About allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him
His Excellency allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him, is a great independent Muslim scholar in the Middle East and owns an special doctrinal and juridical school of thought and has a lot of valuable works in the scope of Islamic knowledge and education like the famous and mainstream book of “Return to Islam”. He has spent all his precious life on reforming beliefs and deeds of Muslims and on fight against innovations and deviations in Islamic sects by inviting toward benefaction and promotion of good and prohibition of bad and on upbringing outstanding and dedicated students and he has worked to prepare the grounds for advent of God’s Caliph on earth and then accomplishing his global sovereignty by gathering and upbringing a sufficient number of companions for his excellency and therefore, he has always been the subject of chasing and persecution by regional governments and world powers and has been the target of all kinds of accusations, insults and threats from their agents and for this very reason, he has been compelled to live secretly.
This wise, noble, brave and virtuous leader who is a model of moderation, wisdom and preservation of pure Islamic values and according to those who possess knowledge and fairness is the most knowledgeable among scholars of the Ummah [Nation of Islam], does not recognize himself indebted to any government, nation and sect and is only loyal to the pure and complete Islam and pursues support of rights and interests of the oppressed helpless people in the world and above all of them is Imam Mahdi peace be upon him. This objective preparer of grounds for God’s sovereignty on earth, absolutely does not invite to his sovereignty at all and is not claiming divinity or prophetic or messianic or Babbitt and accordingly any claim in opposition with this about him is mere defamation and figment of his enemies to deceive the public vision.
Hereby we inform everybody the only authentic reference to gain more information about character, beliefs and activities of this warrior and indefatigable scholar is “website of the center for preserving and publishing the works of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani” (current website) and any other claim from other references about him, without prior approval and recognition of this center, would be invalid and unreliable. At the moment, more information about him cannot be published to the public and would be given only to individuals who become active members in this Islamic website.
Frequently asked questions about Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him
This weird question even though looks very ridiculous, is one of the common questions about this honorable scholar that has been originated from malicious propagandas of enemies of Islam with the excuse that he has not appeared in public. This Islamic website as a response to a critic who has recognized it a “right for himself” to have doubt about existence of this honorable person due to the fact that he has not appeared in public, has written:
<Hardly we can give you the right to authorize having doubt about existence of a scholar who owns a school of thought, informatory website, books, letters, sayings and plenteous students unless you do that based on the principles of skeptics who do not believe in anything unless they see it with their own eyes, even though there exist sufficient amount of reasons and witnesses for it. It is obvious that these deep and astute scholarly works have not fallen from the sky nor have they risen from the earth, rather naturally they have been issued by a great scholar who has said and written them and with this description, the person who deems it admissible to have doubts about such a scholar with such works, is not excused before the wise people, rather he is accused of sophistication and being timorous; Especially with due regards to the fact that they deem it incumbent to have certainty in existence of God and His Caliph on earth without seeing them, rather just by seeing their works and effects and they consider the person who authorize having doubt in their existence, despite observing their works and effects, an unbeliever or a deviated person. This is regardless of the fact that they do not consider looking at the face of a scholar more useful than observing his sayings and written texts and after gaining the knowledge about his thoughts and ambitions, information about how tall or short his height is or how thin his belly is or how circular or linear his eyes are is not recognized as necessary by them; Because in their view, his physical characteristics after access to his thoughts and ambitions does not have significance> (Criticism and investigation 44).
With this description, it is trivial that his excellency Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him exists somewhere in this vast world and is living as a real individual.
“Mansoor” and “Hashemi” is among very common names in central Asia particularly in the country Afghanistan and with this description, there is no reason for knowing them as nicknames. “Khorasani” is also a very conventional surname for scholars who live in this geographical region and with this description, wondering about that is not appropriate; As this Islamic website, in response to a question in this regard has written the following:
But his honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is called “Khorasani” because the word Khorasani means a person who is from people of Khorasan and lives in this geographical region. (Question and answer 25)
Indeed the office of preserving and publishing the works of this honorable scholar is not willing to quarrel over letters and words -which are conventional and given credits anyway- and due to security reasons and also since this office recognizes no objectivity for the name of this honorable man, has no insistence whether his name is, or is not, a nickname. Therefore, in response to an “anonymous” person who has claimed “According to our researches, Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is a nickname”, has written the following:
