Translation of the letter:
“In the name of Allah the beneficent the most merciful
From the servant of God, Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani to the group who are helping him; and so, what comes next …
Oh, you my fellow companions! I remind you about God; He who guided you at the peak of deviation and lead you in the peak of bewilderment and dignified you amid the peak of ignominy and granted you knowledge while you were surrounded with ignorance and put you on a way in which its truth has no deformation and its smoothness will not become rough, while people around you are catching fire and are sinking in darkness, one group after another. So, remember the blessings of God and be grateful with your hands and heart and tongue, may He make you some righteous people and select some martyrs from among you.
Oh, you my fellow companions! Behold, look at the fate of the predecessors and take lesson from their destiny;...
Translation of the saying:
One of our helpers informed us and said: we were beside our master Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, so he gave us a sermon and described pious people and said:
“Do you not see those who do not sleep at nights out of fear of death and cry out of fear of fire? They believe in the hereafter as if they see it. Their desire for paradise is like the desire of those who walk throughout its green fields and sit down beside its beautiful rivulets and rest under the shadow of its fruitful trees which are evergreen, while they know they will not die again after their first death and they will live beside God eternally. Every one of them has abandoned the slight world and has joined the eternal house. When they look at their front, they see houses which are heightened by the light of God and there are gardens around them which are as wide as eyes can see;...
Translation of the lesson:
But the eleventh narration is that which Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Khālid [Died in 274 AH] has narrated in the book of “al-Mahāsin”, from Ya’qub ibn Yazid, from Muhammad ibn Abi Umayr, from Sa’d ibn Abi Khalaf, from [Hasan ibn] Ziyād al-‘Attār that said: I heard Abu Abdullah — meaning Ja’far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq — peace be upon him, say:
The earth will not be unless there be a proof therein. People do not get reformed except by it and the earth does not get reformed except by it.
Also, Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Saffār [Died in 290 AH] has narrated in his book of “Basā’ir al-Darajāt”, has said: Muhammad ibn Isā narrated to us, from Safwān, from Dharih ibn al-Muhāribi, from Abu Abdullah (Ja’far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq) peace be upon him that said: The earth will not be unless there be a knowledgeable one therein. People do not get reformed except by him...
Does his honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani believe wisdom is prior to religion and does he believe that we should abide by the wisdom rather than religion?
Your question is rising from the incorrect assumption that intellect and religion are in contradiction with one another, in such a way that adherence to one means compromising adherence to another and inevitably one has to regard one of them prior to another, while, in the opinion of his honor Mansoor, wisdom and religion have originated from one source and both are created by the wise God, and therefore there is no conflict between them; as God Himself has said: ﴿مَا تَرَى فِي خَلْقِ الرَّحْمَنِ مِنْ تَفَاوُتٍ﴾; “You may not see any diversity in creation of God” and yet, adherence to intellect does not mean that you do not obey the religion and is not equivalent to prioritizing one over another; but rather, it means it is also obeying the religion; because religion has commanded to obey intellect...
In the subject of imitation, how can we answer the 122nd verse of Surah At-Tawbah? Thank you very much.
In verse 122 of blessed Surah of At-Tawbah, it has been said: ﴿وَمَا كَانَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لِيَنْفِرُوا كَافَّةً ۚ فَلَوْلَا نَفَرَ مِنْ كُلِّ فِرْقَةٍ مِنْهُمْ طَائِفَةٌ لِيَتَفَقَّهُوا فِي الدِّينِ وَلِيُنْذِرُوا قَوْمَهُمْ إِذَا رَجَعُوا إِلَيْهِمْ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَحْذَرُونَ﴾; “And believers were not those who migrate altogether (toward the Prophet), so why not from each group of them some migrate to learn about the religion and to warn their own nation when they return, so that they may beware”. It is clear that this blessed verse is not related to “imitating the scholars”, but rather it is related to the narrations of the narrators from the Prophet peace be upon him and his household; as all the people of the knowledge, have mentioned this verse is one of the proofs for authority of narrations; although contrary to what they think, it only implies on the authority of Mutawatir narrations from his Excellency or merely narrations of him for the people of his time;...
﴿وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّـهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ ۖ وَاصْبِرُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ﴾
“And obey God and His Messenger, and do not strive with one another to become fatigued and your stamina disappears and wait patiently for God that God is with the patient ones.”
The history of Islam is evidence of the fact that after the demise of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa 'Alihi wa Sallam and the absence and loss of the Prophet, which was in fact the greatest calamity for the Muslims, the Islamic Ummah started wandering due to falling in great seditions and misleading doubts and lost his way to the realization of Islam’s ambition and the formation of the ideal city of Utopia. As a result, the Ummah gradually lost the power it had during the time of the Messenger of God Sallallahu Alaihi wa 'Alihi wa Sallam and by passage of time and circulation of ages it got stricken with ignominy and misery! The vast lands of Islam which were united by the slogan of Tawheed under one flag broke apart...