Caller asks: Is Imam Zaman married or single?
The cleric responds: Well, dear brother, this has been asked many times. And I have answered it, so did Ayatollah Tabasi in the program “Towards the Emergence.” Whether he has wife and children is not a part of religion’s principles.
The cleric explains the difference in opinions: In some traditions, it is said that he has wife and children. But his children do not know that their father is divine proof. Maybe even his wife does not know this about him. And in some traditions, he doesn’t have any wife and children.
Then the cleric gives his own opinion: I personally believe that given what we have heard from some of God’s saints, he is practicing his [prophet Muhammad] dear ancestor’s tradition who said, ‘marriage is my tradition.’
The cleric quotes what he has heard from one of his teacher: One of my dear professors Mr. Golmohammadi—if he is still alive, may God preserve him, and if he is dead, may God bless him—used to say that one of the God’s saints knew Imam Zaman. He saw that for several days, he [Imam Zaman] entered an alley. That was happening during Shah, in Tehran. And this became a problem for him, ‘Where is he going?’ Then he noticed that he went to, say, No. 154. Then he told his family to socialize with them, to see what was the relationship of him [Imam Zaman] with this family.
The cleric explains why his narrative is to be trusted: (I am narrating that with only one medium, so that it is a gift for Shias and let Wahhabis eat their hearts out!)
He continues: Then he told his wife to socialize with them. The he saw that the owner of the house used to come to neighborhood’s mosque. Then his wife asked them, ‘who is this gentleman [Imam Zaman] who comes here?” They said, ‘our son-in-law.” She asked, ‘what is his name?’ They said, ‘Seyed Mehdi.’ She asked, ‘what kind of person is he?’ They said, ‘he is such a good person. Wonderful.’ And then they started to complement and praise him. It became clear that the mother and the father did not know about him.
The cleric explains how it was possible to be in Tehran and be good during Shah’s regime: Then he [God’s saint] was surprised that in Tehran and its conditions, how perfect and God-fearing this girl should be to deserve to be Mehdi’s wife. The he investigated and realized that this girl, from the time she could distinguish between right and wrong, had never abandoned her night prayers, had never met strangers, and had learned Quran and studied with her father, so she didn’t have to go to school during Shah’s regime.
The cleric concludes: Well these are God’s proofs so that it becomes clear for us that these things are not impossible.