Translation of the letter:
In the Name of God, the most Beneficent, The most Merciful
I thank God the Lord who there is no Lord other than him; a Just who does not oppress and a mighty who does not become weak and a wise who does not become unaware and a wakeful who does not sleep and an alive who does not die; A God who is praised in its essence and is pure from all errors and deviations; A God who is upright by its essence and eternal in its uprightness; A God who is hidden in the climax of apparentness and is visible behind a thousand curtains; the God who created earth and sky and whatever that is between the two in six days so that it becomes a reason for His Lordship; the God who created the angels by His power and mercy and put them in stars and planets so that they worship Him and serve Him; the God who created human by His power and wisdom and made him superior to many of His creations so that he may know Him and worship Him...
Translation of the saying:
When a group of the youth who love Mahdi wrote a letter to his honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani and announced their support for him and asked for guidance from him, he said:
“Send them my Salutations and say to them: When all people are gravitating toward left and right you hold on to the straight middle path and when all people are gravitating toward Zeyd and Amro you gravitate toward Mahdi. Remember Almighty God a lot and set paradise as your trade and perform your prayer on the onset of its due time and pay Zakat to its targeted inmate and be kind to your parents as you will not be so long with them and promote good and forbid evil and make your affairs smooth and easy and leave what it is supposed to be left and hold on to what it is supposed to be held on to, and be ready to migrate toward Mahdi! Because I will migrate to him when I find enough companions even if there be seven seas between me and him...
Translation of the lesson:
But the tenth narration is that which Ali ibn Bābawayh [Died in 329 AH] has narrated in the book of “al-Imāmah wa al-Tabsirah”, from Sa’d ibn Abdullah, from Muhammad ibn Isā, from Safwān ibn Yahyā, from ibn Muskān, from Hasan ibn Ziyād, from Abu Abdullah — meaning Ja’far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq — peace be upon him that said:
People are not ordered and the earth does not get reformed except by the Imam.
Mansoor may God protect him, said: We believe in this and invite toward this, and he said: The situation of people will always get worse until they return toward the Imam whom God has commanded them to obey.
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...
His honor believes that people are guilty of non-advent of Mahdi and I accept it, but my question is now in current situation that Mahdi has not appeared yet, how people can reach certainty about Islamic laws anyways?
In current situation that Mahdi has not appeared yet, people cannot reach certainty about Islamic laws unless to the extent of necessities, and this is the natural effect of His non-advent that comes from their guilt and is a punishment from God upon them because of this guilt; as He has said: ﴿ذَلِكَ بِمَا قَدَّمَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ لَيْسَ بِظَلَّامٍ لِلْعَبِيدِ﴾; “That is due to something which your hands have brought about before and without a doubt God is not oppressive toward the servants!”. This is while conjecture about the Islamic laws is not sufficient to them, as God has said: ﴿إِنَّ الظَّنَّ لَا يُغْنِي مِنَ الْحَقِّ شَيْئًا﴾; “Undoubtedly, suspicion does not reveal anything from the truth”...
﴿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...