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The Twelve Mahdis

Do twelve Mahdis come after the twelve Imams?

After reading the Will of Prophet Muhammed (pbuhahf) most Shias ask themselves:

Why do so many narrations only talk about the 12 Imams (pbut) and do not mention the 12 Mahdis (pbut)?

The answer is that even though the concept of 12 Mahdis (pbut) after the 12 Imams (pbut) is not well-known amongst the mainstream Shias, it is clearly narrated in the words of the Ahlul Bayt (pbut) and has always been part of the Shia belief.

Twelve Mahdis come after the Qaim, Imam Mahdi (pbuh):

Both Shia and Sunni sources state that twelve Mahdis will succeed Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuh).

Imam Sajad (pbuh) said: “The Qaim will appear from among us and after him there will be twelve Mahdis.”

Sharh Alkhbar vol.3 p.400 Hadith.1281; Mukhtasar Basa’ir alDarajat, p.49 (from Abi Abdulla a.s); Muntakhab alAnwar alMuthee’a, p.354, section.150 (narrations of Raj’a); Bihar alAnwar, vol.109, p.148; Tarikh ma Ba’d alThuhur, p.639;642;648;650

Bader AlDeen AlAyni AlHanafi said: “It is possible in that there will be 12 after the Mahdi that will emerge in the end times…” until he says: “And then after him, his son will rule, and so with that there will be 12 kings, each one of them is an Imam Mahdi.”

– Umdat AlQaree Sharh Saheeh AlBukhari Author

From a long passage he said: Abu AlHussein son of AlMunadi: On the part where he collected about the Mahdi, it possible in the meaning of the hadeeth “There will be 12 caliphates” that this will happen after the Mahdi who will emerge in the end times, for I found in the book of Daniel, when the Mahdi dies, there will be 5 men ruling from the son of the oldest grandson, and then 5 from the son of the younger grandson, and then the last one will pass his leadership from the son of the oldest grandson, and then his son will rule, and 12 kings will reign, each one of them is an Imam Mahdi.

– Fateh AlBari Sharh Saheeh AlBukhari for Ibn Hajar 20/266 #6682

The Prince of believers states in the following narration that a mosque will be built in Heera where the caliphate of the Qa’im will pray in it, and then he [pbuh] said: “and 12 Imams of justice will pray in it” and those Imams (pbut) will pray in it after the Qa’im (pbuh) builds it, which means they are not the same 12 Imams, but rather they are those whom other narrations names them by (Mahdis).
Habbah Al-Arni said: the Prince of the believers [pbuh] went out to Heera and said: “this will be joined to this” and he pointed with his hand to Kofa and Heera “until a cubit in between them will be sold in Dinars, and then in Heera a mosque shall be built which has 500 doors, the caliphate of the Qa’im (May God hasten his relief) shall pray in it, because the mosque of Kofa will be small for them and 12 Imams of justice will pray in it

– Bihar AlAnwar v.52 p.474, Tahtheeb AlAhkaam by Sheikh Al-Tosi v.3 p.245

After the Qaim will be twelve Mahdis, and not twelve Imams:

“Abu Baseer said: I told Al-Sadiq, Jafar Bin Mohammad (pbuh): “O son of the Prophet, I once heard your father (pbuh) saying that after the Qaem there shall be twelve Mahdis“. Then Al-Sadiq (pbuh) said: “Indeed, he said ‘twelve Mahdis’ and he did not say ‘twelve Imams’. They are from our followers (Shia), who shall call upon people to support us and who shall identify our right.”

Kamal AlDeen, chapter 2, page.358, Hadith.56; Iiqaath min alHaj’a, page.369, Door.11, Hadith.12; Mukhtasar Basa’ir alDarajat, p.38 (Online version: vol.1, p.41); Bihar alAnwar, vol.53, p.145, door.30 Hadith.1; also vol.53, p.115

There are eleven Mahdis after the Qaim, the first Mahdi (pbuh):

“Abi Abdulllah (pbuh) said: “O Aba Hamza, verily there will be from us, after the Qaim (pbuh) 11 Mahdis from the sons of Hussein (pbuh).”

