The Friday Message - Issue No. 351 - Yearning for Imam Mahdi A.F.

Salamun alaykum,

A special day:

Last week we observed a very special event on the 15th of Sha’baan. In addition to observing the Laylatul Baraa-ah (Night for seeking immunity), this date also marks the birth of Al Muntadhar, the awaited one.  He was born on the 15th Sh’abaan 255 A.H. / 874 C.E. He is the final Imam Al Mahdi A.F. the Last proof of Allah (Al Hujjat) and Master of Age (Saahibal Asr waz Zaman).
By Divine decree this final Imam Al Mahdi A.F. is in a period of Ghaybatul Kubra; major occultation. It’s more than 1,180 years since mankind has been separated from the Imam by this occurrence of ghaybah.

How much does one yearn for Imam Al Mahdi A.F.?

In this state of the world that we are living in, indeed we are lonely and forlorn. Like a lover whose beloved is missing, our hearts are desirous for his physical presence and command of the affairs. We long for the day of the dhuhur -re-appearance- of our Imam Al Mahdi. A.F.  
During this contemporary age of ghayba how lonely does your heart feel for missing Imam Al Mahdi A.F.?
Like Prophet Yaqub craving for his beloved son Yusuf, are you restless and consumed with the desire for meeting and being with Imam Al Mahdi A.F.? Do you feel the loneliness during this contemporary age of ghayba and long for his dhuhur (re-appearance) and faraj?
How are you preparing yourself for that moment of dhuhur?
One way of preparing one’s self to serve Imam Al Mahdi A.F. is to respond to call of support by our Noble Prophet, announced at commencement of month of Sha’baan. How much are you responding?  
The remaining days of Sha’baan provides us an opportunity to sincerely renew our pledge of allegiance to our Imam Al Mahdi, Saahibal Asr waz Zaman, to support him in accomplishing his Divine mission of spreading peace, justice and prosperity around the world.

Why yearn for the dhuhur of Imam?

We find ourselves living in times which are despicable, where condition of fear and terror surrounding us. Mankind is yearning for a reformer, a saviour of humanity who will bring a change to the chaos we find ourselves in. Man is desperately craving for a commanding figure who will deliver us from this miserable situation. Who will save us?
This esteemed personality, the hope for mankind, is the 12th Imam Al Mahdi A.F., who is the Awaited (Al Muntadhar).
“…when Qaaim of Ahlul Bayt rises, he will divide the wealth equally and rule justly….he will fill the earth with justice, equity and radiance after it has been filled with injustice, oppression and evil.” (5th Imam Muhammad Al Baaqir a.s.)
Certainly, Imam Al Mahdi A.F. is the hope for the under privileged and deprived people of the world. He will restore purity and fill the earth with justice. He is the one who will lead the world towards peace and tranquillity; which is cherished by all.
May Allah SWT hasten his dhuhur. Please make fervent duas.

Would you like to earn reward equal to two months fasting?

Fast the last three days of the month of Sha’baan:
Shaykh Saduq) relates from Imam Ali ibn Musa Ar-Ridha (a.s.) that:
 “Whoever fasts the last three days of the month of Sha’baan and joins these fasts with that of the month of Ramadhan, Allah will write (in his book of deeds) as if he has fasted two months continuously.”

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo
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