1. Inner Purification
1. Inner Purification
Consider a brief explanation of the changes, which will occur deep within man’s existence. One of the matters of belief is the discussion of nature and how the pure and impure natures have mixed together. The meaning of this disposition (teenat), why they have become mixed and how they can again become purified are matters discussed in the traditions. A detailed explanation of this matter is not appropriate for our limited discussion; therefore we will only mention the following points. One of the particulars of the time of reappearance is the purification of man’s nature, his nafs and unconscious, of its impurities that exist deep within him.
Why do we say that at the time of the reappearance the Imam (AS) will purify people of their impurities?
Before answering this question, we will mention a story to shed some light on this issue.
Shaybat Ibn Uthman was one of the Holy Prophet’s (SAW) archenemies and nurtured the hope of the Prophet’s (SAW) murder in his mind. He participated in the Hunayn war so that he could martyr the Prophet (SAW). Just when the people had separated from the prophet (SAW) and he was left alone, Shaybat approached him from the back but a light shone on him so brightly that he could not bear it and so could not attain his goal. The Holy Prophet (SAW) turned to him and said, “ Shaybat come closer.” Then the Prophet (SAW) put his hand on his chest, the effect of which was such that the love of the Prophet (SAW) spread through his heart and the Prophet (SAW) became the dearest person to him. After which, in the presence of the Prophet (SAW) he fought against the opposes such that if he had come face to face with his own father he would have killed him for the sake of the Prophet (SAW).
Consider how in one moment the Prophet’s (SAW) blessed hands cleansed the impure nature and unclean nafs of one of the Prophet’s (SAW) worst enemies and separated him from the line of the disbelievers and placed him among the army of the Holy Prophet (SAW). The Holy Prophet (SAW) by placing his blessed hand on the man’s chest perfected his intellect and because of the changes which occurred within him saved him from misguidance and deviation.
With the citing of this introduction we will embark on the explanation of the period of reappearance. Imam Baqir (AS) has said:
اِذَا قَامَ قَائِمُنَا وَضَعَ يَدَهُ عَلَي رُؤُوْسِ الْعِبَادِ، فَجُمِعَ بِهِ عُقُوْلُهُمْ وَ اَكْمَلَ بِهِ اَخْلاَقُهُمْ
“When our Qa’im (AS) (the living one) begins his uprising he will place his hand on the heads of Allah’s servants. By this act he will bring their intellects together (as a result of which they will become perfect) and perfect their morals.”
The Imam of the Age (AS) by such actions perfects the inner dimensions of man and saves all of Allah’s servants from impurities.