Question: What is the role of a believer during the time of Imam al-Mahdi’s (af) occultation?

Question: What is the role of a believer during the time of Imam al-Mahdi’s (af) occultation?

Question: What is the role of a believer during the time of Imam al-Mahdi’s (af) occultation?

Concise answer:  During the occultation of the Imam (af), the role of a believer, is to carry out all the commands set out in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah, in order to prepare for the coming of Imam’s (af) government. It is not dissimilar to the role we will have when he reappears, albeit that there is a greater onus on us during this time as our Imam (af) is not present to guide the people.

Detailed Answer; Even though we cannot see the Imam (af), he continually keeps watch over us, and is presented with a list of our deeds every Friday. Therefore, all of the commands that are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and the requirements of a believer taught by the Prophet (s) and his household must be complied with during the Imam’s (af) occultation.

Below are some examples of the duties of a believer during the time of Imam’s (af) occultation:

  1. Learning and gaining knowledge about Islam in terms of Aqaid (Theology), Ahkam (Rulings), Akhlaq (Behaviour); a believer must enhance his/her Islamic mindset, and thus improve his/her spiritual status and belief;
  2. Having Taqwa (God-conciousness); a believer knows that s/he is always in the presence of Allah, thus staying away from sins and eliminating the grounds of committing sins within society;
  3. Following the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Ahlul-Bayt (as) in their entirety;
  4. Obeying the representatives of the Imam (af) , namely our scholars – the Maraj’i;
  5. Learning more about Imam al-Mahdi (af) and the other Aimmah (as);
  6. Working to improve unity between Muslims, especially others who are awaiting for the Imam (af);
  7. Remembering the Imam (af) during the day, knowing that he is aware of all our acts and emulating him as he is a perfect role model;
  8. Developing a connection with the Imam (af) through reciting supplications such as Du’a Nudbah, Du’a Ahad, Du’a Faraj and Ziyarat Ale Yasin.
  9. Being actively patient with our life situations and enjoining others to Haqq (truth) and patience [Surah Asr];
  10. Encouraging the love and remembrance of the Imam (af) in the hearts of others by mentioning authentic Ahadith, virtues and miracles that are attributed to him.

 

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