Some Details about Return to Islam Movement
The blessed movement “Return to Islam” with the leadership of Mujahid scholar, his honor Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani (may God protect him), is a popular movement with Islamic content and scientific approach. This movement makes effort in order to revive the incipient Islam according to the book of God and the Mutawatir Sunnah of His prophet in light of perfect wisdom, and also tries to establish the God’s sovereignty on earth through establishing His Caliph’s sovereignty by collecting and training enough supporters for him. It is clear that such a movement with respect to its content, Islamic approach and ideology, is respected and approved by any Muslim in the world who believes in God’s Caliph, and it is not possible to confront it unless by ignoring all Islamic principles and values; a holy and distinct movement which extends its scope to all Muslims around the world only by a complete reliance on common and certain resources and full independence of all political and religious movements, and this movement is in a cultural struggle against impediments to cognition in them such as ignorance, imitation, passions, worldliness, prejudice, arrogance, superstitionism, and also is presenting the pure and complete Islam to them with no regards to conjectural perceptions and religious innovations. In a way that, it unites them and gradually prepares the necessary preconditions for the fall of the Dujal’s sovereignty and the realization of Mahdi’s sovereignty as the just caliph who is acceptable by all of them [The article “Promotional Strategies for Confronting the Return to Islam Movement” by Dr. Zaker Maroof].
The leadership of this Islamic movement is tasked with a scholar, pious, compassionate and aware person who is placed in a trans-national and trans-religion position, and he obtains from the most rational and reliable Islamic resources and invites toward an aspiration which is common and acceptable for all Muslims. His Excellency Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani by adopting the slogan of “Return to Islam” and extending a comprehensive and wide-ranging invitation for all Muslims across the world to a single cognition of Islam as a solid basis for unity and abandonment of existing differences, addresses all Muslims around the world from all religion sects and, in this way he prepares the grounds for establishment of the pure and complete Islam in the world. He proposes the indicative and underlying foundation of current situation in Muslim’s world and also he proposes accurate rooting and detailed and deep pathology in the field of Muslim’s beliefs and practices in his different and influential book entitled “Return to Islam”. His Excellency Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, unlike all those who work in this field, instead of marginalizing and scheming a series of repetitive and insignificant issues which only waste Muslim’s time and power, does not leave any subject in this field uncovered and exactly hits the target with a clear voice and an adorable courage and a wise approach and explains the roots of problems of Islamic countries with a comprehensive and understandable expression for all the people. [The article entitled “The Islamic world; in struggling for redemption” by Seyyed Sadegh Pourmohammadi].
The “Return to Islam” movement, is the movement of oppressed people of the end-time for returning to the book of God and the Sunnah of His Prophet and returning to the values and aspirations of all the Honest and Martyrs and the Righteous people over the history, and such a movement [unlike the imagination of its enemies], is not a “myth” , but rather it is a “truth”; a pure truth that has appeared like a light in the darkest era of human history, to bring him back to “the home”, who is like a lost child on the verge of annihilation. “Return to Islam” is not only a name, rather it is a movement; the movement from what exists and should not exist toward what does not exist and should exist; moving from conjecture to certainty; moving towards roots and origins; moving towards human nature; «فِطْرَتَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا ۚ» (ar-Rum/ 30) “the natural instinct God has instilled in mankind”. “Return to Islam” is accepting God’s invitation that has resonated in the world: «وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ» (an-Nur/ 31) “And repent to God, all of you believers, so that you may succeed”! [Criticism and investigation 50].
