The birth anniversary of our beloved Imam Mahdi is coming in a few days and I can see all the people loving him are trying to prepare for his birth anniversary in different ways.
Imam Mahdi is our twelfth Imam and the promised saviour who will return and fill the earth with the equity and justice. he is the only man left from the descendants of Imam Hussain (PBUH) and the holy prophet Muhammad and all the other eleven Imams even the other prophets has informed us about the last savior of man , Imam Mahdi.
I recently found a quote by Imam Hussain (PBUH) about the similarities of Imam Mahdi to the holy prophets Noah, Abraham, Jesus, Moses, Job and the prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon them). Imam Hussain has introduced Imam Mahdi as “our Qaem (al-Qaem)” in this quote and it’s interesting to know that Imam Mahdi will also introduced himself to the people by this name at the time of reappearance. May Allah Hasten the reappearance of him.
The quote by Imam Hussain is a bit long so I prepared it as several images in a way that each image includes the similarities to one prophet:
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Our Qaem [Imam Mahdi] is like the prophet Noah in his long life
Our Qaem [Imam Mahdi] is like the prophet Abraham in his secret birth and avoiding people
Imam Mahdi is like the prophet Moses in the fear and occultation – Imam Hussain quote
Our Qaem [Imam Mahdi] is like the prophet Jesus in the controversy among people in regard to him
Our Qaem [Imam Mahdi] is like the Prophet Job in relief following distress
Our Qaem [Imam Mahdi] is like the Prophet Muhammad in rising up with sword
All images are free to use to introduce Imam Mahdi to the world
The complete quote of Imam Hussain in Arabic in Kashf al-Ghumma, V.3, p.329:
فی القائم منا سنن من الانبیاء سنة من نوح وسنة من ابراهیم وسنة من موسى وسنة من عیسى وسنة من ایوب وسنة من محمد صلى الله علیه وآله وسلم فأما من نوح فطول العمر واما من ابراهیم فخفاء الولادة واعتزال الناس واما من موسى فالخوف والغیبة واما من عیسى فاختلاف الناس فیه واما من ایوب فالفرج بعد البلوى واما من محمد صلى الله علیه وآله وسلم فالخروج بالسیف [کشف الغمة، ج 3، ص 329.]
The translation of the quote by Imam Hussain to Persian:
امام حسین علیه السلام فرمود: در قائم ما سنّتها و ویژگیهایى از پیامبران وجود دارد: از نوح علیه السلام عمر طولانى، از ابراهیم علیه السلام مخفى بودن ولادت و دورى گزینى از مردم، از موسى علیه السلام ترس و غیبت، از عیسى علیه السلام اختلاف مردم درباره او، از ایوب علیه السلام گشایش پس از گرفتاریها، و از محمّد علیه السلام قیام با شمشیر [کشف الغمة، ج 3، ص 329.]
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On the birthday anniversary of the holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the last messenger sent by the unique God to all of us, I prepared an image with a verse of the holy Quran (Baqarah: 146) saying that those who are given the Scriptures, recognize Muhammad (PBUH) as they know their own sons.
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We all know that Christians and Jews are the ones who are given the holy books as Imam Sadiq (PBUH), the 6th Shia Imam also said it about this verse
But how should they recognize the prophet Muhammad ? According to the transliteration of this verse, the prophet Muhammad is described in the Torah, the Bible and the Psalm as Christian and Jewish Scholars know it although some of them hide it.
+The verse in the above images:
الذین آتیناهم الکتاب یعرفونه کما یعرفون ابناء هم و ان فریقا منهم لیکتمون الحق و هم یعلمون
Those to whom we gave the scripture, recognize him [the prophet Muhammad] as they recognized their own sons, but verily a party of them conceal the truth while they know it.
(The holy Quran: Baqarah: 146)
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Today , the people of the world need a saviour who saves the world from the disease, poverty ,hunger, racism, injustice and inequity.
The saviour is promised in all religions and all we should do is to ask God to send him back to us.
but who is the saviour of the mankind?
Muslim people believe that the saviour is a man from the descendants of Imam Hussain, the prophet Muhammad’s grandson; The man who is called Mahdi or Imam Mahdi according to the quotes by the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Shia Muslim people believe that Imam Mahdi is living now among us although the people of the world do not know him and today is the anniversary of his birthday.
