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It’s That Time Of The Year Again- By Br. Mohammed Kazim Suleman

It’s that time of the year again.

After receiving invitations from their Lord, a select few will have the ultimate honour of attending the grandest of spiritual banquets and have the chance to implore in God in His courtyard.

In this article, I would like to share a small story that connects this beautiful pilgrimage with the Imam of our time, Imam Mahdi (atfs).

The ahadith say that one of the duties of the Imam of our Time (atfs) while he is in occultation is that he performs hajj every single year. (See footnotes below for other roles of the Imam (atfs).

There was a man from Iraq by the name of Ali bin Ibrahim Mahziyaar who had a deep desire to meet Imam Mahdi (atfs). He would thus go to Hajj every year, hoping to meet his Imam (atfs).

After going several times and not meeting the Imam, Mahziyaar went one year and while he was in close proximity to the Kabba in Masjidul Haram, he saw a handsome man whom he approached.

The man was not the Imam (atfs), but he asked Mahziyaar where he was from and what he had come here to do.

Mahziyaar told him he had come to meet the Imam of the Time (atfs), the man replied by saying, “When the stars shine brightly in the sky, I will wait for you between the Black Stone (Hajar al-Aswad) and Safaa.”

Mahziyaar was extremely happy at the prospect of meeting the Imam (atfs) . He waited out the remaining hours tensely, and when night fell, we went to the spot where he was to meet the man.

After greeting each other, the two set off, the handsome man in the lead.

They travelled for a little while until they stopped in one valley where a lone tent sat, shining brightly in the darkness.

The man told Mahziyaar to wait, after which he approached the tent and entered inside it.

A short while later, the man emerged from the tent and told Mahziyaar that the Imam (atfs) has given permission for Mahziyaar to meet him.

The narrated conversation that follows between Mahziyaar and the Imam of the Time (atfs) can serve as a wonderful lesson for those of us who want to get closer to our Imam (atfs).

The Imam told Mahziyaar, “We were waiting for you day and night. Why did you come so late?”

To which he replied, “O my master! I could not find anyone to lead me towards you. I wanted to meet you for so many years.”

After writing something on the sand, the Imam (atfs) said that this was not the case, and that their meeting was delayed for three reasons, all to do with Mahziyaar’s shortcomings.

The Imam (atfs) told him:

– “You were preoccupied with gathering money and wealth.

– You behaved proudly with the poor and weak believers.

– You broke relations with your near ones.”

“O Ali bin Ibrahim Mahziyaar,” he continued, “The special Shias are those whose actions are just like their words.”

How sad would it be if we let petty things like greed and arrogance stands in our way of being true followers of the Imam (atfs)?

It’s important to realize that the first, and maybe most important step in our journey to becoming representatives of the Imam (atfs) is to purify ourselves in order to become better, stronger Muslims.

We pray to the Almighty Allah to grant us the opportunity of being his guests and to give us the golden chance of meeting the Imam (atfs).

The roles of the Imam (atfs) while he is in occultation include:

– helping those people who are lost on a journey
– performing Hajj every year
– assisting the scholars
– attending the funeral of every pious believer that passes away

(Based on a hadith from Imam Jaffer Sadiq (as)

– The story of Ali bin Ibrahim Mahziyaar is narrated in pages 539 – 542 of Muhammad bin Harir Tabari’s book, Dalaaelul Imamat



Dua’ Faraj

Kafami says in his book Baladul Amin that if a wrongfully confined prisoner recites this dua’a he will soon be set free.
If a person find himself surrounded by misfortunes or intrigues he must recite this dua’a to come through tight situations, deadlock and crises.
This dua’a is attributed to the living Imam Mehdi atfs Sahibuz zaman.It brings immediate help from our living imam.

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In the name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful


O Allah, terrible was the calamity, and its evil consequences are visible, the covering has been removed, (all) hopes have been cut off, the (plentiful) earth has shrunk (with very little to spare), the heavenly blessings have been withheld. You alone can help, we refer our grief and sorrow to You, we have full faith in You, in the time of distress, as well as in good fortune. O Allah, send blessings on Muhammad and on the children of Muhammad, whom we must obey as per Your command, through which we become aware of their rank and status, and let there be joy after sorrow for us, for their sake, right away, in the twinkle of an eye, more rapidly than that. O Muhammad, O Ali, O Ali, O Muhammad, Give me enough, because both of you provide sufficiently. Help me, because both of you help and protect.

O our master, O the living Imam, HELP! HELP! HELP!Reach me! Reach me! Reach me!

At once, in this hour. Be quick, be quick, be quick, O the most merciful, for the sake of Muhammad and his pure children.



illahi a’dhumal balaa

wa barihal khafaa’

wa’n kashafal ghiţaa’

wa’n qaţ’ar-rajaa’

wa dhaqatil ardhu wa muni’atis samaa’

wa-antal musta’anu wa-ilaykal mushtaka

wa-alaykal mu’awalu fee shid’dati war’rakhaa’

allahuma şali’i ‘alaa Muham’madiwn wa-ali Muham’mad

oolil amril ladhina faradhta alayna ţa ‘atahum

wa’ar’raftana bidhalika manzilatahum

fa far’rij ‘an’na bihak’kihim farajan ‘aajilan qareeban

kalamihil basari au huwa aqrab

ya Muham’madu, ya ‘Ali’yu, ya ‘Ali’yu, ya Muham’mad

ik fiyaani fa inakuma kaafiyaani

wansuraanee fa inakuma naasiraani

ya maulana ya Sahibaz zamaan

al-ghauth, al-ghauth, al-ghauth,

adriknee, adriknee, adriknee,

asa ‘ata, asa ‘ata, asa ‘ata, (asa’aa)

al’ajal, al’ajal, al’ajal,

ya Arhamar Raahimeen

bihaki Muham’madiwn wa’alihi ţahireen.


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