until the appearance of the Qaim and then he becomes one of his assistants and supporters.”

147- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ali bin Hasan Taimili from Muhammad and Ahmad sons of Hasan from their father from Thalaba from Jomi Kunnasi from Abu Basir from Kamil from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When our Qaim will appear he will call the people to a new faith like the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) has called and indeed Islam has begun strange and it will return strange as it has begun. Blessed are the strangers!”

148- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid from Muhammad bin Ja’far Qarshi from Ibne Abil Khattab from Muhammad bin Sinan from Ibne Muskan from Abu Basir that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“Islam has begun strange and it will return strange as it has begun. Blessed are the strangers!” Abu Basir said: “Please, explain to me what this means!” He said: “The Qaim will invite to a new mission as the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) has done.”

149- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from the same chains from Ibne Muskan from Malik Jahni that he said: I said to Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.):

“We describe the man of this matter (the Qaim) with the aspects that no one of the people has ever had.”

He said: “No, by Allah, it is not so. It is he himself, who will argue with you about that and will invite you to it.”

150- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid from Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Rabah from Muhammad bin Abbas Ibne Isa from Ibne Bataini from Shuaib Haddad from Abu Basir that he said:

“I asked Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) to explain to me the saying of Amirul Momineen (a.s.) “Islam has begun strange and it will return strange as it has begun. Blessed are the strangers!”

He said: “O Abu Muhammad, when the Qaim (a.s.) appears, he will invite to a new mission as the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) did.”

I got up, kissed his head and said to him: “I witness that you are my Imam in this life and in the afterlife. I support your guardians and resist your enemies. I witness that you are the guardian of Allah.”

He said: “May Allah have mercy upon you!”

151- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Hamam from Ahmad bin Mabandad from Ahmad bin Halil from Ibne Abi Umair from Abi Mughra from Abu Basir that he said: His Eminence, Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When Amirul Momineen (a.s.) confronted the Basrans, he unfurled his standard, that is the standard of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.), therefore they were routed and the sun had not yet set when they called out: O son of Abu Talib, you have destroyed us (or we bring faith).[^10] At that time His Eminence ordered that the prisoners not be killed, the wounded must not be attacked, the runaways must not be pursued and whosoever drops his weapons would be secure and whosoever shuts the door, his house (and one who remains there) is safe.”

In the battle of Siffeen (the companions of His Eminence) requested him to wave that flag once more but the Imam did not agree to it. They petitioned him through the mediation of Hasan, Husain (a.s.) and Ammar

Yasir (r.a.). His Eminence said to Husain (a.s.): “My son, a time period is appointed for these people and they would reach it, and it is a flag that none would wave after me, except Qaim (a.s.).”

152- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Yahya bin Zakariya bin Shaiban from Yunus bin Kalib from Ibne Bataini from his father from Abu Basir that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“The Qaim will not appear until the chain is completed.” I said: “How is the chain completed?” He said: “With ten thousand (fighters), Jibraeel will be on his (the Qaim’s) right and Mikaeel to his left. Then he will shake the banner and move. Everyone in the east and in the west will curse the banner. After that people will gather around it one by one.”

153- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Ali bin Hasan Taimili from Hasan and Muhammad, sons of Ali bin Yusuf from Sadan bin Muslim from a person from Mufaddal bin Umar that he said: Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“When the Imam (Mahdi) calls out the Azaan, he will pray to Allah with His Hebrew name and then his companions, who will be three hundred and thirteen men, will be permitted to join him. They will gather like the cloudlets of autumn. They will be the bearers of the banners. Some of them will be missed in their beds in the night and in the morning find themselves in Mecca. Some of them will be seen traveling on the clouds during the day. They will be known by their names, their fathers’ names and their lineages.”

I said: “May I be your ransom! Which of them is greater in faith?”

He said: “It is those, who travel on the clouds during the day. They are the missed ones. About these companions Allah has revealed this verse:

أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا

“…wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together…” (Surah Baqarah 2:148)

154- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Abdul Wahid from Muhammad bin Ja’far Qarshi from Ibne Abil Khattab from Muhammad bin Sinan from Zaris from Abu Khalid Kabuli from Ali bin Husain and Muhammad bin Ali (a.s.) that he said:

“Al-Fuqada’ are persons, who will be missed in their beds and in the morning they will be found in Mecca. It is they, who are missing or absent persons.” This is the meaning of the verse:

أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا

“…wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together…” (Surah Baqarah 2:148)

That is they are the companions of the Qaim.

155- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Hawza from Nahawandi from Abdullah bin Hammad from Ibne Bukair from Aban bin Taghlib that he said:

I was with Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) in the Masjid of Mecca when he took my hand and said: “O Aban, Allah will send three hundred and thirteen men to this mosque of yours in Mecca. The people of Mecca know that those men’s fathers and grandfathers are not created as yet. They will have swords, on which one thousand words are written. Each word is a clue for

one thousand words. Then Allah will send the wind from every valley to say: “This is Mahdi. He rules like Prophet Dawood and Sulaiman (a.s.). He does not ask for evidence.”

156- Ghaibat Nomani: It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa from Harun bin Muslim from Masadah bin Sadaqah from Abdul Hamid Tawil from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) regarding the verse:

أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ وَيَجْعَلُكُمْ خُلَفَاء الْأَرْضِ

“Or, Who answers the distressed one when he calls upon Him and removes the evil, and He will make you successors in the earth.” (Surah Naml 27:62)

“This verse is revealed about the Qaim (a.s.) and Jibraeel who sits on the spout in the form of a bird. Jibraeel will be the first to pay allegiance to the Qaim and then the three hundred and thirteen companions will pledge allegiance. Those (of the Qaim’s companions), who are able to travel will arrive in time and those who cannot would disappear from their beds. It is the same that is mentioned in the saying of Allah:

فَاسْتَبِقُواْ الْخَيْرَاتِ أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا

“Therefore hasten to (do) good works; wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together.” (Surah Baqarah 2:148)

The good work is the belief in the guardianship (Wilayat) of Ahlul Bayt.

157-Ghaibat Nomani:** It is narrated from Ahmad bin Hawza from Nahawandi from Abdullah bin Hammad from Abul Jarud from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:**

“The companions of the Qaim will be three hundred and thirteen men. They will be foreigners. Some of them will be carried on the clouds during the day. They will be known by their names, their fathers’ names, their qualities and lineages. Some of them will be taken from their beds to be in Mecca in the morning without any appointment.”

