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Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) and Truthful Barber

Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) and Truthful BarberThe distinguished scholar, Sheikh Baqir Kadhimi, who lived near Najaf-e-Ashraf, narrates that a truthful barber, once related the following story:

I had an old father, whom I served diligently. I exercised such great care never to be neglectful towards him, that I would even place water for him in the toilet and remain in wait outside till he emerged. All throughout (the week) I would be watchful of him, except on Wednesday evenings when I would proceed to Masjid-e-Sahlah hoping to meet Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj).

One Wednesday I was very busy and did not find a spare moment until it was almost sunset. Nevertheless, I set off towards Masjid-e-Sahlah alone in the dark. It was a moonlit night and I still had one third of the journey to cover when suddenly I observed an Arab, seated on a horse, coming towards me. I said to myself, "This Arab is surely going to loot me", but when he had come closer, he spoke in the local dialect, and sought to know where I was heading for?

I told him that I intended to go to Masjid-e-Sahlah, whereupon he inquired if I had anything with me to eat. When I replied that I did not, he spoke with some sternness, and said: "You have some food in your pocket."

Putting my hand into my pocket, I found some raisins, which I had purchased for my son but had forgotten to give him.

The Arab then said: "I recommend you to serve your father", and, repeating this three times, he suddenly disappeared.

It was only later that I realized that it was Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) himself that I had seen and that he was not pleased that I stopped serving my father, even for the purpose of going to Masjid-e-Sahlah on Wednesday evenings.

If you want Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) to visit you?

A man of knowledge was longing for meeting with Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj), and he suffered agonies of not being granted the chance and for a long time he underwent severe austerity and pursued spiritual seeking.

It is well-known among the Tullab (Islamic seminary students) of Hawza in Najaf-e-Ashraf and the scholars of the holy shrine of Imam Ali (as) that every one who finds the honor to go the Masjid-e-Sahlah to perform the evening and night prayers every Tuesday uninterruptedly for forty nights, they will be graced with meeting Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj).

For a while, he struggled to this end but to no effect. Then he resorted to the occult sciences and numerical symbolism and started self-discipline and other ascetic and rigorous practices in seclusion, anxiously seeking to meet the Hidden Imam, Hazrat Baqiyatallah (aj) but all in vain. However, as a consequence of his nightly vigilance and lamenting and wailing at dawns, he had developed some kind of insight and intuition, and occasionally some illuminating flash would be graced on him. He would fall in ecstasy and rapture, often having certain visions and hearing some subtleties.

In one of these mystical states, he was told: "Your seeing and being granted an audience with Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) will not be possible, unless you make a trip to such and such a city". Quite difficult as it sounded at first, but for that sacred purpose, it appeared to be so convenient.

If you want Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) to visit you?Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) in the Blacksmiths' Bazaar

After several days the above-mentioned man arrived in that city and yet even there he carried on his self-discipline and ascetic practices in seclusion that intended to last forty days long. On the thirty seventh day, he was told: "Right now Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) is in the blacksmiths' bazaar, in a shop belonging to an old locksmith; so, be quick to go now and seek his audience".

He stood up and as he had already seen in his ecstatic vision, rushed the way down to the old man's shop where he saw Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) sitting there and talking amiably with the locksmith. When he greeted, Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) responded and beckoned him to keep silent, and asked him to watch what happens next in the shop.

At this moment I saw a bent, fragile, old woman with a walking stick who showed us a lock with her shaking hand and said: "Will you, for God's sake, buy this lock from me for "three shahis"?. I need three shahis."

The old locksmith took a look at the lock and found it intact, and then said: "My sister! This lock costs "Two abbasis" because it's key will cost no more than "ten dinars"; so if you give me ten dinars, I will make a key to this lock and then its value will be ten shahis and not three."

The old woman answered: "No, I do not need that, I only need the money; if you buy this lock from me for three shahis, I will pray for you."

The old man said with utmost naivety: "My sister! You are a Muslim, and I too claim to be a Muslim. So why should I buy a Muslim's property for a low price and deny someone's right? The value of this lock is already eight shahis; if I want to benefit from it, I'll buy it for seven shahis, for it is unfair to make more that a shahi profit in a deal of only two abbasis. If you are sure you want to sell it, I'll buy it for seven shahis and not three, and I repeat again that the real price is two abbasis. Since I am a businessman I buy it for one shahi less.

The old woman perhaps would not believe what the man said. She was upset and complained that nobody had been willing to buy that price. She said she begged them to buy it for three shahis but no one agreed and here there is someone who is prepared to pay seven shahis. The old man paid seven shahis to the old woman and purchased it from her, though he could have got that lock for three shahis.