Undoubtedly, the Quran has been revealed «بِلِسَانٍ عَرَبِيٍّ مُبِينٍ» (ash-Shu'ara/ 195) “in a clear language” and hence, it is understandable for the majority of the Wise; As He has said: «وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ» (al-Qamar/ 17) “We made the Quran easy to learn”. But obviously the majority of the people are not among the Wise; meaning they do not benefit from “common sense” since they are surrounded by impediments to cognition such as ignorance, imitation, passions, worldliness, prejudice, arrogance and superstitionism and therefore, they acquire a different and sometimes contrary understanding of the Quran, to the point that some of them adduce verses of Quran in order to prove their most unreasonable beliefs and deeds. God's solution to solve this problem is two things: one is inviting people to “wisdom” by avoiding “impediments to cognition” which is a prerequisite for the true understanding of Quran, as He has said: «قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ ۖ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ» (Ali’ Imran/ 118) “We have made the messages clear for you, if you understand” and the other on is inviting them to follow the God’s Caliph on earth who is the illustrator and clarifier of the Quran; as He has said: «وَأَنْزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الذِّكْرَ لِتُبَيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ مَا نُزِّلَ إِلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ» (an-Nahl/ 44) “and we revealed to you the reminder, that you may clarify to the people what was revealed to them, and that they may reflect” and these two are the “Thaqalayn” in Islam that adherence to them is the guarantor of the Ummah’s guidance until the day of Judgment, and wherever a deviation or disagreement has been happened, it is due to lack of adherence to them, and dependently can be solved by adherence to them. Therefore, it is obligatory for all Muslims to place “wisdom” as the standard of cognition and prepare themselves for true understanding and complete implementation of Quran through self-purifying from ignorance, imitation, passions, worldliness, prejudice, arrogance and superstitionism, and on the other hand, know God's Caliph on earth, and by providing sufficient support for him, appear him so that he would resolve their disagreement and correct their deviations. This is the gateway to bliss and the string of salvation that Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani (may God protect him) invites toward it; in a way that he has concentrated all his scientific and cultural efforts on these two factors, and is promoting Islamic wisdom and fighting against ignorance, imitation, passions, worldliness, prejudice, arrogance and superstitionism on one hand, and preparing the grounds for advent of Mahdi (peace be upon him) on the other hand. Therefore, accepting and supporting him is obligatory for every Muslim in the world [Question and answer 297].
His Excellency Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani believes that the main and most fundamental problem of the Islamic world is “lack of God’s sovereignty” which manifests itself in the lack of His Caliph’s sovereignty; because lack of God’s sovereignty over the world necessitates lack of recognition and compliance of His legislations, and lack of recognizing and complying His legislations necessitates the appearance of corruption on land and in sea; as He has said: «ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُمْ بَعْضَ الَّذِي عَمِلُوا لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ» (ar-Rum/ 41) “Corruption has appeared on land and sea, because of what people’s hands have earned, in order to make them taste some of what they have done, so that they might return”; Especially, since lack of sovereignty of God in the world inheres in sovereignty of others except Him; because the world is a complex of human and a human complex requires a sovereignty, and due to this necessity, it will not be empty of sovereignty, and according to this description , if God does not rule over it, inevitably someone else will rule over it. Whereas, ruling of others over it necessitates corruption on earth and destruction of nature and generations; As He has said: «وَإِذَا تَوَلَّىٰ سَعَىٰ فِي الْأَرْضِ لِيُفْسِدَ فِيهَا وَيُهْلِكَ الْحَرْثَ وَالنَّسْلَ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْفَسَادَ» (al-Baqarah/ 205) “When he [human] gains power, he strives to spread corruption on earth, destroying properties and generations, while God does not like corruption”. As today, those who rule over the world, except God, do not give up any attempt to spread corruption in it, and they are proceeding genocide and destroying the properties. There are many innocent women and men who are burning in the fire of their wars, and there are many cities and affluent villages that are falling into the ruined by their invasion! This is the coercive consequence of non-God sovereignty over the world; because a world which God does not rule over it, is the Satan’s house, and there is not anything to be found in it except ignorance, blasphemy, corruption and oppression. This is the fate of a human who has accepted the sovereignty of others except God, and whoever accepts sovereignty of others is condemned to destruction. This is why the fire of their wars will not be putted out, and the statistics of their poverty and misery will not decrease; because God does not rule over them, and someone else is ruling over them; rather their wars will be getting more intense every day, and their poverty and misery statistics will increase; Because God is not their ruler and their ruler is Taqut; as God's servant Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani says:
“How will they see the day without sun light and how will they see the greenery without water?! Rather their night will last forever and their land will turn to salt marsh; because the Caliph of God is not governing over them and His law is not ruling over them…” [Question and answer 28].
