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Love and Affection for Imam-e-Zamana A.S

part 4


7. Struggle (Jihad)

One who loves Imam (a.t.f.s.) must be prepared to struggle and labor with his self, his pen and his wealth in the way of Imam (a.t.f.s.).


8. Constant remembrance (Zikr)

Traditions highlight that remembrance is the key that increases love and affection. We should remember and discuss about Imam (a.t.f.s.) excessively that even if our tongues tire, our hearts should not be satiated and our thirst should not be quenched.


9. Gifts

To present the beloved with gifts is a proof of love and attachment. The gift must be presented keeping in mind the stature, position and preferences of the person. For instance, we should perform recommended namaz, fasts, recite Quran, etc. for Imam (a.t.f.s.) with utmost sincerity and devotion.


10. Charity and supplications

We should constantly pray for the protection and security of Imam (a.t.f.s.) and invoke divine help for his affairs. We must give charity on his behalf to ensure his safety. To supplicate for his earliest reappearance must be a part of our daily schedule. We must complain to Allah about his prolonged absence and must re-affirm our pledge with him.


11. Awaiting the reappearance (Intezar)

Imam (a.t.f.s.) shall spread justice and equity across the length and breadth of this world. We must await this era eagerly and always endeavor to be included among the true and sincere awaiting ones. We must never despair of Imam's (a.t.f.s.) reappearance, as despair and despondence are satanic traits.

There are other obligations and duties to be discharged to fulfill the demands of love and affection, but we have sufficed with the few mentioned above. Finally we plead with Allah and beseech Him to bestow us with true recognition of Imam (a.t.f.s.). This recognition alone will inspire sincere love and attachment for Imam (a.t.f.s.) in our hearts. We pray to Allah to make steadfast our faith, which is the root of love as the Quranic verse proclaims

'Those who believe are intense in their love for Allah.'

Source: imamalmahdi.com

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