Abul Hasan Ali Ibn Mohammad Seymouri:
was appointed as the fourth special deputy of Imam Mahdi (a.s) after
the demise of Husain Ibn Rauh. He is remembered as one of the companions
of Imam Hasan Askari (a.s) and the special representative of Imam Mahdi
(a.s) in Baghdad. For three years, he held the coveted post of
deputyship. Unlike the previous deputies he could not perform any major
task due to his truncated tenure. One of his extra ordinary feats was
his prediction of Ibn Babway's demise.
last Tawqee from Imam (a.s) received by Ali Ibn Mohammad announced the
termination of the period of minor occultation Its contents are as
IN THE NAME OF GOD THE BENEFICIENT, THE MERCIFUL:
Ali Ibn Mohammad Seymouri May increase the reward of your brothers on
account of the difficulties born by you. You will die within six days.
Regulate your affairs and sum them up. Do not make a will to any body.
After you, this chain (of special deputyship) will end and it will mark
the beginning of the major occultation. Now, I will re-appear on divine
command. But that will be after a long time when the hearts of the
people will become hardened and the world will become full of injustice,
tyranny and oppression. Yes! There will be some who will claim to be my
special deputes. Whoever claims to consult me before the emergence of
Sufyani and the heavenly Voice, he is a deceiver and liar. There is no
power and strength except that of Allah, the Al-mighty the High".
is the last letter received from Imam (a.s) in the minor occultation.
After three years of deputyship, Ali Ibn Mohammad Seymouri left this
world in Shaban, 329 A.H. He is buried on the Khanlanji High way near
Bab-jul-Mahool on the bask of the Abi Eqaab river. His last words were
"For God is the Affair and He will himself execute it". He lived during
the reign of Muttaqui, the Abbaside Caliph.
69 years between 260 A.H. till 329 A.H. four people acted as the medium
between Imam (a.s) and his followers. This duration is called as the
Minor occultation. Some people deem this duration to be 74 years. That
is because they calculate it from the birth of Imam (a.s) in 255 A.H. It
is certain that the birth of Imam (a.s) in 255 A.H. It is certain that
the Imam Mahdi (a.s) did not shoulder the responsibility of Imamat in
the life time of Imam Hasan Askari (a.s). Therefore, there was no need
for Imam Mahdi (a.s) to be in contact with the people directly, since
his respected father was executing it. Hence, the question of the
commencement of minor occultation does not arise right from the birth of