Why Imam Mahdi Is Not Here

By Nadir Hirji

It’s very frustrating and sometimes disillusioning to see all the pain and suffering in this world. One asks, how can humans have so much ill feeling towards one another? How can people, educated, well fed people desire so much to the extent that they are ready to kill their fellow human beings to fulfill that desire?

I look at myself, my friends and family, and I see a microcosm of what I see on TV. I see the same self-interest, the same tactics, and the same greed. I see the same altruism dog-eat-dog competition. I see it everywhere. I see decisions motivated by the search for the quick buck, for superiority, for power. I don’t see an intentional love for injustice among most people, but just a belief that “that’s how things go. You have to practical. Idealism gets you nowhere.” In this sense, “idealism” is justice, fairness and honesty.

Basically, in this world, the view held by most of us is that if you want to succeed, you have to step on toes. If you want something, it doesn’t matter how you get it. Just go get it.

This is the prevailing mentality of the human race. Most of us are guilty.

The funny thing is that we expect our leaders, our representatives, to make things right, to make things better for us. Those leaders of ours were born in the same societies as we were, societies of lies and corruption, societies seeking success – success, in this context, referring to material affluence – by any means necessary. We expect our leaders to truly represent us, and they do, we just refuse to accept that a leader who does terrible things like plunder and invade other countries is a reflection of the society he was a part of. Our leaders are corrupt, selfish and ruthless because the societies they were members promoted those very same values. We as individuals pride on our individualism. We do what we want. How can we expect our presidents and ministers to do what’s best for US when they grew up like us, and were taught the same things as we were taught: look out for yourself, the ends justify the means, do what you want.

If one feels angered by the atrocities people carry out against each other, he should be angry at himself, first and foremost.

Imam Ali says that we should want for others what we want for ourselves. So when one says he wants justice for Palestinians, I do not and will not believe him until I see him deal with himself justly. The oppressed and subjugated peoples of this world will never be freed from their situation unless societies reform themselves at the individual level. Freedom, equality and justice must arise from within and be implemented within before they are implemented without.

Many of us say we’re tired of the way things are, that criminals are not brought to court to account for their crimes, and so we call to the Imam of our time, we beg Allah and pray to Him to hasten the Return of Imam al-Asr (”may Allah hasten his reappearance”). Well, when he comes, do we honestly think he’s going to bring about a utopian society by sweet talking everyone to support him? Is he going to campaign for two years and then get elected? Is he going to appear on Oprah and show everyone how charming and sweet he is? No, he is not.

I don’t know what exactly the Imam is going to do, but I do know a few things. He will NOT be a democratically elected leader. He will not rule one country, but the whole world. He is going throw out every single constitution in front of him, and write a new one. He is going to punish a lot of people, starting with the very ones who supplicated for his Return. He is going to have a great number of enemies, just as Imam Ali had a great number of enemies when he became the Caliph of the Muslims. Each one of those enemies, however, will be annihilated in one way or another. A great number of people will call him an oppressive, unjust tyrant because of all the blood that will be spilled, that HE will spill, in order to form the Last Government. His government will not be based on self interest. These are hard facts, mentioned in numerous, undoubtedly authentic traditions.

He will not care at all about the people who oppose him. He will put to death every individual who deserves the death sentence with no pity or remorse for his verdict, because he knows that his government will be approved by Allah Himself, and the constitution will be written by Allah Himself. Imam al-Asr’s government will be just, fair, and there will not be a single flaw in his system. Now let us ask ourselves very honestly: are we ready for this government? Do we even believe this government is the definition of justice? I doubt it. I myself am finding it difficult just to type this because I cannot comprehend what sort of state humanity will be in for it to be cleansed and purged.

Do we understand what justice even means?

There will be supporters of Imam Mahdi’s government. Assuming the Imam Returned today: out of one and a half billion Muslims and six and a half billion people, only three hundred and thirteen people will initially accept the government of the Imam without question. What does that mean? Only three hundred and thirteen people will correctly recognize the Imam’s government to be based on justice, Divine justice, and that the rest of us don’t really have a clue what justice is. Only three hundred and thirteen people will truly desire justice for others. Imam Ali says that we should want for others what we want for ourselves.

