The characteristics of the belief in Imam Al-Mahdi (May God hasten his honorable revelation) in the Words of the Leader
Occasion: The anniversary of the Birth of Imam Mahdi
We offer our deepest congratulations to The Master of This Time Imam Al-Mahdi (May God hasten his honorable revelation), the Authority of the Muslims during the absence of Imam Al-Mahdi (May God hasten his honorable revelation) Imam Al-Khaminaei (May God lengthen his presence among us), and all the believers and the resistants in particular for the anniversary of the birth of Imam Al-Mahdi. And hereinafter, fragments of the speech that the Authority of the Muslims Sayyed Ali Khameini (May God keep him) had delivered on this blessed occasion (15/ Sha'aban/ 1418 Tehran):
"I offer my congratulations to all the brothers, the Iranian nation, the Shiites in all the world, and every one who is being oppressed in any region in this world and looking forward to a glimpse of hope on the occasion of this great and blessed eid, the birth of the seal of the imams, the Master of theis Time Imam Al-Mahdi may our souls be sacrified to his sacred soil and may God hasten his appearence.
The 15th day of Shaaban is considered one of the most important days of the year, which is coincided with the birth of the Greatest Name of Allah may our souls be sacrified to him, in addition that the night of the 15th of Shaaban and its day as well are one of the most blessed nights and days.
Hence, the night of the 15th of Shaaban has very great blessings and follows the nights of power (Qader) with regard to its importance. In this night, people address God Almighty and supplicate and pray for Him. There exist some special rituals and supplications, and we hope to succeed in doing these rituals, and if not, we hope from you to take much care of it in the coming years, so that you can succeed in doing these rituals.
The issue of Imam Mahdi's birth acquires another importance in which it is related with waiting and the promising pledge which our creed and our Islamic religion announced us by. So we should remember this pledge which we are promised to happen at the end of the era, it is Mahdi's pledge, and we should stress on it and make precise studies for it and offer beneficial researches.
All the positive believes had been exposed to attacks from its opponents. O brothers and sisters, you should know that this is a very important point!! So be aware that today we should be so alert, since they drilled for the Islamic teachings and its rules, and whenever they find a belief or a rule in the sacred Sharia which has a great positive side in the life and the future of the member, the society and the Islamic nation, they face it and defend it in any way aiming to eradicate it, but if they weren't able, they try to play with its content. On the other side, some people wonder and set aside saying: what is the relation for the enemy, and how it is possible for them to free the Islamic dogmas from its benefit for the people?? Sure, this concept is wrong; since the enemies are able to do that, but not in this duration, but for the far days which might extend to thousands of years and hence be able to efface an enlightened pit inside it or vacate it from its essence, or present a darken point. The Muslim's dogmas were attacked for many such things, as what happened to unification belief, and Imamate belief, as well as the moral concepts such as the concept of patience, reliance, and intercession.
All these are very important points, if the Muslims realize their reality, then they will be as the stimulator that will share in the progress of the Islamic society forward.
Moreover, they tried a lot to do the same with the belief of the promised Mahdi which provide that a man will appear at the end of the era, he is a member of the family of the Messenger of Allah, and he will fill the land with justice and equity and will annihilate the oppression, the distinction, the exploitation, and the caste. This doctrine is not specialized with the Shiites, but all the Muslims believe in it; except some who have their own opinion with respect to its details and branches. But the origin of the issue is that a man from the Messenger of Allah family will appear in a specific time to make a strong divine movement and fill the land with justice and equity after it was filled with oppression and tyranny. This issue is frequent with all the Muslims and accepted by them as well.
This doctrine is able to solve the problems. And because this doctrine is so important and effective, some enemies and ignorant friends tried to empty it from its content, and some times the affliction that comes from the ignorant friend is more hurting than that one which comes from the rational enemy; now, we will shed the light on the efforts of the rational enemies that they are doing against this doctrine.
Hence, the belief in the Mahdism and with the concept of the promised Mahdi in turn grants life in the hearts, and he who belief in this doctrine, doesn't despair because he is sure that the end will be shiny, so he tries to reach it without the fear of failure.
It is so normal that when they fail in rifling this doctrine from the souls, then they resort to distort it mentally. But the question is: how is this doctrine being distorted? Simply this happens by saying: Al-Mahdi will appear and he will be the one who will repair all the matters, and we should do nothing!! Here comes the distortion for this doctrine, and changing it from motivator to a thing that has no efficiency, and from a strengthening medicine to a narcotic and anesthetic disease.
I ask God Almighty that all these problems and obstacles vanish and end because of this great mutual relation with the Master of the Time (May God hasten his honorable revelation) and due to God and His power".
Eventually, all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.