Occultation. A period in which the final 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 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, is not accessible to humanity as part of Allah’s plan.
The occultation of Imam al-Mahdi (ʿaj) consists of two phases: the first is the minor occultation (al-ghaybah aṣ-ṣughrā) which began from the death of his father, Imam al-Askari An abbreviation for the Arabic ‘Alayhi salām’ or ‘Alayhā salām’, which translates to: ‘Peace and blessings be upon him/her.’ Follows the name of a maʿsūm (infallible, according to Shi’ah belief) - including all of the... More, when the 12th Imam was 5 years old and continued for 67 years during which time the Imām was in contact with his followers via deputies – four which represented the Imam.
The second one is referred to as the major occultation (al-ghaybah al-kubrā) in which no representatives exist and there is no contact between the Imam and his followers.
The major occultation began in 941 AD, over 1,050 years ago, and will continue until The proper name of God in Islam and in Arabic, referring to all of His perfect attributes at once. This name is a proper noun, and no other entity or being is allowed to have... More (s) wills for the Imam to make his return.