Another fundamental and important subject that Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani has dealt with in the challenging and outstanding book “Return to Islam”, is Islamic sovereign ruling. In his view, sovereign ruling over people belongs to God only, and no one but Him has the right to have ownership over them and He accomplishes His sovereignty over them through acquiring a representative or the so called “Caliph”. With this description the foundation for formation of Islamic sovereign ruling and its political legitimacy, is contingent upon God’s solid and exclusive permission which does not exist for any of the current rulers in the world of Islam and therefore, none of their sovereign ruling is considered Islamic. He deems the need of appointment from God for an Islamic sovereign ruling one of the most obvious and essential principles of Islam and other Abrahamic religions and he believes that argument and disagreement over it, is meaningless. Indeed the author, contrary to all Muslim scholars from all Islamic sects, deems it possible to access such a ruler and he believes lack of people’s access to such a ruler, contrary to their assumption is not God’s Hikmah [wisdom], rather it is their own failure in providing the necessary conditions for getting access to him and whenever they provide these conditions in a complete normal and common process, access to him will be accomplished for them. Therefore with this description, their lack of access to him is not an excuse for them to choose rulers other than him; Because on one hand, with regards to the fact that there is the possibility to have access to the ruler appointed by God, there remains no necessity to choose another ruler, and on the other hand, their lack of access to this ruler, is due to their own failure and therefore, it cannot be an excuse to choose another ruler, even though apparently it may look like they have no other choice. Therefore Islamic sovereign ruling can only be possible by sovereign ruling of God’s Caliph on Earth and sovereign ruling of God’s Caliph on Earth is only possible by will and determination of people...
Hashemi in the rest of his book deals with most important principle of Islam that is Tawheed [Oneness of God] and recognizes it as three kinds, which are Tawheed in genesis, legislation and sovereignty and explains each one of them in details. Then he deals with introducing other fundamentals of beliefs and foundations of Islam’s laws and redefines each one of them in a special and distinct way; for instance he opens new gates about Zakat, Hajj and Jihad toward the people of Fiqh [i.e. jurisprudence] from each of which, other gates can be opened.
That way, he redefines beliefs and laws of Islam by relying on transparent wisdom requirements and by citing religious categorical texts which are nothing but Quran verses and Mutawatir narrations of the prophet peace and salutation be upon him and his household and presents a new and ultimately distinct version of Islam that can be considered an Islamic ideology and school of thought and creates a revolution in viewpoint and approach of Muslims of the world and becomes the ground preparer of their union and coherence in near future and a grand and fundamental evolution in their political and cultural structures.[The article “a review on the book Return to Islam” written by Seyed Mohammad Sadegh Javadian]
Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani believes that “the greatest mistake in the world” is not merely “assigning the sovereignty to religious and clerical authorities of the communities”, rather is assigning the sovereignty to the majority of people whom the Lord has not considered to be suitable for ruling and has not assigned them, and “religious and clerical authorities of the communities” are among those people; Considering the fact that the Lord of the world is the most deserving one to rule over it, and He does so through introducing “the perfect man” as His representative.
Yes, if you do not believe in existence of God, it is necessary to believe in His existence by His signs in the heaven and earth and also the regulatory that is extended beyond every things, and the harmonic movements that govern the nature. But if you believe in His existence, you must believe in this obvious fact that ruling of the world is only for Him, and mankind does not deserve to rule mankind. The realization of justice in the world depends on the realization of sovereignty of God over it. Sovereignty of God over the world will happen when His Caliph achieves the sovereignty, and His Caliph will attain the sovereignty when you get rid of “religious and clerical authorities” and “non-religious and non-clerical authorities” and stop moving continuously from this one toward that one and from that one toward this one. But turn both sides of your faces to the “perfect man” and seek help from him and helplessly knee down against him, and while confessing your millennial mistake, ask him to make beholden to you, and accept ruling over you in order to relieve you from poverty and abjection and guide you to dignity and prosperity. This is the only way for your salvation, and any other way, is an astray to degeneration, whether name it religion or blasphemy; because without God and His Caliph on earth, there would be no difference between religion and blasphemy. Whoever does not owe allegiance to God and His Caliph on the earth, can owes allegiance to “religious and clerical authorities” or “non-religious and non-clerical authorities”; but can even owe allegiance to a stone or a wood; because they are the same for him/her! [Criticism and investigation 15].
