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Imam Mahdi’s Companions

Will there only be 313 companions for Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance)?

The three hundred and thirteen companions of Imam Mahdi, will be the core and main companions of Imam Mahdi, of which 50 will be women. Some of these companions will be present before the Imam’s reappearance, meaning they will be living and active. Narrations say that during Imam Mahdi’s second absence or disappearance, no one other than a select few of the most privileged, faithful companions will know of his whereabouts. (Bihar al-Anwar)

The other members will appear when he appears, including Prophet Isa, Imam Ali and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them). However, the number of people who will be companions of Imam Mahdi is not limited to these 313 individuals, and other faithful Muslim followers will join Baqiyatullah (Imam Mahdi). There are narrations which also explain that some people who are thought to be of his followers will not be of his companions and some others who were not thought to be his followers will join him. Imam as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) has said, “When Imam Mahdi appears, some people who were thought to be of his family will desert him, and others who were known as sun and moon worshipers will join him.” (Mizan al-Hikmah)

When will these companions of Imam Mahdi appear?

As was stated in the previous question, some of the main companions of Imam Mahdi will already be present and some will already be in contact with him. Imam as-Sadiq stated that, “When Imam Mahdi revolts, Allah will make the ears and the eyes of the followers of Imam Mahdi so sharp that there will be no courier (no medium) between them and the Imam. He will speak to his followers from his location, and they will hear his words and see [the Imam] himself.” (Al-Kafi)

However, the assembly and formation of these individuals as Imam Mahdi’s core companions is contingent upon the reappearance of the Imam himself. And it is not known when exactly Imam Mahdi will reappear, not to us, nor to the Imam himself. Imam al-Baqir (peace be upon him) was asked whether or not the time when Imam Mahdi will reappear has been specified. He answered: “Those who have specified a time have lied, those who have specified a time have lied, those who have specified a time have lied.” (Al-Ghaiba of Shaikh Tusi) This was repeated several times to show the emphases of the fact that no one, not even Imam Mahdi himself, knows of the time when he will reappear.

In regards to Du’a al-Ahd, there is a narration from Imam as-Sadiq: “Whoever recites this supplication for 40 consecutive days in the morning will be of Imam Mahdi’s companions, and if he dies before the reappearance of Hazrat Imam Mahdi, Allah will take him out of his grave so that he may serve as one of Imam Mahdi’s companions.”

It is possible that some who have read this supplication and pass away before Imam Mahdi’s reappearance will also be of those 313 initial comrades; however, the time they appear is also dependant upon the time which the Imam will appear.


Born in the United States, Shaikh Husayn El-Mekki Abdullah-Aziz moved at an early age with his parents to the seminary in Iran, where he studied Islamic jurisprudence, philosophy, and exegesis. He is a popular speaker among the youth in several Shia communities around North America.

About Shaykh Husayn El-Mekki

Shaykh Husayn El-Mekki received his Masters degree in Islamic studies at I.C.A.S. (Islamic College for Advanced Studies) and completed Islamic courses at the Islamic Seminary of Qom. He has spoken at numerous Islamic centers and university campuses due to his relatability with the youth, exceptional Islamic knowledge and public speaking skills.

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  • Sayyid Baqir

    Bah, bah, bah, khaile jaalib Agha Shaikh. Istifaada kardam. 🙂

  • amaki6

    I am sorry I am a little confused about something. Are you saying that the Prophet and Imam Ali will re-appear also with Imam Mahdi ? If so can you provide the hadith that says this and the chain of narrators ?

  • Jamaa`atu-l-Fitrah

    Yes, there are many ahadeeth discussing the raj`a of MANY figures, from Ibraaheem, to Isma’eel, to Dawood, Sulaiman, `Iysaa, Muhammad, `Ali, Mahdi al-Husayn (the successor of the Mahdi), and indeed ALL 12 a’immah as 12 “Mahdiyyeen.” Kuffar like Yazid too are said to make raj`a.

    http://www.myspace.com/fitriyyah

  • husayn Abdullah-Aziz

    There are numerous references and instances of Raj’ah, some have been mentioned in the Quran and many in hadith. The topic is a discussion all its own. here is a few pointers to help you to understand:
    Concerning this matter, Imam Sadiq (as) says: “When the time comes for the rise of Imam Mahdi (as) in the month of Jamdil-Akhar and after it heavily rains for ten days in the month of Rajab such that the people have never seen rain like it before, Allah (swt) will cause the bones and meat of the believers in their graves to grow by virtue of the rain; it is as if I am seeing them coming from Juheynah[1] right now and shaking off the dust from their hair.”[2]
    [1] Juheynah: A place far from Medinah; there is also a tribe by this name. Majma’ul-Bahrayn, vol. 6, pg. 230.
    [2] Mizanul-Hikmah, hadith 6928.