Ghaiba lilTusi, p.478, Hadith.504; Iiqaath min al-Haj’a lilSheikh alHor al-Amili, Door.11, Hadith.2 (Online version: p.362); al-Usool alSita Ashara p.91; Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.4, p.77, Hadith.1148-1149; Mukhtasir Basa’ir

There are Mahdis after the Mahdi:

The Prophet of Allah pbuh said: “The Mahdi and 7 after him from his sons, are all righteous, no one will be like them.”

Sharh Al Akhbar AlQathi AlNuman AlMagrebi v.3 p.401 Hadith.1284

There are Qaims after Imam Mahdi (pbuh):

From Abu Jaafer and Abu Abdullah (pbuh) mentioning Kufa he said: “Masjid Suhail where Allah hasn’t sent a Prophet except that he prayed inside it. From it justice shall appear by Allah, and in it will be His riser/ Qaim and after him will be risers/ Qaims, and they have the dwellings of the Prophets, successors, and the true believers.”

Wasa’el Al Shia, v.3 p.524. And v.10 p.282.; Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.3, p.302, Hadith.839; TahTheeb alAhkam, vol.6, p.31, Door.10, Hadith.1; Bihar alAnwar, vol.53, p.148. And vol.97, p.440; Kamaal alZiyarat, vol.1, p.76, Hadith.69

The Mahdi, the Victor (Mansoor), then the Imams who are Mahdis:

From Abdullah from the Prophet of Allah (pbuhahf), he said: “The Mahdi and the Victor (Mansoor) and those after them, and so they will be the Imams who are Mahdis. Allah shall bring down to them what He promised in His book and upon the tongue of His Prophet (pbuhahf), by His Strength and Might.”

Sharh AlAkhbar Fe Fatha’el Al’A’ema Al’AT’haar from Numaan v.3 p.400 Hadith.1283

There are Imams from Imam Mahdi’s (pbuh) sons:

Peace and blessings on your Guardian (Imam Al Mahdi), and those who bear your promise and the Imams from his sons.

Mosbaah AlMotahajid lilTusi p.409; Jamaal alIsboo’ lil-Ibn Tawoos p.306; Hayaat alImam alMahdi p.55; Bihar AlAnwar v.52 p.22. And v.53 p.220. And v.99 p.114

The thirteenth successor after the Prophet

The following narration mention 12 Imams from the children of Fatima, Ali and Muhammad (pbut). Since Ali (pbuh) can not be a part of these specific twelve, there must be a thirteenth Imam. And according to Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuhahf) Will, this is the First Mahdi (pbuh) who is the thirteenth successor from the twenty four successors (pbut).

The Prophet of Allah (pbuhap) said: “Me and 12 from my sons and you, O Ali, are the balance of this earth, meaning its pegs and the mountains, Allah has made us the pegs of the Earth so it does not become wrecked on its people, so if the 12 from my sons went away then the Earth would be wrecked on its people and they will not have vision/ insight.”

AlKafi lilSheikh alKulayni v.1 p.534 Hadith.17 (Online version: 1/779); Ma’alim alMadrastain v.3 p.265 Hadith.17; Ma’saat aZahraa’ v.1 p.154; Lamhaat lilSheikh Latfullah alSafi p.217; TathHeeb Ahadith alShia p.265

There are twelve Imams from lineage of Ali and Fatima:

Al-Hassan ibn Ali (pbuh) said: “Prophet of Allah (pbuhahf) promised us that this matter shall be ruled by 12 Imams from the sons of Ali and Fatima.”

AlAnwar alBahiya p.91; Al-Insaf fi alNus ‘an alAimma p.185; Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.3 p.172, Hadith.698; Bihar Al Anwar Al-Majlesy, vol.44 p.138-139

From Anas ibn Malik: …So I said: Who are your Disciples O Prophet of Allah (pbuhahf)? So he (pbuhahf) said: “The Imams after me are 12 from the lineage of Ali (pbuh) and Fatima, they are my disciples and my supporters (Ansari), salutations and peace upon them from Allah.”

Lamhaat lilSheikh Latfullah Al Safi p.220; Kifayat alAthar p.69; Manaqib Ali bin Abi Talib, vol.1 p.213; Bihar Al Anwar Al-Majleesi, vol.36 p.271; And vol.36 p.309

Prophet of Allah pbuh said: “From my sons will be 12 Naqeeb (princes), they are noble, spoken to by Angels and conveyers of knowledge, the last of them is the Riser (Qaim) of truth who will fill the Earth with justice just as it will be filled with oppression.”

