Sha’ban 15, birth anniversary of Mahdi (AS), Imam of the Time
Saturday , 03/27/2021 - 18:01
Sha’ban 15, birth anniversary of Mahdi (AS), Imam of the Time
At dawn, on the 15th of Sha'ban 255 AH, the rays of the illuminating world shone with a powerful shaft of light into a human form, which became the source of existence for the universe.

The Divine promise was fulfilled and Imam al- Mahdi (AS) was born in spite of the efforts of those who denied him.
On this day, the authority of the Last Luminous Jewel of Allah will be established on the face of the earth. Imam Mahdi (AS) is the one to decide the end of the long struggle between truth and falsehood. His appearance will mean a victory for truth and the annihilation of falsehood.
He will remove ignorance and class-discrimination from the world and will establish equality instead. The outburst of enthusiasm and happiness will at that time cause tears to flow down the cheeks of enthusiasts, and the lustrous and mournful eyes of the awaiting people will be filled with light.
Mahdism is the most genuine and fundamental Islamic belief, which even a person with a limited knowledge of Islam will surely accept.
Sheikh Mofid, a distinguished Shia scholar says: "When Imam Hassan al-Askari (AS) passed away, the caliph of that time pursued his son. Because the Shia Imamiya's belief was famous and was spread about that the Shias were awaiting his Eminence.
Mu'tazid, one of the tyrant Abbasid caliphs who ruled from 279 to 289 AH, decided all at once to destroy the entire family of al-Askari when he heard more about Imam Hassan Askari (AS) and that he was still living in spite of the attempts of the preceding caliphs to kill him.
As a matter of fact, they were unaware that the same power that had protected the Imam from the former caliphs would give him protection from his evil as well. Yes, Allah will protect His proof (Hojjah) and will fulfill His promises and glad tidings because His decision is based on its execution, although most people do not know it.
Would Allah wish to save the life of Prophet Musa (AS) who was only a messenger to a certain nation and tribe, and yield the Imam of the Age (Imam-e-Zaman) into the hands of Mu'tamid and Mu'tazid?
Would Allah protect the life of Musa (AS) while he was in the middle of the roaring waves of river, and give no security to the Imam of the Age who was in the house of his father, Imam Hassan Askari (AS)?
Would the sustaining Allah protect prophet Ibrahim in the middle of the flaming fire, but allow the last pearl of the prophet's Progeny to be a victim of the lust and anger of the Abbasid caliphs?
We said: O' fire be a comfort and peace to Ibrahim.” (Quran, 21:69)
Really how do false thinkers and feeble-minded people judge?
At dawn, on the middle day of Sha’ban in the year 255 AH, Imam Hassan al Askari (AS) beheld the heavenly, shining face of his son who was to fulfil all divine promises and glad tidings. Not more than three days had passed after his birth when the eleventh Imam took the holy child to his companions and told them:
After me this son will be your master of authority and my successor, and he is the support (al-Qa’im) for whose appearance all people will wait; when the earth is full of injustice and tyranny, he will fill it with peace and justice.
Imam Hassan al Askari (AS) prepared a true government for his fruitful son. He kept secret the birth of his son and other related matters, because His Eminence was living in a difficult time when the caliphs were intensively searching for his son and were keeping a close eye on the affairs of Imam Hassan al Askari. This is because the Shia imamiya belief about Imam Mahdi (A.S) had become so current that they were waiting for His Eminence hence Imam Hassan al Askari (AS) did not show his son, and, therefore, the enemies could not recognize Imam Mahdi (AS) after the demise of His Eminence (father).
Abu Omari and Ahwazi reported: “Abu Muhammad (Imam Hassan al Askari) showed me his son and told me, this is your master (sahib).”
Yes in this manner was the Imam of the age born and kept hidden from the reach of strangers. On some occasions only were virtuous Shia allowed to see him until the year 260 AH, when the eleventh Imam passed away, and by divine decree the office of divine leadership (imamate) was vested in the master of the authority (Sahib ul-Amr).