Imam Mahdi, The Ultimate Witness Of Our Deeds

🟣 Imam Mahdi PBUH makes the “Fear of committing sins” for those who believe and have faith in Him.
🔹Nothing prevents us from committing a sin more than acknowledging the fact that Imam Mahdi PBUH is watching us all the time. The Imam PBUH not only is witnessing our actions but he is aware of our hearts and intentions as well.

📜Quran 9:105
“And say, “Do [as you will], for God will see your deeds, and so, will His Messenger and the believers, and you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed…”

🔺Imam Reza PBUH said:
“The meaning of the word ‘Believers’ in this verse, is us, The Ahlulbayt (a)

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Explanation

In the Holy Quran, it is stated that God, the Messenger, and the believers are witnesses and observers of our actions.

Ayatollah Tabatabai comments on this verse:

“Every action that a person does, whether good or bad, is witnessed by God, the Messenger (PBUH), and the believers (the infallible Imams).
📚 Tabatabai, Al-Mizan, translated by Mousavi Hamdani, fifth edition, vol.9, p.398

” However, regarding the observation by the infallible Imams (peace be upon them), Imam Sadiq (AS) stated: “The actions of people are presented to the Messenger of God (PBUH) and the infallible Imams on Thursdays.”

Therefore, Imam Mahdi (AJF), beyond the curtain of occultation, witnesses and observes the actions of people. Imam Khomeini (RA) based on such narrations wrote: “Know that you are under observation, our actions are presented to Imam Mahdi (AJF) according to the narrations. May God forbid that they are dissatisfied with me, you, and other friends.”

From some other narrations, it is understood that the Prophet (PBUH) and all the infallible Imams (AS) are witnesses of our actions. Abdullah ibn Aban Zi’at, who had a high rank in front of Imam Reza (AS), said: “I asked him to pray for me and my family.” The Imam (AS) replied: “Do you think I don’t pray? By God, your actions are presented to me every morning and evening.”

Therefore, it can be said that Imam Mahdi (AJF) through various ways such as the presentation of actions is a witness to the actions and has a scientific oversight of the performance of people and they know by divine permission who is doing what. However, the details of how Imam Mahdi (AJF) sees the actions of people and is informed every moment are unknown to us, but as narrations indicate, the actions of people are presented to Imam Mahdi (AJF) every day or every week and he is aware of the good and bad actions.

Imam Khomeini’s Perspective on the Record of Actions

Imam Khomeini states regarding the presentation of our actions to Imam Mahdi:

It has been narrated that the file of our actions in every era is presented to the Imam of our time in that era. As a result, our actions in this era are presented to the presence of Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance) and His Eminence is informed of our actions. Imam Khomeini (may God rest his soul) had statements in this regard that we mention here.

All the particles of our actions are under the scrutiny of God Almighty, and according to narrations, the record of our actions is presented to the Imam of the time. Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) watches over us.

Please be aware that in your actions, do not let it be the case that when they are presented to Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him), God unwillingly is disgruntled, and the angels of God become somewhat disappointed because these are my Shi’a. These are my friends, and they have acted contrary to the purposes of God. If a leader of a community acts against their people, that leader becomes indifferent. So, make sure that when the records are presented, they do not affect him.

Before our records of actions reach the presence of God and before they reach the presence of Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him), we ourselves must consider our record of actions.

When they take our records to Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) (as narrated, they take them every week, twice a week), make sure that when they take them, our actions reflect our obedience. We are not to act on our own whim.

I fear that we might do something that makes Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) feel ashamed in the presence of God. These are Shi’as who are doing this! God forbid that something not intended by God be issued by us, that when the writing reaches the angelic scribes who watch over us, they become competitors. Every person has a competitor and is being watched. The particles passing over your hearts have a rival. Our eyes have a rival. Our ears have a rival. Our tongues have a rival. Our hearts have a rival. Those who watch over these, be careful not to inadvertently do something that causes sadness to Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). Take care of yourselves, guard yourselves.

