is believed by Twelver Shia Muslims and Alevi Muslims to be the be the twelfth and final Imam.
The theologians were also outraged by Ahmadi-Nejad's letter of condolence to Venezuelans and their interim leader Nicolas Maduro because the Iranian president had described Chavez as a "martyr" who will be resurrected and who will return to Earth along with Jesus Christ and Imam Mahdi
, a 9th century saint revered by Shi'ite Muslims.
Such events have convinced large numbers of people from varying backgrounds that the appearance of the 'Coming One' is immanent, whether it be Christians looking for Christ, Jews waiting for the Messiah, Hindu's expect Krishna, Muslims the Imam Mahdi
The issue of Imam Mahdi
is of utmost importance, and his reappearance has been clearly stated in our holy religion of Islam," Khamenei said.
One other important factor about this climate change was told by scholars and some ulema at Parachinar that these are the symptoms of arrival of awaited global savior Imam Mahdi
according to different ahadis and traditions before the arrival of Imam Mahdi
climate change will occur.
During a speech, Ahmadinejad claimed, "The Imam Mahdi
is in charge of the world and we see his hand directing all the affairs of the country [.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government] will use the nuclear bomb against Israel, they will use it against Persian Gulf countries, and they will use it against Europe to bring about that last hadith (Islamic commentaries on sayings and activities of Mohammed and his companions) that calls for total chaos, lawlessness, and havoc in the world, which creates the circumstance for Imam Mahdi
(the Islamic messianic figure) to appear.
The words "Ya Mahdi" were written on the side of the missile, referring to Imam Mahdi
, one of the 12 imams of Shiite Islam, who disappeared as a boy and whom the faithful believe will return one day to bring redemption to mankind.
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, the chief of the judiciary, ordered officials to decide on the fate of protesters within a week on Monday, while Ahmadinejad himself told Shahrudi to release them by August 7, the birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi
They should be home for the occasion of the birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi
which falls on August 7," he said in a letter to Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi.
Earned clerical criticism in May 2008 for again invoking intervention by Imam Mahdi
in present day state affairs.
Amid tight security, thousands of Iraqi Shiites marched from Baghdad to the holy city of Karbala on Wednesday to mark the birth of Imam Mahdi
But an aide said Sadr refused to disband the militia, insisting it belonged to Imam Mahdi
, the Shia messiah.
Last August, when Imam Mahdi
al Jumeili of the small Hudheifa Mosque in Baghdad's Shurti neighborhood met three American officers to resolve a dispute over soldiers entering the grounds of his mosque, his first question was, "Are any of you Jews?
From their theological standpoint, Iranian leaders justify the use of violence, weapons and brute force in order to restore the Muslim world under the rule of Iran's Supreme Leader, the so-called representative of Imam Mahdi