Is there any evidence of our Twelfth Imam (peace be upon him) in the Quran?
It is not correct to expect to have evidences of beliefs from the Holy Quran explicitly and in clear text form. It is clear that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) is perfect and infallible. In addition to that, Allah explicitly declared that he “he does not speak of (his own) desire” (53:3). Because of this the Muslims believe in all that is established to be the Prophet’s words. And we find traditions of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) in the Muslims’ books about Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) and that he is from the offspring of Imam Husain (peace be upon him).
Question : Somebody in our community claims that he can arrange meetings with Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). He delivered massages from him. What do you say about that?
Answer : There is no doubt that this claim is false. This person should be ignored regardless of his position in the society.
Question : Is it forbidden or disliked to utter the name of Imam Mahdi?
Answer : It is permissible.
Question : Apart from dying in Jihad, how does someone die a martyr?
Answer : There are lots of narrations from the Prophet and the Imams that whoever died while he was waiting for our matter (i.e. for the government of the Imam) then he shall be considered like whoever died in battle for the Last Imam (may Allah hasten his reappearance) and the said is the best way of ending this life.
Question : Is Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) aware of the time of his reappearance?
Answer : We are not aware of a narration that addresses this issue.
Question : As Imam Mahdi (A. S.) was hidden by Godâ€™s wish at the age of 5, what will be his age at when he reappears again?
Answer : It was narrated from the texts of the imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that when he reappear again he would look like forty years old. Nobody knows saves Almighty Allah his original age after the reappearance.
Question : In our country, someone claims that he can arrange a meeting with Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). What do you think about that?
Answer : It is reported in one of the letters of Imam Mahdi (may Almighty Allah hasten his reappearance) that was released by the last Safeer, that whoever claims that he sees him â€“ the Imam â€“ then consider the claimant as a liar. The righteous sect of Shia has been observing this since the first days of the major occultation.
Question : Does Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) have servants? How can I appoint myself to be his servant?
Answer : We advise you to stay away from this kind of thoughts and focus on performing what is obligated and recommended in the Sharia. Once you do that, you will be under the care of the Twelfth Imam (peace be upon him), even if you donâ€™t directly feel his blessings.
Question : Can you please tell me the signs of the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him)?
Answer : It appears from some of the narrations that there are three inevitable signs; they are: the appearance of the sun from the west, and the cry from the sky that will declare the reappearance of the Imam, and the swallowing of the earth in the desert. Other signs are possible.
There is no doubt that Almighty Allah will establish undoubted clear evidence when he reappears, so it is better to delay paying attention to these issues to their designated times and not rushing to conclusions in this Godly matter, since He will clarify it at its appropriate time.
Question : What is the ruling of writing a petition to Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him)?
Answer : It is permissible as it is a kind of seeking his intercession to fulfill oneâ€™s needs.
Question : I have been asking many religious scholars about the signs of the re-appearance of our Imam, since all the signs (mostly) have been observed in the present days. I would like to know from you.
Answer : Nobody knows the precise time except Almighty Allah and there is no need to search that as long as we cannot find out.
Question : Is it recommended to pray for the Twelfth Imam (peace be upon him)?
Answer : There is no doubt that it is recommended to pray for the emergence of the Twelfth Imam (peace be upon him), for his health and the like.
Question : What is the solid evidence of existence of Mahdi?
Answer : The evidence to prove this issue is undoubted authentic narrations by the Prophet and the Imams (Peace be upon them).
Question : What is our obligation while the absence of Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his appearance)?
Answer : The narrations of the Ahlulbait stressed the believers on praying to hasten the relief of the Imam (peace be upon him). Every devotee is expected to be a good example for others in his actions and behaviors to give a good impression about Islam and Shiaism. It was reported that the Imams said: â€œCall for us (our path) by your (good) deedsâ€.
Question : Is it true that Imam Mahdi (pbuh)'s children live in the Bermuda triangle? Which is an island near Spain?
Answer : Some books mentioned that the Imam (peace be upon him) lives in an island by the name of Green Island but we cannot confirm the truthfulness of this issue. Almighty Allah knows best.
Question : it true that Imam e Zamana curses anyone who entitles himself as naib-e-Imam except the four naib-e-Imam appointed by the holy Imam himself?
Answer : It is prohibited to falsely claim to be appointed directly by the Imam (peace be upon him) as his deputy.