About Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him
His Excellency Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, may God protect him, is a great righteous scholar in the Greater Khorasan, who has a privileged belief and jurisprudential school based on Islamic certainties far from conjectural approaches, and virtuous disciples from different countries, and a very rich website that presents his invaluable books, letters, sayings and lessons, while attending to people’s questions and critiques related to various belief, ethical and jurisprudential issues, in an exquisite reasoning manner.
He is a great teacher and a well-wishing inviter, who has devoted his blessed life to reforming the beliefs and actions of Muslims, and combating bidʻahs and deviations in Islamic sects, and currently, he is leading a global movement whose slogan is “Return to Islam”, and whose symbol is the black flags of the Prophet, which aims to pave the way for the realization of the global government of God Almighty, through the establishment of the global government of Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, as God’s Caliph on the earth; since this revolutionary leader, whom many people hope to be Mansoor al-Khorasani, the owner of the promised black flags in Islamic narrations, firmly believes that the advent of Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, is possible and inevitable if he has a sufficient number of righteous helpers, whether he is alive now, as some believe, or will be born at a later date, as some others believe, and therefore, he makes every effort to prepare his advent by gathering and training a sufficient number of righteous helpers for him, so that in this way it will be possible to achieve global justice and save man from loss, Insha’Allah. This is what has caused some oppressive and hypocritical rulers in the region to be frightened from this lonely and oppressed scholar and has made them hostile to him; because they know that his invitation to the government of Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, will weaken their government, rather will destroy it if a sufficient number of people respond to it, and therefore they seek him on land and sea and try to capture him and kill him before his command rises. This is what has forced him to live and work in secret, until the time when he can defend himself, and therefore it is not possible to publish his picture or his voice or more information about him at the present time; acting on the law of the sound intellect and the words of God Almighty: ﴿وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ ۛ﴾; “And do not cast yourselves into destruction with your own hands”, on the tradition of the young men who believed in their Lord and God increased them in guidance, when they rose up and invited toward the truth and dissociated themselves from people of falsehood, then they took refuge in the cave, fearing for themselves and their religion, then they said: ﴿إِنَّهُمْ إِنْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَيْكُمْ يَرْجُمُوكُمْ أَوْ يُعِيدُوكُمْ فِي مِلَّتِهِمْ وَلَنْ تُفْلِحُوا إِذًا أَبَدًا﴾; “If they come to know you, they will stone you or force you to return to their religion, and then you will never gain salvation”, as he, may God protect him, has said:
«أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ! إِنَّكُمْ تُرِيدُونَ أَنْ تَقْتُلُونِي كَمَا قَتَلْتُمُ الصَّالِحِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِي، فَلَا تَفْعَلُوا، فَإِنِّي وَاللَّهِ لَوْ بَقِيتُ فِيكُمْ لَأَشْحَذَنَّ رِجَالًا مِنْكُمْ شَحْذَ الْقَيْنِ النَّصْلَ، أَجْلِي بِالتَّنْزِيلِ أَبْصَارَهُمْ، وَأَرْمِي بِالتَّفْسِيرِ فِي مَسَامِعِهِمْ، وَأَسْقِيهِمْ كَأْسَ الْحِكْمَةِ حَتَّى يَمْتَلِئُوا! أَلَا إِنِّي أَخْتَارُ خِيَارَكُمْ لِلْمَهْدِيِّ كَمَا يَخْتَارُ النَّحْلُ لِيَعْسُوبِهَا خِيَارَ الْأَزَاهِيرِ»; “O people! Indeed, you want to kill me, as you killed the righteous before me, so do not do so; because, I swear to God, if I stay among you, I will harden men from among you, as a blacksmith hardens a blade! I cleanse their eyes with revelations (of the Quran), and pour (its) interpretation into their ears, and have them drink from the cup of wisdom to become full! Be aware that I choose the best of you for Mahdi, as a honeybee chooses the best flowers for its queen”.
And has written in his first letter to Muslims:
“Listen to what I say and do not ask who I am; for a person is known by his words, and the wise look at what is said and not at who has said it! How many true sayings a child says, and how many false sayings elders say! A true saying is true, even if a child says it, and a false saying is false, even if elders say it! So if you know a saying, it does not harm you if you do not know the one who said it; as if you do not know a saying, it does not benefit you if you know the one who said it! So listen to what I say to know me; because a human being is hidden under his tongue, and people are not known until they speak their mind.
