Monday, February 8, 2010

Characteristics and Qualities of the Imam of the time

The qualities and merits of His Eminence, Mahdi (a.s) are same as those of the divine mes-sengers and legatees. The effulgence of Imamate and the awe of the prophets was perfectly apparent in the face of the Holy Imam. His description and details have come in the narra-tions as follows:
1. Abu Saeed Khudri narrates from the Messenger of Allah (a.s) that he said, “Indeed, the Almighty Allah will raise from my progeny and Ahle Bayt a man, who would have appropri-
ate gap between his front teeth and have a bright forehead so that he may fill the earth with justice, welfare and economic equality.”[12]
Numerous traditions of the same type have been recorded by the scholars and narrators of Ahle Sunnat from the Holy Prophet (a.s) describing the various characteristics of Imam Mahdi, the descendent and great grandson of the Prophet.
His Eminence, Abu Ja’far, Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s) through his forefathers has nar-rated from the chief of Ahle Bayt, His Eminence, Amirul Momineen (a.s) that His Eminence proclaimed from the pulpit, “In the last age a man from my progeny would rise, having a fair complexion that has some redness (hue) and having a clear and wide belly and his thighs would be broad and his bones shall be long (big) and prominent and he would have two beauty spots one of whom shall be the color of the Prophet. He shall rise up.”
In another tradition His Eminence, Ali (a.s) again mentions about Imam Mahdi (a.s) in the following words:
“He shall have a wide forehead and big eyes and a clear and wide belly, broad thighs, his
front teeth would be sparkling and there is a mole on his right thigh.”[2]


A fact derived from traditions and reports of the Holy Prophet (a.s) is that in his facial ap-pearance he is most handsome and elegant. All physical and facial beauties would be humble and submissive before the elegance of Imam Mahdi (a.s).
The prominent and acknowledged poet, Agha Sayyid Hasan has thus mentioned about His Eminence:
“The elegance came up (arose) through his clear face
The morning breeze spread from his calming countenance.”[3]
1 Iqdud Durar fi Akhbar-e-Muntazar, Pg. 101
2 Yanabiul Mawaddah, Pg. 423 3 Minanur Rahman, 2/237

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