Although your own identity is not clear for us and we think that possibly you yourself are using a nickname and we do not know that your so-called researches have been carried with what motivation and based on which competency and with reliance upon which informatory sources, but we recommend you to not have much trust in your discoveries and always consider possibility of error and mistake in those so that instead of Kaaba you do not end up in Turkestan and instead of Balkh you do not end up in Shooshtar! As it has been said: "I fear, oh you Bedouin, you will not reach the Kaaba/The road you are taking leads to Turkestan" and it has been said: "A blacksmith committed the sin in Balkh/ In Shoostar they beheaded a coppersmith instead"!! At the same time, there is the possibility that your guess is correct; Because firstly, utilization of nickname is natural among liberal and reformist leaders of the world who have plenty of enemies and is not considered something extraordinary and unexpected; Secondly, it is very common and conventional among many people of the world to have two or more names, even when there is no threat or danger for them, whereas their personality, manner and aims are constant and definite any way; Thirdly, it is very common and prevalent among leaders and seniors of religion to adopt surnames and it is considered an Islamic tradition which sometimes takes place by their lovers and supporters with regards to their good traits and characteristics and they become even more famous than their own names; As for instance, the surname “Mustafa” for the prophet peace and salutation be upon him and his household is one of those, even the surname “Ahmed” with which he has been introduced and annunciated in Injil, but he was not famous with that among his nation, is one of those and the surname “Sidique” for Abu Bakr and the surname “Farouq” for Omar and the surname “Zul Noorian” for Uthman and the surname “Murtaza” for Ali has been in this category, rather for Ali there has been another name which apparently his mother has named him with it and he was not famous with that name and he has said with reference to that: «أنا الذّي سمّتني أمّي حیدره/ ضرغام آجام و لیث قسوره» which means: “I am the one whose mother named him Haydar/ which means the tiger of the woods and the fearsome lion”. Also other leaders of the Ahl Al-Bayt had different surnames like “Baqir”, “Sadegh”, “Kadhim” and “Ridha” and today they are known more with them than with their own names, even Imam Mahdi toward whom Mansoor is inviting also has another name and “Mahdi” is his surname and famous title. With due regards to these evidences, it is possible that your guess is correct, you respectful friend; To the meaning that also “Mansoor” is the surname and famous title of the author of the book “Return to Islam” and ground preparer for advent of Mahdi, but it is obvious that this is not something important which has obsessed your and other narrow-minded people’s mind and has turned to a flimsy means for you to do propaganda against this great and innocent scholar. Indeed from the view of the wise people, it is only his thoughts and Islamic and reformatory teachings which matters and his name, surname and famous title is not determinative. Because these thoughts and teachings are not reliant on his name and surname and famous title so that they vary with their variance, rather they are reliant on the book of God and Mutawatir Sunnah [tradition] of the prophet peace and salutation be upon him and his household and certain commandments of intellect which are always constant and followable. Therefore, you can imagine that the name of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, is Mohammad or Ali or Omar or Saeed or Hashim or Ja’far or Qasim or Qanbar or Mohammad Ali or Mohammad Ja’far or Abdullah or something else; Because whatever name from these names he has, he is the author of the book “Return to Islam” and is the leader of a blessed movement, may the eyes of hypocrites and ill-hearted individuals go blind, which has emerged to establish the pure and complete Islam in the world and to realize the sovereignty of Mahdi peace be upon him and in spite of all the animosity will continue to its mobility until arrival at its transcendental and sacred ambition Inshallah.> (Criticism and investigation 6)
As it is mentioned before, his excellency allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, has anti-tyrannical stance and fights effectively against ruthless oppressors on one hand and terrorist groups like Daesh on the other hand and because of those reasons, he has been prosecuted and exposed to be arrested or assassinated. Furthermore, considering the rational and religious necessities for his survival in order to lead the movement in this critical period of time and also lack of sufficient number of supporters in the region, no more information about him can be published for the public at this time. Consequently due to this very reason, publishing his voice and picture is not also possible at this time. In addition, his enemies who are mostly the mass media owners and advertisement tools around the world, do not like to broadcast his news and prefer not to help people to get acquainted with his fascinating character and Islamic activities so that they impede the progress of this holy movement by news boycott; As this Islamic center in response to one of the critics who was surprised by the anonymity of this oppressed scholar and by the fact that there is no biography and picture of him available on the internet has come to this conclusion that he does not exist at all, has said:
<The fact that you did not know his excellency Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani before and did not hear his name, does not mean that he does not exist at all; as wise people have said: “not finding does not mean not existing”! Just as there are certainly many other Islamic scholars in different countries that you do not know and you have not heard their names either. However, they exist and do their scientific and cultural activities whether you know them or not. Besides, it is obvious that internet is not the divine manuscript preserved by God in which all biographies and pictures of His servants necessarily are presented there, rather it is a network made by non-believers and oppressors to advertise their own culture and publish it to the world. Therefore, the biographies and pictures of them and their friends is abundant in it, but the biographies and photos of many of the righteous servants of God are not found there! Yes, unfortunately you are under the influence of those ignorant inspirations and biased and sick people, otherwise you know that the most righteous servants of God are those who are anonymous and they avoid reputation, and it does not mean they do not exist, rather possibly the existence of others is due to their blessed existence and others are given time and chance to live because of these righteous servants! Those are the ones who, according to some of the precious narrations, “are unknown and anonymous on the earth, but known and famous in the heaven”! Yes, dear brother! You are affected by the propaganda of the liars and deceivers, like some other sentimental and simple-hearted young people. Otherwise, it is so strange that you consider someone’s existence based on the biography and picture of them on the Internet, where you totally ignore the existence of such a sophisticated, well-organized and concise book “Return to Islam”, that thoroughly justifies the existence of a knowledgeable and great author, where you see it as a random, out of nowhere phenomenon!! Anyway, bear it in your mind that a wise person does not know the truth by the people, but knows the people by the truth, while an ignorant person does the opposite and considers the reputation, fame and title as a criteria to judge other’s truthiness and takes their anonymity as a reason for their falsehood. Indeed this is obvious ignorance!> (Criticism and investigation 5).