158-Ghaibat Nomani:** It is narrated from Ali bin Husain from Muhammad bin Yahya from Muhammad bin Hasan Raazi from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from Ali bin Hakam from Bataini from Abu Basir from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:**

“The Qaim will come from the defile of Mt. Thi Tuwa with three hundred and thirteen men equal to the number of fighters in the Battle of Badr. He will lean against Hajar Aswad and wave his victorious banner.”

Ali bin Abu Hamza said: “I mentioned that to Abul Hasan Musa bin Ja’far Kazim (a.s.) and he said: “It is a published book.”

159-Ghaibat Nomani:** Ahmad bin Hawza has narrated from Nahawandi from Abdullah bin Hammad from Bataini that he said: Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:**

“While the young men of the Shia are sleeping on the roofs of their houses, they will be taken to their companion (the Qaim) within the same night without any appointment. In the morning they will find themselves in Mecca.”

160-Ghaibat Nomani:** Ibne Uqdah has narrated from Ali bin Faddal from Muhammad bin Hamza from Muhammad bin Saeed from Uthman bin Hammad from Sulaiman bin Harun Ajali from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:**

“The companions of the Qaim are reserved for him. Even if all the peoples will have gone, Allah will bring him his companions. It is they, about whom Allah has said:

فَإِن يَكْفُرْ بِهَا هَـؤُلاء فَقَدْ وَكَّلْنَا بِهَا قَوْمًا لَّيْسُواْ بِهَا بِكَافِرِينَ

“…therefore if these disbelieve in it We have already entrusted with it a people who are not disbelievers in it.” (Surah Anam 6:89)

…and has said:

فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللّهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ أَذِلَّةٍ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَعِزَّةٍ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ

“…then Allah will bring a people, He shall love them and they shall love Him, lowly before the believers, mighty against the unbelievers…” (Surah Maidah 5:54)

161- Kashful Ghumma: It is narrated from Jabir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“The Almighty Allah will put awe into the hearts of our Shia and when our Qaim arises and our Mahdi will reappear, each of his followers will become braver than a lion and sharper than a spear.”

162- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from a group of scholars from Sahl from Ibne Shammun from Asamma from Malik bin Atiyyah from Ibne Taghlib that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said to him:

“Two bloods are made lawful by Allah, the Mighty and Sublime and no one has applied that law till now; now when the Qaim of Ahle Bayt (a.s.) arises, he will apply this law and will not ask for any testimony or proof. The married fornicator will be stoned to death and the one who refuses to pay the Zakat will be beheaded.”

163- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Abu Abdullah and Muhammad bin Hasan from Sahl bin Ziyad from Muhammad bin Yahya from Ahmad bin Muhammad together from Hasan bin Abbas Harish from Abu Ja’far the second (a.s.), Imam Muhammad Taqi (a.s.) that he said: Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“Once my respected father was doing Tawaf of Kaaba when a person waited for him with his head covered with a sheet. He left the Tawaf for his sake and he took him to a house, which was at the side of mount Safa. Then he sent a person to us and we were three persons. When I reached there he said: Welcome of son of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.).

After that he placed his hand on my head and said: O trustee of Allah after your respected forefathers, may Allah bless you.

O Abu Ja’far, if you like you can narrate to me or if you like I can narrate to you. If you like you can ask me and if you like I can ask you. And if you like you can testify for me and if you like I can testify for you.

Then he said: I want all this.

The conversation continued till that person said:

Thus I desire that your eyes should be with the Mahdi of this Ummah and that the angels remain between the earth and the sky with the swords of the

progeny of Dawood and continue to chastise the souls of the infidels and continue to make the souls of the living with them.

Then he removed a sword and said: This is also one of those swords.

My respected father said: By the one who selected Muhammad from all the human beings. That person removed the sheet from his head and said: I am Ilyas (prophet of God). Whatever I asked about you was not that I was unaware of it. On the contrary it was so that this tradition should become a strong proof for your men.

The conversation continued after this as well and then the gentleman (Ilyas) arose and departed from there beyond the sight of the onlookers.”

164- Ikhtisaas: It is narrated from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“During the rule of Imam Qaim (a.s.) our Shia will hold high offices and command great respect; each of them will be given the strength of forty men.”

Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said: “At this time the heart of our Shia are full of the awe of our enemies; but when our rule arrives and our Mahdi reappears, each of followers will be more daring than a lion and sharper than a spear. He would trample our enemy and cut off his head himself.”

Through the same chain of narrators, Rabai has narrated from Buraid Ajali who says that once Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) was told that there was a large population of Shia in Kufa. If the Imam calls them, they will obey him and act on his orders.

He said: “Is it possible for a believer to put his hand in the bag of another believer brother and take out as much money as he requires, without the latter objecting to him?”

“No, such a thing is not possible.”

Imam said: “When such is case with money, what can be said about sacrificing ones life on another?”

Then he said: “Know that, this is a time to maintain status quo; during this period we would marry among each others families, inherit each other, apply penalties on them and also return their trusts; but during the reappearance of Imam Qaim (a.s.) it would be a period of true friendship and amity. At that time, a believer would be able to put his hand in the bag of another believer brother and take out as much money as he requires, without the latter objecting to him.”

165- Tafsir Furat: It is narrated from Ja’far bin Muhammad Fazari from Imran bin Dahir that a man asked Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.):

“Can we greet Imam Qaim (a.s.) as Amirul Momineen (a.s.)?”

He replied: ‘No, it is the title that the Almighty Allah had reserved only for Amirul Momineen Ali (a.s.). Anyone who adopted the either before or after him was a denier.’

“Than what should we address him as?”