Presentation of People’s Deeds to the Imam of the Age:

According to reliable narrations, all the affairs and deeds of the people are presented to the Prophet (PBUH) and the infallible Imams (Peace be upon Them) who are the vicegerents of God on the earth. As the living current vicegerent of God on the earth is Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance), he is the one to whom the affairs are presented.

According to religious sources, prophets and infallible Imams are informed about the actions of other people, a belief that is deeply rooted in Shia teachings and has Quranic origins. Numerous narrations have been mentioned in this regard. Imam Sadiq (peace be upon him) said:

حَدَّثَنَا اَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْحُسَیْنِ بْنِ سَعِیدٍ عَنِ النَّضْرِ بْنِ سُوَیْدٍ عَنْ یَحْیَی الْحَلَبِیِّ عَنْ اُدَیْمِ بْنِ الْحُرِّ عَنْ مُعَلَّی بْنِ خُنَیْسٍ عَنْ اَبِی عَبْدِ اللَّهِ (علیه‌السّلام) فِی قَوْلِ اللَّهِ تَبَارَکَ وَ تَعَالَی اعْمَلُوا فَسَیَرَی اللَّهُ عَمَلَکُمْ وَ رَسُولُهُ وَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ قَالَ هُوَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ (صلی‌الله‌علیه‌و‌آله‌وسلّم) وَ الْاَئِمَّةُ تُعْرَضُ عَلَیْهِمْ اَعْمَالُ الْعِبَادِ کُلَ خَمِیسٍ.

The word “Believers” in this verse refers to the Messenger of God (PBUH) and the Imams, upon whom the deeds of the people are displayed every Thursday.

📚 Tafsir Ahl al-Bayt PBHT, Vol.6, P.328
📚 Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 23, p. 345
📚 Basayr al-Darjead, p. 427

The Ever-Present Gaze: How Imam Mahdi (PBUH) Inspires Righteous Living

For those who have faith in the awaited Imam Mahdi (PBUH), his very existence instills a profound sense of accountability. The knowledge that he witnesses our every action and intention serves as a powerful deterrent against sin and a catalyst for self control and virtuous conduct.

The Qur’an itself affirms this concept in verse 9:105;

“And say, ‘Do [as you will], for God will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the Believers…'”

According to Imam Reza (PBUH), the term “Believers” in this verse refers specifically to the AhlulBayt (the Holy Household of the Prophet). This divine assertion carries immense weight, as it highlights the ever-vigilant presence of not only God and His Messenger but also the Imams, including the awaited Imam Mahdi (PBUH) who is the 12th and current Imam of our era and time. Their gaze penetrates beyond mere outward actions, perceiving the very intentions that reside within our hearts.

For the faithful, this realization cultivates a heightened sense of Taqwa, or God-consciousness (Click here for more information about Taqwa), prompting a lifestyle of mindfulness and spiritual discipline. The awareness that the Imam of the time (PBUH), is an ever-present witness to our deeds becomes a powerful deterrent against transgression, as we strive to conduct ourselves in a manner befitting his exalted station.

Moreover, this belief fosters a deep connection with the Imam (a), as we seek to align our thoughts, words, and actions with his sublime example. It is a constant reminder to embody the virtues he represents, such as justice, compassion, and unwavering devotion to the divine path.

In essence, the concept of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) as a witness to our lives serves as a transformative force, inspiring us to live with heightened spiritual awareness, moral rectitude, and a profound sense of accountability before the divinely appointed guide of our age.

Here are some psychological facts related to the article:

The awareness of being observed or monitored can significantly influence human behavior, a phenomenon known as the “observer effect” or “Hawthorne effect.” Studies have shown that individuals tend to modify their actions and performance when they believe they are being watched, often striving to present themselves in a more favorable light.

This psychological principle aligns with the concept of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) as an ever-present witness, as it can serve as a powerful motivator for individuals to act more virtuously and avoid misconduct. The belief that a revered and divine but meanwhile a human figure is constantly aware of one’s thoughts and actions can foster a heightened sense of self-regulation and moral consciousness.

