Avoiding to specify a date for the
Reappearance and rejecting any such action.
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There is no definite time specified
for the Reappearance of Imam Mahdi and it is reprimanded to try to predict the
time of Reappearance.
Imam Baqir (PBUH) was asked: “Is
there a definite time for the Reappearance?” The Imam said: “Those who specify
a date tell lies.” (And he repeated it three times.)1
Imam Kadhim (PBUH) also said: “If we
were told that the Reappearance does not occur until two or three hundred years
later, the hearts would be petrified and people would turn away from Islam.
However, we were informed that this event occurs very soon and it is imminent
so that the hearts are relieved and the Reappearance is felt imminent.”2
Also, Imam Sadiq tells Mofazzal ibn
Omar: “O, Mofazzal, do not specify a definite time for the Reappearance, since
anyone who specifies a date for it has considered himself as the same knowledgeable
Al-Kafi, vol.1, p.368; 2. al-Kafi,
vol.1, p.369; 3. Mekyal al Makarem, vol.2, p.477.