Moreover, this Islamic center has offered further explanations in response to those who ask for more detailed information about his excellency’s scientific and personal records:
<His excellency allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, is in the highest ranking of scientific levels, firstly due to his valuable beliefs and excellent Islamic teachings, and secondly due to his full mastering over the book of God and His Prophet’s Sunnah and religious, historical, narrative, jurisprudence, Rijal and philosophical authentic sources which is evidently presented in the honorable book “Return to Islam” and his other sayings and scripts and thirdly, educating committed and excellent students who promulgate and instruct Islamic teachings in his information center office, rather we can confidently say he is the most knowledgeable scholar in the preset era and spreads the most scientific graces to the Muslims of the world. But, anyway, it is not possible to publish detailed information about his identity, location and personal records to the public because of two main reasons:
First, due to his reforming and revolutionary manner which is based on dissociation from all religion sects, groups, and countries, to be placed in a trans-sect, trans-national and trans-group position, which enables him to lead all Muslims from all sects, groups, and countries toward the sovereignty of God’s Caliph on earth and make a common source for all human being. Although it is not understandable to the pessimistic and skeptical theoreticians who are locked in the fence of their own made stereotypes; since God's Caliph on earth does not belong to any sect, group or country, and does not owe any of their allegiance, and in that way, it is essential that the preparer of his sovereignty should not belong to any sect, group or country, and should not owe allegiance to any of them, so that the relation between cause and effect would be preserved and gathering of Muslims around him would be possible.
Second, because of the necessity of maintaining his safety at the present time which is a rational and religious necessity; since his honor is the only hope of the oppressed people from all around the world, in order to gain access to Mahdi as he is a valuable source for Islam and Muslims. This is while the bloodthirsty dictators from different religions, groups and countries are sorely looking for him. So if they become aware of his identity, location and personal records, they will easily find access to him and will destroy the roots of this holy movement “Return to Islam” and Mahdi’s worldwide revolution which has just started germinating. Nowadays there are many enemies in the region, while there are just a few friends there, therefore presenting him in the region is contrary to wisdom and expediency, and is considered cruelty to himself, Mahdi and the Muslims of the world; As God has said: «وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ» (Al-Baqarah/ 195); “And do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction”! Indeed, it is obvious that whenever sufficient number of friends gather in the region, he will present himself to the Muslims in the world, and will judge upon those who denied his existence since they were seeking superiority on earth and were preventing from the path of God and were trying to distort the promises of the prophets.> (Criticism and investigation 23).
This Islamic center has also responded to the question “Would not it better if you would write about his biography?” and has said:
<Of course it would be better we must say, but not only for the curious people like you who just want to satisfy their curiosity instinct, but also for his sworn enemies who want to know his detailed records, like date and place of his birth, current residence, education and other personal information like this to get access to him and destroy the roots of the movement of preparing for establishment of pure Islam and the advent of God's Caliph on earth on one hand, and also find the pretexts and excuses to spread propaganda against him and deceive public thoughts on the other hand. For instance, if they know that he was born in Iran and has been educated in schools of that country, they will claim that he is a Rafizhi Shia and a puppet of its government to strike the Sunnis. If they know that he was born in Afghanistan and has studied in Pakistan’s schools, they will claim that he is a Sunni Wahhabi and a puppet of Saudi to strike Shia. If they know that he was born in China Turkestan and has not educated in none of their schools, they will claim that that he is probably a communist and a puppet of the disbelievers and atheists to strike the principal of Islam. Overall, they will use any sort of finding about his records as an excuse or attempt to strike his trans-sect and trans-national movement, while this honorable scholar does not belong to any sect and nationality, but he belongs solely to Islam, and tries to unite all Islamic groups around Mahdi by full freedom from religious and national affiliations.
Of course, this does not mean that nobody knows anything about him; because he is well-known among dozens of his supporters; as so many people have relations with him in his neighborhood and they benefit from his vast knowledge and observe his Islamic morals in person. Although he does not have a permanent residence, he does almost all prayers in the mosques and in Jama’ah, and many ordinary people attend his Jama’ah and they are not allowed to take videos and pictures only. After each prayer, he speaks with ordinary people and answers their questions and fulfills their needs. He visits his neighbors and socializes with different people who greatly love and respect him. He holds spiritual and fruitful sessions about beliefs and jurisprudence, where Muslims from different sects come together at his presence. His words in Farsi and Arabic are carefully written by his helpers, and some of them are selected for publication in his informational center under section “Sayings of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani". However, special measures are taken to conceal his identity and location from the eyes of his enemies, which are carefully implemented by his supporters. These measures are such that have amazed his enemies about his identity and location and has misled them; to the extent that they have wrongly taken different people instead of him many times! It is understandable from this point that, contrary to naive and indecisive assumption of people like you, “talking unclearly and being mysterious” sometimes solves somethings, and this is the basis of “Taqiyah” in Islam; Since Islam has not allowed a Muslim with such an important duty and aspiration to expose himself to harmful arrows of malicious people and make himself the toy of curious workless people without necessity, but with the decree of “Taqiyah” has ordered him to keep himself as safe as possible from their access to him and to take steps secretly until the time of advent arrives. This is the very rational and legitimate rule that has kept the Caliph of God, Mahdi, absent from the access of smart enemies and foolish friends over the years. Although it is clear that everyone who proves his trustworthiness and goodwill through good faith and good deeds will get ready to gain further knowledge of his excellency Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him. Even can meet his excellency and benefit from his vast Islamic knowledge and morals without any problems or limitations like many other, but someone who has not proved his trustworthiness and goodwill, but his enmity and disdain is tangible, then it is impossible for him to reach his goal by his greed and foolish words; because the truth will never be subordinate to his passions, unless heaven falls on the earth; as God has said: «وَلَوِ اتَّبَعَ الْحَقُّ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ لَفَسَدَتِ السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ بَلْ أَتَيْنَاهُم بِذِكْرِهِمْ فَهُمْ عَن ذِكْرِهِم مُّعْرِضُونَ» (Al-Mu’minun/ 71); “And if the truth were to follow their passions, the heavens and earth and whoever is in them would have been destructed, We have brought them their reminder, but they turn away from their reminder!”.> (Criticism and investigation 29).
In addition, this Islamic center, in response to a critic who said not publishing his excellency’s picture and information results in “suspicion and loss of opportunity”, has said:
<Publishing the picture and information of allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him, is not necessary after the publication of his thoughts and aspirations; because if his thoughts and aspirations are false, publishing his picture and information would not make them right and if his thoughts and aspirations are right, publishing his picture and information would not make them false; especially considering the fact that his thoughts and aspirations are not related to his picture and information; because he has not invited people to himself; meaning that he has not asked people to follow him according to his picture and information and with no knowledge about his reasons. And yet, publishing his picture and information, only serves to those who want to identify, arrest and destroy him, like his enemies, or those who want to follow him according to his picture and information without knowledge about his reasons, like his unwise fiends, and this deviant approach is one of the common approaches among followers of fake claimants…
The absence of allameh Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him is not more significant that absence of Imam Mahdi peace be upon him, and with this description, we cannot put the blame on him because the reason behind his absence is the same reason behind absence of Imam Mahdi peace be upon him, and this reason is the fear of tyrant and repressive regimes, including the regime of Iran. Therefore, if the Iranian regime supported him, he would not have to “rise and go up to the mountains and hide in remote areas of Afghanistan and Tajikistan and does not publish his picture and information” as you said so about him, but he could simply contact with people and present his ocean of knowledge to those who are thirsty for knowledge; as one of our companions informed us and said:
«إِنَّ الْمَنْصُورَ لَقِيَ بَلاءً وَ تَطْرِیداً وَ إِنِّي رَأَیْتُهُ فِي بَعْضِ هٰذِهِ الْأسْواقِ وَ هُوَ خائِفٌ مُتَرَقِّبٌ یَمْشِي وَ يَقُولُ: مَن يَعْصِمُنِي حَتّیٰ أُعَلِّمَ النّاسَ الْقُرآنَ كَما أُنْزِلَ وَ أَعْمَلَ بِما فِیهِ؟! أَمَّن يُجِيرُني حَتّیٰ أَتَكَلَّمَ بِكَلِمَةٍ فِيها بَلاغٌ لِقَومٍ عابِدِينَ؟! أَمَّن يُعِينُنِي حَتّیٰ أُبَيِّنَ أُمُوراً وَ أُغَيِّرَ أُخْریٰ؟! اللّهُمَّ إنَّكَ تَعْلَمُ أَنِّي لَو ثَبَتَتْ لِي قَدَمايَ لَوَطَّئْتُ لِصاحِبِ هٰذَا الْأَمْرِ سُلْطانَهُ»; “Indeed Mansoor experienced many tragedies and rejections, and I saw him in some of these alleys, walking with fear and anxiety and were saying: who would honor me so that I teach Quran to the people just the way it was revealed and practice what is mentioned in it?! Or who would shelter me so that I speak the words in which there is sufficiency for the devout servants?! Or who would help me to illuminate somethings and change somethings?! Oh God! You know if I could stand firmly on my foot, I would build the foundation for the true owner of this sovereignty”!
As another one of our companions informed us and said:
«إِنَّ الْمَنْصُورَ يَعْرِضُ نَفْسَهُ عَلیٰ أَهْلِ الْبُلْدانِ وَ يَقُولُ: أَلا رَجُلٌ يَحْمِلُنِي إلیٰ قَومِهِ؟! فَإِنَّ هٰذَيْنِ الْقَومَيْنِ مَنَعانِي أَنْ أَقُومَ بِأَمْرِ رَبِّي! وَ سَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ: مَن يُؤْوِيني حَتّیٰ أُوَطِّئَ لِمَلَكُوتِ رَبِّي وَ لَهُ الْجَنَّةُ؟! إِنَّ مَلَكُوتَ رَبِّي يُصْلِحُ الْأَرْضَ وَ يَمْلَأُها قِسْطاً»; “Mansoor offers himself to the people of different lands and says: Is not here a man to take me to my nation?! Because these two nations prevented me from rising up to the commandment of my God! And I heard he says: Who will shelter me so that I can prepare the sovereignty of my Lord and heaven would be his reward?! Certainly, the sovereignty of my Lord will fix the earth and will fill it with justice” (Look at: Saying 32).