AlAnwar alBahiya p.10;1 Al-Insaf fi alNus ‘an alAimma p.101; AlKafi lilSheikh alKulayni v.1 p.534 Hadith.18

Narrated that Jabir alAnsari said: “I entered to Fatima the daughter of the Prophet of Allah (pbuhap) and she had a tablet infront of her that had the names of the successors and the Imams from her sons, so she counted 12 names and the last of them is the Qaim, 3 of them were Muhammad and 3 of them were Ali.”

AlKafi lilSheikh alKulayni v.1 p.532 Hadith.9; Ghaiba lilTusi p.139; alKhisaal lilSheikh alSadooq p.477-478, Doors.11, Hadith.42; Sharh Akhbar vol.3 p.352; Rawdha alwaa’itheen p.261; Lamhaat lilSheikh Latfullah alSafi p.218

There are twelve Imams from descendants of Muhammad and Ali

Narrated from Zurara who said the following: I heard abu Jafar say: “The twelve Imams all from the family of Muhammad (sawas) are the ones to whom (the Angels) speak. They all are from the descendants of the Messenger of Allah and the descendants of Ali. The Messenger of Allah and Ali (pbut) are their ancestors.”

AlKafi lilSheikh alKulayni v.1 p.531 Hadith.7; And v.1 p.533 Hadith.14; Ghaiba lilTusi p.152; Al-Insaf fi alNus an alAimma p.218; Lamhaat li alSheikh Latfullah alSafi p.216; Bihar AlAnwar vol.26 p.72; And vol.36 p.393

Ali ibn Abi Talib (pbuh) said: “This nation (Ummah) will have twelve Imams. All of them will be from the descendants of the the Holy Prophet (pbuh) of this nation. They will be from my descendants.”

AlKafi lilSheikh alKulayni v.1 p.532 Hadith.8; Ghaiba lilTusi p.153-154; Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.3 p.158, Hadith.689; Lamhaat li alSheikh Latfullah alSafi p.219; Bihar AlAnwar vol.36 p.381; And vol.109 p.15

The Expected Qaim and the Unknown Imam:

Prince of the Believers (as) told a long story and then said: “When armies get ready, different leaders rise, revolters rebel, and unbelievers perish, then the expected Qaim will emerge, and the unknown Imam, for him is honor and virtue. O Hussain, he is your descendant, there is no son like him. He will appear between the two corners (of the Kaaba) in ragged cloths. He will appear upon the Two Weighty Things (Thaqalain: Quran and Ahlulbayt), and he will rule over all the people and will clear the world of every evil. Blessed is he, who lives until his age and enjoys his rule.”

Ghaiba lilNumani, p.283, Door.14, Hadith.55 (Online version: p.275); Mujam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.3 p.16, Hadith.570; Bisharat al-Islam, Hadith.177; Ilzam alNasib fi Ithbat alHujja alGha’ib, vol.2 p.112; Mikyal alMakarim, vol.2 p.315; Qadatna kaif Na’rufhum, vol.4 p.507; Bihar AlAnwar vol.52 p.236, Door.25, Hadith.104

Approx. 300 million Shias today know about Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuh) and millions of Sunnis too, Muhammad son of Al-Hassan (pbuh) he is known but for the unknown Imam, who could he be?

It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa from Abdullah bin Hammad from Ibrahim bin Abdullah bin Alaa from his father from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (as) that he said:
“Amirul Momineen (as) informed of some things that would happen after him until the appearance of the Qaim.
Imam Husain (as) asked him: “O Amirul Momineen, when does Allah clear the world from the unjust people?”
Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said: “Allah does not clear the world from the unjust until the sacred blood is shed.” He mentioned the story of the Umayyads and the Abbasids in a long tradition then he said: “When the Qaim rises in Khurasan, defeats Kufa and the two nations, passes the island of Bani Kawan, and another revolter from us rises in Jeelan, who will be supported by the people of Aabir and Daylaman, then the banners of the Turks will rise in different countries to support my son (the Qaim). Then some things will happen here and there. Basra will be destroyed and the Amir of the Amirs will rule in Egypt.”
He told a long story and then said: “When armies get ready, different leaders rise, revolters rebel and unbelievers perish then the expected Qaim and the unknown Imam will appear with honor and virtue.
O Husain, he is your descendant, who has no like at all. He will appear between the two corners (of the Kaaba) in ragged cloths. He will rule over all the peoples and will clear the world of every evil. Blessed is he, who lives until his (the Qaim’s) age and enjoys his rule.”

