Story No. 468 – Birthday of Imam Mahdi (ATFS) is the day of the Oppressed People of the World
The appearance of the Imam Mahdi (as) is Allah’s favour for the oppressed and the weak, and is a means of their coming to power and gaining the promised divine succession of the world. Holy Qur’an says “We have decided to grant favour to the suppressed ones by appointing them leaders and heirs of the earth”, (Al-Quran: Chapter al-Qasas, 28:5). The appearance of Imam Mahdi (as) means the realization of the promise Allah (SWT) made to the righteous in Holy Qur’an. “Verily we have written in the Psalms (zaboor) after the Torah had been revealed: My righteous servants shall inherit the earth.” (Al-Quran: Chapter al-Anbia, 21:105)
This auspicious occasion of birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi (atfs) surely revives our hopes for a better future ahead when Imam Mahdi (as) reappears from the occultation. Additionally, it is a special reminder to those suffering under oppression and tyranny that resistance and resilience in the face of injustice will only serve them in the long-haul. The belief in Imam Mahdi (as) is a manifestation for global community that the battle between truth and falsehood will culminate in favour of forces of truth once the Promised one returns.
The continuation of the occultation of Imam Mahdi (as) is meant to preserve the vigilance and advance the cause of justice. It is important that as part of our waiting of Imam Mahdi (as), we persistently oppose all bullying powers (global, domestic, secular, religious or in any other form or shape), and remain steadfast during adversarial times. The global dominance of few arrogant and oppressive powers has yielded two billion starved people across the globe, millions displaced due to warmongering policies and majority of nations subservient. In such circumstances, the silver lining is the belief in the eventual global just governance of the ultimate saviour. It convinces human beings that the world status quo must be denounced and wait for a turnabout in the living conditions of the humanity at large. Hence, it is imperative and incumbent upon the well-wishers and followers of Imam Mahdi (as) to lay the practical groundwork necessary for his return in addition to the prayers.