SO-CALLED APOCALYPTIC SIGNS: SECOND COMING, MAHDIS
HOMEINI DERIVING HIS POWER FROM MESSIANIC HOPES
The belief in Mahdi is essential to the credo of the Shiites. It is even superior to the sunna. It is believed that Mahdi is Muhammad, son of Hasan Askeri, born in 256 AH. Now that we are in the year 1400 AH, Mahdi, according to the belief of the Shiites, is a person who has been playing hide and seek for a space of time longer than 1100 years. To evaluate the Shia and assess the reforms in Iran, knowledge about the Mahdi issue is a must. According to this formulated belief, Mahdi’s deputies will reign until his coming; any disobedience to them means disobedience to Mahdi himself, which is tantamount to disobedience to God. Ayatullah Homeini derived his power from his deputyship. Absolute submission to Homeini was a religious duty according to the Shia belief. This state of affairs has been the main reason for the indivisible unity of the Iranian people in the revolution.