We can come to this conclusion that whenever the Iranian regime or another Muslim regime invites and supports him with honesty, he will come out of his hidden state and will contact with people directly. Therefore, if you are not happy with his current situation, you should not put the blame on him; because he has no role to make such a situation and he is not happy with it either, but you should complain to Iran and other Muslim regimes of the region and ask why they have not invited and supported him so far?! Surely, as long as the current situation remains, all helpers and supporters of this honorable scholar can gain more information about him through active membership in his center, and even should they prove their credibility, they can join his fellows and students and meet him. So with this description, there is not a reason for “suspicion and loss of opportunities”.> [Criticism and investigation 66]
Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani (may God protect him), in the strict sense of the word, is a “Hanif Muslim” who does not want to be named as so-called “Shiite” or “Sunni” for many reasons; because he practically follows the certain and indisputable resources like the Book of God, the Mutiwater Sunnah of the Prophet, and rational arguments, which are common between all Islamic religions, and are not allocated to any of them, therefore there is no reason to consider him as Shiite or Sunni. Of course, it is possible that some of his honor’s viewpoints are closer to the viewpoints of some religious sects, but this is a totally natural consequence of the closer viewpoints of those religious sects to the Book of God, the Mutiwater Sunnah of the Prophet, and rational arguments, and does not indicate that his honor belongs to these religious sects; just as it is possible that some other of his viewpoints are closer to some other religious sects, and it does not mean he is following these religious sects; as this Islamic web base, in response to a critic who considered his religion unknown, has written:
<But the fact that you have regarded the sect of his honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani unknown, is natural; Since he does not own a specific and stereotypical sect of the kind you know and like, so that it be known! His honor, as he himself has clarified it in his book and is obvious from his thoughts, is considered a Hanif Muslim and is not a Shia nor a Sunni in the meaning that you think. Of course his honor is only loyal to the book of God and the mutawatir Sunnah of prophet peace be upon him and his household and His caliph on earth and this, from another perspective, can be considered as the real Shiite and the real Sunnite.> (Criticism and investigation 2)
↑ . [Translator note: Right oriented Muslim.]
The most certain sign of Imam Mahdi’s (AS) advent, is advent of a man from the great Khorasan with black flags who invites to the progeny of Muhammad (PBUH), and prepares for the sovereignty of Imam Mahdi (AS), and takes the flag (of sovereignty) from others with peace or defeating and delivers it to him, and joining him is obligatory, even by crawling on the snow; because the narration that has announced about it is Mutiwatir and is considered as the oldest and most famous and most true narration from the Prophet of God (PBUH), his companions and progenies, in apocalyptic prophecies regard, to the extent that it is the inspiration of insurrections in Islam’s history, such as Abd Al-Rahman bin Ash'ath’s uprising against Abd Al-Malik ibn Marwan (Ibn A’tham, Al-Fotuh, vol. 7, page 85), and the uprising of Abu Muslim Khorasani against the Umavian (Zahabi, Seir A’lam Al-Nabla, vol. 5, page 379), and it has been reflected in all Islamic books so far; as for example, among the Sunnis such as Ibn Abi Shaybah (Died 235 AH) in Al-Masannaf (vol. 8, page 697), Ahmad ibn Hanbal (Died 241 AH) in al-Musand (vol. 5, page 277), Ibn Majah (Died 273 AH) In Sunnan (vol. 2, page 1366), Abu Dawood (Died 255 AH) in Sunan (vol. 2, page 311), Ibn Hammad (Died 288 AH) in Al-Fitan (page 188), Ahmad i-Ibn Amr Al-Bazzar (Died 292 AH) in Al-Musand (vol. 4, page 310), Abu Sa'id Shashi (Died 335 AH) in Al-Musand (vol. 1, page 347), Tabarani (Died 360 AH) in Al-Mu’jam Al-Awsat (vol. 6, page 29), Ibn Adi (Died 365 AH) in Al-Kamil (vol. 4, page 227) Hakim Nishapuri (Died 405 AH) in Al-Mustadrak Alaa Al-Sahihain (vol. 4, page 464), Bayhaqi (Died 458 AH) in Dala’il An-Nubuwwa (vol. 6, page 516), Ibn Kathir (Died 774 AH) in Al-Bidayah Wan Nihayah (vol. 6, page 275) Heythami (Died 807 AH) in Majma Al-Zawa’id (vol. 7, page 316), and also among the Shiites, such as Muhammad Bin Sulaiman Kufi (Died 300 AH) in Manaqib Amir Al-Mu'minin (vol. 2, page 110), Qadi Nu’man Al-Maqribi (Died 363 AH) in Sharh Al-Akhbar (vol. 3, page 401), Muhammad Ibn Jarir Tabari (4th century) in Dala’il Al-Imamah (page 442 and 446), Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim Na'mani (Died 380 AH) in Al-Gibbah (page 281), Ibn Tawus (Died 664 AH) in Al-Malahim Wa Al-Fitan (page 119), and Ibn Abi Hatam Amali (Died 664 AH) in Al-Durr Al-Nazim (Pages 798, 799, and 800), have narrated it with numerous documentations from the Messenger of God (PBUH), and its narrators were among the renowned and noble men of Rijal; Including Muawiyah bin Hisham Qassar Abu al-Hassan Kufi who died in 204 or 205 after Hijrah, who is from the Rijal of Sihah Sittah except Bukhari, and Ali bin Salih Abu Mohammad Hamdani Kufi who died in 151 or 154 after Hijrah, who is from the Rijal of Sihah, and some have considered him reliable and some other have considered his narration true, and Yazid bin Abi Ziad Qurashi Abu Abdullah Kufi who died in 136 or 137 after Hijrah, who is a fair reliable man from the Rijal of Sihah, and Ibrahim bin Yazid Nakhai Kufi who died in 96 after Hijrah whose liableness is agreed on, and he is considered a great jurisprudent from the Rijal of Sihah Sittah, and Alqamah bin Qays Nakhai who died in 62 after Hijrah, who is a Tabiee and from the Rijal of Sihah Sittah; but this narration is undoubtedly considered Mutawatir; because its narrators from Yazid bin Abi Ziad Qurashi go up to 9 persons in different sources, and those are Ali bin Salih, Abu Bakr bin Ayyash, Sabbah bin Yahya al-Mazni, Mohammad bin Fazil, Abdullah bin Idris, Jarir, Khalid bin Abdullah, Fitr bin Khalifa and Mandel bin Ali, and narrations of this number of people is undoubtedly considered Mutiwatir; regardless of the fact that Yazid bin Abi Ziad Qurashi is not the only one who narrates this narration from Ibrahim Nakhai, but others like Amru