When the woman turned back to leave, Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) said to me:

My Dear! Did you watch the wonderful scene? You do likewise, become honest and truthful like that locksmith and then I will come to see you. You won't have to find me.

There is no need for ascetic seclusion and resorting to Jafr (numerical symbolism). Self-discipline and various travels will not be required; instead show good sincere action and be a proper, honest Muslim so that I can interact with you.

Of all people of this city, I picked out this old man, since this man is religious and knows Allah (SWT). And you observed the trial he went through: This old woman requested all in the bazaar, to fulfill her need and since they found her desperate and needy, they were all seeking to buy (her lock) cheap than the actual worth of it. Nobody bought it even for three shahis. This old man, however, bought it for its real price, real worth, i.e. seven shahis. Thus, every week I pay a visit to him and show kindness and amiability to him."

This is how equity in transactions is effective in self-building and attaining Allah's favor. You create equity in your transactions and Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj) of the time will come and visit you personally.

Equity in all tasks, especially in transactions is an important issue that has been highly stressed in Islam. Imam Ali (as) said: "Equity is the best of virtues." And he further said: "The greatest reward is one granted for equity."

Taken from Life and Times of the Famous Scholar Shaykh Rajab Ali Khayyat

How a five year old boy can become the Imam of the mankind?

How a five year old boy can become the Imam of the mankind?Some question that how Baqiyatallah, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj), the 12th Imam of the Shias, Hazrat Imam Mahdi (aj), who was a five year old boy when his father Imam Hassan Al-Askari (as) passed away, can become the Imam of mankind? Is it possible?

First, we must question whether or not in the history of religion, the phenomenon of young leaders has a parallel. Undoubtedly, there is. Noble Quran strikes a number of examples which are worthy of mentioning:

We have the example of Hazrat Isa/Jesus (as) who became prophet and spoke to people when he was a baby in the cradle:

"But she pointed to the baby. They said: 'How can we talk to one who is a CHILD in the cradle?' He said: 'I am indeed a servant of Allah. He HAS GIVEN me Scripture and ASSIGNED me a prophet, and He has made me blessed wherever I be, and has enjoined on me Prayer and Zakat as long as I live.'" (Noble Quran, 19:29-31)

Thus Hazrat Isa/Jesus (as) became prophet and received revelation and Book while he was less than two years old!

Furthermore, in few verses before, Noble Quran mentions the case of Prophet Yahya (John), to whom Allah (SWT) said:

"'O Yahya! Take hold of the Book with might,' And We gave him the appointment (of prophethood) in his CHILDHOOD." (Noble Quran 19:12)

So if a two-year old boy can become a prophet and receives revelation and Scripture, then why cannot a five-year old boy become an Imam?

The third example is Prophet Sulayman (Solomon) who was appointed by Allah (SWT) the heir of his father, Prophet Dawud (David), and became the king of his community while he had not reached the age of puberty.

Have you ever heard of prodigies? They are kids between the ages of four to 18 that exhibit signs of exceptional skills that are usually found in highly qualified adults only. Here are some examples from the modern history:

John Stuart Mill (1806-73), a 19th-century English philosopher and economist, advocated utilitarian reforms in his many writings and as member of Parliament. A child prodigy, Mill had mastered Greek by the age of 7 and studied economics at the age of 13. His works express his social thought with great clarity and thoroughness. (The Bettmann Archive)

The French thinker, mathematician, and scientist Blaise Pascal (1623-62) has been credited not only with imaginative and subtle work in geometry and other branches of mathematics, but with profoundly influencing later generations of theologians and philosophers. A prodigy in mathematics, Pascal had mastered Euclid's Elements by the age of 12. Pascal invented and sold the first calculating machine (1645).

Wolfgang was the greatest musical child prodigy who ever lived. He began composing minuets at the age of 5 and symphonies at 9.

Beethoven's own talent was such that at the age of 12 he was already an assistant to the organist Christian Gottlob Neefe, with whom he studied.

Sarah Caldwell, born Maryville, Mo., Mar. 6, 1924, is a conductor and producer. A child prodigy in both mathematics and music, before reaching the age of ten.

While not exhaustive, the list serves the purpose of demonstrating that this phenomenon occurs naturally among normal human beings from all walks of life. Therefore, scientifically speaking, it is quite possible that a child demonstrates abilities that adults can not.

Also religiously speaking anything Allah (SWT) desires will happen no matter how strange. Indeed Allah (SWT) asserts unequivocally in Noble Quran that if He wanted something, all He has to do is to say to it is: "Be! and it will be!".

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