Birth Anniversary of Imam Al-Mahdi (ATFS)

Dated: June 2, 2015

On the auspicious date of 15th Shaban, the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL) congratulates the whole world on the birth anniversary of the last Infallible Imam and pure descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his holy Progeny),  the 12th Imam, Allah’s Proof to all mankind, the Awaited Saviour, the Leader of all humanity, Imam al-Mahdi (pbuh).
The Master of Our Age was born to the 11th Imam, Hasan al-Askari and his noble wife Lady Narjis Khatoon (pbut) in 256 A.H/868 C.E in Samarra, Iraq. As his divine mission would be up to the end of time, he was extremely precious and protected by his holy father, until the 11th Imam’s martyrdom in 260 A.H. Since that time, Allah took his vicegerent into minor occultation, to save him from the enemy's plots. His communication continued with the world through four deputies for 69 years until 329 A.H/939 C.E. Since then the Imam has been in major occultation, ever-present in the world, yet hidden from view from the majority.
There are those Muslims who claim that the 12th Imam is yet to be born and will come at the end of time to save the world. However, authentic narrations, both Sunni and Shia, describe that his birth has indeed taken place. Allah the Merciful Loving God never leaves the earth without His guide and proof present in it: indeed it is because of the presence of Imam al-Mahdi on earth that the world is sustained with Allah’s blessings.
The Saviour mourns for the pain of humanity. He mourns for the injustices to his ancestors. Yet he gives blessings and peace too, and accepts each and every one who remembers him. Allah alone knows when the Imam will be re-appearing. He will come and fill this unjust world with justice.
The greatest act of worship is to wait for this Saviour of humanity. Waiting does not mean passive despair, but actively waiting, patiently bearing difficulties but actively doing good deeds, and purifying ourselves, promising the Imam daily that we are awaiting his joyous return.
Today, as we wait for the Imam, we are filled with unbounding love on his birth anniversary. As the heavens and the earth rejoice, WABIL extends its warmest wishes to all on the coming to the world of this exemplary Saviour for mankind. We send our sincerest greetings to our Imam, and we pray that Allah blesses us with his re-appearance very soon. May our eyes be cooled by beholding his glorious presence. We wish that Muslims and all humankind pledge their allegiance to this great divine Leader and join us in serving him.
Sayed Mohammad Al-Musawi
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League
3 June 2015 / 15 Shaban 1436

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