The major occultation; the second phase of Direct translation: Leader. In Sunni Islam, Imāms are the leaders of the Muslim community who lead prayers, provide guidance and help run communities. In the Shi’ah faith, the Imāms are the infallible, divinely appointed leaders... More al-Mahdī’s An abbreviation for the Arabic ‘Ajjallāhu ta’ālā farajahu Shareef’, which translates to ‘May Allah, the Exalted, hasten his noble reappearance.’ Follows the name of the 12th Imām, al-Mahdī (ʿaj), and is written as a sign... More absence that continues to this day.
Began in the year 329 An abbreviation for ‘After Hijrah.’ Used in English to denote the current era of the Islamic lunar calendar. This era began with the Prophet’s and early Muslims' migration from Mecca to Medina (the event was... More / 941 AD, when Imām al-Mahdī (ʿaj) wrote his final letter of instruction to his last deputy, Ali al-Samari, shortly before al-Samari’s death.