    Verse 243 of surah Baqarah speaks of another group of people who left their homes out of fear of death (and according to commentators of the Quran, as an excuse for not participating in jihad against the enemies of Allah (swt)), Allah (swt) ordered them to die and they died and he brought them back to life again.[3
    [3] “???? ??? ???? ????? ?? ??????”.]

  • TT Muslim

    is this authentic

  • Syed Murtaza Ali Rizvi.

    Yes, TT Muslim and Brother Ali Maki. The concept of Rajat is very much true. Refer 28:83. Here it talks about a certain amount of people being raised from among the good and the bad. Basically the the ones that believe in Allah and his enemies. Than there will be a war among them. Also see this.
    http://www.answering-ansar.org/answers/mahdi/en/chap8.php

    Take care.
    Salamun Alaikum.

  • TZ

    I have nothing against Shia but sunni believe it differently, go to wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi

    Check the: Modernist view, which sunni believe.

  • DD

    With due respect, Sunni initially denied even the existance and idea of Imam Mehdi go and google it you will find many references. Now the started beleiving but in a different manner. Whats next wait and see

  • DAVID

    The Prophet of Islam(pbuh&hf), said: “Whosoever dies without recognizing the Imam of his time dies the death of the ignorance (Jahiliyyah).”

    Ahmad b. Hanbal, al-Musnad, p. 96.

    Ref for Imamat

    Quran:2:124] And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled: He said: “I will make thee an Imam to the Nations.” He pleaded: “And also (Imams) from my offspring!” He answered: “But My Promise is not within the reach of evil-doers.”

    This above is clear that Imam is infallible. Abraham (as) was last test was at age 95. Was he prophet then?

    If he was prophet then he was made Imam after prophethood.

    Now here are the verses from Quran about necessity of Imamat

    Quran 32:24] And We appointed, from among them, IMAMS, giving guidance under Our command, so long as they persevered with patience and continued to have faith in Our Signs. Quran 28:5] And We wished to be Gracious to those who were being depressed in the land, to make them IMAMS and make them heirs, The above verse is clear that Imams are heirs of ISLAM.

    Quran 17:71] One day We shall call together all human beings with their (respective) Imams: those who are given their record in their right hand will read it (with pleasure), and they will not be dealt with unjustly in the least.

    The following verse is clear that IMAMS are made by Allah and they get command from Allah.

    Quran 21:73] And We made them IMAMS , guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practice regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only).

    The following Hadiths in Sunnis books about IMAMS but they changed the word from IMAMS to KHALIFAS.

    But All Muslims (SHIA AND SUNNIS) are waiting for IMAM MEHDI (AS) NOT KHALIFA MEHDI while Sunni Hadiths say Khalifa but NO BODY IS WAITING FOR LAST KHALIFA.

    IT MEANS THE WORD IMAMS IS REPLACED BY KHALIFA

    Here are the references of 12 Imams from different books including SUNNI books.
    Sunni corrupted many hadeeths to cover their beloved KHALIFAHS so they changed the word IMAM in those HADEETHS to KHALIFAHS because they can snatched the power but could not become IMAM.

    Here are those hadeeths including VERSE from TORAH about 12 PRINCES but TORAH is translated. ALLAH’s prince does not mean worldly prince. This means princes of ALLAH.
    Another point is that majority of SUNNI believe in 12 IMAMS and they acknowledge first 6 and then they are waiting for the last one.
    Every SUNNI is waiting for the last IMAM and also believe in IMAM ALI (AS), IMAM HASSAN (AS), IMAM HUSSAIN (AS), IMAM ZAINAL ABIDIN (AS), IMAM BAQAR (AS) and IMAM JAFFAR SADIQ (AS) then they do not recognize next 5 IMAMS but waiting for the 12th.

    Very odd?

    Another thing– Sunni rulers changed and made so many hadeeths to raise the rank of ABU BAKER and OMER, now I am very suspicious about ABU BAKER and OMER whether they were QURAISH or not.