– Bihar Al Anwar – The Promised Mahdi, page132, hadith 104

The Begotten from the back of the Eleventh of Imam Ali’s sons

From Asbagh bin Nubatah that he said: I came to Amirul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as) and found him thoughtful. He was drawing lines on the ground. I said: O Chief of believers, why do I see you thoughtful and you are making lines on the earth? Is it out of desire for the earth? He said: “No, by Allah, I have never desired it, nor for what is in the world even for one day. I was thinking about the one who will be born from the back of the eleventh from my sons. He is the Mahdi and he will fill the earth with equity as it will be full of oppression and injustice. There will be a perplexity and occultation related to him in which communities will go astray and communities will be guided. “I said: O my Master, how long will this perplexity and occultation last? He said: “Six days, or six months, or six years.” So I said: Is this realy going to happen? He said: “Yes, just as he will be [certainly] created. How would you know this, Asbagh! They are the best of this Ummah and the companions of the righteous of this Household.” I said: What will happen after that? He said: “Allah will do what He desires, for He has wills and purposes and outcomes.”

Ghaiba lilTusi, p.164-166, Hadith.127. And p.336, Hadith.282.; Al-Ikhtisaas, lilSheikh alMufeed, p.209; Kamal alDeen lilSadooq, published by Maktabatul Adaab alSharqiya edition 2009, p.210, hadith.1 [Mikyal alMakarim, vol.1 p.113; Nahj alSa’aada, vol.7 p.464; Tah-Theeb alMaqal fi Tanqeeh Kitab Rijal alNajashi, vol.5, p.208, narrated from the old verison of alKafi

Who is the 11th from Imam Ali’s (pbuh) sons?

  1. son: Imam Hasan
  2. son: Imam Hussain
  3. son: Imam Ali ibn Hussein
  4. son: Imam Muhammad ibn Ali
  5. son: Imam Jafar ibn Muhammad
  6. son: Imam Musa ibn Jafar
  7. son: Imam Ali ibn Musa
  8. son: Imam Muhammad ibn Ali
  9. son: Imam Ali ibn Muhammad
  10. son: Imam Hasan ibn Ali
  11. son: Imam Muhammad ibn Hassan
  12. son: Ahmed (pbut).

The 11th son is Imam Mahdi (pbuh). So who will be the descendant of Imam Mahdi (pbuh)? Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh). 

Imam Mahdi’s Successor

Find further proof that Imam Mahdi (pbuh) indeed has a Sucessor, who is his helper already before he suceeds him in the rule.

It is narrated from Amirul Momineen (as) that he said in Hira: “This place will join with that (pointing to Kufa). So much so that the land between them would be sold for a dinar per cubit. A Masjid will come up at Hira having 500 gates and the Khaliph of Imam Qaim will lead prayer in it, because the Kufa Masjid would be overcrowded and twelve just Imams would be leading prayers in it.” I said: O Amirul Momineen (as), is the Kufa Masjid big enough for the people you are describing at that time? He replied: “Another four Masjids would be built there and the Kufa Masjid would be the smallest. This Masjid and two Masjids would be on this side of Kufa and on the other side.” Then he pointed to the Basrin and Gharrin streams.”

TahTheeb AlAhkaam vol.3 p.253, Door.25, Hadith.19 (Online: vol.4 p.254); Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.3 p.112, Hadith.651; ‘Aqeedatul Muslimeen fi alMahdi p.348, Door.9 Part.1, Hadith.4; Jaami’ Ahadith alShia, vol.4 p.540, Door.43, Hadith.43; Thikra alShia fi Ahkam alShari’a, vol.3 p.119, Door.7; Bihar alAnwar, vol.52 p.374

Imam Jaafer (pbuh) says: “So the Qaim will stand between the Rukn and Maqam and with him is his Wazeer (Vizier), … And he shall emerge from Mecca, him and who was with him from the 300 and few 10s, and they will pledge allegiance to him between the Rukn and Maqam, and with him is the Promise of the Prophet of Allah (pbuhap), his Banner and his Weapon, and so he shall pray and then leave and with him is his Wazeer (Vizier/ minister).”

