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Published on 12 Shobaan, 1424.

On the Birth of Al Mehdi (aj)

Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Fadhlullah

On the Birth Anniversary of Imam al-Mahdi (aj)


"They see it to be far and we see it to be near"

Allah says in His Glorious Book: {Allah only wishes to remove uncleanness from you, members of the Family, and to purify you} [3:33]. The first member is Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib ('a), while the last is Imam al-Mahdi (May Allah hasten his relief) whom Allah, the most exalted, has prepared to fill the earth with justice having been filled with wrongdoing.

O Allah, send blessings on the Custodian of thy commandments, the vigilant Guardian, the reliable Patron, the awaited Justice, surrounded by Thy favourite angels, assisted by the Holy Spirit.

O Lord of the worlds.
O Allah, send him to call the people unto Thy Book for establishing Thy
religion, and make him succeed in the earth, as Thou caused those who were before him to succeed, and make firm for him his faith which Thou has approved for him, and give him in exchange safety after fear, for he serves Thee.


He ascribes nothing as partner unto Thee.

O Allah, give him power and authority, and through him strengthen the people.
Give him the necessary assistance, and through him support the people, and make him prevail over all with Your final decisive victory, and delegate to him Thy controlling authority.


We are awaiting and expecting to see him among us at any time, {They see it to be far and we see it to be near} (70:6). But as we wait, we cannot sit still while unbelief wants to uproot Islam. We cannot stand by, confused and helpless, as we face all this oppression and arrogance that want to suppress the downtrodden. We have to wait for him-he who carries the message of Justice- carrying the same message in our hearts and lives, so that we would be paving the way for him to fill the earth with justice.

Thus, in times as the ones we are living in, while the storms are about to uproot all trees of good, and ruin the fences of justice, we have to shoulder our Islamic responsibilities especially the political, cultural, and military ones, because Islam came for all aspects of life and not for any aspect in particular;

{O ye who believe; Obey Allah, and the Messenger when He calls you to that which grants you life} 
[8:140].

We, in this phase, have to face the efforts of the arrogant powers to distort the image of Islam and drive people away from it. We have to wage this cultural war. Every Muslim intellectual in the Islamic world, whether in religious academies or universities, has to face these challenges.

According to the Messenger (p.), he who does not reveal his knowledge in times of abundant falsehood, is cursed by Allah, the most exalted. Moreover, it is very
critical that all Muslim intellectuals and scholars have to freeze their differences, whether political, sectarian or juristic, for the enemy has unified its ranks in his war against Islam.

We have to fight International arrogance. We also have to fight against the political war of the forces of International arrogance. They are accusing several parties of being terrorists or extremists in order to fight any Islamic policy that wishes to assert freedom and preserve independence.

When President Bush talks about the axis of evil associating it with Islam and the Muslims, it is as if he considers himself to be the source of all good that can pass judgment on others, and classify them. We do not deny that there is something evil in some of our rulers, but what about their rulers. To Bush, evil is all those who want to live a free, decent independent and honourable life. They are those who dare to oppose his arrogance or his interests.

We have to freeze our petty political differences, which are generated by the political leaders, as well as the leaders of parties and communities who preoccupy the minds of the people, by these partisan differences at a time when the enemy is unified in facing us.

International arrogance is waging an all out war against us that uses all its advanced weapons, and even nuclear weapons if it feels the need, just as it did in Japan. Faced by such a threat, all secondary differences should be frozen and we should all strive to consolidate our internal unity and solidarity.

The arrogance is oppressing the downtrodden all over the world, whether on the cultural level or on the political and military levels. Thus, as we celebrate the birth of Imam al-Mahdi ('a), we remember Allah's saying: 

{But it was Our will to favour the oppressed but who stood up and did not forsake their rights, to make them leaders and inheritors, and to give them power in the land; and to show pharaoh, Haman and their army, at their hands, the very thing that they dreaded} 
(
18:6).

There are some traditions that state that this verse is general and represents the struggle of believers against arrogance in every time and place. There are even some traditions that say that this verse indicates the final victory that would be achieved by Imam al-Mahdi ('a): The Prophet (p) said:

"The world will not end until the Arabs will be ruled by a man from my house
whose name is the same as mine".
 

He also said: I am leaving with you what if you cling to it, you will never get astray: Allah's Book and my household who will not separate until they meet me". on the Day of Judgment.

Strengthen the positions of justice

When we remember Imam al-Mahdi ('a) we have to strive to strengthen the positions of justice in our Islamic nation. Let us try to be just in our houses and in our clubs and in our markets. When the nation is educated on justice it will be a strong, free and proud nation, and it will be victorious over all wrong-doors. Because justice is the theme of all religions;

{We have sent Our apostles with clear signs and brought down with them scriptures and the scales of justice, so that men might deal with
fairness}

[57:29].

Justice is the Message of all religions. It is the message of Islam, the Prophet and the Imams and the Message of Imam al-Mahdi ('a). If you want to be supporters and soldiers of the Imam ('a), it is not enough to read the supplication. You have to look in your life: Are you just in your homes in political views and stands, in your economic dealings.

Let us study ourselves to find out if we are among his supporters or his enemies. There is no such thing as a small wrongdoing; it will turn, given the right circumstances, in a big wrongdoing.

Imam al-Mahdi ('a) is not only a word, a promise and a feeling of love. He is a message, a cause and a commitment. He is loyalty to Allah the Most Exalted, His Messenger (p) and the Muslims. He is the one that will come to lead the oppressed to defeat the oppressors. We have to choose where we stand for we will be asked about this on the Day of Judgment.

O Allah, send blessings on the Custodian of thy commandments, the vigilant Guardian, the reliable Patron, the awaited Justice, surrounded by Thy favourite angels, assisted by the Holy Spirit.

O Lord of the worlds.
O Allah, send him to call the people unto Thy Book for establishing Thy
religion, and make him succeed in the earth, as Thou caused those who were before him to succeed, and establish for him his faith which Thou has approved for him, and give him in exchange safety after fear.
He serves Thee.


He ascribes nothing as partner unto Thee.

O Allah, give him power and authority, and through him strengthen the people.
Give him the necessary assistance, and through him support the people, and make him prevail over all with Your final decisive victory, and delegate him Thy controlling authority.


Walhamdo Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen

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