عنوان مقاله [English]
One of the issues frequently treated on in Mahdawi studies is regarded as the signs for Imam Mahdi`s time of appearance Advent. In addition to the Imam`s time of Advent, his time of rising has been proposed also. Although the expression "the signs of advent" has been used in many Mahdawi researches and studies, and researchers, having taken the expression as being original, have studied the subject, some have claimed that there may not be found any case of using it in traditions and even in the works of those scholars of the pure Imams` time. On this basis, some have avoided its usage. The paper, therefore, has intended to explain the difference between the words advent and rising in religious terminology, make the expression the signs of Advent documented and show its agreement with the teachings in the field. Finally, the consequences of the view of the paper have been referred to.