But what about the holy prophet Jesus?
Shia Muslims believe that the holy prophet Jesus will descend and help Imam Mahdi to save the world. read the following quote by the holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) :
Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] :
Mahdi [PBUH] is from my progeny and when he reappears, Jesus [PBUH], the son of Mary, will descend to help him. He will follow Mahdi [PBUH] and pray behind him.
Al-Amali, Al-Shaykh Al-Saduq, Vol. 1, p. 287
قال رسول الله صلی الله علیه و آله:
مِن ذُُرَّیتی اَلمهدی اِذا خَرجَ نَزَل عیسَی بنُ مریمَ(علیهالسلام) لِنُصرتِهِ فَقَدَّمَهُ وَ صلّی خَلفَهُ.
پیامبر اکرم صلی الله علیه و آله
مهدی (علیه السلام) از فرزندان من است، زمانی که قیام میکند، عیسی بن مریم (علیهالسلام) برای یاری اش [از آسمان] فرود میآید و او را مقدّم میدارد و پشت سرش نماز می گذارد.
الامالی (شیخ صدوق)، ج 1، ص 287
Arbaeen is a day on which the largest gathering in the world is held by Shia Muslim people in peace. Each year, the holy shrine of Imam Husayn in the city of Karbala receives an increasing number of pilgrims across all over the world. It was reported officially that on Arbaeen 2016, more than 20 millions pilgrims have gathered at Karbala. Despite the all modern technologies, millions of pilgrims prefer to walk 80 Km from Najaf to Karbala to show their love toward Imam Husayn and to his living son, the 12th Shia Imam (Imam Mahdi). In addition, It is quoted that the pilgrimage of Imam Husayn on Arbaeen is a sign of a believer and every single step toward the holy shrine of Imam Husayn, can wipe out one sin and have one reward.
Thanks God, this year I was among the millions of pilgrims who walk to Karbala. To be honest, the journey was not such easy but undauntedly, it was an excellent journey that one should experienced it by him/herself. A different life style in which only one backpack is enough to start the journey as everything is prepared for free by Shia muslim people on the way to Karbala.
Many thanks to Iraqi people who compete each others to be at our service for God’s sake and for the love of Imam Husayn. They offer everything they have to pilgrims as they wish to be like Imam Husayn who gave everything he had to revive Islam.
I do apologize at first that my photos can not show the all aspects of Arbaeen as I am not a photographer and I took photos with my mobile phone.
Offering free water to the pilgrims on the way to Karbala
No matter where you come
The Grand Bazaar is a great historical market in the capital city of Iran. This market has several corridors with more than 10 kilometers in length.
On the day of Tasua and Ashura, the The Grand Bazzar are closed and shopkeepers and other people attend in the mourning ceremony held inside the market’s corridors for the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH).
Ashura 2016 is on Wednesday, the 12th of October.
The day of Ashura (/ʌʃuːrʌ /) is the 10th day of Muharram(/Mohærræm/) which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. As the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the Georgian calendar is a solar one, therefore each year, the day of Ashura falls in a different day in the Georgian calendar.
There is no day like Ashura. Day of Ashura marks the day in which thirty thousand people who consider themselves as the followers of the holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and who call themselves Muslims, gathered around the prophet’s grandson, Imam Husayn, shed his blood and all 72 of his companions and captured their women and children in more than 14 centuries ago in a land called Karbala.
People mourning and crying for the Imam Hussain’s martyrdom on the day of Ashura in the holy shrine of lady Fatima Masumah in the city of Qom, Iran. The text written on the placard is “Oh! Husayn was killed”
Self-flagellation is forbidden (Haram) in Islam. Great Shia scholars such as grand Ayatullah Khamenei who is the leader of Islamic Republic of Iran and Ayatullah Sistani, the Shia Leader in Iraq, have prohibited any self-mutilation such as self-flagellation with knives or chains (Tatbir) and even walking on fire. You can see their Fatwas (religious opinions) on tatbir.org
Previously I made several images about this prohibition and now I made some other images which contains the photos of some Shiite scholars who have prohibited such practice.
