Lesson Fourteen: The Beautiful Era of Zuhoor (the Reappearance) An Introduction to Imamah – Part 3

 

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Lesson Fourteen: The Beautiful Era of Zuhoor (the Reappearance)

An Introduction to Imamah – Part 3

Zahra Moradi, Zahra Entezar Kheyr, and Sara Entezar Kheyr

Translated by: Kazem Bakian-Dogaheh

Edited by: Ali Mansuri and Marzieh Salehi


   

Instructive Note: Our prayers and desires can hasten Zuhoor (Reappearance) of Imam Zaman (AS). Let us pray from our deep hearts to God for the reappearance of the Imam

   

Content:

Last time, we talked about the living Imam of our era. We explained that people, in general, became debarred from meeting and recognizing the Imam. That is because people did not properly appreciate the previous Imams and eleven Imams were martyred one after another. So, God took the last Imam out of people’s access and has kept the Imam unrecognized until people desire him and accept him. Despite Imam Zaman (AS) is living among us, people cannot recognize him and he is unnoticed by people. This condition is called Ghaybat (occultation).

Although the Imam is in Ghaybat and lives without being recognized, by Allah Almighty’s power, the Imam is able to see us, hear us, and be aware of our state, no matter where we are. We can talk to the Imam with our own language and confabulate with him, for example, telling him our problems, and how much we love him and wish to see him as soon as possible.

By the way! We made an agreement together. What was our agreement?

Correct! To start our day by sending our Salam to Imam Zaman (AS) every single day. In other words, similar to saying good morning to our family or friends every morning, we should send our Salam to our beloved Imam as a part of our daily greetings.

Certainly, Imam Zaman (AS) hears us and becomes happy any time we think of him.

My dear students! Imam Zaman (AS) is so much kind to us. He cares us and prays for us. Our problems and sorrows make him feel sad. He becomes happy when we are morally good and happy.

He hopes his Ghaybat lasts shortly so then he can help every individual person on the earth to have morally happy and prosperous life. When Imam Zaman (AS) comes (reappears), many good things will happen. For example, no one will get sick or suffer from illness anymore. There will be no place for people to bully or annoy each other. The blessings of his reappearance will not be limited to human and cover everything. Even wild animals and predators will not be dangerous anymore; for example, lions or wolves will not be sheep, rather be their friends! There shall not be any more war. No one will be found poor or sad. He will bring, by Allah Almighty’s power, lots of blessings for all creatures. This is why Imam Zaman (AS) wishes his Ghaybat ends soon.

But when will the Ghaybat of Imam Zaman (AS) end? How long does the Imam (AS) need to live secretly and anonymously?

Well, no one knows the exact answers. We do not know when his Zuhoor takes place (his Ghaybat ends), but …

The important point is that the delay or hastening of his Zuhoor depends on us!

What does it mean?

It means that our actions may delay or move forward the God’s permission for Zuhoor to take place.

Which of our actions affect Zuhoor?

One of our most important actions that can hasten the Zuhoor is our strong desire and pure prayers for it. If a large group of people purely ask Zuhoor from God, He moves it forward.

Have you ever seen someone facing a problem while no one can help to solve it? Imagine one of our loved ones becomes sick while none of the doctors can treat the condition. How desperate would we be in that situation? How would we pray?

Surely, with our entire being! We would pray from our deep hearts to God for solving that problem. If we ask God in such way to bring Zuhoor of our kind Imam forward, our prayers will be granted.

I am sure that you all, like Imam Zaman (AS), strongly want Zuhoor to take place soon so on that time all the people of the world can live with welfare, health, safety, and real happiness. So, now, let’s pray with full attention and from our deep hearts to God for the Zuhoor of Imam Zaman (AS). Certainly, our prayers matter, and our attitudes in life influence on Zuhoor.


“Oh Great Allah! Please make the Zuhoor of our Imam happen soon; Please help us live morally as such a way that Imam Zaman likes; Amen!”

 

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