Referring to events in the future
He will direct desires
towards (the path of) guidance while people will have turned guidance
towards desires, and he will turn their views to the direction of the
Qur'an while the people will have turned the Qur'an to their views.
A part of the same sermon about the 12th Imam, Imam Mahdi (p)
(Before this Enjoiner of
Good (1), matters
will deteriorate) till war will rage among you with full force, showing
forth its teeth, with udders full of sweet milk but with a sour tip.
Beware, it will be tomorrow and the morrow will come soon with things
which you do not know.
The Man in power, not from
this crowd, will take to task all those were formerly appointed for their
ill deeds and the earth will pour forth its eternal treasures and fling
before him easily her keys. He will show you the just way of behaviour and
revive the Qur'an and sunnah which have become lifeless (among people).
A part of
the same sermon
As if I see (him), he (the
Enjoiner of Evil) (2)
is shouting in Syria (ash-Sham) and is extending his banners to the
outskirts of Kufah. He is bent towards it like the biting of the
she-camel. He has covered the ground with heads.
His mouth is wide open and
(the trampling of) his footsteps on the ground have become heavy. His
advance is broad and his attacks are severe.
By Allah, he will disperse
you throughout the earth till only a few of you remain, like kohl in the
eye. You will continue like this till the Arabs return to their sense.
You should therefore stick
to established ways, clear signs and the early period which has the
lasting virtues of the Prophethood. You should know that Satan makes his
ways easy so that you may follow him on his heels.
This prophecy of Amir al-mu'minin is with regard to the appearance of the
Twelfth Imam, Abu'l-Qasim Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Mahdi (p.b.u.h.).
(2). This refers to `Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan
who came to power in Syria (ash-Sham) after his father Marwan ibn al-Hakam
and then after the killing of al-Mukhtar ibn Abi `Ubayd ath-Thaqafi in his
encounter with Mus`ab ibn az-Zubayr he proceeded towards Iraq.
He clashed with Mus`ab's
force at Maskin near Dayru'l-jathaliq in the outskirts of Kufah. After
defeating him he made a victorious entry into Kufah and took allegiance
from its inhabitants. Then he sent al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf ath-Thaqafi to
Mecca to fight with `Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr.
Consequently this man
besieged Mecca and stoned it, and shed the blood of thousands of innocent
persons like water. He killed Ibn az-Zubayr and hung his body on the
gallows. He perpetrated such atrocities on the people that one shudders at
the thought of them.