(Peace be on him)
Title: al-Mahdi, al-Qa'im, al-Hujjah, al-Gha'ib, Sahibu'zZaman, Sahibu 'l-Amr.
Agnomen: Abu 'l-Qasim.
Father's name: al-Hasan al-`Askari.
Mother's name: Narjis.
Birth: In Samarra', on Friday, 15th Sha'ban 255 AH.
He is still living and will appear before the end of the world.
Minor Occultation: 8th Rabi`u '1-awwal 260 AH.
Major Occultation: 10th Shawwal 329 AH.
Similarity of Imam Mahdi to the Holy Prophet Muhammad
THERE EXISTED a good deal of harmony and uniformity between the aspects pertaining to the births of Prophet Muhammad, the last Apostle of Allah and Imam al-Mahdi, the last Apostolic Imam. Just as the coming of the Holy Prophet was prophesied well in advance by the preceding prophets, similarly the impending news of the gracious birth of Imam al-Mahdi was foretold by the Holy Prophet.
The 12 Imams along with Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and his daughter Fatimah al-Zahra (a.s) make up the 14 Infallibles who are Divinely guided leaders and the holiest people in Islam.
They are known as the Ahlulbayt (People of the Household) and the first 5 are especially significant.
They are Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w), Imam Ali (a.s), Fatima al-Zahra (a.s), Imam Hasan (a.s) and Imam Husayn (a.s).
They not only helped the Prophet, but guided the Muslim community after the Prophet’s death.
The remaining 9 Imams continued this divine guidance, particularly through scholarship. All Muslims respect them because of their knowledge and piety and divinely ordained rank and position in Islam.
AL-HASAN IBN ALI AL-ASKARI
(Peace be on him)
Name: al-Hasan .
Agnomen: Abu Muhammad.
Father's name: `Ali al-Hadi (an-Naqi).
Mother's name: Hadithah (or Susan).
Birth: In Medina,on Friday, 8th Rabi`u 'th-thani 232 AH.
Death: Died at the age of 28, in Samarra', on Friday, 8th
Rabi`u 'l-awwal 260 AH; poisoned by al-Mu'tamid, the
Abbasid ruler; buried in Samarra' (Iraq).
THE HOLY Imam Hasan al-Askari spent twenty-two years of his life under the patronage of his father, Imam Ali al-Hadi (an-Naqi) after whose martyrdom he became his divinely commissioned Imam.
Lineage of the Holy Prophet
The Holy Prophet said:
The first thing God created was my nur (light).
The oldest and noblest tribe in the whole of Arabia was Bani Hashim. They were the descendants of Ibrahim through his son Isma'il. The Arabs respected and loved them for their goodness, knowledge and bravery.
`Abdu '1-Muttalib was the chieftain of Banu Hashim and lie was also the guardian of the Ka'bah. Among his ten sons, `Abdullah was the father of the Holy Prophet and Abu Talib was the father of `Ali.
In Mecca, baby boy Muhammad was born on 17th Rabi `u 'l-awwal, 570 AD. His father `Abdullah, son of 'Abdul '1-Muttalib, died before he was born and when he was six, he lost his loving mother Aminah bint Wahb.
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