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e, whereas Shiite jurisprudence is concerned with its implications. A theologian treats with the question whether or not God has any planning for the occultation period. Has He appointed anyone as ruler? If a theologian proved that God has not appointed anyone as ruler for the age of occultation, it would imply juristically that it is not necessary to follow a jurist during this period. However if...

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Elucidating this verse in his book “al-Ghaibah”, Shaikh Tusi (r.a.) testifies to it being revealed about the occultation, reappearance and the supporters of Imam (a.t.f.s.).

“And We desire to bestow a favour upon those who were deemed weak in the earth and to make them the Imams and to make them the heirs.” 4  

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is my name (Muhammad) and his agnomen is my agnomen (Abul Qasim). He resembles me most in the creation and in the manners. He will be associated with occultation and confusion, till most people deviate from religion. He will appear as a bright shining star, will fill the earth with truth and justice just as it was filled with oppression and injustice.”1

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The word Wilāyat comes from the word Walī; various meanings have been listed for this word. The lexical meaning of this word is complete guardianship or ownership over a matter or object. Its more general meaning pertains to the guardianship of the perfect human beings (Insān Kāmil) over the rest of humanity in all of its various aspects. These aspects include the individual and the societal, t...


nor for the obedience that Allah (s.w.t) had made obligatory upon him, but He (Allah (s.w.t)) extended his life because He had chosen to lengthen the occultation of the Qa’im (Imam Mahdi (a.s)) and knew that some of the people would begin doubting about him as a result, so He lengthened the life of this good servant of His in order for it to be a reason for accepting the long life of the Qa&...

lible Imam (a.s) and the universal government of Imam Mahdi (a.s) is the manifestation of this belief. If the grounds were present in the time of the occultation of the infallibles (a.s) and it was in the favor of the Islamic land to be ruled as a whole, the faqih would be the one responsible for managing these lands. But, if it is better to govern every area of this land by a faqih - especially a...


(a.s.), Hazrat Musa (a.s.), Hazrat Isa (a.s.) and Hazrat Muhammad (s.a.w.a.).”

“His similarity with Hazrat Yunus (a.s.) is his occultation from which he returned to his village as a youth though he had grown old. His similarity with Hazrat Yusuf (a.s.) is his concealment from his near ones, the people in general and his brothers. The severity of his affair for his father Haz...




g while mentioning the title al-Qa’im?” He (a.s.) replied:

“Sahib al-‘Amr (a.s.) will have a long occultation. Whenever he will be addressed by the title al-Qa’im, due to the intense love which his followers will have for him, they will remember his noble era and express sorrow at his present distress. Reciprocating this action, even Hazrat (a.t.f.s...