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IMAM-E-ZAMANA (AS) CAME TO THE RESCUE
An event has been reported in Badayeul Akhbar written by Mulla Ismail Sabzwari, page 150 and Safeenatul Behar volume one page 536 and Jawaherul Bayan. It is narrated that the king of Bahrainwas a Christian and his minister was a Khariji. The minister presented a few pomegranates to the king. The strange thing was that the names of caliphs were imprinted on those pomegranates. The minister tried to convince the king that his religion was correct and the order of khilafat was divine. Somehow, the king was convinced that his minister was right and the Imamia sect was on the wrong path. He invited all the important Shia leaders and showed those pomegranates and asked them to explain it within a day or threatened to kill them.
It caused a lot of anxiety in Shia community. They unanimously agreed-on ten most pious scholars and the scholars planned to go in the jungle and pray and solicit assistance from Imam E Zamana.
After two scholars returned unsuccessful from the jungle after hours of praying and crying, the third scholar whose name was Mohammad bin Ali went and prayed namaz and recited supplications but was unsuccessful in connecting to the Imam. On his way back, he met with a person who enquired about the problem. Mohammad bin Ali replied that he was looking for Imam E Zamana but could not find him. The stranger replied that he was the Imam. Mohammad bin Ali said that if he was the Imam then there was no need to describe the problem.
Imam E Zamana said that there was a wooden box in the ministerís house and there were a few moulds of clay. He said that when pomegranates were still very small, the minister would clamp those moulds on baby pomegranates. The caliphs names were embossed in side those clamps. As the pomegranates grew, the names were imprinted on it distinctly and much larger.
The Shia scholars requested the king to accompany them to the ministerís house and personally see the fraudulent craft of the minister. Consequently the minister was punished. Hence Imam E Zamana came to the rescue of his followers. It is clear that even today, if we call our Imam sincerely and from the bottom of our hearts, he will respond to our requests.
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