13 Apr Hazrat Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) in Hadise Qudsi
HAZRAT MAHDI (A.T.F.S.) IN HADISE QUDSI
Hadise Qudsi is divine word. Shias and Sunnis have written entire books on Hadise Qudsi, focusing only on divine concepts delivered in prophetic speech. Two books that deserve a mention in this regard are that of Shaikhul Muhaddesseen, Muhammad b. Hasan Ali Husain Al Hurre Aameli (the uthor of Waasaelush Shia) who has written Al-Jawaherus Saniyya fil Ahaadisil Qudsiyya and Sayed Hasan Shirazi who has compiled Kalimatullah.Apart from the Quran and traditions, Hazrat Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) has been elaborately mentioned in Hadise Qudsi as well. The previous divine books like Torah, Zaboor and other scriptures have mentioned that the earth will never be devoid of a divine proof. The past prophets had clearly indicated that the series of divine succession and guidance would continue till the Day of Judgment.
Hazrat Adam (a.s.)
Hazrat Adam (a.s.) was the first prophet on this earth. When he reached the final stages of his life, Allah sent a revelation to him:
‘O Adam, I have completed your term. Whatever knowledge you have like faith, the Great Name and other signs of prophethood, bequeath them to your progeny through Hebatullah (Janabe Sheeth, son of Adam) because I will not suspend this link from your offspring and shall continue it till the Day of Judgment. I shall never leave the earth without a prophet, i.e. a scholar, through whom My Religion will be recognized and the importance of my obedience will be known.’
(Al-Jawaherus Saniyya, pg. 10-11 and 14)
The same concept is also advocated in Hadise Qudsi revealed on Hazrat Nuh (a.s.), which for the sake of brevity we have not related over here.
Importance of recognition of Imam of the time
Many a times there are problems in a man’s life, which do not get resolved, except through prayers. However, for our prayers to reach the level of divine acceptance, they have to first reach an exalted station. And only those prayers reach the exalted station that is routed through a channel assigned by Allah. The Prophet or Imam of the time is the channe l/door designated by Allah. In order to reach Allah, you have to supplicate through the Prophet/Imam. In today’s age, Hazrat Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) is the Imam appointed by Allah and prayers addressed through his medium are worthy of divine acceptance. Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) passed by a man who was busy in supplications with his hands raised towards the sky. After a week, when Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) happened to pass that way again, he saw the man in the same position engrossed in supplications.
Moved at the plight of the man, Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) inquired from Allah as to why the man had been beseeching Him for seven days without any apparent signs of acceptance. Allah revealed to Hazrat Moosa (a.s.):
‘O Moosa! If he prays so much that both his hands fall off or both his hands and tongue cease to function, even then I will not accept his prayers until such a time that he enters through the door that I had ordained for him.’
(Al-Jawaherul Saniyya, pg. 59)
At that time, Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) was the Door of Allah and in the present era it is none other than Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.).
The calibre of guidance and deviation
Allah addressed Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) in one of the revelations:
‘O Moosa! Make me the beloved of my creatures and let the creatures become My loved ones.’
Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) inquired:
‘How do I fulfill this responsibility?’
‘By making a mention of My Bounties, Blessings and Mercies you can make Me their beloved. If someone has gone away from Me or got deviated from My Path; and you bring him back to Me, then it will be better than year-long worship and fasting.’
Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) asked:
‘Who is this servant of Yours who has drifted from you?’
‘A sinner and obstinate servant of mine.’
Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) persisted:
‘Who has gone astray? Who has become stubborn?’
‘The one who is unaware of his times and does not even recognise the Imam of his time. Whoever is ignorant of his hidden Imam, you should introduce the hidden Imam to him. Whoever does not know his religion and Shariat (religious code), you should teach him the principles of religion and Shariat. You should educate them about such things that they worship their Lord and seek His Pleasure.’
(Ibid pg. 64-65)
Try to imagine this – Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) is an Ulul Azm Prophet and the Kalimullah. Quranic verses are replete with references to him. Allah commands him to introduce the hidden Imam to the people and help them fulfilling their religious responsibilities. Should he do this, it would be better for him than worship and fasting for an entire year. Likewise, introduction of Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) to just one man who is unaware of him, can become superior to year-long worship and fasting. Our foremost duty in these times is to introduce our hidden Imam to the people, who are unaware of him, and make them conscious of their religious responsibilities.
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