In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and the Compassionate
(Helpers of Imam Mahdi (A.S We are all ordered to help Allah: “O you who believe! be helpers (in the cause) of Allah, as Jesus son of Mary said to (his) disciples: Who are my helpers in the cause of Allah? The disciples said: We are helpers (in the cause) of Allah.” (The Holy Quran, 61:14)
We ask God: “…O Allah appoint me among his helpers (Imam Mahdi A.S. ' s helpers or Ansar) and aides (A’wan)…” (Part of Dua Ahd asking Allah to appoint us among Imam Mahdi’s helpers.) A’wan: Those who help Imam Mahdi (A.S.) and his followers in any possible way. Ansar: Those who are specially prepared to face and fight with enemies.
They love Imam Mahdi (A.S.), eagerly want to do jihad, are brave and embrace martyrdom. The helpers and aides of Imam Mahdi (A.S.) dedicate their lives for his cause and are at his service not at the service of their desires. (Stages of Preparing Helpers of Imam Mahdi (A.S Imam Sadiq (A.S.): “How will you be when you are without any leading Imam and guide? Some of you will detach yourself from others. At that time you will be separated from each other as in a sieve, and at that time:
The first stage: “to mayyazoon” (you will be separated); the bad and good will be separated from each other.
The second stage: “tomahhasoon: (you will be refined); like refining of mine stone, like gold which first is melted and then some substance is added to it so that its impurities are separated.
The third stage: “togharbaloon” (you will be shaken in a sieve); like sieving of grain when weak and bitter grains don’t stay in the sieve Our relief (the time of Imam Mahdi’s Arrival) will not come until you are sieved and sieved and sieved, until God Almighty separates the impure from the pure.” (Kulayni, Usul Kafi, vol. 1, p. 370 and vol. 8, p. 67) Imam Mahdi’s helpers and supporters are those pure and chaste people whose hearts are only filled with his love; and that is why they are winners in the filtering of different times.