He replied: “You should greet him as: Peace be on you O the remnant of Allah.” After that the Imam recited the following verse:

بَقِيَّةُ اللّهِ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

“What remains with Allah is better for you if you are believers…” (Surah Hud 11:86)

166- Tafsir Furat: It is narrated from Husain bin Ali bin Bazi from Zaid bin Ali that he said:

“When the Qaim Aale Muhammad (a.s.) reappears, he would say: We are those whom the Almighty Allah has promised in His Book in the following verse:

الَّذِينَ إِن مَّكَّنَّاهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ أَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَوُا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَمَرُوا بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَنَهَوْا عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَلِلَّهِ عَاقِبَةُ الْأُمُورِ

“ Those who, should We establish them in the land, will keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate and enjoin good and forbid evil; and Allah’s is the end of affairs.” (Surah Hajj 22:41)

167- Tafsir Furat: It is narrated from Qasim bin Ubaid from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said with regard to the following verse of the Holy Quran:

الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا {63} وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا {64} وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا {65} إِنَّهَا سَاءتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا {66} وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَنفَقُوا لَمْ يُسْرِفُوا وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُوا وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَلِكَ قَوَامًا {67} وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ يَلْقَ أَثَامًا {68} يُضَاعَفْ لَهُ الْعَذَابُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَيَخْلُدْ فِيهِ مُهَانًا {69} إِلَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُوْلَئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا {70} وَمَن تَابَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَإِنَّهُ يَتُوبُ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَتَابًا {71} وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّوا كِرَامًا {72} وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا {73} وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا {74} أُوْلَئِكَ يُجْزَوْنَ الْغُرْفَةَ بِمَا صَبَرُوا وَيُلَقَّوْنَ فِيهَا تَحِيَّةً وَسَلَامًا {75} خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا حَسُنَتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا {76}

“Who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace. And they who pass the night prostrating themselves before their Lord and standing. And they who say: O our Lord! turn away from us the punishment of hell, surely the punishment thereof is a lasting evil. Surely it is an evil abode and (evil) place to stay. And they who when they spend, are neither extravagant nor parsimonious, and (keep) between these the just mean. And they who do not call upon another god with Allah and do not slay the soul, which Allah has forbidden except in the requirements of justice, and (who) do not commit fornication and he who does this shall find a requital of sin. The punishment shall be doubled to him on the day of resurrection, and he shall abide therein in abasement. Except him who repents and believes and does a good deed; so these are they of whom Allah changes the evil deeds to good ones; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. And whoever repents and does good, he surely turns to Allah a (goodly) turning. And they who do not bear witness to what is

false, and when they pass by what is vain, they pass by nobly. And they who, when reminded of the communications of their Lord, do not fall down thereat deaf and blind. And they who say: O our Lord! grant us in our wives and our offspring the joy of our eyes, and make us guides to those who guard (against evil). These shall be rewarded with high places because they were patient, and shall be met therein with greetings and salutations. Abiding therein; goodly the abode and the resting-place.” (Surah Furqan 25:63-76)

It is talking about the successors who would adopt a very gentle stance on the earth; but when Imam Mahdi (a.s.) reappears and the Ahle Bayt-haters are presented before him, if they accept faith in Wilayat it is all right, otherwise he would have them executed or compel them to pay Jizya like disbelievers have to.”

168- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from some scholars from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Ali bin Hasan Teemi from his brothers, Muhammad and Ahmad from Ali bin Yaqub Hashmi from Marwan bin Muslim from Saeed bin Umar Jofi from an Egyptian from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim will appear he will cut off the hands of Bani Shaibah and circle the Kaaba with them saying: These are the thieves of Allah.”

169-Al-Kafi:** It is narrated from Muhammad bin Yahya etc. from Ahmad bin Hilal from Ahmad bin Muhammad from a man from His Eminence, Abu Abdullah Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:**

“The first thing on the agenda of justice that Qaim (a.s.) would perform is that: the announcer of His Eminence would call out: Those who are performing the recommended Hajj may please leave the Black Stone and circumambulation for those who are performing obligatory Hajj.”

170- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from Ali from his father from Ibne Abi Umair from Hammad from Halabi that he asked Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.):

“Is it detestable (Makruh ) to pray in covered Masjids (having roof)?

He replied: Yes, however nowadays there is no problem in it; but see what he does when the time of justice arrives.”

171- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from Hasan bin Ali Alawi from Sahal bin Jamhur from Abdul Azeem Ibne Abdullah Alawi from Hasan bin Husain Arani from Amr bin Jami’ that he asked Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.):

“What is the legal position about praying in Masjids having pictures?

He replied: I consider it detestable (Makruh ), however at present there is no problem in it for you; but when justice is established, you see what he does about it.”

172- At-Tahdhib: It is narrated from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Yaqub bin Abdullah from Ismail bin Zaid, freed slave of Kahili from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said: Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said about Masjid Kufa:

“(In it) there is a fountain of oil, a fountain of milk, a fountain of water for the believers to drink from and a fountain of water for the believers to purify themselves.”

173- At-Tahdhib: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Yahya from Muhammad bin Husain from Muhammad bin Ismail from Salih bin

Uqbah from Amr bin Abil Miqdam from his father from Habbatul Arani that he said: It is narrated from Amirul Momineen (a.s.) that he said in Hira:

“This place will join with that (pointing to Kufa). So much so that the land between them would be sold for a dinar per cubit. A Masjid will come up at Hira having 500 gates and the Caliph of Imam Qaim will lead prayer in it, because the Kufa Masjid would be overcrowded and twelve just Imams would be leading prayers in it.

I (the narrator) said: O Amirul Momineen (a.s.), Kufa Masjid is considered to be so spacious?

He replied: Another four Masjids would be built there and the Kufa Masjid would be the smallest. This Masjid and two Masjids would be on this side of Kufa and on the other side. Then he pointed to the Basrin and Gharrin streams.”

174- Kitab Husain bin Saeed: It is narrated from Abul Hasan bin Abdullah from Ibne Abi Yafur that he said:

“I came to Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) to find him with some of his companions. He asked: O Abu Yafur, have you read the Holy Quran?

I replied: Yes, O son of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.), but this same Quran, which is current among us.

He said: Yes, I am also asking about the same.

I said: All right, but why did you ask me that?

He replied: Because, Prophet Musa (a.s.) told his people something which they could not bear; so they attacked him in Egypt and Musa (a.s.) had to fight and eliminate them. And I also asked you about it, because Isa (a.s.) had told something to his community which they could not bear and they attacked him in Tikrit. So he also had to fight his people and eliminate them. Thus regarding this is the saying of the Almighty Allah:

فَآَمَنَت طَّائِفَةٌ مِّن بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَكَفَرَت طَّائِفَةٌ فَأَيَّدْنَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا عَلَى عَدُوِّهِمْ فَأَصْبَحُوا ظَاهِرِينَ

“So a party of the children of Israel believed and another party disbelieved; then We aided those who believed against their enemy, and they became uppermost.” (Surah Saff 61:14)

Thus when from us, Ahle Bayt (a.s.), a Qaim reappears and tells you something, you will not bear it and you would rise up against him in Ramila. He would fight and eliminate you. And this would be the last attack on Imam Qaim (a.s.).

175- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from Muhammad bin Yahya from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Ibne Mahbub from Ahwal from Salam bin Mustanir from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, every Ahle Bayt-hater (Nasibi) will be offered faith; if he accepts it with sincerity it is all right; otherwise he would be beheaded or he would have to pay Jizya like today only the Zimmi Kafir has to pay. Or he would have to take up exile in Abyssinia.”

176- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from Ali bin Muhammad from Salih bin Abi Hammad from Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Mahran from Abdul Malik bin Bashir from Itham bin Sulaiman from Muawiyah bin Ammar from Abi Abdullah Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“If one of you is desirous to see the period of Imam Qaim (a.s.) he should also pray for his deliverance, because the Almighty Allah has sent Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) as mercy and kindness and He would send Imam Qaim (a.s.) for severity.”

177- It is quoted fromMazaar Kabeer from the author’s own chain of reporters from Abu Basir from His Eminence, Abu Abdullah (a.s.) that he said:

“O Abu Muhammad, as if I can see Imam Qaim (a.s.) landing at Masjid Sahla along with his family members.

I asked: “May I be your ransom, would that be his residence?”

“Yes,” he replied, “It was the residence of Prophet Idris (a.s.) as well and then residence of Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.). And all prophets sent by the Almighty Allah have prayed in it. And it is also the residence of His Eminence, Khizr (a.s.). One who stays there is as if he has stayed in the tent of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) and every believer man and woman is inclined to it.”

I said: “May I be your ransom, would Imam Qaim (a.s.) reside there forever?”

“Yes,” he said.

I asked: “And after him?”

He replied: “Till the end of the world.”

I asked: “What would be the fate of Kafir Zimmi during his time?”

He replied: “He would make peace with them with the condition that they should pay Jizya.”

I asked: “And what will be the fate of the enemies of Ahle Bayt (a.s.)?”

He replied: “O Abu Muhammad, there would be no scope for our enemies during our rule. The Almighty Allah has made their blood lawful for us after the reappearance of Imam Qaim (a.s.), which is at present unlawful for us. None of us should be deceived. When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he would take full revenge for of us.”

178- Sayyid Ali bin Abdul Hamid has quoted from the book,Al-Anwaar al-Mudhiya in a traditional report from Ishaq bin Ammar that he said:

“I asked His Eminence about the saying of Allah that He has given respite to the Satan till the known hour as mentioned in the following verse:

قَالَ فَإِنَّكَ مِنَ الْمُنظَرِينَ {37} إِلَى يَومِ الْوَقْتِ الْمَعْلُومِ

“He said: So surely you are of the respited ones, Till the period of the time made known.” (Surah Hijr 15:37)

What is that hour Allah is talking about? He said: “The known hour is the time of the advent of the Qaim of Aale Muhammad. When the Almighty Allah makes him reappear in the Masjid of Kufa, Iblis will come on his knees saying: ‘O woe be on these days.’ At that time the Imam will catch him by his forelocks and put him to death. That time is the day of the known hour when his time would be up.”

179- Ikhtisaas: It is narrated from Abul Qasim Sherani directly from Ibne Zabyan from Ibnul Hajjaj from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he would come to Rahba, Kufa on foot (so saying he pointed in a direction).

Then he said: He would say: Dig this place. They would dig at that spot and take out 12000 coats of mail, 12000 swords and 12000 helmets. At that time he would summon 12000 (followers or servants) retainers and non-Arabs and arm them with these items. Then he would say: Eliminate whoever does not have faith in which you believe.”

180- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from Ali from his father from Ibne Faddal from Thalaba bin Maimoon from Badr bin Khalil Azdi from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said about the verse of Quran:

فَلَمَّا أَحَسُّوا بَأْسَنَا إِذَا هُم مِّنْهَا يَرْكُضُونَ {12} لَا تَرْكُضُوا وَارْجِعُوا إِلَى مَا أُتْرِفْتُمْ فِيهِ وَمَسَاكِنِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُسْأَلُونَ {13} قَالُوا يَا وَيْلَنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا ظَالِمِينَ {14} فَمَا زَالَت تِّلْكَ دَعْوَاهُمْ حَتَّى جَعَلْنَاهُمْ حَصِيدًا خَامِدِينَ {15}

“So when they felt Our punishment, lo! they began to fly from it. Do not fly (now) and come back to what you were made to lead easy lives in and to your dwellings, haply you will be questioned. They said: O woe to us! surely we were unjust. And this ceased not to be their cry till We made them cut off, extinct.” (Surah Anbiya 21:12-15)

“When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he would send his army to eliminate them in Syria. They would flee from there to Rome, but the Romans would tell them that if they don’t embrace Christianity, they cannot enter that country; so they would put crosses around their necks and enter.

But when the companions of Imam Qaim (a.s.) enter their territory, the Roman would sue for peace. However they would be told to surrender the Bani Umayyah refugees first. Thus they would be compelled to give up Bani Umayyah people to the Muslims. With regard to this, the Almighty Allah has said:

لَا تَرْكُضُوا وَارْجِعُوا إِلَى مَا أُتْرِفْتُمْ فِيهِ وَمَسَاكِنِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُسْأَلُونَ

“Do not fly (now) and come back to what you were made to lead easy lives in and to your dwellings, haply you will be questioned.” (Surah Anbiya 21:13)

That they would be asked about their treasure trove although they would be aware of it. Then they will say:

قَالُوا يَا وَيْلَنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا ظَالِمِينَ {14} فَمَا زَالَت تِّلْكَ دَعْوَاهُمْ حَتَّى جَعَلْنَاهُمْ حَصِيدًا خَامِدِينَ {15}

“They said: O woe to us! surely we were unjust. And this ceased not to be their cry till We made them cut off, extinct.” (Surah Anbiya 21:14-15)

That is we cut them into pieces.”

181- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from Ali from his father from Ibne Abi Umair from Ibne Uzniya from Muhammad bin Muslim that he asked Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) about the following verse of Quran:

وَقَاتِلُوهُمْ حَتَّى لاَ تَكُونَ فِتْنَةٌ وَيَكُونَ الدِّينُ كُلُّهُ لِلّه

“And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah…” (Surah Anfal 8:39)

The interpretation of this verse has not been actualized as yet. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) allowed them to stay due to exigencies. But when the interpretation of this verse would actualize; no excuse would be accepted from them and all of them would be eliminated so that there is no more polytheism and all start believing in One God.”

