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To all those loving and sincere hearts who are as soft and vast as the blue sky, and nurture the beautiful and rainbowy dreams of post-Appearance in them, we wish the most blessed moments on this 17th of Rabi', the glorious birth anniversaries of the most beloved Hadrat Muhammad (PBUH&HP) and his son and sixth Successor, the beloved Ja'far son of Mohammad Baaqer, Imam Saadeq (PBUT).

And this old earth was going through the darkest and longest night it had ever experienced, and humankind, his bleakest season of loneliness. The burning chests of the deserts of forgetfulness were longing for a reviving drop of water. The garden of the world, from the violent winds of human sins, had been reduced to a dreadful ruin. Human life was overwhelmed by the foul smell of carnal desires; in its veins, death was flowing; its face, was covered by the dust of grief and pain. The smoke of the cries of the oppressed was darkening the skies. In the garden of songs, love was forsaken and forgotten. There were no more blossoms to sing for … .

In the second Sermon recorded in the Nahj-Ol-Balaaghah, Hadrat Ali (PBUH) has described the conditions before the proclamation of Prophethood of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) as follows:

"At that time people had fallen in to vices whereby the rope of religion had been broken, the pillars of belief had been shaken, sacrilege of principles had occurred, systems had become topsy-turvy, openings were narrow, passages were dark, guidance was unknown and darkness prevailed. God was being disobeyed. Satan was given support and Belief had been forsaken. As a result, the pillars of religion fell down, its traces could not be discerned, its passages had been destroyed and its streets had fallen into decay. People obeyed Satan and tread his paths. They sought water from his watering places. Through them Satan's emblems and his standard was raised in vices which trampled the people under their hoofs, and treaded upon them with their feet. The vices stood on their toes (in full stature) and the people immersed in them were strayed, perplexed, ignorant and seduced as though in a good house with bad neighbors. Instead of sleep they had wakefulness and for antimony they had tears in the eyes. They were in a land where the learned were in bridles (keeping their mouths shut) while the ignorant were honored."

Suddenly the heavenly breeze of love opened the Ever-Promised window of celestial hope towards the magnificent horizon of everlasting blissfulness. Light started to flow in the veins of life. The ocean of Divine Mercy presented its most beloved and precious gem to the shore of human life. The brightness of this gem brightened all broken hearts and distressful minds … .

And this is what Hadrat Ali (PBUH) has said in the same Sermon regarding the coming of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH&HP):

"Allah sent him with the illustrious religion, effective emblem, written Book, effulgent light, sparkling gleam and decisive injunction in order to dispel doubts, present clear proofs, administer warning through signs and to warn of punishments."


In the same Sermon, the Amir-Ol-Mo'menin (PBUH) mentioned the AhlulBayt (PBUT):

"They are the trustees of His (Allah's) secrets, shelter for His affairs, source of knowledge about Him, centre of His wisdom, valleys for His books and mountains of His religion. With them Allah straightened the bend of religion's back and removed the trembling of its limbs … None in the Islamic community can be taken at par with the Progeny of the Prophet (Aal of Muhammad). One who was under their obligation can not be matched with them. They are the foundation of religion and pillar of Belief. The forward runner has to turn back to them while the follower has to overtake them. They possess the chief characteristics for vicegerency. In their favour exists the will and succession (of the Prophet). This is the time when right has returned to its owner and diverted to its centre of return."

O' the All-Loving Allah! Again … in the garden of songs, love is forsaken and forgotten. There are no more blossoms to sing for …; O' the Compassionate and Merciful Allah! We implore You in the name of Your most beloved, Hadrat Mohammad (PBUH&HP), to hasten the Emergence of his Mahdi (PBUH), so that it may be announced universally: