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Undoubtedly, ‘Raj’at of people involves specific time and occurs as per Allah’s Will. In ‘Dua-e-Ahd’, the followers of Hazrat Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) plead before Allah that if death separates them from ‘Zuhoor’ (Imam’s manifestation), He should raise them from their graves with their body shrouded and sword in hand so that they can answer their master’s call.

It’s likely that Allah would fulfil this request of the worthy and deserving ones and they would return to this world. Regarding who would return to this world, suffice it is to mention the following few traditions:

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said:

“The first to return to life (Raj’at) in this world would be Hazrat Husain-ibn-Ali (a.s.). ‘Raj’at’ does not concern every people. Rather, pure believers and absolute polytheists only would return to life.” [257]

Imam Baqir (a.s.) said:

“Verily, the prophet (s.a.w.a.) would soon have a ‘Raj’at’ (return to life).” [258]

In interpretation of verse 84 from Chapter Nahl, [“And on the day when We will raise a group from every nation” (Qur’an, 16:84)] Imam Sadiq (a.s.) says:

“Among the believers none would be killed but that he would return to life and experience natural death and there is none among the believers who has died a natural death but that he would return to life and get killed.” [259]

In interpretation of verse 81 from Chapter Aale-Imran, [“And when Allah made a covenant through the prophets” (Qur’an, 3:81)] Imam Sadiq (a.s.) says:

“With faith in Allah’s messenger, they would assist Amir-ul-Mu’minin (a.s.). Narrator says: I asked ‘Would they assist Amir-ul-Mu’minin (a.s.)? Imam (a.s.) replied: ‘Yes, By Allah, right from Adam till………everyone! Allah has not chosen any prophet or messenger but that all would return to this world and fight on the side of Ali-ibn-Abi Talib (a.s.).” [260]

Mufazzal-ibn-Omar says:

In the presence of Imam Sadiq (a.s.) talk arose about the ‘Qaem’ and his friends who would die while awaiting his coming. Imam (a.s.) said:“When our ‘Qaem’ will rise, the dead believers would be called upon over their graves by their names; ‘Your Master has appeared. If you wish, you can join him and if you wish to remain in the domain of your Lord’s Generosity, you may remain so.” [261]