A Discussion Concerning The Mahdi ('aj)

By Martyr Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr-quddisa sirruh. 
Translated from the Arabic by Mujahid Husayn 

Imam-e-ZamaanThe original in Arabic is entitled Bahth hawl al-Mahdi. Written by Shahid Sadr in 1397 H., it has been published separately (Beirut: Dar al Ta'aruf lil-Matbu'at, 3rd impression 1401 H. /1981) as well as within his collected works, al-Majjmu`ah al-kamilah li mu'allafat al-Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, vol. 11 (Beirut: Dar al Ta'aruflil-Matbu'at, 1410 H. /1990). 


Chapter One

Faith in the Future of Humanity
Chapter 2
Mahdi Precedes Islam
Mahdi is not a Saviour
Chapter 3
Absolute Rejection of all Oppression and Tyranny
The Day of Relief (intizar al faraj)
Mahdi Feels Our Pain
Some objections about the Mahdi ('a)
Chapter 4
The Mahdi's Long Life
Scientific Possibility
Logical or Philosophical Possibility
Chapter 5
What has Been Mentioned can be Summarized
The Nocturnal Ascension of the Prophet (s)
Chapter 6
Prophet Noah [A.S] and the Mahdi [ may Allah swt hasten his appearance]
Miracle and Long Life
God's Concern in Extending His Life

Chapter 7
The Twelve Imams ('a)
Chapter 8
Surat al-Kahf
Sleepers of The Cave
Chapter 9
How did the Awaited Saviour's Personality Develop?
Chapter 10
Belief in the Existence of the Mahdi
Chapter 11
The Lesser Occultation (al-ghaybat al-sughra)
The Four Deputies (nuwwab)
The End of Phase of Lesser Occultation
Chapter 12
The Beginning of the Greater Occultation (al-ghaybat al-kubra)
The Reasons for his not Appearing Publicly
Chapter 13
Is That Possible for an Individual?
Chapter 14
The Method of Change on the Promised Day
Chapter 15
Brief Summary

Published on 25th Shobaan, 1423 By Victory News Magazine. Originally published as an article on VictoryNews provided by Mr A.G Karim.
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The concept of the Mahdi is not just the embodiment of an Islamic doctrine possessing a religious character but rather signifies a universal aspiration of mankind with the variety of its religions and creeds. It represents an innate aspiration through which people, despite the variety of their beliefs and their means of recourse to the Unseen (ghayb), perceive that there is, for all mankind on the earth, a promised day wherein the divine messages with their momentous significance will be fulfilled and their ultimate objective will be realized, bringing the long and arduous human journey through history to its ultimate destination. In fact, the consciousness of this unseen day and the awaited future is not limited to the religious believers in the Unseen (ghayb), but includes others as well, being reflected even in ideologies and creeds most vehement in their rejection of the Unseen and everything that relates to it, such as dialectical materialism. Dialectical materialism, which interprets history in terms of contradictions, believes in a promised day in which all the contradictions would be resolved and peace and harmony will prevail. Similarly, we find that the psychological experience pertaining to this perception of mankind through the course of history, is one of the most widespread of experiences and the most common among individuals.


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