the Hussain of mine
by Aqeela Naqvi
I looked into Karbala’s eyes,
she looked into mine – a sigh,
You weep for my Hussain’s loneliness,
yet leave lonely the Hussain of your time…
“Salutations from the one whose heart is wounded due to the tribulations you have suffered, and whose tears flow in your remembrance…the one who is distressed, grief-stricken, distracted, and yielding…the one, who, had he been present with you in that plain, would have shielded you from the sharpness of the swords with his body and sacrificed his last breath for you…whose soul is a sacrifice for yours, and whose family is a shield for yours. But as I have been hindered by the course of time and as (Allah’s) decree has prevented me from helping you, and as I could not fight those who fought you, and was not able to show hostility to those who showed hostility to you, I will, therefore, lament you morning and evening, and will weep blood in place of tears, out of my anguish for you and my sorrow for all that befell you, until I meet death from the pain of the catastrophe and the choking grief…”
—Imam Mahdi (ajtfs), ‘Ziyarat-e-Nahiya‘
“A figure more legendary than that of the Mahdi, the Awaited Savior, has not been seen in the history of mankind . . . The belief in an expected reformer and a savior of humanity is not peculiar to the Shi’a School of Islam. It is common not only to all the Muslim sects, but is also shared by all the great religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism . . . The quest is universal, exactly in the same way as the Mahdi himself is universal. He stands resplendent high above the narrow walls in which humanity is cut up and divided. He belongs to everybody.
. . . We wonder if it is a mere chance that each of the only two persons who undertook to purify the human civilization of all its impurities and to reconstruct the world should have had a very long life span, several times that of a usual one. One of them played his role in the past. He was Noah . . . [who] lived among his people for 950 years . . . The other is to play his role in the future. He is the Mahdi who has already lived among his people for more than a thousand years [but has remained hidden] and is destined to play his role on the appointed day and build the world anew.
The sea was parted for Moses. It appeared to the Romans that they had captured Jesus whereas they had not. Muhammad got out of his house while it was surrounded by a mob of the tribe of Quraysh, waiting for an opportunity to assassinate him. God concealed him, so that [they] could not see him when he walked out through their midst. In all these cases natural laws were suspended for the protection of the people whose lives the Divine Wisdom wanted to preserve.
. . . Why [is] God is so keen to prolong the Mahdi’s life that, even natural laws are suspended for his sake? Is it not advisable to leave the leadership of the appointed day to a person to be born in the future and brought up according to the needs of that time? . . . The proposed great revolutionary change [to be brought about by the Mahdi] requires that its leader should possess a unique mental calibre. He should be conscious of his own superiority and the insignificance of the knotty system he has to overthrow . . . the size of his mental calibre should be proportionate to the size of the proposed change and the size of the social system required to be eliminated. The more extensive and deep-seated this system is, the greater should be the psychological push required.
The mission being to revolutionize the world, full of injustice and oppression, and to bring about a radical change in all its cultural values and diverse systems, it is but natural that it should be entrusted to a person whose mental calibre is higher than that of anyone in the whole of the existing world and who may not have been born and brought up under the influence of the society required to be demolished and replaced by another culture of justice and righteousness. One brought up under the shadow of a deep-seated and world-dominating culture is naturally impressed and overawed by it, that being the only culture which he has seen and by which he has been influenced from a tender age.
But the case should be different with a person who has a long historical background, who has witnessed several great cultures successively grow and decline, who has seen the big historical changes with his own eyes and has not read about them in books, who has been a contemporary of all the stages of the development of that culture which happens to be the last chapter of the human history before the appointed day and who has seen all its ups and downs. Such a person, who himself has lived through all these stages very carefully and attentively, is competent to look at the culture he has to grapple with in its historical perspective and is not daunted by its magnitude. He does not regard it as an unalterable destiny.
. . . [This] privilege will be enjoyed by the Awaited Savior through his long life which will enable him to see the giant dwindling into a dwarf, a lofty tree shrinking to become a mere seed leaf, and a tornado turning into a mere whiff of the wind.
—Excerpts, Shaheed Baqir as-Sadr (ra) “The Awaited Savior“
“Take a moment to pay attention to your hearts – the words of Ayatullah Bahjat (ra) are very captivating. He says: “Everyone must consider their own selves to establish a connection with Imam Zaman (ajtfs) and to discover a personal faraj.” A personal faraj for oneself…the Imam is hidden from the whole world. Why should he be hidden for you too? When will your faraj arrive?
Then he says, “Regardless if his faraj is near or far…”
There is a difference between a personal faraj and the faraj of the world and all human beings. Everyone should be looking for this. People may say, ‘Yes, the master (ajtfs) is hidden.’ Is that it? Well, please continue doing your work then. They say, ‘InshaAllah when he arrives, we will take advantage from his presence.’
Why do you want to wait until he returns? You can do something so that he returns to you now. For you to live in the presence of his eminence. His eminence will not keep his good friends waiting.
Why don’t you live with the Master (ajtfs) right now?
If you become worthy, he will not be greedy with his presence.”
يَا مَوْلاَيَ يَا صَاحِبَ ٱلزَّمَانِ