At present, we claim to want justice for the oppressed and subjugated peoples of the world. This is a lie, because if we honestly wanted justice for them, we would have wanted it for ourselves. Right now, we don’t want justice for ourselves. We cheat and oppress ourselves by not acknowledging the fact that we are under Allah’s watch all the time. Yes, we have acknowledged this fact with our mouths and maybe even with our intellect, but not our hearts. If we acknowledged this with our hearts, not one of us would commit sins in private let alone against others. By telling a small lie, or by losing our tempers, by committing any sin, we are doing an injustice to ourselves. If we deal unjustly with ourselves, how can we deal justly with others? How can we expect our heads of state to even run a country when they are unjust to themselves? If they were just with themselves, they would be just with others. They would not steal and plunder and invade. They would build relations with other countries, hold to agreements and trade fairly with all nations. Justice must rise and be implemented from within before it rises and is implemented without.

Before Imam Khomeini even started criticizing the Shah, he was leading a revolution against his nafs (self). He was overthrowing the despot and implementing justice within himself before he overthrew the monarch and implemented justice in Iran. If we cannot purify ourselves and wage Jihad on the wrongdoer within ourselves, we will not be able to wage Jihad on any wrongdoer in this world. We will not be able to bring the perpetrators of genocides to answer for their crimes, we will not be able to eliminate the corrupt businesses that control the world, we will not be able to successfully tackle and permanently solve any problems. Until we bring ourselves to justice for the crimes we have committed, the human race will remain a shackled prisoner, and the Imam will remain in occultation.

13 thoughts on “Why Imam Mahdi Is Not Here

  • So maybe you can write another article giving us info on how we can stop being unjust to ourselves ?

    I don’t see how committing sins is being unjust to the self. Wouldn’t it be unjust to whoever we are affecting by committing a sin ?

  • The one committing the sin is always gaining something from it, be it material, spiritual, desires, or wants.
    Say I make up something about you having an affair with the bosses wife, and the boss, stereotypically fires you without an explanation. I, therefore, would be promoted to a higher position. So wouldn’t that be unjust towards you rather than myself?

  • Salam

    You are looking at it from a very materialistic point of view. There is no spiritual gain from doing sins. You don’t realize that in the process of “making up something about me having an affair with the bosses wife, and the boss stereotypically fires me without an explanation” – you have sold your akhira for a temporary materialistic gain or pleasure in this world. What is unjust about it is that due to your oppression on your own nafs, you will have to deal with the punishment of hell fire. It is unjust on yourself to go after a temporary pleasure in return of an eternal punishment. It can’t get any more unjust than that. . .

  • Salam

    It is not as straightforward as you have made it out to be.

    “Do they not know that the punishment of whomsoever opposes God and His Messenger is the fire of hell, to reside therein eternally?” (9:63).

    “They are those whose lot in the hereafter will be nothing but the fire” (11:16).

    “Those who engaged in disbelief and called Our signs lies are the people of hellfire; they shall dwell in it eternally” (2:39).

    “Whoever among you Muslims turns back from his religion and dies in a state of unbelief, his deeds shall vanish, both in this world and the hereafter, and he will always be a companion of the fire” (2:217).

    Given the clarity of these verses, it is not possible to give them same special interpretation in order to deny the permanence of the punishment of hellfire. The text of the verses proclaims that permanent residence in hellfire shall be the lot of those unbelievers for whom all possible avenues to salvation are blocked. As for those who have committed a certain number of lesser sins and offences, they shall either spend an appropriate amount of time in hellfire or receive the kindness and forgiveness of God.

    Continue Reading: http://www.imamreza.net/eng/imamreza.php?id=8211

  • Well I’m glad you’ve moved on from the first point which was that committing a sin is indeed being unjust to yourself.

    As for the 2nd argument you’ve brought up now – read the full article first and then come up with any questions.

  • A very interesting youtube series relating to imam Mehdi called “the arrivals”. it has about 50 parts to it (10 minutes each). Sounds like a lot, but I was hooked after I started. I started from part 20 and went on to 50. Then I saw the rest later. Its an awesome piece of work. Really put things into perspective and really really opened my eyes!

  • Imam Mahdi is here

    I am one of the very rare people who have actually met Imam Mahdi. And I can tell you that The King is already here. He is present and watching. He is a vey well kept secret. I don’t think it’s wise to write about the Imam’s coming actions. He is coming to save the world, not to destroy mankind. How he will do it, only ALLAH knows.

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