182- Al-Kafi: It is narrated from Husain bin Muhammad from Mualla from Washa from Ali bin Abi Naseer that:

“A man came to Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) and said: You Ahle Bayt (a.s.) are mercy personified and the Almighty Allah has made you as such.

Imam (a.s.) said: It is so by the grace of Allah. We never fall into any deviation and never leave the path of guidance. The world would not come to an end till the Almighty Allah does not send from among us a man who would act on the Book of Quran as it deserves and who would negate all the evil.”

183- Amali Tusi: It is narrated from Faham from his uncle from Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Ali from Abdur Rahman bin Abdullah from Yahya bin Mughira from his brother, Muhammad from Muhammad bin Sinan from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) from his father (a.s.) that he said:

“M-H-M-D will reappear in the last period of time. There would be a white cloud over his head, which would be shading him from the Sun. A call will be made in such a clear voice that all the Jinns and human beings in the east and the west of the earth would hear it. It will say: He is Mahdi from Aale Muhammad, he would fill the earth with justice and equity like it would have been fraught with injustice and oppression.”

184- Ikmaaluddin, Uyun Akhbar Reza & Amali Saduq: It is narrated from Attar from his father from Ibne Abdul Jabbar from Muhammad bin Ziyad Azdi from Aban bin Uthman from Thumali from Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s.) from his father from his grandfather from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) that he said:

“There will be twelve Imams after me. The first of them is you, O Ali and the last of them is the Qaim by whom Allah, the Mighty and Sublime will conquer the east and the west of the earth.”

185-Ikmaaluddin** & Uyun Akhbar Reza: It is narrated from Taliqani from Muhammad bin Hamam from Ahmad bin Mabandad from Ahmad bin Hilal from Ibne Abi Umair from Mufaddal from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) from his forefathers from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) that he said:**

“When I was taken to the heavens during the ascension (Meraj ) my Lord revealed to me: …till he said: “So I raised my head and saw the lights of Ali, Fatima, Hasan, Husain, Ali bin Husain, Muhammad bin Ali, Ja’far bin Muhammad, Musa bin Ja’far, Ali bin Musa, Muhammad bin Ali, Ali bin Muhammad, Hasan bin Ali and Muhammad bin Hasan al-Qaim. And among them one shone like a brilliant star.

I asked: ‘O Lord, who is that?’ He replied, ‘They are the Imams, and he is the Qaim, who will ordain My lawful as lawful and My unlawful as unlawful. And through him I shall take revenge from My enemies. And he is the source of comfort for My friends. He is the one who will bestow your Shia and followers respite from the infidels. And he will

bring out Laat and Uzza fresh and burn them up. Indeed the trial and test of the people by him will be much more difficult than the mischief of the Calf and Samari.’”

186-Ghaibat Nomani:** It is narrated from Amirul Momineen (a.s.) that he said: The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) has said to me:**

“The name of the last of them is like my name. He will appear to fill the world with justice and equity

Ghaibat Nomani:

after it has been filled with injustice and oppression. People will come to him asking for money, which will be accumulated. He will say to them: “Take (as much as you like)!”

187- Kifayatul Athar: It is narrated from the same chains from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) that he said:

“The ninth of them is the Qaim of my family and the Mahdi of this nation. And in looks and speech most resembling me among all the people. Indeed, he shall reappear after a prolonged occultation and reveal the religion of God. And he shall get the support of Allah and His help, and he will be backed with divine angels. Then he would fill up the earth with equity and justice as it would have been fraught with injustice and tyranny.”

188- Missing inBiharul Anwar

189- Kifayatul Athar: It is narrated from Imam Ali (a.s.) from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) that after enumerating the Holy Imams (a.s.), he said:

“After that the Imam from them would disappear from your view till the Almighty Allah wills. He would have two occultations; one of which is longer than the other. The narrator says: Then the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) addressed us and speaking in a raised voice he said: Beware, when the seventh descendant of my fifth descendant goes into occultation. Ali (a.s.) asked: O Messenger of Allah, what will be the situation during occultation? He replied: He would remain patient till the Almighty Allah permits him to reappear. Thus he would reappear from a village called Kara with my turban over his head and wearing my coat of mail. He would be having the Zulfiqar with him and a caller would be announcing: This is Mahdi, the Caliph of God; follow him.”

190-Al-Kafi:** It is narrated from some of our associates directly from Muhammad bin Sinan from Dawood bin Kathir Riqqi that he asked Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.):**

“What is the meaning of saluting the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.)?

He replied: Indeed, when the Almighty Allah created His Prophet, his successor, his daughter, their two sons, all Imams and their Shia He took a promise from them that they would all adopt patience and advise patience to each other; they would remain in contact with each and they would remain pious and continue to fear the Almighty Allah.

And promised to them that He would give them the blessed earth, the sanctuary of peace and send down the Baitul Mamoor for them and give them a high roof, rid them of their enemies and the earth which Allah has changed to security would give them whatever there is in it regarding which their enemies would not be able to fight them. And in it they would get

everything which they wish. Thus the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) took a promise from all the Imams and their Shia about this.

Now saluting the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) is a reminder of this same covenant and renewal of the divine oath so that because of this reminder it is possible that the Almighty Allah would make haste in fulfilling His promise and you get this secure earth and whatever is present in it.

191- The author says: The author ofMazaar Kabeer has narrated through his chains of reporters from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“O Abu Muhammad, as if I can see Imam Qaim (a.s.) landing at Masjid Sahla along with his family members.

I asked: May I be your ransom, would that be his residence?

Yes, he replied, It was the residence of Prophet Idris (a.s.) as well and then residence of Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.). And all prophets sent by the Almighty Allah have prayed in it. And it is also the residence of His Eminence, Khizr (a.s.). One who stays there is as if he has stayed in the tent of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) and every believer man and woman is inclined to it.

I said: May I be your ransom, would Imam Qaim (a.s.) reside there forever?

Yes, he said.

I asked: And after him?

He replied: Till the end of the world.

I asked: What would be the fate of Kafir Zimmi during his time?

He replied: He would make peace with them with the condition that they should pay Jizya.

I asked: And what will be the fate of the enemies of Ahle Bayt (a.s.)?

