Question: Why do believers pray for the well-being of Imam al-Mahdi (af)?

Question: Why do believers pray for the well-being of Imam al-Mahdi (af)?

Question: Why do believers pray for the well-being of Imam al-Mahdi (af)?

Concise Answer: Praying for the well-being of the Imam (af) connects us to him and builds a bond between us and the Imam (af).

Detailed Answer: Praying for the well-being of the Imam (af) connects us to him and builds a bond between us because remembering him in our prayers brings him into our hearts and our minds. Additionally, our prayers:

  • Make us prioritise and realise what is important to us, i.e. the safety of our Imam (af);
  • Remind us to ask Allah for the Tawfiq (opportunity) to take some action, i.e. preparing ourselves for his reappearance;
  • Motivate us to action, i.e. to act in a way that pleases the Imam (af), not in a way that would cause him pain or harm;
  • Remind us of the powerful system of prayer that Allah has set in motion, whereby each one of us can affect our own destiny and also external events;
  • Are a gift to the Imam (af); Islam highly recommends reciprocity when it comes to gifts – imagine the return gift from the Imam (af)!
  • Remind us of Allah’s total and ultimate control.

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