A brief biography of the life and Call of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip)
In the Name of Allah, the Abundantly Merciful, the Intensely Merciful.
All Praises are Due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
Who is Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip)?
He is Ahmad bin Ismail bin Salih bin Salman Al Salamy.
Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) was born on a Thursday on the 21st of March 1968 in the district of “Al Midaynah”, one of the districts of the governorate of Basra in Iraq.
He finished his academic studies and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Basra in the early 90s.
He is married and has several sons and daughters. After he completed his academic studies, he moved to the city of Najaf to pursue religious studies.
He is the First Mahdi of the 12 Mahdis (pbut), the Vicegerents and successors of Imam Al-Mahdi, Muhammad Ibn Hassan Al-Askari (pbuhahf), who are mentioned in the Will of Prophet Muhammad (pbuhahf), which he left on the night of his death.
Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) is the messenger and successor of Imam Al-Mahdi, Muhammad ibn Al-Hassan Al-Askari (pbuhahf), to all of humanity. He is the promised Yamani, the companion of the Black Banners of the East.
Imam Al-Baqir (pbuh) said: “There is no banner which is more guided than the banner of the Yamani, it is a banner of guidance because he calls to your companion. If the Yamani emerges then selling weapons becomes impermissible upon the people and every Muslim, and if the Yamani emerges then rise and go to him for verily his banner is a banner of guidance, and it is not permissible for any Muslim to go against him, whoever does so is from the people of hellfire, because he calls to the truth and to the straight path.”
– Bihar Al-Anwar, Muhammad Baqir Al-Majlisi, 3rd ed., v.52, p.232, hadith 96
– Al-Ghayba, Ibn Abi Zainab Al-No’mani, 1st ed., p.264, hadith 13 (Online book: p.262)
A few years before the year 1999, specifically in the year 1995, in the mausoleum of the two Imams, Al-Hadi and Al-Askari (pbut) the first meeting between Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf) and between Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) in this physical world took place. After that meeting, further meetings between them followed.
Imam Al-Mahdi, Muhammad ibn Al-Hassan Al-Askari (pbuhahf), made many things known and clear to Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip), but he did not instruct him to deliver any message to any specific entity or person at that time. Rather, his instructions were directed to Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip), disciplining him and raising him to the level of Godly manners. Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) sought his knowledge and followed in his footsteps.
In the last days of the year 1999, per the command of Imam Al-Mahdi, Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) commenced the divine call, criticising the falsehood of the Hawza in Najaf. He demanded scientific, practical and monetary reform.
Days and months passed, rather almost 3 years passed with no support or help to the Imam from the students of the Hawza. There were some who accepted his words and agreed with what he had to say about the financial corruption prevalent in the Hawza.
From here, a movement to reform this financial corruption started, but it did not result in a true reformation. There were some changes to the monetary policies of some Shia scholars but it was barely worth mentioning.
Lavish and extravagant lifestyles continued with many of those scholars and those who are connected to them, and in return, the society was full of people suffering from sickness and poverty of the body and soul.
None of them was working to change these miserable conditions. A few months later, he (fhip) started declaring publicly his association with Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf). This process was not through the announcement of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip), alone. Rather, a number of students from the scientific Hawza heard and saw, in the kingdom of the heavens, that which verified this to them. Some of them were in direct contact with Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip), others had never met him before.
All those students insisted on pledging allegiance to Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) although he had warned them of the difficulty of this matter and that they may abandon him in the end, just like the people of Kufa abandoned Muslim Ibn Aqil (pbuh). But they pledged allegiance to him, pledging to ransom him with their selves and their money, as they themselves admitted and he did not ask for any of that from them. This was in 1423 of the Hijri moon year.
After that, many of the Hawza students pledged allegiance to the Imam (fhip). But then, fear overcame them when the security forces of the cursed tyrant Saddam began coming after him. The students dispersed and went back on their pledges, and each group or individual looked for a reason to go back on their pledge and looked for an allegation by which to accuse him.
But in the end, they agreed upon two things:
The first: Accusing him of being a great magician.
The second: Accusing him of controlling the jinn and summoning them to control them.
Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) returned to his home again after the people left him, and only a few of the Hawza students and believers remained with him.
In July 2003, a group of believers came to him, renewed their pledges and brought him out of his house, and the call started anew.
At the end of November 2003, Imam Al-Mahdi Muhammad ibn Al-Hassan Al-Askari (pbuhahf) commanded him to start addressing the people of the world in their entirety as well as to each in terms of the commands that came to them from Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf).
Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf) then commanded him to announce the revolution against the oppressors, and to accelerate action and work fast. Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) called people to give victory to the truth and its people, and to work to establish truth and raise the words of “There is no God but Allah,” for verily Allah’s word is the Highest and the word of the disbelievers is the lowest.
If you would like to know more about the meeting between Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf) and Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) you can listen to the sermon of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) as narrated by himself.
Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip)
Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) continued calling people to the truth that Imam Al-Mahdi (fhip) came with. Therefore, many people entered the divine call.
Some time later the cronies of the tyrannical government in Iraq at that time oppressed Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) in alliance with some of the hypocrites who claimed to be of the Ansar of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip). This was per the command of the scholars of misguidance (the Marjas) in Najaf, Iraq, together with some foreign entities. These people fought against Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) because he spoke the truth about their corruption. They conspired to murder Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (fhip), forcing him to flee the land of Iraq.
This is what he (fhip) verified with his blessed voice when he said:
“And do not be happy, O you oppressors! Do not be happy by me leaving you and making Hijra from your lands for it won’t be long before I return, with my father Muhammad Ibn Al-Hassan Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf)”
– Sayings of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (PBUH), p. 120, hadith 209
After Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) left Iraq, the hypocrites who claimed to be his supporters took control of the Call, directing it according to their own desires and the directions of their leaders in the tyrannical government of Iraq.
Some foreign entities also took it upon themselves to corrupt the core message of Call, namely calling people towards the supremacy of God. Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) called people to true monotheism; to the values of justice and equity; to stand against oppression and oppressors, tyrants and people who spread corruption, and to fill the earth with justice and fairness after it has been filled with oppression and injustice.
This is what the Imam (fhip) made clear in the two books, the Book of Monotheism and The Calf, as well as in his four sermons that were recorded with his voice, namely: The Story of the Meeting with Imam Al-Mahdi Muhammad ibn Al-Hassan Al-Askari, the Sermon to the Students of the Hawza, the Sermon of ‘To Their Leader, Lest They Return’, and the Sermon of Hajj.
Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) returned with Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf) as we have heard in the recorded promise with his blessed voice. After an absence that lasted almost 6 years, he met 40 men.
They were the best people on earth at that time. This was at the end of July of the year 2013, and this is what Imam Al-Baqir (pbuh) had foretold in this narration:
Imam Al-Baqir (pbuh) said: “The companion of this matter will go into occultation in some of these regions,” and he pointed with his hand to the direction of Thee-Towa. Then he said: “Until before his emergence, the Mawla who was with him will come forth until he meets some of his companions and asks: “How many of you are there?” They will reply: “We are forty men.” Then he will ask: “How will you be if you see your Companion [meaning Imam Mahdi]?” They will reply: “By Allah, if he crumbles the mountains by us we will surely crumble them with him.” Then he will come to them and say: “Point to ten of your leaders or the best of you.” Then they point to them for him, so he goes with them until they meet their Companion, and he promises them the next night.”
– Al-Ghayba, Ibn Abi Zainab Al-No’mani, 1st ed., p.187, hadith 30 (Online book: p.185)
Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) continued meeting them for more than a year and a half, until the blessed awaited day of the appearance of Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf) came, and his absence ended on Friday the 23rd of January 2015. That is the day king Abdullah of Hijaz, may Allah curse him, perished.
It was narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuhahf) said: “Hijaz will be ruled by a man whose name is the name of an animal, if you see him from far, you would think he’s crossed-eyed, and if you come close to him, you do not see anything (wrong) in his eyes. He will be succeeded by a brother of his, named Abdullah. Woe to our Shia (followers) from him!” – He repeated it three times – “Give me the glad tidings of his death and I give you the glad tidings of the appearance of the Hujjah (Imam Mahdi).”
– 250 Signs, Muhammad Ali Tabatabaei, p.121, no. 88 (online book)
On that day, per command of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip), the 40 men chose ten of their best men, alongside two men who never part from Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip), so the total number chosen men was 12. Those are the 12 chieftains about whom, Ahlulbayt spoke.
Imam Al-Sadiq (pbuh) said: “The Qa’im does not rise until 12 men emerge, all of them gather upon the saying that they have seen him, but they are belied.”
– Al-Ghayba, Ibn Abi Zainab Al-No’mani, 1st ed., p.285, hadith 58 (Online book: p.283)
– Bihar Al-Anwar, Muhammad Baqir Al-Majlisi, 3rd ed., v.52, p.244, hadith 121
Those 12 chieftains are the best of the 42 men, they were honoured by meeting Imam Al-Mahdi Muhammad ibn Al-Hassan Al-Askari (pbuhahf), led by Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip), in a place fortified by God.