bin Qays Mulla'i and Hukm bin Atibah have also narrated it from him; just as others except Ibrahim Nakhai, like Zayd bin Rafi, and Sharik bin Abdullah, and Abdullah bin Marwan have also narrated it, and their narrators such as Ibn Hamad, Ibn Abi Lili, Hamza'i Nasibi and Jazari, are also among the narrators of this narration in this category, reaching a total of 7 persons; as in addition to Alqamah, people like Aswad, Abu Ubaydah and Ubaydah al-Salmani have narrated it from Abdullah bin Masoud and people like Tamim bin Huzlim and Zaid bin Hasan have narrated it from Abdullah bin Abbas and people like Ala’ bin Atba have narrated it from Hassan and people like Abu Asma Rahabi have narrated it from Thuban the servant of the Messenger of God (PBUH), and their number also goes up to 8 persons, whom have narrated it from people like Abdullah bin Masoud, Abdullah bin Abbas, Thuban the servant of the Messenger of God (PBUH), and Hassan ibn Ali have narrated it. Regardless of the fact that this narration, without much difference in its words, has arrived in other ways from the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt, such as Ali, Abu Ja'far Baqir and also many of the Sahabah and therefore, it is clear that it is considered as “verbally Mutawatir”, and this is the highest level of Tawatur. Therefore, it can be considered as the promise of God and His Prophet, and accordingly, the most certain sign of Imam Mahdi’s (AS) advent; because there is no other narration with such a history, reputation and multiple ways in this regard (Question and answer 318).
But is Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani (may God protect him), is the true example of the promised Mansoor Khorasani in this narration? This is a common question that people have to answer it; because knowing the promised Mansoor Khorasani in this narration is the responsibility of people, which happens by paying attention to the signs, not the claims; given that the claims, without signs, are not useful, and the signs, without claims, are sufficient; to the extent that it has been said: “two hundreds of words, is not like even a half of action”; as this Islamic web base, in response to a question about this subject has said:
<The narrations about the appearance of a man from the great Khorasan with black flags who invites to Mahdi (AS) and prepares for his sovereignty, are Mutawatir, and if someone is likely to believe that his honor Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani (may God protects him), considering all these mentioned features, is the same man, must not wait for his claim, rather must research about him, and researching about him is possible by referring to him or referring to those who refer to him in order to gain knowledge about his signs; because knowing the promised Khorasani is not a function of his claim, but is a function of all the signs gathered that have been narrated for him, whether he claims it or does not claim it for some reasons; because it has not been mentioned in the narrations that the promised Khorasani will consider himself as the promised Khorasani, but only some signs have been mentioned about him, and it is clear that these signs, regardless of his claim, are sufficient for the others to know him; considering that if they are not sufficient regardless of his claim, then they are not sufficient regarding his claim; because for someone who does not have the promised Khorasani’s signs, claiming is not useful, just as for a person who has the signs of the promised Khorasani, quitting claiming is not harmful. Therefore, the Christian Bahira, got to know the Messenger of God (PBUH) before he claims anything, and this is why they say: “The sun came as the reason of the sun” and they have said: “Bring art and do not speak Sa’di / Sugar does not need to say: I am sweet!”.> (Question and answer 82).
It is important to note that Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani (may God protect him), only works on his rational and religious duty, and is not seeking to prove a particular position for himself and therefore, despite his objective and practical preparation for Imam Mahdi’s (AS) advent, and having all the signs of the promised Mansoor Khorasani in the Islamic Mutawatir narrations, does not claim anything about himself; as this Islamic web base, in response to a question about this subject, has said:
<Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani has dismissed all the claims and claimants and has taken his own path and is traveling through it and this way accomplishes his intellectual and religious responsibilities and prepares the grounds for advent of Mahdi peace be upon him by relying on the Book of God and the ultimate Mutawatir Sunnah of His Prophet and the clear requisites of the wisdom and he is doing this work in practice and without any claim; because in presence of his practical actions he does not need to make any claims and he leaves it for the claimants to make claims, even though he is hopeful to the grace of God upon himself and he is not hopeless that he may have been subject to His mercy. Because He has an enormous grace and He encompasses anyone from His servants that He wills with His mercy and no one except the deviated and ungrateful people are hopeless before Him and all affairs are returned to Him.> (Question and answer 14)
As in response to another question about this subject, has said:
<Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, is Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, nothing more and nothing less; an individual who exists among people, with a definite school of thought, movement and ambition and reality on the face of the earth which does not vary by variance of the names; Neither anything is added to him by the title “Seyyed Khorasani” nor anything is deducted from him by the title “liar”. Whoever has a hearing ear may listen and whoever is deaf may God rub his nose in the dirt: Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is one of the servants of God and Ummah of His prophet peace and salutation be upon him and his household who follows the Quran Karim and Mutawatir Sunnah [tradition] of his excellency in the light of intellect and does not claim to be prophet or Imam or Mahdi and he is not connected with any government or sect or group and he invites toward Mahdi only by cultural actions such as writing book and dialogue with Muslims and he prepares the grounds for appearance of his Excellency and he does not request for any compensation in exchange for this good and extremely difficult