Imam Mahdi (AS) in Imam Ali (AS)ís words
I. Imam Mahdiís (AS) Occultation
Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS) has brought up the subject of Imam Mahdi (AS)ís
occultation in different occasions within the limits of his audience
intellectual and understanding abilities and according to the natural trend
of events in the future.
On an occasion he points to the necessity of the existence of a divine Hujjah
on the earth, even more, in the entire universe. Then he notes that this
Hujjah may be present and apparent and may be hidden from the peopleís sight
because of the situation not being suitable. The Imam (may God hasten his
reappearance) declared that during the time of occultation, even though his
body cannot be sighted and is not present, his knowledge will be known to the
On the second occasion, Imam Ali (AS) emphasized that the Mahdi (may God
hasten his reappearance) is one of us, the Ahlul-Bait, and he will fill the
earth with justice and equity after it being filled with oppression.
Finally, on the third occasion, he mentions the hardships and problems of the
time of occultation and the characteristics of the people of that time saying
at the end that many people will go astray or lose hope and start denying His
II. The Causes and Philosophies behind the Occultation
Even though some traditions clearly state that the actual philosophy of
occultation is not known for mankind, some of Imam Aliís (AS) sayings point
out a few. Some of these are: the Imam (may God hasten his reappearance) not
having to pledge allegiance to the oppressors, the distinction of the
deceived, the oppression of people and the children of Imam Ali (AS) by
people themselves, and the perseverance of the signs of guidance.
III. The Signs of the Era of Occultation
There are interesting face that can be found in Imam Aliís sayings about the
signs and dangers for the intellect and belief in the era of occultation.
Some of these are the wonderment of the people and their being lost, having
difficulties in being religious and, hesitance in the existence of the Imam
(may God hasten his reappearance).
 Kulaini, Al-Kafi, Vol. 2, P. 139
 Allameh Majlesi, Biharol-Anwar, Vol. 51, P. 118
 Ibid., Vol. 38, P. 70; Vol. 51, P. 119
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