Imam al-Mahdi (p) had four deputies [known in Arabic as al-nawab al-arbaah] before his greater occultation.

But, what does this mean? What do we actually know about them? Who were they and why were they needed?

In this series, Shaykh Dr. Mehdi Hazari takes a closer look at the lives of all four of them, starting with the first deputy, Uthman ibn Saeed al-’Amri.

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