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The Companions of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) and their characteristics

It is evident that the appointment of an individual is made solely on the  basis of the work and its aim. The qualification of an engineer is taken into consideration if a small house has to be constructed. But if a bigger project has to be undertaken, then the engineer will have to be more capable and qualified. And if one has to draft a plan for an entire nation then the qualifications of the engineer and others responsible for its implementation will be at a totally different level. In the last scenario, the utility of each and every individual will be minutely scrutinized as the responsibility given to them is extremely critical and hence due attention will have to be paid to each and every aspect. Now, if the same plan has to be implemented throughout the world, then the qualifications of this individual will have to be extraordinary, in fact, even peerless. His capabilities, his plans, his skills must be far superior and superlative vis-à-vis the rest. In other words, it is  not a position anyone can aspire to reach and it is not a task for the run of the mill individual. The character, the thought and the energies of this group of individuals will be entirely focused on the task at hand. They will be totally immersed in the project. Now let us try to gauge the enormity of Hazrat Wali-e-Asr’s (a.t.f.s) tasks. We will mention a few of them below:

1. Establishing justice and equality in the whole world.

Whenever there is mention of the auspicious reappearance of Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.), the following sentence comes to mind instantly:

‘He will fill the earth with justice and equality as it would have been filled with oppression and injustice.’

So one critical task that Imam (a.t.f.s.) shall perform on his reappearance is the establishment of justice and equality in the whole world.

2. Prevalence of Islam

Allah declares in the Holy Quran

‘He it is Who sent His Apostle with the guidance and the true religion, that He may make it overcome the religions, all of them, though the polytheists may be averse.’

(Surah Saf, Verse 9)

Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) will actualize this divine promise.

3. End of polytheism:

It is explicitly stated

‘…they shall serve Me, not associating aught with Me…’

(Surah Noor, Verse 55)

‘…and to Him submits whoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or

(Surah Ale Imran, Verse 83)

Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) has advanced an exegesis of this verse:

‘On the reappearance of Qaem (a.t.f.s.), from every corner of the earth one shall hear the voice ******

(Beharul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 340, tradition 89)

From this it is clear that after the reappearance of Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.), the standard of Tauheed will fly high across the length and the breadth of the world. With this the final traces of polytheism and infidelity will vanish. Then on this earth that truly belongs only to Allah, only He will be worshipped and everyone will bow down in prostration as a measure of the Awe and Majesty that He commands.

4. Other objectives:

In numerous Quranic verses, traditions and supplications, several other objectives have been outlined. For brevity’s sake we are narrating certain excerpts from Dua-e-Nudba. This is one of the most important and authentic supplications. This supplication has been strongly recommended for recitation on Fridays. Renewal
of the religious obligations and recommended acts (Sunnah) Well-being
of the people and the Islamic Shariat Safe keeping the limits of the Holy Quran Safeguarding religion and the religious people

  1. Putting an end to despots and suppressive regimes
  2. Destruction of polytheism and evil
  3. Annihilation of sinners
  4. End of opposition to religion
  5. Termination of liars, accusers and egoists
  6. Respect and pride for the friends and putting to shame and disheartening the enemies
  7. Inviting the people towards piety and devoutness
  8. Uniting the scattered ones

5.In a salutation recommended by Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.), we learn of some other duties

1. The destruction of every enemy of religion.

 2. The end of the enemies of religion and their leaders

3. To act stringently with the transgressors

4.  To bring down every standard representing the oppressors and tyrants 5.
To grind to pieces all forces hostile to religion

 6. To disrupt the armies that aim to cause damage to the true religion

7. To destroy those pulpits, which are employed solely to spew venom against Islam

8. To break the swords of the enemies of religion

9. To exterminate the idols

10. Convert strong forts into ruins

11. To close all the doors of mischief and corruption

12.To destroy the palaces of oppression

13. To bring out all the treasures from the earth

14. To establish supremacy over heights and pits

From the abovementioned points one can safely assume and understand that after the reappearance of the radiant light, the responsibilities of Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) will not be limited to narrating the rules but also establishing in totality the perfect religion of Allah. He has to carry out a unique task that has not been performed by anyone till date. The task of all the divine messengers (a.s.) was only to convey the divine message and not its implementation.  ‘…only the delivery of the message is (incumbent) on us’ ‘You are only a warner…’

‘You are not a watcher over them’

The duty of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) was to communicate the  message to the nation. His responsibility was to warn the people of the dangers (of disobeying Allah). He (s.a.w.a.) did not exercise control or authority over the people (i.e. he could not compel them to obey divine commands) O Apostle! Deliver…

Implementation of rules is more difficult than mere invitation

The duty of Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) is not restricted to conveying the divine message, but to get it implemented in its entirety across the length and the breadth of the world.

