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The 12th Imam - The coming of the Mahdi (Video)
June 22, 2015
Nick van Riel
What is an Imam?
What is the 12th Imam? According to Islamic belief, an Imam is an anointed leader or ruler. Especially among the Shia beliefs an Imam is thought (though not required), to be a prayer leader or cleric when the word is capitalized. Sunnis too believe an Imam may be a prophet; Shiites believe not all prophets can be an Imam but an Imam can also be a prophet. An Imam is said to be anointed by Allah and a perfect example of leading mankind in every way.
The Shiite interpretation is that only Allah can appoint an Imam and no man has the power to do so. The 12th Imam is said to be a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed, having divine status as did each of this succession of sons. The 12th Imam is also called the Hidden Imam and the Mahdi (guided one).
Who is the 12th Imam?
Within the Shiite, (which is predominate in Iran), it is prophesied that there is a coming 12th Imam who is the great spiritual savior. This Imam is named Abu al-Qasim Muhammad or also called Muhammad al Mahdi.
He is said to have been born the son of the 11th Imam, Hasan Al-Askari and his wife, the granddaughter of an Emperor. There are conflicting statements of her name being either Fatima or Nargis Khatoon.
Most accounts of the story say that al Mahdi went into hiding as a child
around the age of five years (aboout 13th Century). It said he has been 'in hiding' in caves eveer since, but will supernaturally return just before the Day of Judgment. According to the Hadith the criteria for the Hidden Imam are:
He will be a descendant of Mohammed and the son of Fatima
Will have a broad forehead and pointed nose
Will return just before the end of the world
His appearance will be preceded by a number of prophetic events during 3 years of horrendous world chaos, tyranny and oppression
Will escape from Medina to Mecca, thousands will pledge allegiance to him
Will rule over the Arabs and the world for 7 years
Will eradicate all tyranny and oppression bringing harmony and total peace
Will lead a prayer in Mecca which Jesus will be at his side and follow in
Remarkably, the 12th Imam theory plays heavily into the world’s current concerns with Iran. The Shiite Muslim, Ahmadinejad, former President of Iran is deeply committed to the Islamic Messiah, al Mahdi. There have been many through the years claiming to be the Hidden Imam but Ahmadinejad believes he is yet to come. He claims that he is to personally prepare the world for the coming Mahdi. In order to save the world, it must be in a state of chaos and subjugation. Ahmadinejad claims he was “directed by Allah to pave the way for the glorious appearance of the Mahdi”.
This apocalyptic directive includes some very scary proclamations.
While Christians look for Jesus’ 2nd coming, the Jews await the Messiah and Muslims await the 12th Imam.
However, of the three, Allah’s designated Mahdi is the only one who demands a violent path to conquer the world. The Ayatollahs say they have a ‘signed contract’ with al Mahdi in which they pledge themselves to his work.
What does this work involve? In light of concerns over Iran’s nuclear capabilities, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly stated Israel should be wiped off the map.
Some argueIranwould never launch anuclear attackagainstIsraelbecause no Muslim leader would risk an Israeli counterstrike that might destroy them. This theory doesn't hold up, however, if theIranian leadersbelieve there will be destruction anyway at the end of time. What matters,Middle EastexpertBernard Lewisobserved, is that infidels go to hell and believers go to heaven.Lewisquotes a passage fromAyatollah Khomeini, cited in an 11th grade Iranian schoolbook, "I am decisively announcing tothe whole worldthat if the world-devourers [the infidel powers] wish to stand against ourreligion, we will stand againstthe whole worldand will not cease until the annihilation of all of them. Either we all become free, or we will go to the greater freedom, which is martyrdom. Either we shake one another's hands in joy at the victory ofIslamin the world, or all of us will turn to eternal life and martyrdom. In both cases, victory and success are ours."288
Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad, believes the most important task of the Iranian Revolution was to prepare the way for the return of theTwelfth Imam, who disappeared in 874, thus bringing an end toMuhammad's lineage.Shiitesbelieve this imam, the Mahdi or "divinely guided one," will return in an apocalyptic battle in which the forces of righteousness will defeat the forces of evil and bring about a new era in whichShi'a Islamultimately becomes the dominant religion throughout the world. The Shiites have been waiting patiently for theTwelfth Imamfor more than a thousand years, butAhmadinejadmay believe he can now hasten the return through a nuclear war. It is this apocalyptic world view,Lewisnotes, that distinguishesIranfrom other governments with nuclear weapons.
There are those who think that Iran would never use such weapons against Israel because innocent Muslims would be killed as well; however,Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad's predecessor, explicitly said he wasn't concerned about fallout from an attack onIsrael. "If a day comes when the world ofIslamis duly equipped with thearms Israel has in its possession," he said, "the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything inIsraelbut the same thing would just produce damages inthe Muslim world." As one Iranian commentator noted, Rafsanjani apparently wasn't concerned that the destruction of theJewish Statewould also result in the mass murder ofPalestiniansas well.289
If you were theprime minister of Israel, would you take seriously threats to destroyIsraelby someone who might soon have the capability to carry them out? Could you afford to take the risk of allowingIrantoacquire nuclear weapons? How long would you wait forsanctionsor other international measures to work before acting unilaterally to defend your country?