“Practicing Tatbir (i.e.self-flagellation) is one of the wrongdoings. I know that some people would say: “It was better for him not to mention Tatbir.” They would say: “Why do you Read More…
The day of Arbaeen is the 40th day following Ashura and in the year of 2015, Arbaeen in Iraq will fall on Thursday, the 3rd of December. [Updated according to the news]
The Arbaeen ceremony is the largest peaceful gatherings in the world that is annually occurs 40 days after the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH), and his companions on the day of Ashura.
In the last year, I was only a virtual visitor of Arbaeen epic, sitting behind my laptop and insert some photos of Imam Hussain’s pilgrims into my blog and so on, but this year I’m going to be among millions of pilgrims on the way to Karbala despite Read More…
Today, the 24th of Oct., was the day of Ashura. Millions of Shia Muslims across the globe gathered in Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH) and all his companions.
Huge crowds of pilgrims, dressed in black packed inside the Imam Al-Hussain’s holy shrine while most of them were in the streets outside, mourning for Imam Hussain (PBUH).
Today is Tasua
The day before Ashura is called Tasua which is the 9th day of Muharram. Shia muslims and other people from different religions, try to commemorate this day more than the first eight days of Muharram as Tasua is attributed to mourn for Imam Hussain’s brother, Hazrat Abbas (PBUH), although he was martyred on the day of Ashura like the other Imam Hussain’s companions.
The holy shrine of Hazrat Abbas (PBUH) in Karbala, the 9th night of Muhharam 2015
As access to water had been closed for three days and nights in Karbala, Hadrat Abbas was the one who Read More…
In the first friday of Muharram, mothers with their infants participated in the mourning ceremonies to remember the 6-month-old infant of Imam Hussain (PBUH), Hazrat Ali Asghar (PBUH), who was mercilessly martyred on the day of Ashura in Karbala in the year 680 AD.
Iranian women in a large Hussaini infants gathering – Muharram in Iran
These large Hussaini Infants gatherings were held in 3000 places worldwide according to news.
An Hussaini infants gathering – Muharram in Iran 2015
Shia Muslims along with other people from different religions and from different parts of the world, have held ceremonies since the first night of Muharram to mourn the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (pbuh) and his companions.
Today is the first day of Muharram 2015 . Muharram is the first month in the Islamic calendar, the month in which Imam Hussain along with all 72 of his companions were martyred on the day of Ashura in Karbala.
Muslim peoples and Imam Hussain’s lovers from different religions across the globe have prepared themselves for Muharram by dressing in black, hanging black flags on their house and shops’s walls and hoisting it on the holy shrines, streets, mosques and public places, holding ceremonies and etc.
Imam Hussain who is the prophet Muhammad’s grandson was martyred on the tenth day of Muharram, day of Ashura, in Karbala but why do we have a ten-day of mourning period started from the first day of Muharram?!
Recently, professor Panahiyan, an Iranian cleric who teaches at the universities and Howzah, answered this question as a note to a news channel that I tried to translate the main parts of it:
There might be some different reasons for mourning form the first day of Muharram. It might be because of what Imam Reza, the 8th beloved Imam of ours, said about his father, Imam Kazem (pbuh): “No one could have seen my father’s smile when the month of Muharram came. Sadness was increasing in his face day by day till the tenth of Muharram and when the tenth day of Muharram would dawn, it would be a day of grief and weeping for him.“
Another reason might be that mourners can prepare themselves for the deep grief of Ashura by mourning form the beginning of Muharram because the grave tragedy of Ashura can be more tolerable after one week of mourning. The prophet Muhammad said that “surely , there exists in the hearts of the believers, with respect to the martyrdom of Husayn, a heat that never subsides.” Thus, Every one who feels this heat, knows that entering to the day of Ashura without a previous mourning period is very painful.
For some people a ten-day of mourning period is an opportunity helping them to feel the great tragedy of Ashura.
Actually this mourning period might be a type of volunteering to help not mourning and it seems to us that mourners go into Imam Hussain’s tent from the first day of Muharram in order to help him and not to leave his leader alone. That’s why this period of ten days is like an epic while mourning on Ashura night has just a color of sadness and greif.
 (کَانَ أَبِی ع إِذَا دَخَلَ شَهْرُ الْمُحَرَّمِ… امالی صدوق/128)
 «إِنَّ لِقَتْلِ الْحُسَیْنِ حَرَارَةً فِی قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِینَ لَا تَبْرُدُ أَبَداً»مستدرک الوسائل/10/318