The messengers (a.s.) had encountered innumerable hardships and  obstacles in conveying the divine message. They were made victims to the severest of tribulations. For instance, Hazrat Lut (a.s.) exclaimed out of sheer helplessness, ‘Ah! That I had power to stand up against you, or rather I shall have recourse to a strong support…’

(Surah Hud, Verse 80)

When prophets (a.s.) and apostles (a.s.) faced such resistance at the ‘conveying’ stage, then how many trials and tribulations will Imam (a.t.f.s.) have to encounter at the ‘implementation’ stage.

Characteristics of Imam’s (a.t.f.s.) helpers and companions

In the light of what we have outlined earlier, we can begin to appreciate the
characteristics of Imam’s (a.t.f.s.) helpers and companions. Indeed, they will be at a sublime level of excellent morals and character. It is undeniable that Allah has bestowed a great favor on us by keeping us attached to the infallible personalities of Ahle Bait (a.s.). Traditions have been narrated by the heirs of the ‘Door of the City of Knowledge’ (i.e. Hazrat Ali (a.s.)) regarding the characteristics of the companions of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.). If we find all these characteristics or even one of them in us, then we should thank Allah. And if Allah forbid, our existence is not adorned by these characteristics, then we should beseech Allah that He gives us the inclination to embellish ourselves with these characteristics.

General traits

In one tradition Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) has mentioned the general traits of the companions of Imam Mahdi (a.s.):

  • Their hearts are stronger than iron.
  • They will be having complete faith in Allah. There is no place for doubts in their hearts.
  • They shall be tougher than stones. They will uproot the mountain only by turning towards it.
  • They will conquer every city they enter with their standard.
  • They are like swift eagles, mounted on fast horses.
  • They will touch the saddle of Imam’s (a.t.f.s.) mount to seek blessings.
  • They will be encircling Imam (a.t.f.s.) to safeguard him from all calamities and misfortune.
  • They will fulfill every desire of Imam (a.t.f.s.) with their heart and soul. They will not sleep in the nights.
  • They will buzz like honeybees in their prayers.
  • They will pass the night in worship and in the morning they will be seen mounted on horses, ready for helping Imam (a.t.f.s.).
  • They will be devout worshippers by the night and like the lions in the day. They will be more submissive and obedient to Imam than a maidservant. They are like burning lamps and their hearts are like glowing beacons. They are fearful of Allah and testify to His Unity.
  • They are hopeful of martyrdom in the Way of Allah.
  • Their slogan will be “O Avenger of Husain!”
  • When they march, their awe will precede them by a distance of one month’s journey.
  • These are the ones who seek Allah’s Pleasure.
  • Allah will help Imam (a.t.f.s.) through them.

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 307-08, tradition 82)

Number of companions

Imam Mohammad Taqi (a.s) declared,

‘Allah will gather his followers around him. Their number will be 313, the same as the companions of Badr. They will gather from different parts of the earth.’ And this is the exegesis of Allah’s Words, ‘…wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together; surely Allah has power over all things.

(Surah Baqarah, Verse148) (Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 283, tradition 10)

This is the number of companions after the aggregation of which, Imam (a.t.f.s.) will announce his reappearance from the Holy Kaaba.

All  these individuals will be among the sincere ones and when this number swells up to ten thousand, then by Allah’s order, Imam (a.t.f.s.) will establish himself (as Allah’s Representative) and will kill the enemies of Allah.


How will they gather?

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) prophesied,

‘When our Qaem (a.t.f.s.) will establish himself, Allah will gather the people of the East and West. These people will come together in one place in the same m anner as the leaves gather in one place in autumn.’