He replied: O Abu Muhammad, there would be no scope for our enemies during our rule. The Almighty Allah has made their blood lawful for us after the reappearance of Imam Qaim (a.s.), which is at present unlawful for us. None of us should be deceived. When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he would take full revenge for of us.

192- At-Tahdhib: It is narrated from Saffar from Ibne Abil Khattab from Ja’far bin Bashir and Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Hilal from Alaa from Muhammad that he asked Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.):

“On whose line would Imam Mahdi (a.s.) act when he reappears?

Imam (a.s.) replied: He would adopt the same conduct that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) had adopted till Islam becomes dominant.

I asked: What was the conduct of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.)?

He replied: He rendered as invalid all the customs of the period of Jahiliyya and made the people incline to justice. In the same way when Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears he would invalidate all the customs followed by the people during armistice and he would call them to justice.”

Reply to the objection of opponents

Our respected teacher, Allamah Tabarsi has written in hisElaamul Wara that if an opponent says that there is no prophet after the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.). but you believe that when Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he will not accept Jizya from the People of the Book and he would execute anyone who

is twenty years old but has not learnt about religion; that he would raze Masjids and tombs and deliver judgment on the lines of Prophet Dawood (a.s.). And many similar points mentioned in your traditional reports. This would lead to the invalidation of the Islamic Shariah. It means that you don’t call him a prophet but imply his prophethood.

Its reply is that: The points mentioned in objection that he would not accept Jizya and that he would execute all who are twenty years old but ignorant of Muslim law, are not mentioned in any of our traditional reports and even if we suppose they are, they are not absolute and unreliable.

As for the matter of demolishing of Masjids and tombs, if their foundation is placed in opposition to piety and the command of Allah, their razing is in accordance with Islamic law. And the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) had himself practiced it.

And the traditional report in which it is mentioned that he would judge on the lines of the progeny of Prophet Dawood (a.s.), and will not ask for any proof or testimony, this report is also conditional. And even if we suppose that it is correct, it would mean that he would judge according to his unseen knowledge. And it is inevitable that if the judge is personally cognizant of the facts of a case, he would act accordingly. And why should he ask for any testimony and it cannot necessitate the abrogation of Shariah.

Moreover, not acceptance of Jizya or not taking into consideration any proof, even if it is right, how would it abrogate the Shariah, when the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) has said: Imam Qaim is from my progeny, it is obligatory to obey him. Thus if he issues any command which is against precedent, it will not abrogate the Shariah; it is acting on the command of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.), which is actual Shariah.”

193- The author says: Husain bin Masud has narrated inSharh Sunnah , through his chains of narrators from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) that he said:

“By the one in whose control my life is, very soon Ibne Maryam would descend among you with command and justice, he would break the cross and kill the swine, he will abrogate Jizya and would be so generous that no one would remain needful.

After that in the explanation of the above tradition, he writes: Breaking of the cross means that he would abrogate Christianity and ‘command’ implies that he would decide cases according to Islamic law.

Killing of the swine means that he would declare its use in food and clothing as unlawful, because it is impure in essence and Isa (a.s.) would kill it in accordance with the command of religion as it is not allowed to waste something which is pure for use.

His saying that he would abrogate Jizya means that he would convert all of them to Islam.

Thus Abu Huraira has narrated from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) with regard to the descent of Isa (a.s.) that he said: During his time, except for Islam, all the religious groups would become extinct. Dajjal would be killed, and then Isa (a.s.) would remain alive for forty years. When he passes away, the Muslims would offer his funeral prayers.

The statement of the Prophet that Imam Qaim would abrogate Jizya means that there would be excess of wealth at that time and it would be impossible to find any way for spending Jizya money. He will offer money, but no one would accept it.

The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) also said: What would be your condition when you see Ibne Maryam descending from the sky and your Imam would be from among you?

Request: Such traditional reports are mentioned not only in our books, on the contrary authors like Husain bin Masud have mentioned it in his book ofSharhus Sunnah and other scholars have also reported such traditions and attributed all these statements to Prophet Isa (a.s.). But along with it they have written that your Imam would be from among you.

Therefore, regarding this whatever would be the reply of Ahle Sunnat the same is our reply and this objection is applicable to both equally.

194- The author says: Sayyid bin Tawus (q.s.) has mentioned inSaadus Saud that he found in the scrolls of Idris (a.s.) in the questions of Iblis and answers of Allah that Iblis said:

“O Lord, give me respite till Judgment Day.

The Almighty Allah replied: No, you are respited only till the Known Hour.

Because I have absolutely decided to purify the earth from disbelief, polytheism and disobedience. And for that time I have selected such persons, whose hearts I have tested for faith, sincerity and patience. And I have decided to appoint them as my successors on the earth and I would appoint them in charge of the religion I have chosen for them. In spite of that they would worship only Me and not attribute any partner to Me. They would establish prayer, pay Zakat, enjoin goodness and prohibit evil.

And in that time I shall bestow security to the world. Thus nothing will receive harm from anything. And no living thing shall fear any other creature. At that time the quadrupeds shall be among the humans and they shall not harm each other. I shall take away the sting of every stinging creature and make their venom ineffective. And I will send the blessings from the heavens and the earth will become green with its vegetation and all types of fruits will grow and put forth different kinds of perfumes and I will put mercy and love among the people.

And wealth would be distributed equitably to all, which would enrich the poor and no one would pride himself over others. The elders would be merciful on youngsters and the youngsters would respect the elders. All would follow the true religion and act with justice. Only they are My friends, for whom We selected one prophet named Mustafa and a trustee named Murtadha. We made him their Prophet and made them his Wali and helpers; this is the same community which We have selected for Our Prophet Mustafa and My trustee, Murtadha. I have concealed all of them in My hidden knowledge and his being is inevitable. That day I will destroy you and all your infantry and cavalry men. Go you are given respite till the Known Hour.”

Now all that is mentioned in this report could not be achieved during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.); hence it is obvious that it would be accomplished during the time of Imam Qaim (a.s.).

195- It is narrated from Sayyid Ali bin Abdul Hamid in theBook of Ghaibah that Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said:

“When the Qaim of us, Ahle Bayt (a.s.) reappears, he would say:

فَفَرَرْتُ مِنكُمْ لَمَّا خِفْتُكُمْ فَوَهَبَ لِي رَبِّي حُكْمًا

“So I fled from you when I feared you, then my Lord granted me wisdom…” (Surah Shoara 26:21)

I feared for my life but I reappeared when my Lord allowed me and when He reformed my conditions.”

