Zolfigarr wrote:p.36 Bayan AlHaq Wal Sadad Min Al A'dad
Imam Ahmad Al Hassan pbuh said:As for you saying that I claim to be Imam Al Mahdi pbuh,this is a clear false accusation and is against tens of the statements that were issued by me and I said within them, that I am from the offspring of Imam Al Mahdi pbuh and I am his successor,and that I am the first Mahdi from the son of Imam Al Mahdi(Muhammad son of AlHassan AlAskari)may my soul be ransomed to him. So why did you falsely accuse,why do you say rumours??
Peace be upon you...(all)
Is the above statement of Ahmad an emphasization of the fact that he is not ''Mohammad son of Hassan'" or that he is not '"Imam al-Mahdi"?
Since there are no capital letters in the Arabic language, then what is the point of him (Ahmad) to deny the title ''Imam al-mahdi'', when he, himself deserves and can be called by such a title? (from his works,books and others narrations)
So what is it?
Peace be upon you,
Imam Ahmad Al Hassan a.s is clarifying that he is not Imam Al Mahdi (Muhammad ibn Al-Hassan a.s) as they are 2 different characters and not the same person.
On the other hand, Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan is an imam and he is the 1st Mahdi as he clarified through his writings that the 1st mahdi has 2 ranks: Risalah and Wilayah
* Risalah/Message: means he is sent with the religion and to establish the new belief. And thus the first Mahdi has come with the message and with correcting the corrupted beliefs and establishing the belief in the Mahdies.
* Wilayah: establishing the supremacy of Allah and the Wilayah of the successors of Allah. And thus the first Mahdi has come with establishing the Wilayah and the Supremacy of Allah that all people have deviated from.
Therefore, the role of Muhammad sawas (Risalah) and the role of Ali a.s (wilayah) gathers in the first Mahdi.
It doesn't mean his rank is higher the prophet and imam ali, we are talking about the role here.
This is taken from the answer of Imam in Jawab Al muneer Q322