قَالَ أَبُو جَعْفَرٍ ع ...فَيَكُونُ أَوَّلُ مَنْ يُبَايِعُهُ جَبْرَئِيلَ ثُمَّ الثَّلَاثَمِائَةِ والثَّلَاثَةَ عَشَرَ.
The first one to pledge allegiance to him [the Mahdi] will be the archangel Gabriel, whom will be followed by 313
And Amir al-Mumineen (a.s.) (Imam Ali (a) has said: Those who will have disappeared from their beds are those who are referred to in this verse of God:
فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ ۚ أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُوا يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللَّـهُ جَمِيعًا
So take the lead in all good works. Wherever you may be, Allah will bring you all together. (The Qur’an 2:148)
Then he said: ‘Good works’ means wilayat.
Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 52, pages 315-316. Translations of verses by Ali Quli Qarai (www.tanzil.net
At Camp 313
, we realize that life is a roller-coaster, ridden with struggles in every stage. With lives laced with challenges, it’s no easy to task to become of the 313 elite helpers of Imam al-Mahdi (ajf). Together with accredited Islamic scholars, Camp 313 hopes to work with youth of different age groups to address various spiritual and intellectual needs, and to foster a drive and ambition towards becoming a servant of the Imam of our time (ajf).
We believe that the key in becoming one of the helpers of the Imam (ajf) is having a solid spiritual foundation. We can only become one of the 313 if we have purified ourselves and gained proximity to Allah swt. This needs to start at the grassroots, and thus, it is vital that we build ourselves in all aspects on both a personal and communal level. To jumpstart this, we are dedicated to work with an array of qualified and accredited Islamic teachers who can guide and assist us in this joint spiritual struggle.
We’ve designed a program that is conducive to and effective in achieving these goals. Further, we’ve structured topics and activities with care, keeping in mind the unique struggles that different age groups may face. In light of this, we’ve organized three camps for Summer 2015.
With these three unique camps, we pray that with the help of the Almighty, campers will be able to reach the high potential that we know lies in every individual.