196- It is narrated through his chains from Ahmad bin Muhammad Ayadi directly from Abu Basir from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“The Qaim would reappear when the majority of the people would have denied his existence. Thus he would appear in the form of a young man and only those would retain faith in him from whom the Almighty Allah has taken a covenant inAalame Zar (the first point of creation).”

And through his chains, it is narrated from Samaa that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“As if I can see Imam Qaim (a.s.) is walking at Zaatuwa, according to the practice of Prophet Musa (a.s.). When he reaches the place of Ibrahim (a.s.), he would call the people to faith.”

197- It is narrated through his chains from Hadhrami from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“Jibraeel would be to his right and Mikaeel to his left.”

And he said: “When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he would go to Kufa and at that time no believer would be left but that he or she would be present there.”

198- It is narrated from the book of Fazal bin Shazan directly from Saad from Abu Muhammad Hasan bin Ali (a.s.) that he said:

“I prefer to this house in Medina, the place which would be the residence of that man (Imam Qaim).”

Saad bin Asbagh has narrated from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“One who has a house in Kufa should retain it.”

199- It is narrated through his chains from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“Imam Mahdi (a.s.) would defeat Sufyani in Hira, under a thick tree.”

200- It is narrated through his chains from Bashir Nubbal from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he asked:

“Do you know from where Imam Qaim (a.s.) would begin his mission?

I (the narrator) said: No, O son of Allah’s Messenger.

He said: First of all he would remove the two fresh branches from their graves and burn them up. Then he would blow their ashes to the wind. After that he would demolish the Masjid.

Then he said: The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) said: An awning like that of Prophet Musa (a.s.).

Then he said: There was a mud platform in the Masjid of the Prophet on one side of which was a trunk of a dried up date tree.”

201- It is narrated through his chains from Ishaq bin Ammar from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When the Qaim comes forward to demolish the surrounding walls of the room which contains the grave of the Prophet, the Almighty Allah would send a severe storm and lightning and thunder. All would say that it is because of it. Thus even his supporters would withdraw and he would be left all alone. So he would pick up the pickaxe and start the demolition and would be the first to strike the pickaxe. Gradually his men will return. That day whoever does the most work would become eligible for the most rewards. Thus the surrounding walls would be razed. Then they will dig out the two palm trees and burn them up and scatter their ashes in the winds.”

202- It is narrated through his chains from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“The kingdom of Imam Qaim (a.s.) would last for seven years, which would be equivalent to seventy years by your count.

It is also narrated from the same Imam that he said: As if I can see that Imam Qaim (a.s.) and his companions in Najaf Kufa and they are so quiet as if birds are perching on their heads. They have exhausted the provisions of their journey and their garments have become old. Their foreheads bear the marks of prostration. During the day they would be as brave as lions and during the nights, humble worshippers. Their heart are like ingots of iron. Each of them have the strength of forty men. They do not kill anyone, but the infidels and hypocrites; and the Almighty Allah has described them in the following words in the Holy Quran:

إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَاتٍ لِّلْمُتَوَسِّمِينَ

“Surely in this are signs for those who examine.” (Surah Hijr 15:75)

203- It is narrated through his chains from the book of Fazal bin Shazan directly from Abdullah bin Sinan from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When Imam Qaim reaches the market eliminating his enemies, he will meet a relative of his (descendant of Imam Hasan Askari) who would be physically strong and brave. He will ask: What are you doing? By Allah, you are herding them like animals. Do you have any authority from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.)?

The special servant of the Imam will say: Keep quiet or I will break your head. But the Imam will restrain him and say: I do have the permission of the Prophet; it is kept in so-and-so bag; go and bring it here.

When he brings it there, that man will read it and say: May I be your ransom, let me your kiss head. Then he will renew his allegiance to him.”

204- It is narrated through his chains from Kabuli from Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s.) that he said:

“When Imam Qaim eliminates the people of Medina and reach upto Ajfar, his army would encounter severe hunger. Fruit-bearing trees would grow up for them and they would feed on them and also gather provisions for them. It is with regard to this that the Almighty Allah has said:

وَآيَةٌ لَّهُمُ الْأَرْضُ الْمَيْتَةُ أَحْيَيْنَاهَا وَأَخْرَجْنَا مِنْهَا حَبًّا فَمِنْهُ يَأْكُلُونَ

“And a sign to them is the dead earth: We give life to it and bring forth from it grain so they eat of it.” (Surah Yasin 36:33)

From there, he would move to Qadisiya and a large number of people would gather in Kufa and pledge allegiance to Sufyani.”

205- It is narrated through his chains directly from His Eminence, Abu Abdullah Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“Qaim (a.s.) will move forward and accompanied by his companions and people, reach Najaf. At that time the army of Sufyani will come out against His Eminence from Kufa. That day would be Wednesday. Then he would demand them to heed his call and fulfill his rights and he would announce that he is oppressed and he would say: Whoever has an argument against me with regard to Allah, I am the person most proximate to Allah.”

206- It is narrated through his chains directly from Jabir bin Yazid from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“When Sufyani gets the information that Imam Qaim (a.s.) has set out to confront him from Kufa, he would march to fight the Imam with his men. Imam (a.s.) would say: Send my cousin to me.

Thus Sufyani would come out of his circle and meet Imam Qaim (a.s.). Imam Qaim (a.s.) would speak to him. After that Sufyani would pledge allegiance to the Imam. When he returns to his men, they would ask him what he had done.

He would reply: I have accepted him and given him my pledge.

His companions would say: May Allah debase you, so far you were Caliph and people were under your authority, now you have submitted to someone else’s authority? Step forward and fight him.

Thus they would spend the night there and initiate hostilities in the morning, which would continue all day.

Then the Almighty Allah would make Imam Qaim (a.s.) and his companions victorious on them. They would be completely routed and if one of them hides under a tree or a rock, that tree or rock would call out: O believer, an infidel is hiding here, come and get him. And he would eliminate that infidel as well. Birds of prey and wild animals would feed on their corpses.

Then Imam Qaim (a.s.) would remain there as long as he wishes, after which he would prepare three armies: one would be sent to Constantinople and the Almighty Allah would grant victory to it, another army would be sent to China and the Almighty Allah would grant victory to it also and the third battalion would be sent to the mountains of Dailam. It would also be victorious.”