job and he only requests compensation from God and he does not devour anyone’s wealth wrongfully and he does not jeopardize anyone’s life unjustly and does not oppress a small ant or a bigger living creature and with this description, if someone accepts his invitation and supports him, with regards to truthfulness of his word and righteousness of his deed based on intellectual and religious reasons it would be with intention to prepare the grounds for advent of Mahdi and if somebody does not do that or instead of doing this job show animosity with him, does not do any harm to him and he only deprives himself of a benefaction or drops himself in an evil and God is aware about the deeds of every one. Therefore, Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is only a knowledgeable and God-fearing Muslim who prevents Muslims from following oppressor and dictator rulers and encourages them to follow Mahdi and prevents them from following conjectures and imaginations and commands them to follow knowledge and certitude and scare them from ignorance and imitation and passions and worldliness and prejudice and arrogance and superstition and encourages them for establishment of pure and complete Islam along with beam light of Quran and Sunnah and intellect and with this description, those who have him as their enemy, have no excuse before God and should prepare themselves for his punishment; Because it is clear that having hostility with such a person is not allowed, rather amity with him is obligatory and whoever have hostility with him, is an oppressor and transgressor; Like one who insults him and one who ridicules him and one who slanders him and one who attributes lie to him and one who obstructs the path toward him and it is clear that all of these people are in a clear perversion and there will be a severe punishment for them.> (Question and answer 10)
However, a group of people believe that Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani (May God protect him), is the very promised Mansoor Khorasani in Islamic Mutiwatir narrations, and this is a belief that its validity is rationally probable, and is not inconsistent with the Book of God and the Mutiwatir Sunnah of His Prophet and therefore, is considered respectable but also defensible; as this Islamic web base, in response to “a group of young fans of his Excellency Mahdi” who have mentioned a narration from the Messenger of God (PBUH) and have considered it impliedly in accordance with Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani’s (may God protect him) movement, has said:
<This is the context of the Mutawatir narration which is well-known among the Ahl al-Hadith as “Hadith al-Rayat” and the Shiite and Sunni narrators both have narrated it with various documentations in authentic books ... and some of them have confirmed its authenticity and reputation among the predecessors. According to this Mutawatir and well-known narration, it is obligatory on any Muslim to join the movement which appears from the east of great Khorasan with black flags and invites to the progeny of the Prophet (PBUH) in general and Mahdi (AS) in particular and prepares for Mahdi’s (AS) sovereignty, and this movement is considered by some knowledge-oriented people as the movement of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani; because this respectable scholar’s movement has appeared from the east of great Khorasan with black flags, and invites to the progeny of the Prophet (PBUH) in general and Mahdi (AS) in particular and prepares for Mahdi’s (AS) sovereignty, and no other movement with this feature in this geographical region has ever appeared before, and any other movement that appear -assuming- with this feature in this geographical region, will inevitably be a follower of this movement; because in fact it will do something that is already begun by this movement, and its second start means reaching to something which has been already reached, and this is not possible; and according to this explanation, only continuing the movement of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is possible, which is considered as following it, and it is clear that the follower of the followed, does not proceed to join so that God's command to it would be sensible; because having the follower proceeding the followed is obscene, and is not issued from God, as He has said: «أَفَمَنْ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْحَقِّ أَحَقُّ أَنْ يُتَّبَعَ أَمَّنْ لَا يَهِدِّي إِلَّا أَنْ يُهْدَىٰ ۖ فَمَا لَكُمْ كَيْفَ تَحْكُمُونَ» (Yunus/ 35); “Is the person who guides to the way of the truth, more deserving to be followed or the person who does not guide, unless he is guided himself?! What is wrong with you and how do you judge?!”; just as having latter proceeding the former is obscene and is against God’s wisdom and justice; as He has said: «ثُمَّ أَوْرَثْنَا الْكِتَابَ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَيْنَا مِنْ عِبَادِنَا ۖ فَمِنْهُمْ ظَالِمٌ لِنَفْسِهِ وَمِنْهُمْ مُقْتَصِدٌ وَمِنْهُمْ سَابِقٌ بِالْخَيْرَاتِ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَضْلُ الْكَبِيرُ» (Fatir/ 32); “Then We bequeathed the Book on those of Our servants We chose, so among them is one who wrongs himself, and among them is one who stays on the middle course, and among them is one who, by the command of God, surpassed others in good deeds and this is indeed the great favor!” and He has said: «أُولَٰئِكَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَهُمْ لَهَا سَابِقُونَ» (Al-Mu'minun/ 61); “They are hastening on to good, and they are therein foremost”! Hence, in opinion of this group knowledge-oriented people, if the movement of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, which has appeared in this geographical region in order to invite to Mahdi and prepare for his advent, is not the exemplified of this narration, then no other movement after that will be the exemplified of this narration; because every movement that appears later in this geographical region, will not be beyond of two conditions: either similar to Mansoor’s movement, it will invite to Mahdi and prepares for his advent which in this case, similar to Mansoor’s movement, will not be the exemplified of this narration, or unlike Mansoor’s movement, it will not invite to Mahdi and will not prepare for his advent which in this case, it will not be the exemplified of this narration with the similar argument; because this narration, has recognized the invitation to Mahdi and preparing for his advent as the characteristic of its exemplification.