One of the beliefs that has come from Mutawatir narrations from the Prophet of God and therefore is certainly taught by him, is the belief in reappearance of a man from his Itrat (household) and progeny at the end of the time, named “Mahdi”, who will fill the earth with justice after it has been filled with injustice and oppression. Because, according to Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani’s (may God protect him) teachings: <because more than forty people from the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) such as Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, Talha ibn Abdullah, Abd al Rahman ibn Awf, Abdullah ibn Abbas, Abdullah ibn Umar, Jabir ibn Abdullah, Hudhayfa ibn Yaman, Ammar ibn Yasir, Anas ibn Malik, Imran ibn Hassin, Awf ibn Malik, Abu Ayyub Ansari, Abu Sad Khudri, Salman the Persian, Jabir Sadafi, Abu Huraira, Abu Amama, Thawban, Umm Salama, Aisha and many others have narrated the narration about his highness, for tens of their own successors and from there for hundreds of Muslims and most of the leaders of Hadith, such as Tirmidhi (Died 279 AH), Abri (Died 363 AH), Hakim (Died 405 AH), Bayhaqi (Died 458 AH), Baqawi (Died 510 AH), Ibn Athir (Died 630 AH), Qurtubi (Died 671 AH), Mazzi (Died 742 AH), Dhahabi (Died 748 AH), Haythami (Died 807 AH), Sakhawi (Died 902 AH), Suyuti (Died 911 AH), ibn Hajar (Died 974 AH), Katani (Died 1345 AH), Albani (Died 1420 AH), and others have asserted the validity and Tawatur of that and many of them, such as ibn Abi Khaythamah (Died 279 AH), ibn Hammad (Died 288 AH), ibn Munadi (Died 336 AH), Abu Na’im (Died 430 AH), Abd al Ghani (Died 600 AH), Hamawi (Died 650 AH), Kanji (Died 658 AH), ibn Qayyim (Died 685 AH), ibn Kathir (Died 774 AH), Suyuti (Died 911 AH), ibn Hajar (Died 974 AH), Shawkani (Died 1250 AH) and others, have written independent books about that and the content of this narration is in compliance with God’s promise in the Quran where He has said: «وَلَقَدْ كَتَبْنَا فِي الزَّبُورِ مِن بَعْدِ الذِّكْرِ أَنَّ الْأَرْضَ يَرِثُهَا عِبَادِيَ الصَّالِحُونَ» (Anbya/ 105); “And indeed we have written in the Psalms after the Torah that my righteous servants will be the heirs of earth” and has said: «وَنُرِيدُ أَن نَّمُنَّ عَلَى الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَنَجْعَلَهُمْ أَئِمَّةً وَنَجْعَلَهُمُ الْوَارِثِينَ» (Qasas/ 5); “And we desire to bestow a favor upon the oppressed people on the earth and to set them leaders and to appoint them as the heirs” and has said: «وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا وَمَن كَفَرَ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ» (Nur/ 55); “God has promised those who have become the believers and have done good deeds to indeed set them as Caliphs on the earth, as He set their ancestors as the Caliphs and has definitely enabled their religion which He has chosen for them to achieve power and to indeed secure them after their fear in order to worship Me and not to associate a partner for Me and anyone who disbelieves thereafter, is indeed from the sinners” and has said: «يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَن يَرْتَدَّ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ أَذِلَّةٍ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَعِزَّةٍ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ يُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلَا يَخَافُونَ لَوْمَةَ لَائِمٍ ذَٰلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَاءُ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ» (Maidah/ 54); “O you who believe! Anyone of you who returns from his religion, so then God will descend a group in future whom He loves and they love Him, they are humble to believers and are tough toward infidels, they fight in the way of God and do not have fear from blaming of the blamers! This is God’s grace that He bestows His grace to every person He wills and God is the wise all solacing all knowing”; Due to the fact that what is acquired from the above, is the certainty of domination of some of the believer, righteous, oppressed, loved, warrior, kind and brave servants of God over the world in future and Mahdi is the complete example of such servants of God, based on the descriptions mentioned in the Mutawatir narration of the Prophet (PBUH) for him and therefore, his domination over the world in future, is certain based on God’s promise in the Quran; as God has said: «يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ إِنَّ وَعْدَ ٱللَّهِ حَقٌّ» (Fatir/ 5); “O’ You people! Undoubtedly God’s promise is true” and has said: «وَعْدَ اللَّهِ لَا يُخْلِفُ اللَّهُ وَعْدَهُ» (Rum/ 6); “This is God’s promise and He will never violates His promise” and has said: «فَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ اللَّهَ مُخْلِفَ وَعْدِهِ رُسُلَهُ» (Ibrahim/ 47); “Therefore, do not think that He violates His promise to His prophets” and has said: «إِنَّمَا تُوعَدُونَ لَصَادِقٌ» (Dhariyat/ 5); “Indeed what you have been promised is definitely true” and has said: «إِنَّمَا تُوعَدُونَ لَوَاقِعٌ» (Mursalat/ 7); “Indeed what you have been promised will definitely take place!” Therefore, it is befitting that the certainty of belief of Mahdi’s advent as the divine Caliph of God on the earth and a person from the household of the Prophet (PBUH) who will fill the earth with justice and equity, by performing the complete and pure Islam, to be considered as essentials of Islam and be subject to consensus by all Muslims, so that it be a basis for their union in future.> (Return to Islam, P. 281) As all Abrahamic religions agree on the advent of such a person in the end of times, and this – contrary to the strange imaginations of the miss-minded people -- means the authenticity of the belief in such a person and presence of its root in teachings of all the prophets from the aspect of «كَلِمَةٍ سَوَاءٍ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمْ» (Ali-Imran/ 64) and therefore, the abuse of it by some religions and sects, does not undermine its validity.
Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani regardless of Islamic religions and sects, and only by citing the certain Islamic sources, believes that the earth does not become vacant of “God’s Caliph” at no time and his reason, on the one hand, is the rational necessity for presence of God’s Caliph on earth for teaching the entire of Islam and its fulfilment in a pure and complete way, considering the fact that such an education of Islam and its fulfilment is necessary and it is impossible without presence of such a Caliph and on the other hand, it is the God’s word that He clearly has said: «إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً» (Baqarah/ 30); “Indeed, I am the instituter of My Caliph in the earth”, and this is equivalent to His promise that will never fail; as He has said: «لَا يُخْلِفُ اللَّهُ وَعْدَهُ» (AR-Rum: 30) “Allah does not break His promise”, and it is equivalent to His tradition that will never change; as He has said: «فَلَنْ تَجِدَ لِسُنَّتِ اللَّهِ تَبْدِيلًا» (Fatir/ 43) “So you will never find the tradition of Allah to change”. This is while, the only Caliph of the God at the end of times due to the Mutiwater narration of Prophet peace be upon him and his household, is Mahdi and nobody other than him has been prophesized as the Caliph at the end of the times; Hence, the certainty of the Caliphate of anyone except him is impossible after the Salaf, while anything other than certainty is not sufficient in Islam, and this means the impossibility of the Caliphate of anyone other than Mahdi at the present time. Accordingly, it is possible to believe in existence of Mehdi in present time, although he be an unknown and unavailable individual; because his presence is possible even though he does not introduce himself or invite toward himself; especially, since there are many narrations through Ahl al-Bayt about his long occultation prior to his reappearance (see, for example, Ibn Babuyah, Kamal al-Din; Na’mani, Al-Ghibah, Toosi, Kitab Al-Ghibhah), and rendering all of them as fabricated, since they were present in Hadithic sources of Twelver Shia before the death of Hasan Askari (D. 260 AH) such as the Al-Mishikh’s book of Hassan bin Mahboub Zarad (D. 224 AH), is not reasonable (See: Tabarsi, I’lam Al-Wara Vol. 2, P. 258); regardless of the fact that the Sunni Hadithic sources has also referred to such an occultation (Ibn Hammad, Al-fItan, P. 214; Moqaddasi, Uqad Al-Durar, P. 133), but even Bible has also informed of “abducting a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter” due to the fear of being devoured by a “fiery great dragon” and it is said: “The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that it may devour the son the moment she is about to give birth. The woman gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter and her child was snatched up to God and to His throne and the woman fled into the wilderness to a place where God had prepared for her, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days” (Revelation, 12: 4-6).
However, it is worthy of notice that Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani has not established his invitation toward preparing the grounds for advent of Mahdi on the belief in his presence at the present time, so that those who do not believe in his presence find the ability to reject his invitation, rather in his book (Return to Islam, P. 290), he has clarified that preparing the grounds for his advent, even based on the lack of belief in his existence at the present time, is necessary; given that on this basis, although his existence is contingent on God’s action which means His act of creation, it is yet contingent on people capability which means their acceptance and readiness, and God will create him at the time when he will be able to appear in that time for them. Therefore, if he does not exist at the present time, preparing for his existence is necessary very much identical to necessity for preparing the grounds for his reappearance, and this is based on the God’s word that He has said: «إنَّ اللهَ لا یُغیِّرُ مَا بِقَومٍ حَتَّی یُغیِّروا مَا بِأَنفُسِهِم» (Ra'd/ 11); “God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves”.
The result is that the advent of Mahdi from the Itrat of the Prophet peace be upon him and his household in order to fill the earth with justice after it has been filled with oppression is not made up by the mind of a particular religion or sect driven by some social pressure in order to frighten the arrogant oppressor class of the society, but it is like the promise of God about heaven and the hell in Islam and other Abrahamic religions based on common sources and certainties that has no conflict with intellect; As if whether he exists or not, it is not permissible to sit down waiting for him, but it is obligatory for all the justice seekers of the world to prepare the grounds for his advent, and by that it is meant to provide necessary preparations to give him security and realizing his sovereignty after his advent toward which Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani invites; as he has said: “I am an announcer ahead of Mahdi who calls: Clear the way” (Saying 3) [Question and answer 309].