    In SUNNI history books OMER is know as BOUDVIAN and his grandmother married her own son after the death of her husband. This thing can never happen in QURAISH family.

    TURAAT (TORAH) reference is as follow:
    Sarah, thy wife, shall bear thee a son and thou shall call him Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for everlasting covenant for his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly, twelve princes shall be beget, and I will make him a great nation.” (Genesis 17: 19-20)

    The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) informed that the number of Imams after him are twelve, as the compilers of Sihah and Masanid have narrated it. In Sahih of Muslim:

    The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “The [Islamic] religion will continue until the Hour (day of resurrection), having twelve Caliphs for you, all of them will be from Quraysh.”

    Sahih Muslim (Arabic version) Kitab al-Imaara, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, v3, p1453, Tradition #10 Sahih Muslim, (English version) Chapter DCCLIV (titled: The People are subservient to the Quraysh and the Caliphate is the Right of the Quraysh), v3, p1010, Tradition #4483 Hadith #3398 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah)

    The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “The affairs of people will continue to be conducted (well) as long as they are governed by the twelve men, all of them from Quraysh.” Sahih Muslim (Arabic version) Kitab al-Imaara, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, v3, p1453, Tradition #6 Sahih Muslim, (English version) Chapter DCCLIV (titled: The People are subservient to the Quraysh and the Caliphate is the Right of the Quraysh), v3, p1010, Tradition #4478 Hadith #3394 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah) Narrated Jabir ibn Samura:

    The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “This matter (life) will not end, until it is passed by twelve Caliphs.” He then whispered a sentence. I asked my father what the Prophet said. He said, the Prophet added: “All of them will be from Quraysh.” Sahih Muslim (Arabic version) Kitab al-Imaara, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, v3, p1452, Tradition #5 Sahih Muslim, (English version) Chapter DCCLIV (titled: The People are subservient to the Quraysh and the Caliphate is the Right of the Quraysh), v3, p1009, Tradition #4477 Hadith #3393 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah)

    The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “Islam will continue to be triumphant until there have been twelve Caliphs, all of them from Quraysh.” Sahih Muslim (Arabic version) Kitab al-Imaara, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, v3, p1453, Tradition #7 Sahih Muslim, (English version) Chapter DCCLIV (titled: The People are subservient to the Quraysh and the Caliphate is the Right of the Quraysh), v3, p1010, Tradition #4479 Hadith #3395 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah)

    The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “Islam will continue to be triumphant until there have been twelve Caliphs, all of them from Quraysh.” Sahih Muslim (Arabic version) Kitab al-Imaara, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, v3, p1453, Tradition #8 Sahih Muslim, (English version) Chapter DCCLIV (titled: The People are subservient to the Quraysh and the Caliphate is the Right of the Quraysh), v3, p1010, Tradition #4480 Hadith #3396 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah)

    The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “Islam will continue to be triumphant and protected until there have been twelve Caliphs, all of them from Quraysh.” Sahih Muslim (Arabic version) Kitab al-Imaara, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, v3, p1453, Tradition #9 Sahih Muslim, (English version) Chapter DCCLIV (titled: The People are subservient to the Quraysh and the Caliphate is the Right of the Quraysh), v3, p1010, Tradition #4481 Hadith #3397 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah) In Sunan of al-Tirmidhi:

    The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “There will be after me twelve Amir (Prince/Ruler), all of them from Quraysh.” Sunan al-Tirmidhi (Arabic) Chapter of Fitan, 2:45 (India) and 4:501 Tradition # 2225 (Egypt) Hadith #2149 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah) In Sunan of Abu Dawud: “This religion remains standing until there are twelve vicegerents over you, all of them agreeable to the nation, all of them from Quraysh.” Sunan Abu Dawud (Arabic) 2:421, Kitab al-Mahdi. Sunan Abu Dawud (Arabic) 3:106, Kitab al-Mahdi. Hadith #3731 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah)

    “The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “Islam will continue to be triumphant until there have been twelve Caliphs,” So people said Takbir and made noise, then he said a light word I didn’t hear. I [Jabir bin Samura] said to my father: What did he say? He said “All of them are from Quraysh.” Sunan Abu Dawud (Arabic) 2:421, Kitab al-Mahdi. Sunan Abu Dawud (Arabic) 3:106, Kitab al-Mahdi. Hadith #3732 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah) In Sahih of al-Bukhari:

    Narrated Jabir ibn Samura: I heard the Prophet saying, “There will be twelve commanders (Amir).” He then said a sentence which I did not hear. My father said, the Prophet added, “All of them will be from Quraysh Sahih al-Bukhari (English) Hadith: 9.329, Kitabul Ahkam. Sahih al-Bukhari (Arabic) 4:165, Kitabul Ahkam. Hadith #6682 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah)

  • DAVID

    Let me ask few questions.
    1- Does he believe that Allah is Aadil? If Allah is Aadil then it is against His Adil that He let living Iblis to misguide but have no living Guide for us.
    2- Does the speaker believe that Iblis is hazar and nazar? How old is Iblis? If Allah can keep Iblis alive for so many years then why not Allah can keep His guide alive?
    3- Does the speaker believe 12 Imams?
    who are 12 Imams?

    The Prophet (PBUH&HF) said: “Islam will continue to be triumphant and protected until there have been twelve Caliphs, all of them from Quraysh.”
    Sahih Muslim (Arabic version) Kitab al-Imaara, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, v3, p1453, Tradition #9 Sahih Muslim, (English version) Chapter DCCLIV (titled: The People are subservient to the Quraysh and the Caliphate is the Right of the Quraysh), v3, p1010, Tradition #4481 Hadith #3397 (numbering of al-‘Alamiyyah) In Sunan of al-Tirmidhi:

    4- Who is your Imam of this time?
    The Prophet of Islam(pbuh&hf), said: “Whosoever dies without recognizing the Imam of his time dies the death of the ignorance (Jahiliyyah).”

    Ahmad b. Hanbal, al-Musnad, p. 96.

    5- Speaker is talking about Jihad. Enemies of Imam Mehdi will consider their fight as Jihad too.

  • DAVID

    When will Sunni realize that they are following the Sunnah of Sunni Caliph Muaweeya NOT prophet Muhammad?
    Most Sunnis are ignorant about Islam.
    They do not know who, when and why somebody named them Sunni Muslims instead of Muslims. It is easy to manipulate an ignorant.
    Daesh is manipulating ignorant Sunni to join them. Syrian and Iraqi Sunni invited them as their Sunni brothers to help them. They named themselves ISIS (Daesh) in Syria. Now Daesh is beheading the Sunnis too.
    I came across the following information about the origin of the Sunni name. I asked 100’s of Sunni scholars but nobody knew the origin of the Sunni name then I researched myself from Sunni books and found the following reason.
    1- Umer bin Khatab appointed a small council from his death bed to appoint his successor with the condition that his successor has to follow the Sunnah of his predecessors (AbuBaker and Umer) and if the nominee does not accept this condition his head should be cut off. The council offered Khilafat to Ali with this condition but Ali (as) said.
    ““I shall act according to the Book of God, and the Sunnah of His Apostle. As for following the precedents of Abu Bakr and Umar, I have a judgment of my own, and I am going to use it.”
    The council did not cut his head. Uthman accepted that condition and became Khalifa. After the death of Uthman, Ali became Khalifa and Muaweeya became against him. Muaweeya needed something against Ali so he told his followers that Ali rejects the Sunnah of AbuBaker and Umer but Muaweeya accepts the Sunnah of AbuBaker and Umer. Muaweeya called his followers AHLE-SUNNAH.
    There were no newspapers, TV, Radio, good transportation at that time. Ruler’s orders were the only news. If anybody was against the ruler, they used to cut his head off. Many people joined Muaweeya and were known as Ahle-Sunnah. Muaweeya fought with Ali and made a fraudulent treaty with Ali. Muaweeya realized that he could not fool Muslims forever.
    He added WA JAMAIT to show unity among all Muslims. Ahle-Sunnah wal Jamait became the religion of rulers. It fitted well for them. Every ruler after Muweeya protected this Ahle-Sunnah wal Jamait because it accepted them, Khalifa.
    THIS IS ALL IN SUNNI BOOKS.
    Ottoman empire started as SULTAN, not Khalifa but then they realized the political benefits of Ahle-Sunnah Wal Jamait. They became Ahle-Sunnah wal Jamait and declared themselves KHALIFA. This is the origin of Ahle-sunnah wal Jamait (SUNNI).