It is concluded that applying this narration to the movement of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, is strongly valid as it has been already recognized by some knowledge-oriented people, and this is regardless of other features and signs that exist in this great person, and is in accordance with the narrations in this regard.> (Criticism and investigation 28).
For more information about this matter, please see “Seven sayings from his honor about the fact that he does not claim anything about himself, although he is not disappointed from God’s blessing toward him.” and “A saying from him that accompanying him is necessary even though he be not a promised one.”
↑ . [Translator note: Men who have narrated from the Prophet (PBUH) and Ahl al-Bait.]
↑ . [Translator note: Six books containing collections of narrations compiled by six Muslim scholars.]
↑ . [Translator note: The generation of Muslims who followed the Sahabah, and thus received the Prophet’s teachings second hand.]
↑ . [Translator note: Mutawatir is a type of narration which has enough number of narrators in each class such that collusion or error of all of them is not possible and this type of narration brings about certitude.]
↑ . [Translator note: Companions of the Prophet who saw or met him during his lifetime and were physically in his presence.]
↑ . [Translator note: A poem by Rumi.]
↑ . [Translator note: A poem by Sa’di Shirazi.]
↑ . [Translator note: People of Hadith]
The Islamic movement of allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him is known by its black flags. This Islamic website, in response to a question about it, has written the following:
<Firstly, using black flags, is the tradition [Sunnah] of the Messenger of God peace and salutation be upon him and his household; Because according to Mutawatir narrations, the color of the flags of his excellency during the battles were black and with this description, utilization of black flags by Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani in the great cultural battle that he has started in order to fight against ignorance and imitation and passions and worldliness and prejudice and arrogance and superstition among Muslims and to establish pure and complete Islam, is in respect with adherence to the Messenger of God peace and salutation be upon him and his household and also is to revive Islamic signatures and is considered a symbolic act to point out the movement “Return to Islam”.
Secondly, utilization of black flags is a common tradition among those who are in a state of mourning and is considered a conventional sign to announce tragedy and Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is mourning for the tragedy of absence of Mahdi peace be upon him and for the vast and deep political, cultural and economic degeneration of Muslims and in this respect, he will use black flags until the time of advent of Mahdi peace be upon him and until the time when reformation of Muslims affairs takes place so that this way, he attracts the attention of everyone toward existence of a great tragedy and a regretful trauma in the world.
Thirdly, utilization of black flags, is an evident opposition with a corrupt and oppressor group named as “ISIL” that has recently appeared in the west side of world of Islam; Because this group has used black flags and claims to revive Islamic Caliphate and Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani by utilization of black flags under the light of redefinition of Islamic Caliphate and invitation toward Caliphate of Mahdi peace be upon him instead of an ISIL Caliphate, is intending to oppose this hazardous and enormous deviation from pure and complete Islam and has risen to culturally compete with that; As he himself has said in an excerpt from the book “Return to Islam” (Page 341) to this group:
“Therefore I wanted to prevent from this sedition and take away the battle field from such individuals. Yet I heard that a voice of the wrong is rising from the west, therefore I wanted that a voice of the truth also be heard from the east so that only one voice is not heard in the world, lest Muslims gather around the wrong and God’s wrath falls down on them. Because sovereign ruling only belongs to God and He will bestow that to anyone of His servants who He wills, and He has not willed anybody other than Mahdi Fatimid with whom household of prophet Mohammad and all Muslims are content.”
Therefore, as far as it goes, two black flags have risen in the world of Islam such that one of them in the west invites toward ISIL type of Caliphate and possesses all material and weaponry resources under the shadow of hypocrites and unbelievers support and due to its filthiness attracts every mosquito and fly from every corner of the world and another one in the east invites toward Caliphate of Mahdi and under shadow of unbelievers and hypocrites hostility does not possess any material or weaponry resources and due to its purity does not have any attraction for flies and mosquitoes who have filled the world and continues to its scholarly and cultural efforts for awakening of the Muslims and their return to complete and pure Islam, in a climax of loneliness and innocence. Indeed it is clear that Muslims can join either of the two flags that they find more righteous and evaluate it more in conformity to the book of God and tradition [Sunnah] of His prophet peace and salutation be upon him and his household, but there is no doubt that those who have inclinations toward wickedness of oppression and crime and are not pursuing the purity of justice and Hikmah [wisdom] and prefer wealth and abundance and weaponry to knowledge and reason and being suppressed on earth, will never come to the flag of the east, rather they rush toward the flag of the west; Because only those who have detached their hearts from this world and have attached to hereafter and have unbound themselves from the chains of ignorance and imitation and passions and prejudice and arrogance and superstition, will come to the flag of the east and they are very few and numerable.
This is the secret behind utilization of black flags by Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, but if only, those who have focused all their endeavor and concern to margins of the movement of his honor and have no question other than physical characteristics and color of the flags of his honor, pay attention to the context of his important and revolutionary message and do not be stranger from knowledge, Hikmah [wisdom] and intellectuality to such an extent; Because they will never be able to access it from such a distant position; As God has said: «وَأَنَّىٰ لَهُمُ التَّنَاوُشُ مِنْ مَكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ» (Saba/ 52); “And they said we have believed in, while how can they access that from a distant position?!”.> (Question and answer 12).
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