Tafsir alAyashi, vol.1, p.65, Hadith.117; Mikyal alMakaarim, vol.1, p.255; Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.5, p.21, Hadith.1452; Bihar alAnwar v.52 p.222-223

Allegiance to Ahmed (pbuh) after allegiance to Al-Mahdi (pbuh)

Imam Jaafer (pbuh) says: “So the Qaim will stand between the Rukn and Maqam and with him is his Wazeer (Vizier), … And he shall emerge from Mecca, him and who was with him from the 300 and few 10s, and they will pledge allegiance to him between the Rukn and Maqam, and with him is the Promise of the Prophet of Allah (pbuhap), his Banner and his Weapon, and so he shall pray and then leave and with him is his Wazeer (Vizier/ minister).”

Tafsir alAyashi, vol.1, p.65, Hadith.117; Mikyal alMakaarim, vol.1, p.255; Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.5, p.21, Hadith.1452; Bihar alAnwar v.52 p.222-223

The Master before Imam Mahdi’s Emergence

From Al-Baqer (pbuh) he said: “There will be for the Companion of the Matter an occultation in a few of these regions” – and then he pointed his finger over at Thi Tiwa (Najaf) – “until before his emergence, the Mawla (Master) that was with him will arrive, in order to meet with some of his companions.”

Gaibat AlNumani p.182, Hadith.30; Ilzam alNasib fi Ithbat alHujja alGha’ib, vol.1 p.298; Sharh Ehqaq alHaq vol.29 p.605

From Imam Al-Baqer (pbuh) he said: “There will be for the Companion of the Matter an occultation in a few of these regions” – he then pointed his finger over at Thi Tiwa (Najaf) – “until two nights before his emergence, the Mawla (Master) that will be in his presence will complete, in order to meet with some of his companions.”

Bisharat al-Islam Door 3, Hadith 622; Tafsir alAyashi vol.2 p.56; Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.5 p.26, Hadith.1453; And vol.5 p.307, Hadith.1739; Bihar AlAnwar vol,52 p.341

Only the Master knows Imam Mahdi’s Matter

Abi Abdullah Imam Sadiq (pbuh) said: “The Companion of the Matter has two occultations, one of them will be so long that some will say ‘he died’, some will say ‘he has been killed’, and some of them will say ‘he left’. Until none from his companions will remain on his matter/ affair except a small party, and not one of his children or anyone else will know about his matter except the Master that will manage his affairs/ succeed his matter.”

Ghaiba lilTusi p.61; And p.162; Muntakhib alAnwar AlMuthee’a p.155; Bihar alAnwar vol.52 p.153; And vol.53 p.320 Slightly different variation; Ghaibat Nu’mani p.171, Hadith.5; Bisharat al-Islam Door.4, Hadith.274; Mu’jam Ahadith Imam Mahdi, vol 3, page 365, Hadeeth 913; Sharh Ehqaq alHaq vol.13 p.369; And vol.27 p.180; And vol.29 p.592

The Mawla (Master) that is with the Qaim

From Al-Baqir (pbuh) when he was talking about the Mahdi’s move: “The Mahdi hurries/ races to call people to the Book of Allah, the Sunnah of his Prophet (pbuhahf), the Guardianship (Wilaya) of Ali bin Abi Talib (pbuh) and being free from his enemies. Until when the Mahdi gets to Al-Thalabya, a Man from the same lineage of the Mahdi’s father will go to the Mahdi. The Man is one of the most severest in body and bravest in heart among people, apart from the Companion of the Matter (Mahdi). The Man says to the Mahdi: “O you, what are you doing? By Allah, you are frightening people like the frightening of cattle. Is this by a covenant from the Messenger of Allah (pbuhahf) or by what? “So the Master (Mawla), that will Succeed the Pledging of Allegiance, will say to the Man: “I swear by Allah either you remain silent, or I strike what is in your eyes. “So the Mahdi (pbuh) says to the Master: “Keep quiet O So-and-So.” [Then says to the Man] “Yes, by Allah I have with me a Covenant from the Messenger of Allah (pbuh). O So-and-So (Master), bring me the chest.” So the Master fetches it and the Man reads the covenant from the Messenger of Allah (pbuhahf). The Man then says to the Mahdi: “May Allah make me your ransom. Give me your head so I can kiss it.” He kisses between his eyes then says: “May Allah make me your ransom. Renew our Pledge of Allegiance.” The Mahdi (pbuh) renews the Pledge of Allegiance for them.” Imam Baqir (pbuh) then says: “It is as if I am looking at them rising from the Najaf of Kufa, 300 and a few 10s of men.”

