One of the main points of differences held between Shias and Sunnis is, that Shias believe that It is Allah who sends Imam. In other words, Imamat is from Allah’s side. Let us see that the last of Imams, the one who is awaited, Imam al Mahdi (asws); what do narrations tell us about him. We find


حَدَّثَنَا حَجَّاجٌ، وَأَبُو نُعَيْمٍ، قَالَا: حَدَّثَنَا فِطْرٌ، عَنِ الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ أَبِي بَزَّةَ، عَنْ أَبِي الطُّفَيْلِ، قَالَ حَجَّاجٌ: سَمِعْتُ عَلِيًّا رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، يَقُولُ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص: ” لَوْ لَمْ يَبْقَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا يَوْمٌ، لَبَعَثَ اللَّهُ رَجُلًا مِنَّا، يَمْلَؤُهَا عَدْلًا كَمَا مُلِئَتْ جَوْرًا “، قَالَ أَبُو نُعَيْمٍ: ” رَجُلًا مِنّي “، قَالَ: وَسَمِعْتُهُ مَرَّةً يَذْكُرُهُ، عَنْ حَبِيبٍ، عَنْ أَبِي الطُّفَيْلِ، عَنْ عَلِيٍّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ص

Holy Prophet (asws) said:”If there was only one day left of this world,Allah would send a man from us to fill it with justice as it was filled with injustice.” Abu Nu’aim said: ”A man from me.” He said: On one occasion I heard him narrate it from Habeeb from Abut-Tufail from Ali from the Prophet (asws) [1]

Sheikh Ahmad Shakir terms the chain Saheeh/authentic [2]


Dr Abdul A’leem Abdul A’zeem al Bastawi mentioned 5 Scholars, and said:-

Dhabi termed the chain Salih/Clean/good; Sayooti mentioned the narration in Jami’i al Sagheer and termed it Hasan/good; A’zeem Abadi said that Chain of the narration is Good/Hasan and Strong/Qawi; Ahmad Shaker termed both the chains Saheeh/Authentic; And Sheikh Albany said Saheeh/authentic. So as a result, Chain is Saheeh/Authentic [3]

al Muqaddasi mentioned the narration, and another one similar to it, in his al Ahadeeth ul Mukhtara, and researcher of the book, Abdul Mulk Dhahesh said regarding both the chains that these are Hasan/Good [4]

Sheikh Nasib ud Deen Albany termed it Saheeh [5]

A simple Question for our Sunni Brother, with the hope that they think over it

If Imamat is not from Allah’s side, Why dont you people do Shura, and Make an Imam al Mahdi for Yourself?



[1] Musnad Ahmad, 1/550, narration 773.  online link

[2] Same as above

[3] Al Mahdi al Montazar fi ahadeeth wa Athaar Sahihiya wa Aqwal ul U’lema, p. 237-238

[4] al Ahadeeth al Mukhtara, 2/172-173; narrations 551 and 552

[5] Saheeh Sunan Abi Daood, 3/20