(Al Sawaeq Al Mohreqa, pg. 163; Muntakhab Al Asar, pg. 477)

According to another tradition from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) these people will gather in one place with the blinking of an eye.

(Ilzam An Nasib, pg. 200)

They will spend the night in their homes and by dawn-break, will reach Makkah Al Mukarramah.

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 286, tradition 21)

They will travel on clouds

Some of them will travel on the clouds by the day. Imam (a.t.f.s.) will recognize them by their names, by the names of their ancestors, by their lineage and by their style and mode. The narrator inquired who will be the most faithful? The prophet replied, ‘The one who will travel on the clouds by the day.’ (Ibid)

They will be extremely brave and pious

Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s) relates,

‘I am seeing Qaem (a.t.f.s.) and his companions in Kufa. Their foreheads bear the distinct marks of prostration. They have the ferociousness of a lion by the day and are intense worshippers by the night. Their bodies will be stronger than steel. The strength of each one of them will be equal to forty men. They will only kill the hypocrites and the infidels.’

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 386, tradition 202)

Their names shall be inscribed on their swords

On each of their swords their names shall be inscribed along with their lineage. (Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 53, pg. 329, tradition 155)

And these swords shall descend from the heavens

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 256, tradition 121)

Contracting of the earth

Imam Mohammad Baqir (a.s) informs,

‘From different parts of the land his (Imam (a.t.f.s.)) Shias will access him as the land will shrink for them. When they reach to him, they shall pay their allegiance to him.’

(Kitab al-Irshad, pg. 341, Muntakhab Al Asar, pg. 198)

From such traditions, it is apparent that the companions of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) will come from different parts of the earth to him. Some will come while in the nights they were in their beds and in the morning they shall be with Imam (a.t.f.s.). Some will reach Imam (a.t.f.s.) with the batting of an eyelid, while some others shall travel with the help of the shrinking earth. It could be that all 313 companions shall reach with the batting of an eyelid and while others shall reach Imam (a.t.f.s.) through different ways. This difference can be possible due to the varied levels of their faith. Some of them will even walk on water. When they will reach the sea seashore, they will write something on their feet and then they will walk on it.’

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol.52, pg. 327, tradition 43)

Extremely Obedient, fragrant and fortunate

Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), while narrating the characteristics of Hazrat Qaim (a.t.f.s.) to Ubayy bin Ka’b, said:

‘Allah shall gather the same number of people as the companions of Badr from different parts of the earth. Imam (a.t.f.s.) has a tablet in which the details of his companions have been written down like their number, names, cities, natures, titles and even their family tree. These will be at the highest level of faith. After that Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) narrated their greatness thus: ‘O Ubayy! Blessed are those who shall meet them, blessed is he who loves them and blessed is he who talks about them, as they shall save them from being destroyed. Allah shall open the doors of heaven for them on the basis of their acceptance of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and Imams (a.s.). Their example is like musk, which spreads but does not change and in the skies their example is like that of the moon whose brightness never diminishes.’

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 310-311, tradition 4)

Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) has compared the companions with musk as it has the best of fragrances. This fragrance can emanate from their bodies or from their immaculate ethics and morals. This implies that their firm actions and
unshakable faith will enliven the surroundings with their fragrance. Here
the companions have been compared to the moon. Moon symbolizes light, but it does not independently emit this light, rather it subsists from the light of the sun. When the moon absorbs the light from the sun, it also becomes bright. Thus the companions have been compared with the moon due to their acceptance of Hazrat Wali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) and their brilliance is an extract from the character of Imam (a.t.f.s.). Another point to be noted here is that people of the earth consider them to be normal (like themselves) while the people of the heavens consider them to be like the beautiful moon.

In another tradition, Imam Mohammad Baqir (a.s.) informs,

‘When the Qaem shall reappear then Allah shall help him, in rows, through the people of the signs, devout worshippers and the descending angels. Jibraeel (a.s.) shall be in front of him, while Mikaaeel (a.s.) shall be on his right and Israfeel (a.s.) on his left. Awe shall precede them from all sides for as long as a month’s journey. Allah’s proximate angels shall accompany them on this expedition. The first to accompany them shall be the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and after him shall be Hazrat Ali (as). He shall have a special sword by which he shall conquer Rome, China, Turkey, Sindh, Hind, Kabul and Hijr.’ ‘Glad tidings is for those who accept him and is among his companions. Woe unto him who disobeys him and his orders and is counted amongst his enemies.’ (Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 229-248, tradition 99)

Indeed what can be better for the one who is amongst his companions and is enumerated along with the proximate angels who are Imam’s (a.t.f.s.) helpers! All shall look alike and they shall all be young Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibne Abi Talib (a.s.) declared, ‘The companions of Mahdi shall all be young and none shall be old except a small number equivalent to the kohl applied to the eyes or the salt sprinkled in the food.’

(Ghaibat-e-Nomani, pg. 170, Roozgaarhaai, vol. 1, pg. 415, tradition 480)

Here by young it could imply ‘intention’ because Allah in the Holy Quran has called Hazrat Ibrahim (as) on the occasion of destroying the idols as ‘Fata’ (youth) ‘They said: We heard a youth called Ibrahim speak of them.’ (Surah Ambiya, Verse 60)

At that time, Hazrat Ibrahim’s (a.s.) age was around 40 years. By this we learn that the one who destroys the idols is considered to be ‘a youth’. When
Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) shall reappear, he shall destroy the idols and will have a youthful appearance. Hazrat Ali (as) in another tradition narrates:

‘I am seeing them (companions of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.)) – they are similar in colour, height, face and clothes. They are united in their hearts and are anxiously trying to search for their lost property. They are troubled and disturbed because of it. At that moment, a person from the extreme wall of the Holy Kaaba will reappear. This person will be an exact replica of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) in his appearance, ethics, mannerisms, beauty and
radiance. These people shall ask him ‘Are you Mahdi?’ He shall reply, ‘Yes I am Mahdi.’ Then they shall all pay allegiance to him.’

(Al-Malaahim wal Fitan, pg. 122,Roozgaarhaai, vol.1, pg. 416, tradition 482)

The reason for their having the same color and features is probably because their thinking shall be similar and their pain and sorrow will be shared. They would have absorbed the faith of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) in such a fashion that they would be just like him in his ethics and morals.

Intellects shall attain perfection; Sight and hearing shall become sharp

One of the characteristics of the companions of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) shall be that their intellects shall be at the highest level and their sense of justice and ethics shall be perfect.

Imam Baqir (a.s.) informs,

‘When our Qaem reappears, he will place his hand on the heads of the people by which their intellects will become complete and their ethics will scale the peak of perfection.’

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 329, tradition 7, 336-47, tradition 71)

Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) declares:

‘I have been raised for the perfection of ethics.’

Therefore, it is apparent that the purpose of the Holy Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) prophethood will become complete with the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.). It is significant that mention of the intellect becoming complete has preceded that of ethics reaching perfection. This is because for ethics to reach the highest level, perfection of the intellect is necessary, as a perfect intellect can never have evil ethics.

After the reappearance of Imam (a.t.f.s.) not only will the intellect become complete but the power of seeing and hearing shall also get more acute.

Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) says:

‘When our Qaem (a.t.f.s.) reappears, Allah will make the seeing and hearing of the people so powerful that nothing shall be concealed between them and their Imam (a.t.f.s.). Imam shall address the people directly and the people shall see and hear Imam from their places.’

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 336, tradition 72)

Instructors of Quran, Carriers of Quran.

Imam Ali (a.s) reveals,

‘I see my Shias in Masjid-e-Kufa and they are teaching the Holy Quran in different tents and teaching it just the way it was revealed.’

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 364, tradition 140-141)

In this tradition, Imam Ali (a.s) has enumerated the companions of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) as his own Shias. This not only serves to highlight the esteemed position of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) but also underscores the status of his companions in the eyes of the Imams (a.s.).

Nowadays the instructor of the Quran does not command any respect nor is his work considered meritorious. Compare this to the one who imparts worldly knowledge and is placed on a pedestal.

It is apparent that people fail to gauge the importance of a teacher by the topic or the book instructed by him. When no worldly book is more esteemed than the Holy Quran and no concept higher than the concepts advocated by the Holy Quran, then the most revered and esteemed one should be the teacher of the Holy Quran. In another tradition Imam Ali (a.s.) predicts, ‘At that time people will be made sharp just as iron (arrow) makes the bow sharp. By reciting the Holy Quran their eyes will become bright and by the exegesis (tafseer) their ears will become alive. They will be drinking day and night from the cup of wisdom.’

Around them would be such people (servants of Allah) who will keep their sayings alive. They will help them, be their advisors, take charge of the responsibilities of their nations and they will help them in fulfilling the works allotted to them by Allah. If we want to be included among the companions of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s), then  we have to be attached to the Holy Quran.

United Heart

Imam Ali (a.s) while narrating the characteristics of the companions of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) asserts, ‘These are the people who do not remind Allah, boasting of their patience in His Cause. They do not exaggerate their endeavors and sacrifices in Allah’s Way. Whenever there is a problem or an unfortunate event occurs and all doors of hope are closed, they gladden their eyes with the radiance of their swords and on the command of their Imam (a.t.f.s.), gain proximity to their Lord. All of them are like lions coming out of their dens. If they want to uproot a mountain from its place they can do so. These are those people who have truly and sincerely acknowledged Allah’s Unity (Tauheed). In the nights they wail due to mortal fear of Allah, just like a mother wails on seeing the corpse of her young son. In the nights they pray and during the day they fast. They are united in ethics and character and their hearts are filled with love, affection and concern for each other.’

(Ilzaamun Nasib, pg 199, Roozgaarhaai, vol. 1, pg. 144, tradition 477)

Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) wrote in one of his signed letters (tawqee) to Shaikh Mufeed (r.a.), ‘May Allah bestow our Shias with the ability to obey, for if they had sincerely adhered to their covenant with united hearts, then there wouldn’t have been any delay in our blessed reappearance.’

In the light of this tawqee, it is apparent that the Shias fulfill the criteria of obedience and worship, but fare miserably on the factor of unity. Mosques  are bursting with people engrossed in various states of worship, but their hearts are hostile towards each other. The condition for meeting Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) and his subsequent reappearance is not only worship, but also to fulfill all other prerequisites in a comprehensive manne r. It must be as if their bodies are different, but their hearts and heartbeats are one. Please pay attention to the following traditions.

Imam Ali (a.s.) predicts:

‘Allah will make their hearts proximate to each other, they shall not get saddened by anyone’s departure nor will they become happy with anyone’s advent. Their number would be that of the companions of Badr (i.e. 313). They will be without any parallel in the past or the present. People of the past were unable to attain this stature and likewise the people of the future will never accomplish their excellence. These companions would be like that of King Taloot (of Bani Israel) (i.e. 313 in number) who had successfully crossed the river. Allah had examined the companions of Taloot by ordering them not to drink water from the river, which would come their way. However, owing to excessive thirst most of them drank from the river except for some (i.e. 313) who followed the orders of their leader and these companions were successful in the examination.’ With this tradition we learn that the companions of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) will  follow the orders of their Imam and will be extremely close to each other. Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s) foretells in one tradition, “When Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) reappears, he will stand between Hajar-e-Aswad and Maqam-e-Ibrahim
and announce – ‘O my chiefs, O my leaders, O my chosen people, O those whom Allah has sent before me for my help and as a storehouse for me. Come to me in obedience’ This call of Imam will be heard across the East and West to the extent that people will come out from their prayer rooms and bedrooms. Everyone will hear this voice and soon people will rush to reach Imam (a.t.f.s).”
Today with the help of electronic media, it is not difficult to hear a sound anywhere. Everywhere sounds and pictures are transferred through satellites and waves. So if the sinners of the world can transfer the sound across the world without any effort, is there anything beyond the ability of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s)?

 Some other social characteristics

In the Sahifa of Hazrat Idris (a.s.) it has been recorded: When Satan sought
divine amnesty till the Day of Judgment, Allah extended him a reprieve till the Appointed Hour (Waqt-e-Ma’loom). Allah declared, ‘It is My Decree that on that day, I shall purify the earth from ignorance, polytheism and sins. Till that time I have appointed such servants who have been tested with faith and their hearts have been purified of the sins and their hearts are now filled with humility, faith, piety, truthfulness, patience, abstinence and with renunciation and precautious piety. I have appointed them to invite the sun  and the moon and made them as My Caliphs on the earth and bestowed them with My favorite religion. They will worship Me and will never associate anyone with Me. They will pray on time, pay the poor rate on time and will always enjoin good and forbid evil.’

