Question: What are the signs of the re-emergence of Imam al-Mahdi (af)?

Question: What are the signs of the re-emergence of Imam al-Mahdi (af)?

Question: What are the signs of the re-emergence of Imam al-Mahdi (af)?

Concise Answer: In brief, the signs for the re-emergence of the Imam (af) fall into two groups:

  1. The signs which are very specific and will definitely occur e.g. the coming of the Dajjal.
  2. The signs which are more general e.g. worldwide injustice

Detailed Answer: Based on the Shi’a narrations, the signs can be placed into two groups:

  1. The signs which are specific and will undoubtedly occur prior to the re-emergence. They have been mentioned in several Ahadith. For example, Shaikh al-Mufid narrates[1] from Abu Hamzah al-Thimali: ‘I asked Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (as): “Is the coming of Sufyani definite?” He (as) said: “Yes. And the huge sound from the sky, the rising of the sun from the west, the dispute amongst the Bani al-Abbas, the killing of al-Nafs al-Zakiyah (pure soul) and the coming back of Imam al-Mahdi (af) are all definite.”’
  2. The signs which are more general, and may not necessarily occur immediately before the Imam’s (af) advent. These include signs such as the prevalence of injustice in the world, and the collapse of organised religion.

[1] Kitab al-Irshad, p.358

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