The Qadianis have deceptively tried to prove that the reappearance of Hazrat Mahdi (A.T.F.S) will take place in the fourteenth century. Whereas, no such date is stipulated regarding the reappearance in the traditions. Only this much is mentioned that he will reappear in the last era before Qiyamat, when this world would be fraught with injustice and oppression. A simile has been struck in the traditions between his advent and the arrival of doomsday referring to the abrupt nature of both. Also, all those are declared to be vehement liars who stipulate the hour of his reappearance.
An eminent Shafei traditionalist, Shaikh Al-Islam Hamuiee (exp. 730 A. H.) quotes De’bal Khuzaiee who asked from Imam Ali Reza (A.S.) about the time of reappearance of Imam Mahdi (A.T.F.S); Imam Reza (A. S.) replied:
“This question pertains to the stipulation of a certain hour of his reappearance. While my father has narrated from the Holy Prophet (S.A.) that the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (A. S.) is exactly like Qiyamat which will come at once and all of a sudden.”
(Faraedus Simtain, Vol. 2, pg. 237-338, tradition no. 591).
In another tradition the Holy Prophet (S.A.) stated that:
“The advent of Mahdi (A.S.) is like Qiyamat, no one knows about its time. Its occurrence will be very difficult and calamitous for the heavens and the earth, it will strike suddenly.”
(Faraedus Simtain, Vol. 2, pg. 237-338).
A narrator asked from Imam Baqir (A. S.),
“Is the time of the reappearance ordained?”
“Those who ordain a time for his reappearance are liars.”
(Al Kafi, Vol. 1, pg. 368, trad no. 5, Ghaibat e-Nomani, pg. 294, trad no. 13)
Imam Jafar As Sadiq (A.S.) said:
“Whosoever determines a time of Hazrat Mahdi’ s (A.S.) reappearance then belie him and do not be afraid of believing him because we have never determined the time of his reappearance”.
(Ghaihat-e-Nomani, pg. 289, trad no. 3, Ghaibat-e-Tusi, pg. 326, trad no. 414).
Imam Jafar As Sadiq (A.S.) spoke on another occasion that:
“Those who appoint a particular time for his reappearance are nasty liars. Neither did we appoint a time in the past nor shall we do the same in the future.”
(Ghaibat-e-Tusi, pg. 426, trad no. 412).
The conclusion drawn from the above mentioned traditions is that no one is aware of the time of the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (A. S.). Also Imams (A. S.) never determined a particular time for his reappearance. Moreover whoever fixes a time is but a liar. His reappearance will be abrupt just like the occurrence of Qiyamat.
May Allah hasten His (a.s)’s reappearance and count us all among His servants and followers.