‘Allah will create love and affection between them and they will never oppress each other. They will be kind to the young and the old and will respect them. They will remain steadfast on the religion and will always give their judgment based on it. These are My vicegerents, for them I have raised Prophet Mohammad Mustafa (s.a.w.a.) as a Messenger and Hazrat Ali (a.s) as a trustee and made them helpers (of Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and Imam (a.s.))’

‘These are those people who I have chosen for My Prophet Mohammad Mustafa (s.a.w.a.) and for My trustee – Imam Ali (a.s.). I have concealed them in My Hidden Knowledge and all this is bound to happen. On that day I shall destroy your warriors and armies. Go, I have given you respite till the Appointed Hour.’

(Saadus Saood by Syed b. Tawoos (r.a.), pg 34, Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 284, 585 tradition 194)

In this tradition around 30 characteristics of the companions of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) have been narrated and each characteristic is noteworthy.

Severe Examination

As it has been narrated in the beginning, everyone wishes to be among the helpers of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.). Imam Sadiq (a.s.) narrates in a tradition – ‘If I get the era of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s.) then I would most certainly expend my life in his service.’ Even Imam Ali (a.s) has accounted them as his Shias.

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 131, tradition 32)

So is it possible for just about anyone to reach that position? Certainly not! To attain this position one has to undergo severe examination. Imam Sadiq (a.s.) informs, ‘The number of Arabs with the Qaem (a.t.f.s.) would be less.’ Imam (a.s.) was asked, ‘According to the characteristics you have narrated, their numbers appears to be large?’ To this question Imam (a.s) replied, ‘Surely people shall be repeatedly sieved and examined. Again and again they shall be sieved and due to this sieving many people shall exit from religion.’ 

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 348)

It is evident that for such a colossal revolution, it is not going to be an easy
task to arrange for the requisite individuals. There will be major filtering so
that only individuals with the desired traits remain.

Paying allegiance to Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s)

Imam Ali (a.s.) has narrated the criteria for allegiance. The companions will
testify in front of Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) to abide by the below mentioned provisions:

1. They shall never rob

2. They shall never indulge in evil actions

3. They shall never abuse any Muslim

4. They shall never kill anyone unjustly

 5. They shall never humiliate anyone

6. They shall never attack anyone’s house

7. They shall never hit anyone unjustly.

8. They shall never hoard gold, silver, wheat and jowar

 9. They shall never consume the right of an orphan

10. They shall never bear witness without absolute surety

11. They shall never destroy a mosque

12. They shall never drink wine

13. They shall never wear silk clothes

14. They shall never obstruct anyone’s path

15. They shall never spread terror on the streets

16. They shall never indulge in homosexuality

17. They shall never hoard food grains and wheat

18. They shall be content with little.
19.They shall be partial towards purity.

20.They would stay away from uncle anness.

21. They will enjoin good

22. They shall forbid evil

23. They shall never wear thickclothes

24. Clay and mud will be their headrest

25. They will struggle in Allah’s Way as one ought to struggle.

Then Imam-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) will pledge the following:

1. He (a.t.f.s.) will travel with them.

2. Will wear the same clothes as them.

3. Will employ the same mode of  transportation as them. 

4. Will work as per their desire.

5. Will be happy and content with little.

 6. With Allah’s Help, they will fill the earth with justice and tranquility just as it would have been filled with injustice and tyranny.

7. Will worship Allah in a m anner that He should be worshipped.

(Ilzaamun Nasib, pg 201, Roozgaarhaai, vol. 1, pg. 465, tradition 564, Muntakhabul Asar, pg 469)

Imam (a.t.f.s.) will take allegiance from his companions on these criteria (mentioned earlier) and once the companions fulfill the criteria, then Imam (a.t.f.s.) will remain with them and spend his life alongside them. This highlights the intense love and affection of Imam (a.t.f.s.) for his companions. ‘May my father, my mother, my family, myself and my wealth be sacrificed upon you, O my Master, O Saahebuz Zamaan!