Another spring has arrived and all creatures are happy of its arrival. Spring is messenger of love and growth and for this reason it is lovely and its arrival gladdens hearts.
But alas, this pleasant season is short and lasts a few months. But what mankind wishes more than spring of nature is a long spring and spiritual freshness, the spring which sweeps all over the world and gladdens all hearts. In religious texts, this great wish is materialized with the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (May God speed up his reappearance). Once the great Savior reappears, spring of humanity arrives as well. It is the spring in which mankind is born again and rids from ignorance.
With the arrival of winter, life moves away from nature and coldness and depression takes its place and nature turns into seemingly lifeless creature. After a while, with the arrival of spring, growth of plants and flowers restores life to nature. Thus the earth after death revives once again. As we read in part of Ayah 5 of Surah Haj:
“And you see the earth torpid, yet when We send down water upon it, it stirs and swells, and grows every delightful kind [of plant].”
Islamic narrations have reminded the point that the earth, except apparent life and death has a spiritual life and death. The spiritual death of the earth comes once oppression, ignorance, infidelity and discord sweep all over the world and the spiritual life of earth starts with the blessed reappearance of Imam Mahdi (May God speed up his reappearance). Imam Mahdi’s reappearance removes oppression and enlightens the hearts of the oppressed .For this reason, in Hadith, Imam of the age is referred to as spring of people and happiness of age.
Imam of the age revives the dead in the same manner that spring revives nature. Imam Mahdi (May God hasten his reappearance) revives the oppressed society and turns the corrupt society into a pious community. Imam of the age will reappear once many oppressed and faithful are suffering from seditions and evilness and he will bring peace and tranquility for human beings. Spring season also arrives after coldness and darkness. Therefore Imam Mahdi’s reappearance has been resembled to the real spring. The Promised Imam is the same pleasant spring which the world is waiting for after a long winter to bring a spring of spirituality.
The holy Quran has resembled spring to symbol of the resurrection. According to Islamic narrations, reappearance of Imam of the age creates a great revolution in human life which is accompanied with scientific and intellectual flourishing, security, justice, prosperity, guidance, peace and religious sovereignty.
One of the considerable effects of reappearance of Imam Mahdi (May God hasten his reappearance) is the guidance of human beings from being virtual to being actual. A spring revives nature; the Imam of age creates change in human life and guides humanity to spirituality and truth. Upon the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (May God hasten his reappearance), nations and societies are guided and find the right way for reaching the path of truth. Personal, family, racial, ethnic, religious and political differences are removed and mankind gets a new life and experiences a peaceful life.
The period of Imam Mahdi’s reappearance is referred to as the spring of knowledge. According to Islamic narrations, under Imam Mahdi’s leadership, human beings achieve intellectual perfection and thus a speedy growth is created in human intellect and knowledge. It has been told in religious texts that scientific progress in the world has 27 phases and prior to Imam Mahdi’s reappearance, mankind gains access to only 2 stages of science and after the Imam’s reappearance, he gains access to the rest 25 phases and scientific perfection. Thus we came to the conclusion that all wonderful scientific progresses to which humanity has gained access so far is very insignificant as compared to the progress which is made after the Savior’s reappearance and intellectual perfection of human beings. Revival of intellects and growth of thoughts is another example for resembling the Imam’s reappearance to spring.
The lovely spring, in addition to its infinite beauties, is the season of balance of day and night and balance of climate, whereas in winter, nights are long and days are short but in summer, days are long and nights are short. But in spring, day and night are the same. The weather is neither hot nor cold but is pleasant and fresh.
This balance which appears in nature is pleasant and enlivening. With the reappearance of the Savior of humanity, a real balance is established in the world. When the Imam of the age reappears, the earth will be filled with justice and even plants and animals will enjoy this divine justice. In the same manner that spring is interpreted as the revival of the earth, during Imam Mahdi’s reappearance, justice will restore life to societies and instead of rule of force, carnal desires, owners of wealth and power, God and His just laws will rule over human beings and full security will be established.
With the establishment of social justice, the atmosphere of friendship and brotherhood will spread all over the world. There will be such a justice that everyone will take his or her own right and there will be no poor people and the oppressed will rid from the clutches of the oppressive and balance will be established in the entire human society. According to Islamic narrations, during the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (May God hasten his reappearance), people will enjoy divine blessings equally and no right will be trampled.
One of the most tangible divine blessings is the lovely and green spring. The blowing of spring breeze grants the earth a new life, diversified aromatic plants sprout and various types of flowers blossom. Spring is the season of abundance of blessings and rains of divine mercy. Reappearance of the Imam of the age is also the start of flow of blessings and special divine mercy.
Imam Ali (AS) the first infallible successor to Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) said:
If our Qaem reappears, the sky will send down its rains and the earth will grow up its plants and birds and animals will live in peace. Then the Imam refers to the unique security and tranquility during Imam Mahdi’s reappearance.
Although Eid Norouz comes to our houses to give us the tiding of spring and we welcomes it beside the Haft Sin, the real Eid starts with the reappearance of the Promised Imam (May God hasten his reappearance), once justice sweeps the earth and oppression removes.
Spring of nature is a preliminary to spring of heart, the spring which starts with the Savior’s reappearance. The real spring will arrive and we are waiting for it impatiently.