As the devotees of our beloved occulted Imam (may Allah hasten his
reappearance), we often speak about the idea of awaiting our Imam. There are
many narrations which confirm that exercising Intidhar Al Faraj (awaiting the
relief) is the best and most important type of worship. It is the best form of
Jihad, and Imam Ali (peace be upon him) has said, "Await the relief, and do
not become desperate from the Spirit of Allah, as the best of deeds near Allah
is Intidhar Al-Faraj...and he who waits regarding our matter is like one who
sacrificed his blood for Allah."
What does it mean to Await?
In the context of our Imam, to await him really means to be prepared for his
return. For example, if you are expecting a VIP guest at home, you will surely
prepare yourself and your home and be ready to greet him when he arrives.
However, if your guest appears at your door and finds the lights out, sees you
in your pajamas, and finds your home in a mess, then it is a sign that the host
was not awaiting or preparing for the guest's arrival.
There are five key elements of Intidhaar that must be implemented for it to
become a reality:
1. To become discontent about the current situation and circumstances which will
lead us to oppose and criticize.
2. To have a clear vision of our aim and an adamant desire for the establishment
of the Imam's divine government.
3. To have strong and unwavering faith in the reappearance of our Imam and his
great role in manifesting Divine justice and rule. As believers, we may bear the
knowledge of his reappearance and its signs, but it is a totally different
ballgame to actually believe in that concept without an atom of hesitation or
4. To have Tasdeeq in the return of the Imam means a high level of certitude
that it will happen, which will then cause us to supplicate and request its
5. Another important quality which the followers of our Imam should possess is
loyalty and steadfastness to the Divine cause of our Imam. This sense of loyalty
will cause us to be patient in the midst of trials and tribulations in this
world. It will lead to perseverance which Imam Hussein and Lady Zeinab (peace be
upon them) taught us in the Karbala tragedy, that no matter how much hardship we
face, we must never lose hope in Divine relief.
We should not be among those who will lose their faith and return back on their
covenants at the time of the reappearance of our Imam. While the devotees of the
Imam are exercising patience, this patience should be accompanied by active
cooperation with the other devotees of our Imam to defend the system of Wilayah
by all means, until Allah wills for His ultimate mercy to be manifested in the
reappearance of the Imam.
We are encouraged to recite in Nudba Supplication, "When shall we abridge the
gap that separates us from the vision so that we may refer to the authority? How
long shall we keep waiting for your pleasing satisfying essence and quality?
Already the period of expectation has lasted too long! When shall we receive our
share from you and have our minds set at rest? For we have fixed our eyes upon
you and strive with perseverance. When shall we be happy, and see your beautiful
form and fine aspect?"
6. When we have reached the point of certitude coupled with yearning to our
Imam, which leads to beseeching our Lord in this regards, we will then DO
something about it! Our feeling of longing for our beloved Imam will cause us to
take actions to support his government and set the stage for it. We will prepare
ourselves spiritually and religiously, so that we can serve under him and raise
our children to become his committed soldiers. In fact, our level of certitude
is proportionate to our willingness to act in support of that purpose.