Imam (af) as Introduced by his Father, Imam Al-Askari (as)

It is narrated from Ahmad bin Ishaq bin Saad al-Ashari1 that he said: 

I went to Imam Hasan al-Askari (as) and wanted to inquire about his successor. His Eminence, preceded me in the matter and said as follows: 

“O Ahmad bin Ishaq! The Almighty Allah has not left the earth without a Divine Proof since the creation of Adam (as) and would not leave it without a Divine Proof till the hour shall be established (the Day of Judgment). 

Through the Divine Proof, [Note: of all the reasons for the Hujjah, Imam (as) mentions three]:

  • calamities are repelled from the inhabitants of the Earth, 
  • rain falls and 
  • the bounties of the earth come out.” 

After hearing these words Ahmad asked His Eminence: “Who is the Imam and Caliph after you?” 

Imam Hasan al-Askari (as) arose from his seat and hurried inside his house and returned after a short while, in such a way that on his shoulders sat a boy, whose face seemed to be like the full moon and it seemed that he was three years old. After that, Imam Hasan al-Askari (as) said: 

“O Ahmad! If you did not have a special and exalted position before Allah and the Proof of Allah, I would not have shown this son of mine to you. His name and patronymic is the same as that of the Messenger of Allah (s). He will fill the earth with justice and equity, as it would be fraught with injustice and oppression. O Ahmad! In this community his example is like that of Khizr and Dhul Qarnain. By Allah! He will have an occultation and none shall be safe from destruction during that period, but one whom Allah has kept steadfast in the belief of his Imam and given the Divine opportunity (Tawfiq) to pray for his reappearance.”

Ahmad immediately asked, “Is there any sign or symbol so that it may satisfy my heart?” (Prophet Ibrahim (as) asked for the same thing from Allah)

Just then the boy, who looked like a full moon, began to speak and he said: 

“I am the remnant of Allah on His earth and the revenge-taker from His enemies so do not demand proof after what is before you…” 

After hearing these words of the Proof of Allah, Ahmad left the house of Imam Hasan al-Askari (as) in such a condition that his complete being was surrounded by joy. But he came back the next day and asked: 

“O son of Allah’s Messenger! I was very much pleased with the favour you bestowed upon me yesterday. I want to know why you compared the young boy to Khizr and Dhul Qarnayn. Thus what is the continuing practice of Khizr and Dhulqarnain?” 

Imam Hasan Askari (as) said in reply:

“Prolonged occultation.” 

Ahmad at once said, “O son of Allah’s Messenger, would the occultation of the Promised Imam be also prolonged?” 

The Imam (as) replied;

“His length of occultation will be very long. So much so, that even those who had accepted him, would turn away from their belief and none shall remain except one from whom Allah has taken the covenant of our guardianship and in whose hearts is rooted our love… O Ahmad! This is the command of Allah and one of the divine secrets and one of the Unseen matters of Allah. So remember what I am telling you and keep it confidential and be of the thankful ones so that tomorrow, you may reside amongst the Illiyeen with us.” 


  1. Kammaluldin, Shaykh Saduq, v.2, ch.38 []

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