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The Case of The LOST IMAM

Al Is-Haqi 18.09.2012 23:34
The Case of The LOST IMAM - Messiah - net games - world redemption - Global threats - Peace Proposals - Computer Games


A key player in disarming/using the Iranian Bomb is the long-awaited Imam Mahdi who disappeared long ago. Why is he hiding? What kind of character might he be? and how would he approach the contemporary waring parties? Would he ever want to use the Bomb?



The Case of the Hidden Imam

I - The Mystery Participant(s) in the Disarmament Game

The game of "disarming the Iranian bomb" will engage up to a dozen role-players that encompass the Israeli-Iranian impasse, seated at a virtual Assembly Round Table (ART). Some of these participants represent the stakeholders in the current Iranian-Israeli Conflict, those who can send the bombs or withdraw them. But these are not enough. It is clear that the current leaders cannot (or would not) communicate and settle the conflict. Filling the table with just the conventional stake-holders leaves no space for innovative and creative approaches. There is a need for (one or few) "out-of-This-World" figure(s) with the broadest perspectives. The practical leaders need archetypal figures who can lead them back to their roots and to a visionary future. Such figures also need to relate to the unique metaphysical character of Israel.

This influence could be achieved only by the historical figures connected with the genesis of the current positions and representing redeeming figures.

One such figure we suggested first was the figure of the ancient Persian emperor Cyrus, who sent the Jews back to Eretz Yisrael with his financing their mission to settle and build God's House there (and whose command make the concluding words of the Hebrew Bible).

But a figure with still more potential influence over the Shiite Iranian leadership is the figure of the Imam Mahdi – the one who disappeared and is expected to return and lead his followers for the ultimate showdown. The Iranians are getting ready for the battle, and hence their resolution to acquire the Atomic Bomb, even if the world is trying to stop them. The returning Imam will fight against injustice and lead the Muslims (or Moslems?) in the final battle. However many in Iran believe that his cominng can be hastened by starting the battle or preparing the ultimate weapon for the Ultimate Battle. 

II – the Imam Mahdi

The tale of the hidden Imam is an ancient archetypal tale of mystery. The Twelver Shi'a (the largest Iranian Shiite sect) believe and declare that their Twelfth Imam has gone away and has not yet returned, and even though he tarries for more than a thousand years, they still wait for him.

To understand this belief one needs to be aware of the historical condition of the Shiite. They Shiites were persecuted at the time by the Sunni rulers and their leaders had to hide. Interestingly, the persecution of the Shiites is reminiscent of the experience of the Nazarene cult of followers of Yeshu'a who were declared by the authoritarian Church as heretics, and of the Jewish experience for many centuries.

At first, the 12th Iman had been hiding during "the Minor Occultation" (874–941), and he was leading his people only through passing to his secretary written messages how to administer his persecuted cult. But after that started his "Major Occultation" in total seclusion or hiding – which continues for over a millennium, right to this day.

Where did he disappear? It is possible to speculate that perhaps he was caught up to heaven, as was the case with Ḥanokh (Enoch) or the prophet Eliyahu (Elijah). And perhaps (and this is the common view) he is wandering around the world.

But if so, what keeps him in hiding? For ostensibly, the Sunni threat of his life (if he needs at all to be concerned about death) does no longer apply in the Shiite Islamic Republic of Iran. To understand this, we may look at the general pattern

There is a plausible reason for the Imam Mahdi to stay in hiding, suggested by Dostoyevsky's tale of the Grand Inquisitor, about Jesus appearing in 13th century Spain and being sentenced for burning as heretic by the Grand Inquisitor. What the Imam has seen and learnt during over a millennium of wandering and the changes that his religion went through during that time, leading to the present political dominance of the Ayatollahs might have made him dangerous for those in power. In Dostoyevsky's tale, the Grand Inquisitor comes alone at midnight to the prison where Jesus was kept and holds a fascinating conversation with his prisoner. In the game version, there would be nothing to prevent him from sending his messages.

 

III – Precursers of the Imam Mahdi: Elijah, Jesus and the Wandering Jew Ahashverosh

The figure of the Imam Mahdi fits the description that "He walked among us and we did not know him", as was told of Jesus. So while Shiites wait for the Hidden Imam, there are many millions of Christians who wait for the return of the lost Son of God

It is remarkable that in Moslem eschatology - the Yawm al-Qiyāmah - includes an expectation for the return of Jesus the Messiah to help the resurrected Prophet Muhammad.

 Yet another case is that of eternal wandering, as is the reputed case of the Wandering Jew, or of the eternal wandering prophet Elijah.

Interestingly the late Medieval Christian legends about the eternal Wandering Jew name him "Ahasverus" of all names - the name of the Persian king who ruled 127 states (Esther 1:1). This implies that the Wandering Jew was of a Persian origin and his behavior likely to be in the manner of the hidden Shiite Imam.

We see that these key mythical roles can change and even merge. To the extend that the saviour-figure of different sects merge, there is less likely resort to bombs and wars. 


IV – Role of the Imam in the Game

In the game (and generally, in the Internet), the Imam can revert to sending written messages in complete safety.  

As noted, the way that the Imam Mahdi ruled, by passing written notes while staying in seclusion, is exactly how the game runs anyway. He may be seen as the pioneer of the cyber-governance of the future.[3]



[2] In a novel saga on the adventures of the Wandering Jew he is King Ahaseverosh, who converted to Judaism and received from Mordekhay the job of living as a witness and caretaker for an immortal white donkey.

[3] That is in fact what the name "cybernetics" meant from the start, by Plato – the science of governance. This was resuggested in the 18th century by the natural philosopher Ampere'. 



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Joseph E. Mason
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