Story No. 457 – Know your Master the Awaited One: Imam Mahdi (as)
The master of the oppressed, the master of true believers, the master of the age and the master of Earth before Doomsday.
He is the Savior of humanity, the Disposer of justice, the Proof of God, the Awaited One, and the Heir of the Bible, the Torah, the Noble Qur’an and all other heavenly books.
He is none other than the 12th and last apostle (Imam) after Prophet Mohammed (SAW). He has many other titles, among them is also the Guided One (Al-Mahdi in Arabic). His name is Mohammed son of Imam Hassan Askari (as). He was born in Samarra (Iraq) on Friday 15th of the month of Shabaan in 255 AH.
His father our 11th Imam, Imam Hassan Askari (as), was imprisoned most of his life by Abbasid Caliphs to prevent him from having a son whom they feared will bring the justice and equity that was promised and remove tyranny and tyrants from the face of the earth. The 11th Imam, Imam Hassan Askari (as) was poisoned in prison at the age of 28 in the year 260 AH by Al-Mu’tamid, the Abbasid Caliph.
The Awaited One, the 12th Imam, Imam Mahdi (as) is the only son of his father, and he was 5 years old at the time of his father’s death. His mother was Nargis Khatoon (sa), for whom this article is being dedicated.
Nargis Khatoon (sa), the Mother of Imam Mahdi (as) was a Roman princess. She was the most pure offspring of the then European nations and races. It was destined that Nargis Khatoon (sa) would go to the streets of Baghdad to become owned by the most pure of men, the 11th Imam, Imam Hassan Askari (as) and become the mother of the 12th Imam, Imam Mahdi (as).
The story of how they met and joined is recorded in many history books as well as sparsely in the scriptures of holy traditions of the infallibles (the Prophet Mohammad (SAW), his daughter Fatima (sa) and the twelve Imams (apostles)). It is in fact a most amazing love story in history.
This love story would also give a glimpse of the personality of the offspring of their holy marriage, the master of the world, the Anointed One, the twelfth Imam. So to know better our master, the Awaited One Imam Mahdi (as), it would be appropriate to introduce his mother Nargis Khatoon (sa) and the amazing love story of her marriage.