WHEN HE SAW A FIRE, HE SAID TO HIS FAMILY: “WAIT! VERILY, I HAVE SEEN A FIRE, PERHAPS I CAN BRING YOU SOME BURNING BRAND THEREFROM, OR FIND SOME GUIDANCE AT THE FIRE.” (SURAH TA HA, 10)
In this verse, Allah reveals that the Prophet Musa (as) left his family behind him and set out alone to where a fire was burning. The Prophet Musa (as) told his family that there would be a guide where the fire was burning. Since the word Mahdi means “guide or one who shows the way,” this verse refers to Hazrat Mahdi (as).
In one hadith narrated from our Prophet (saas), one of the signs of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is the sighting of a fire in the sky:
It is narrated from Husayn ibn Ali (ra) that:
"WHEN A GREAT FIRE IN THE SKY ILLUMINATING THE NIGHT IS SEEN IN THE EAST, THAT IS THE MOMENT OF THE COMING OF HAZRAT MAHDI (AS)."
Mar'i ibn Yusuf al-Maqdisi " Fera Idu Fevaidi'l Fiqr Fi'l Imam al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar
WHEN YOU SEE A FIRE FROM THE EAST, expect Al Muhammad [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] to appear.
(Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 32)
The burning of the 150,000-ton oil tanker the Independenta on November, 15, 1979, fully matches a great explosion, a huge fire that one of the portents of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as), followed by a huge billows of smoke in its wake. In addition, the reference in the hadith to “WHEN YOU SEE A GREAT FIRE IN THE SKY ILLUMINATING THE NIGHT...” clearly refers to the day this explosion took place, and says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear in the days when this great event takes place.