You have not been given ears unless to listen, and you have not been given eyes unless to see, and you have not been given the intellect unless to distinguish between what you hear and see to know what is right and what is wrong. So listen to what I say by your ears and examine it by your intellect to accept it, if it is right and deny it, if it is wrong. May God grant you success; because satan wants you to not listen so that you will not know, and to not know so that you will be in misery, and is misery the result of anything but ignorance?!
I know those who were before me spoke a lot and irritated you; because many of their words were lies, and they said things about which they had no knowledge, and a group of them want you just for themselves, and do not speak unless for deception. They call you to a truth which they themselves have no relation to, and want for you a good which they themselves do not benefit from! These people have made the religion a support for gaining power and the Hereafter a pretext for this world; otherwise, they do not know the religion as they must, nor do they want the Hereafter as it deserves.
Now I speak to you, while I have neither hope of power nor greed for this world. I am a man from among you, who is considered weak on the earth like you, and I do not seek to be superior over you or to cause corruption on the earth. I do not want anything but to enjoin the good and forbid the evil, so that God makes anyone He wills listen and anyone He wills deaf, and what do you know?! Perhaps He changes some things and reveals some things; because He has power over all things and full knowledge of everything”.
In fact, whoever looks into the books, letters, sayings, lessons, and other beneficial published matters of this wise scholar on his website with an eye of tolerance and fairness, will find him as a perfect example of moderation, freedom, rationality and loyalty to the original Islamic principles and goals. Furthermore, if one looks closely, one would find him the most resembling to the righteous predecessors and the most knowledgeable of Muslim scholars in the current age, and would also attest to the fact that His Honor does not belong to any government or nation or sect in the world; because he does not consider any government except for the government of God and His Caliph on the earth to be legitimate, and does not recognize any borders among Muslims, and does not consider any of the Islamic sects, whether Sunni or Shia sects, to be complete and free from fault; rather he believes that all these sects have been more or less tainted by some belief and jurisprudential bidʻahs and deviations, and therefore he only adheres and commits himself to the pure and perfect Islam, and that, in his opinion, is a set of beliefs, ethics and laws that are known only through adherence to the “Quran” and the “mutawatir Sunnah of the Prophet” in the light of the “sound intellect”, that is, the intellect free from ignorance, imitation, passions, worldliness, fanaticism, arrogance and superstitionism, all of which have been explained in his invaluable book Return to Islam. This is another reason that he hates to publish more information about his identity and descriptions; as we have made clear in the response to a critique in this regard, and have said:
“His Excellency Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, may God protect him, by the testimony of his excellent thoughts and invaluable and lofty Islamic teachings, and his extraordinary knowledge about the Book of God and the Sunnah of His Prophet and the authentic and various sources of beliefs, history, Hadiths, jurisprudence, narrators and philosophy, which are evident in his book Return to Islam as well as the rest of his sayings and works, and also for training virtuous and committed disciples who are carrying out Islamic invitations and educations on the website of his office, is at the highest scholarly levels, rather one can dare say that he is the most knowledgeable among scholars of the Ummah at the present age and brings Muslims of the World the most benefit of knowledge, however, it is not possible to present detailed information about his identity, location and personal records to the public ... because of his reforming and revolutionary method which is based on severing affiliation with all sects, groups, and countries, in order for him to stand in a position that transcends sects, groups and countries, and be able to lead all Muslims from all sects, groups, and countries toward the sovereignty of the Caliph of God, Mahdi, and become a common asset for all human beings, although it is not comprehensible to superficial ignorant people who are trapped in self-made stereotypes; because the Caliph of God, Mahdi, does not belong to any sect, group and country, and does not bear the allegiance of any of them, and therefore, the one who prepares the ground for his sovereignty should be similar to him in this respect, so that the harmony between cause and effect is maintained; especially considering that the evils of belonging to a particular sect, or a particular group, or a particular country, with attention to the intense differences and rivalries that exist between sects, groups and countries, are not hidden from anyone, and it is very difficult for Muslims to gather around a man who belongs to a particular sect, or a particular group, or a particular country. Of course, this does not mean that in reality he is in affiliation with them and conceals it out of his interest; because he really is not in affiliation with them, as it is obvious from his independent ideas and goals which are based on the commonalities of Muslims, but if the public obtain detailed information about his identity, location and his academic and personal records, they will fall into error by taking any resemblance between them and the identity, location and academic and personal records of the people of a particular sect, or a particular group, or a particular country as an evidence that he is from among them, and at that point, sectarian, racist, and political fanaticism will rush upon them, and prevent them from proper consideration, free from ill suspicion and prejudice in regard to his invitation, which is an obvious evil. Therefore, those who seek his identity, location, and his academic and personal records only desire dissension and division among Muslims, and it is obligatory for them to refrain from it and to look into his good sayings which are in accordance with the intellect and the religion, regardless of his identity, location and his academic and personal records, as the wise say: ‘Look at what has been said, and do not look at who has said’!”
This great human, who, considering his high scholarly and spiritual status and his global invitation toward Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, is expected to make a claim about himself, does not claim to be a Prophet or an Imam, or have a special position on behalf of God, but rather explicitly says that he is one of the servants of God who rises to perform his intellectual and religious duty in inviting to all that is good and enjoining right and forbidding evil, and he expects all Muslims of the world to cooperate with him in achieving his sacred goal that is the goal of Islam, by virtue of the law ﴿وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَى﴾; “And cooperate in goodness and piety”; as we said in response to a question about this:
“Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is one of the servants of God and the nation of His Prophet, Muhammad peace and blessings of God be upon him and his family, who follows the holy Quran and the mutawatir Sunnah of His Excellency in the light of the sound intellect, and does not claim to be a Prophet or an Imam or Mahdi, and is not in affiliation with any government or sect or group, and only invites toward Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, through cultural activities such as writing books and conversing with Muslims, and prepares the ground for His Excellency’s advent, and in return for this good and hard work, he does not ask for wages from anyone, and only asks God for a wage, and he does not take anyone’s property falsely, and does not endanger anyone’s life unjustly, and does not oppress a small ant or a bigger creature, and therefore, whoever responds to his invitation and supports him, has done so with due regard to the truthfulness of his words and the correctness of his work based on intellectual and religious reasons and with the motive of preparing the ground for the advent of Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, and whoever does not do so or is hostile to him instead, he does not harm him, and only divests himself of good or harms himself, and God is aware of everyone’s work ... Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is only a pious and Muslim scholar who deters Muslims from following oppressive rulers, and calls them to follow Mahdi, and forbids them from following conjectures and illusions, and enjoins them to follow knowledge and certainties, and forewarns them of ignorance, imitation, passions, worldliness, fanaticism, arrogance and superstitionism, and urges them to establish the pure and perfect Islam in the light of the Quran, the Sunnah, and the sound intellect, and therefore, those who are hostile to him have no excuse before God and must prepare themselves for His punishment; because clearly it is not permissible to be hostile to such a person, rather it is obligatory to be friends with him, and whoever is hostile to him is a deviant oppressor, like someone who tries to kill him, or labels him as a disbeliever, or insults him, or mocks him, or slanders him, or harms him, or tempts people against him, and it is clear that all of these people are in an obvious error, and there will be a severe punishment for them; as God has said: ﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْفُرُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ وَيَقْتُلُونَ النَّبِيِّينَ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ وَيَقْتُلُونَ الَّذِينَ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْقِسْطِ مِنَ النَّاسِ فَبَشِّرْهُمْ بِعَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ أُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ حَبِطَتْ أَعْمَالُهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ وَمَا لَهُمْ مِنْ نَاصِرِينَ﴾; ‘Indeed, those who deny signs of God and kill the Prophets unrightfully and kill those who enjoin others to justice, give them tidings of a painful punishment; they are those, whose deeds were ignored in this world and in Hereafter and they have no helpers’ and has said: ﴿وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْذُونَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ بِغَيْرِ مَا اكْتَسَبُوا فَقَدِ احْتَمَلُوا بُهْتَانًا وَإِثْمًا مُبِينًا﴾; ‘And those who persecute believing men and women for what they have not done, bear the burden of slander and obvious sin’ and has said: ﴿يَكَادُونَ يَسْطُونَ بِالَّذِينَ يَتْلُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِنَا ۗ قُلْ أَفَأُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِشَرٍّ مِنْ ذَلِكُمُ ۗ النَّارُ وَعَدَهَا اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا ۖ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ﴾; ‘They are about to attack those who recite Our verses! Say: Shall I tell you of something worse than that?! The fire that God has promised to those who disbelieve, and worst indeed is that destination’!”.
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