Tafsir alAyashi vol.2 p.59; Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam alMahdi, vol.5 p.27-28, Hadith.1453; Bisharat al-Islam Door.3, Hadith.622; Bihar alAnwar v.52 p.343

The Yamani is the successor of Imam Al-Mahdi

“So they get together and check who they should pledge allegiance to, and so this happens when they hear a call not from a human nor from the jin, ‘Pledge allegiance to so-and-so [by his name], he is not from that such (of people) or this, rather he is a Khalifa who is a Yamani (Yemenite Successor).'”

Malaahem wal Fitan lil-Ibn Tawoos p.168 Door.181 Hadith.228 (Online version: p.80, Door.181); Kitab alFitan lilNa’eem alMaroozi p.241 (or p.107); Mu’jam Ahadith al-Imam Al-Mahdi by Sheikh Ali Al-Kurani Al-Aamili, vol.1 p.299

Several Mahdis (Qaims) paving the way for the Holy Rise (Holy Qiyam) at the same time:

Let us acknowledge that all of the Imams (pbuh) and the Mahdis (pbuh) are called “Qa’im (the Riser)”, as it has been narrated by Ahlul Bayt (pbuh)

For example:

Abu Khadijah narrated that Abi Abdillah (as) was asked about the Qa’im (as), so he said:

“We are all Qa’im (riser) by the command of Allah, one after the other, until the companion of the sword comes forth. So if the companion of the sword comes, he will come with a matter which is different than what was.” – Al-Kafi by Sheikh alKoleini, volume 1, page 536

And al-Hakam ibn Abi Na’eem said that Aba Ja’far (as) said:

“O Hakam, we are all Qa’im (Riser) by the command of Allah”.

So I said: So are you the Mahdi (the guided)?

So he (as) said: “We all guide towards Allah”.

So I said: “So you are the companion of the sword?”

So he (as) said: “We are all companion of the sword and inheritor of the sword” – Al-Kafi by Sheikh alKoleini, volume 1, page 536

And in the following narration, you will find that the title “the Qa’ims (the Risers)” is given to the Successors of the Qa’im (as), whom are the Mahdis (as)

Abu Ja’far and Abu Abdillah (as) said about Kufa: “…in it is the mosque of Suhayl, which Allah has not sent a Prophet except that he has prayed in it. And from it will appear the justice of Allah, and in it will be His Qa’im and the Qa’ims after him, and it is the ranks of the Prophets and Vicegerents and Righteous ones”.

– Wasa’il al-Shia alIslamiyya 3/524

Now contemplate over the following narration in which the Commander of the Believers Imam Ali (pbuh) mentions the presence of more the one Qa’im at the same time paving the way for the Holy Rise, meaning more than one Hujjah from the Family of Muhammad (pbuhahf).

The Commander of the Believers (as) said in a long Hadith: “If the Qa’im rises in Khorasan, and dominates over the land of Kufan and Al-Millatan, and passes the island of Bani Kawan, and a Qa’im from us rises in Jaylan, and the Ibber and Deylaman will answer him. Then the awaited Qa’im and the unknown Imam will rise, he has the honor and the preference, and he is from your offspring O Hussein, no son is like him.”

– Ghaybat alNoamani page 283, Bisharat alIslam p41

As for who are those three Qa’ims (pbuh) who are mentioned in the above narration (the Qa’im in Korasan, the Qa’im in Jaylan, and the awaited Qa’im and the unknown Imam), that is to be announced by Imam Ahmed alHassan (pbuh) when he (pbuh) wills.

But the point here is that, as it is clear from the narration, there are more than one “Qa’im” at the same time, paving the way for the Holy Qiyam (the Holy Rise).

And we, the companions of the blessed Black Banners of the East, are the only ones who acknowledge that there are several Mahdis (pbuh) (Qa’ims) now with the Qa’im (pbuhahf) working between his hands and paving the way for his victory, such as the second Mahdi Abdullah Hashem Aba Al-Sadiq (pbuh), and the third Mahdi Moses (as), and the Mahdi Adam (as), and the Mahdi Aaron Aba Mika’eel (as) (and more)…

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