Additionally, the belief in Imam Mahdi (PBUH) as a spiritual guide can provide a sense of purpose, direction, and moral framework, which can positively impact psychological well-being and social interactions. Having a clear set of values and principles to strive towards can contribute to a sense of meaning and fulfillment in life.

Social results of believing in Imam Mahdi PBUH as as an ever-present witness

The widespread acceptance and internalization of the concept of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) as a witness to human conduct could yield transformative social benefits. By striving to emulate the exemplary virtues embodied by Imam Mahdi (PBUH), such as justice, compassion, and unwavering commitment to righteousness, individuals would cultivate a heightened sense of moral accountability and self-regulation. This ethical consciousness would permeate all spheres of society, serving as a powerful deterrent against injustice, oppression, and corruption. As people align their thoughts, words, and deeds with the sublime guidance of the divinely appointed Imam, a paradigm shift towards a more equitable, harmonious, and ethically grounded social order could emerge. Conflicts would be resolved through peaceful means, human rights would be upheld, and mutual respect and understanding would prevail, reflecting the virtuous conduct advocated by Imam Mahdi (PBUH). Ultimately, the widespread embrace of this belief system could pave the way for the realization of a utopian society, a true embodiment of the paradise envisioned by divine teachings, where spiritual principles govern human interactions, ensuring justice, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to the greater good.

Conclusion:

The concept of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) as an ever-present witness to our actions and intentions is a profound and transformative belief. It serves as a constant reminder to live with unwavering moral integrity, spiritual discipline, and a deep sense of accountability before the divinely appointed guide of our age or the Imam of the time.

This belief transcends mere external observance; it penetrates the depths of our hearts and souls, compelling us to align our thoughts, words, and deeds with Imam Mahdi (PBUH), the sublime example set by God. It is a reminder to embody the qualities he represents – justice, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to God, hence, It is a powerful force that cultivates Taqwa, or God-consciousness, and fosters a heightened sense of purpose and spiritual well-being.

This belief finds support in scientific principles as well. The “observer effect” or “Hawthorne effect” in psychology demonstrates that individuals tend to modify their behavior and performance when they believe they are being watched or observed. The awareness of Imam Mahdi’s (PBUH) gaze can have a similar impact, fostering self-regulation and moral consciousness.

Ultimately, this belief is a testament to the transformative power of faith and the profound impact that a spiritual connection with the Imam of the time can have on our lives, socially, spiritually and psychologically.

Important Notes:

  • Imam Mahdi’s (PBUH) existence instills a profound sense of accountability and deters sinful behavior.
  • The belief that Imam Mahdi (PBUH) witnesses all actions and intentions serves as a powerful deterrent against sin.
  • The Qur’anic verse 9:105 affirms the presence of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) as a witness, along with God and the Prophet.
  • The awareness of Imam Mahdi’s (PBUH) gaze cultivates a heightened sense of taqwa (God-consciousness) and spiritual discipline.
  • The belief in Imam Mahdi (PBUH) as a witness inspires individuals to align their thoughts, words, and actions with his sublime example.
  • This concept serves as a transformative force, inspiring spiritual awareness, moral rectitude, and a profound sense of accountability.

FAQ

QuestionAnswer
Who is Imam Mahdi (PBUH)?Imam Mahdi (PBUH) is the awaited Imam, the divinely appointed spiritual and religious guide, believed to be in occultation (divine concealment) by Shia Muslims.
Why is the concept of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) as a witness significant?The belief that Imam Mahdi (PBUH) witnesses all actions and intentions serves as a powerful deterrent against sin and a motivation for righteous living.
How does the Qur’anic verse 9:105 relate to this concept?The verse affirms that God, the Prophet, and the “believers” (interpreted as the Ahlul Bayt, including Imam Mahdi (PBUH)) are witnesses to our deeds and intentions.
What are the psychological effects of this belief?It can foster a heightened sense of self-regulation, moral consciousness, purpose, and spiritual well-being.