The representative of the leading Marja’iyah in Europe congratulates the Muslim world on the coronation day of the 12th Imam (a.j.), crowned with the crown of Imamate and Caliphate.
6 Rabi' I 1437

He was responding to a question on the secret of celebrating the 9th day of Rabi’-ul-Awwal. So, what is this auspicious occasion?

He began with this verse: ((And We wished to be Gracious to those who were being depressed in the land, to make them leaders (in Faith) and make them heirs,)) Holy Quran: 28:5.

The 9th day of Rabi’ul-Awwal is the first day that Imam Al-Mahdi (a.j) held the divine position of Imamate, after his father Imam Hassan Al-Askari (a.s.) who was martyred on the 8th of Rabi’ul-Awwal year 260 A.H. Heralded by frequent prophetic Hadiths from both schools; he (a.j.) will appear at the end of time to cleanse the earth after it has been filled with injustice and corruption. Divine justice will reign throughout the world and no part of the globe will be without the call of ‘There is no deity but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger’ and the earth will be filled with justice and equality.

But as to when this will happen, we do not know and neither does the Imam Al-Mahdi (a.j.) know. The timing cannot be specified not by a year or by a particular day. But it will happen when the conditions are right and the divine order given for his reappearance (a.j.).

The duty of Momineen during this era of occultation is ‘constructive waiting’ for his reappearance (a.j.), i.e. to prepare ourselves to welcome him and be his worthy soldiers who adhere to Allah’s commands and prohibitions and to educate the self on total compliance with the Imam’s orders. Because when he appears he will be engaged in a fierce battle against the unbelievers and hypocrites. He (a.j.) will then need supporters and aides; otherwise there is no use in us claiming to be his supporters and aides. It has been stated in narrations that his supporters will 313 in number. Those will be the main commanders of the legions and military divisions and government members. He (a.j.) will rule from Kufa, the capital of his grandfather Amirul-Momineen (a.s.).

This matter is considered to be imperative and inevitable - as stated in many verses in the holy Qur’an, Hadiths and frequent narrations from the prophet (s.a.w.w.) and his pure progeny (a.s.), more than any other matter in Islam such as prayers, fasting, Haj and other Islamic rulings. If anything, this shows the importance and inevitability of this matter. For more information, refer to ‘Muntakhab al-Athaar fil Imam al-Thani Ashar (a.j)’ and the ‘Mu’jam al-Maotho’iy li-Ahadith al-Imam al-Mahdi (a.j.)’, recently published. These books clarify and simplify this subject.

Also, this issue of Imam Al-Mahdi (a.j.) is a global one, believed by all religions, sects and denominations; better known as the ‘Redeemer and Saviour at the End of Time’. Everybody views this matter according to their own faith and perspective.

Therefore the 9th day of Rabi’ul-Awwal is the first day of the mandate of the saviour of mankind from injustice and suffering, the one who will bring justice and mercy and goodness to humanity.

We ask the Lord to hasten his appearance and fill this earth with justice and equality ((...on that Day the Believers shall rejoice)) Holy Qur’an 30:2