207- It is narrated through his chains from Abu Basir from Imam Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“Imam Qaim (a.s.) will judge a case according to the verdict of His Eminence, Adam (a.s.) and some of his companions will oppose him. So he would summon them and strike off their necks. Then he would judge the second case according to Prophet Dawood (a.s.). Some people will oppose it and they shall also be put to death. Then he will judge the third case according to the judgment of Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) and again some will oppose and they shall also be eliminated. After that he will decide the fourth

case according to the law of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) and now there will not be anyone who opposes him.”

208- It is narrated through his chains from Ibne Taghlib from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he will recognize anyone who comes before him as righteous or evil.”

209- It is narrated through his chains directly from Abul Jarud that he said to Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.):

“O son of Allah’s Messenger, tell me about the Sahibul Amr (a.s.).

He replied: His nights would be spent in the fear of Allah and his days will pass in fearlessness (of enemies). He will receive divine revelations day and night.

I asked in surprise: Would he also receive divine revelation?

He replied: O Abu Jarud, not prophetic revelation; on the contrary it would be a sort of revelation that descended on Maryam binte Imran, the mother of Musa (a.s.) and the honeybee.

O Abu Jarud, without any doubt, Imam Qaim (a.s.) is more honorable in the view of Allah than Maryam binte Imran, the mother of Musa (a.s.) and the honeybee.”

210- It is narrated through his chains directly from Abdullah bin Sinan from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“When Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears there would be nothing between him and the people of Fars and Arabs, except the sword. And he would neither give them anything without it and neither take anything from them.”

It is also narrated from the same Imam that he said: “The world would not come to an end till the names of all the tribes are not destroyed. And a tribe would be attributed to us and it will be said: this is the son of so-and-so and when he would be addressed such and he does not reply, he would be eliminated.”

211- It is narrated through his chains directly from Abu Khalid Kabuli from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“I saw written in the Book of Ali (a.s.) that: Indeed the whole earth belongs to the Almighty Allah. He bestows it in inheritance to anyone of His servants that He likes. And the end is only for the pious.

Thus if someone from the Muslims acquires land and inhabits it, he is supposed to pay its tax to the appointee from us, Ahle Bayt (a.s.) and till the Qaim of Ahle Bayt (a.s.) does not reappear, he can live off that piece of land, because when Imam Qaim (a.s.) reappears, he would confiscate all the land. Only the land belonging to our Shia would remain with them on sharing basis.”

212- It is narrated through his chains from Jabir directly from His Eminence, Abu Ja’far Baqir (a.s.) that he said:

“The Qaim will begin his mission from Antioch and he would take out the Torah from a cave in which the Staff of Prophet Musa (a.s.) and the seal ring of Prophet Sulaiman (a.s.) are also present. He said: And the most fortunate with regard to him are the people of Kufa.

And he said: The Qaim is named Mahdi because he guides to all the hidden matters. So much so that he would send his own man to kill such and

such person and people would not even know for what crime he is killed. One would be afraid to even speak in ones home and think that the wall might testify against him.”

Imam Baqir (a.s.) said: “Qaim (a.s.) shall rule for 309 years - equal to the number of years the folks of the cave slept in their cave - he would fill up the earth with justice and equity just as it would be fraught with injustice and oppression. Then the Almighty Allah would conquer the whole earth for him. He would eliminate people till there remains nothing but the religion of Muhammad (s.a.w.s.). He would act like Sulaiman bin Dawood and he would call out to the Sun and the Moon and they shall reply to him. And the earth would be illuminated for him. He would receive divine revelation and he would act according to the command of Allah.”

Imam Baqir (a.s.) said: “When His Eminence, Qaim (a.s.) reappears and enters Kufa, the Almighty Allah would send seventy thousandSiddiqeen (who have testified him) and they shall join the ranks of his companions and helpers. He would pay stipends to his followers twice a year and pay such high salaries twice every month that there would not remain anyone in need ofZakat . Those who are liable to payZakat would search for eligible Shia to give theirZakat to; they would go to each of their houses and call out, but the people would come out and say that they are not in need of charity.”

Allamah Majlisi says: The tradition continues and further on the Imam says:) “And all the wealth of the world, whether it be on the surface of it or below its surface, would come together to collect with Qaim (a.s.). He would say to the people: Come to that for which you used to break off relations, shed unlawful blood and commit sinful acts. Then he would give them so much money as none had ever paid before.”

213- It is narrated through his chains directly from Ibne Muskan from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that he said:

“In the time of the Qaim, a believer who is in the east would be able to see his brother who is in the west and in the same way one who is in the west would be able to see his brother in the east.”

214- Adad: Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“As if I can see His Eminence, Qaim (a.s.) behind Najaf dressed in the coat of mail of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) and covering it with a satin cloth. He is astride a piebald horse having a white line on its head; through this white line a powerful beam is emerging, which all can see, and this is the special sign of his mount.

Then he would wave the flag of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) which would illuminate the east and the west.”

Supplication of Hazrat Hujjat (a.t.f.s.)

Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said: “As if I can see Imam Qaim (a.s.) astride a white-legged horse, which also has a white streak on its head. He has crossed Wadius Salam and is headed to Masjid Sahla, reciting the following supplication:

“There is no deity except the Almighty Allah; He is truth and only truth. There is no deity except the Almighty Allah, with faith and testimony. There is no deity except the Almighty Allah, from the aspect of worship and helplessness. O Allah, O bestower of honor for the believer who is alone,

and one who degrades every oppressor. When different paths have exhausted me and the earth has become narrow from me, despite its wideness, at such a time only You are my refuge.

O Allah, in fact You were not in need to create me, yet You created me. It is a great favor from Your side and if Your assistance had not come for my rescue, I would also have been of those where are destroyed. O the sender of the rain of mercy from the center of mercy and the creator of blessings from the mines of blessings. O one who has reserved loftiness only for Himself, Your friends receive honor only because of You. O one before whom the kings of the world have degraded themselves and all of them are terrified of Your power. O my Lord, I adjure you in the name of that pure name of Yours, through which You brought creation into being and through which all Your creatures are obedient to You.

I beg You that You bless Muhammad and Aale Muhammad (a.s.) and take my task to completion, hasten deliverance and victory for me. You be sufficient for me and grant me security and fulfill my need at this moment, at this moment, on this night, on this night. Indeed You are powerful over everything.”