Sayyed Ibne Taoos (r.a) who narrates in the ‘Supplication on the Day of Friday’, thus:
“O Allah, I seek nearness to You through a sincere heart (I consider myself lowly before your Might and Majesty), and to your representative – Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) through an obedient body (my body is subservient to the commands of the Imam and I seek benefit from the parts of my body such that the Imam is pleased with my actions) and to the Holy Imams (a.s.) through a humble heart (I prefer them over myself and seek obedience to them).” (Jamaal al-Usboo’, pg. 152)
The Sayyed (r.a) has drawn our attention to establishing a relation with Imam Al-Mahdi (a.t.f.s) and even guided us along this path. He outlines how one should present his questions before the Imam (a.t.f.s.) and seek a response from him.
In his advice to his son, he (r.a) mentions:
“O my son, if ever you are presented with a difficulty, the solution of which you desire to seek from Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.), may our lives and souls be sacrificed upon him, then remember the tradition reported by Muhammed Ibn Yaqub Kulaini (r.a.): One day a person came to Abul Hasan (a.s.) and asked him, “If a person wishes to place his desires before his Imam, just as he would place it before Allah, then what should he do?”
Imam (a.s.) replied, “If he has any desire, then he must bring it to his lips (he must express his desire); he will receive the reply for it.”
It is necessary to clarify the above statement of the Imam. The statement indicates in a simple manner that if one has any needs then he must present it through the medium of prayers and tawassul (seeking help through the mediation of the Imam (a.s)). It is true that the Imam (a.s.) is aware of the deepest secrets of our heart; nevertheless, he (a.s) prefers that his followers put forth their desires verbally and express their helplessness with sincerity.
The absolute contact of Sayyed Ibne Taoos (r.a.) and his nearness to Imam (a.t.f.s.) was such that the latter (a.t.f.s.), with his benevolence and special grace, had blessed him with deep knowledge and hidden insights. Sayyed Ibne Taoos (r.a.) continued to bask in the shade of Imam’s (a.t.f.s.) generosity till the end of his life. Such was the perfection of his recognition that Sayyed Ibne Taoos (r.a.), while speaking to his son about the conditions of the reappearance of the Imam (a.t.f.s.) quotes the following verse and says:
“Allah preserves whatever He wishes. And obliterates what He wishes”
(Surah Ra’ad (13): 39)
‘If the above verse were not present in the Holy Quran, I would have informed you easily about the day and the time of Imam’s (a.t.f.s.) reappearance, may our lives be sacrificed upon him!’