In these series of articles we focus on verses that are intended to say something about Imam Mahdi who is the Last Savior.
God in surah Younos, verse 35 ordains the Prophet to tell the disbelievers, “Is then the one who guides to the truth more worthy to be followed or he who himself does not go aright unless he is guided? Then what is the matter with you? How do You judge?" «أَ فَمَن يهَْدِى إِلىَ الْحَقِّ أَحَقُّ أَن يُتَّبَعَ أَمَّن لَّا يهَِدِّى إِلَّا أَن يهُْدَى فَمَا لَكمُْ كَيْفَ تحَْكُمُونَ»
It is narrated form Abd al-Rahmaan bin Maslamah al-Jariri saying,
قُلْتُ لِأَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع يُوَبِّخُونَّا وَ يُكَذِّبُونَّا أَنَّا نَقُولُ إِنَّ صَيْحَتَيْنِ تَكُونَانِ يَقُولُونَ مِنْ أَيْنَ تُعْرَفُ الْمُحِقَّةُ مِنَ الْمُبْطِلَةِ إِذَا كَانَتَا قَالَ فَمَا ذَا تَرُدُّونَ عَلَيْهِمْ قُلْتُ مَا نَرُدُّ عَلَيْهِمْ شَيْئاً قَالَ قُولُوا يُصَدِّقُ بِهَا إِذَا كَانَ مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِهَا مِنْ قَبْلُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ يَقُولُ أَ فَمَنْ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْحَقِّ أَحَقُّ أَنْ يُتَّبَعَ أَمَّنْ لا يَهِدِّي إِلَّا أَنْ يُهْدى فَما لَكُمْ كَيْفَ تَحْكُمُونَ
“I asked Imam Saadiq (the Shiite sixth Imam), ‘Sunnis rebuke us and say when the two outcry are heard (it points to two load shouts people will hear before the advent of Imam Mahdi, one from the angel and one from Satan each one calling people to himself)’ how one can realize which one is with the truth and which one is false?’ the Imam replied, ‘What do give them as answer?’ I told, ‘We have nothing to tell them.’ The Imam replied, ‘Tell them, ‘One who believes that before the advent of the Upriser he will hear the cry, he will realized the veracity of the one that is with the truth, this is what God says in the Quran, ‘Is then the one who guides to the truth.’”
This verse with the mentioned narration contains some considerable points:
1- One, before the advent of the Imam should be prepared: It is an obligation that one should correct his basic beliefs till it is not too late. During the time of Occultation one has to believe correctly in his Imam that he exist and will come and that his advent has some signs. The time of Occultation is a time that many forms of seduction from vicious people and Satan exists and one just by an accurate and proper belief can survive. A healthy belief is attained through following the order of intellect, referring to authentic books of narrations, being in contact with those who know and doing research whenever required. This is what we read in the mentioned narration that before the coming of the Imam, Satan, alone with the call of the angel, calls people to himself and just those who believe correctly can realize the true call. This is what we read in another narration that before the advent of the Imam a call will be heard for Gabriel that the truth is with Ali and those who believed in him and another call from Satan will be heard that he names others and say that the truth is with them.
2- The outcry from the sky is both an invitation and examination: One of the signs of Imam Mahdi’s appearance is an angelic call from the sky that all people will hear it. This call firstly is for people to be guided since they, by this supernatural event, will realize that the promise of God about the Last Savior is going to be fulfilled. Secondly, This cry is coupled with another Satanic cry that is a test for those who have remained weak in their belief since they would become doubtful and could not decide which cry is true. It indicates that the divine test will be continued even up to a time close to the Appearance.