The intellect and religion do not allow complete and unconditional obedience to a non-infallible person ... and does not invite, in any way, to his ruling sovereignty, but only invites to ruling sovereignty of whom God has cleansed him with His will from all impurities and has made his ruling sovereignty possible at all time. Once again, the impossibility of ruling sovereignty of such a person whose ruling sovereignty is considered the foundation of legitimacy of other ruling sovereignties is purely an illusion; because it is only caused due to the failure of Muslims in preparing the grounds for it and can be simply resolved by eliminating this failure. However, it is not possible to eliminate this failure through other ruling sovereignties; because it introduces a loophole and a contradiction; given that other ruling sovereignties themselves are the effect of this very cause and in this respect, they cannot be the cause for its elimination. Moreover, Mahdi’s ruling sovereignty, from the perspective that itself is considered a ruling sovereignty, is not different from other ruling sovereignties and therefore, if establishing and maintaining other ruling sovereignties is possible, then establishing and maintaining Mahdi’s ruling sovereignty is also possible, and if establishing and maintaining Mahdi’s ruling sovereignty is not possible, then establishing and maintaining other ruling sovereignties is not possible either. This means an “impasse in legitimacy” for other ruling sovereignties and their only resolution to overcome this impasse is to respond to invitation of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani and gradually withdraw from power in favor of Mahdi and start the process for transferring the power to his excellency which certainly can be the preparation for his advent and realization of his ruling sovereignty. Because his excellency due to his cleanness from all impurities and his desire to establish the pure and complete Islam, is waiting for his reappearance and ruling sovereignty and if the grounds for it is prepared by readiness of one of the Muslim rulers by withdrawing from power and transferring it to him, he will certainly do it, but the fact of the matter is that none of the Muslim rulers have ever had this readiness yet and none of them have been ready to leave the sweet position of power so far; rather they have been protecting their ruling sovereignty with all their political, cultural and economic might and have never tolerated any eye on it from anyone, even if he be the Mahdi. It is clear that, their ruling sovereignty, as long as they are attached to it in this manner and have not made any plans to transfer it to Mahdi, is an obstacle to advent of his excellency; Whereas, whenever they let go of their ruling sovereignty by heart and offer it to Mahdi persistently and seriously like Ansar with respect to the Messenger of God (PBUH), and not in deception and allegedly like Ma’mun Abbasid with respect to Ali ibn Musa al-Reza, Mahdi will accept from them and rise to rule over them like Ali ibn Abi Talib did after the murder of Uthman, and then in the light of this ruling sovereignty, he will fill the earth with justice, as it is filled with oppression.
Therefore, gradual withdrawal from power in favor of Mahdi and beginning the process of transferring power to him, can lead to his reappearance and realization of his ruling sovereignty; and this is a process that can start in any of the Islamic countries. Because all of them has the option, should they do this process, to turn into a host for Mahdi and a center for his ruling sovereignty, but naturally whoever accomplishes this process earlier, will precede in beneficence and will own the honor and get many worldly and heavenly privileges after the realization of Mahdi’s ruling sovereignty.
All in all, the withdrawal from power by Muslim rulers and transferring the ruling sovereignty to Mahdi is inevitable anyways and must be done sooner or later. Hence, his Excellency Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani recommends them to take this action peacefully and under his guidance as an impartial and visionary supervisor as soon as possible; because they themselves are in one side of a conflict that Mahdi is on the other side and in this regard, they are considered beneficiaries and are deemed untrustworthy and one cannot sit and wait for another thousand years with fingers crossed in hope for their independent and voluntary action; This is while his Excellency Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is neither in possession of any sovereignty nor is seeking nor accepting any, and therefore he can play an effective and catalytic role as a mediator and coordinator in transferring the power to Mahdi. Given all this, if Muslim rulers truly want Mahdi’s ruling sovereignty, they must set aside their pride and arrogance, and fearlessly and unconcernedly utilize his counsel in this realm as an advisor, expert and a guide toward advent of Mahdi and put their trust in God and proceed along the course of the meanders in this tedious path which ultimately leads to salvation in this world and hereafter. This is a perspective of the horizon that one can depict for Muslim rulers with respect to Mahdi and it seems that any other perspective except for this is nothing but a dream and illusion.
It is hoped that with the blessing of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani’s movement, Muslims’ view about Mahdi and his ruling sovereignty becomes an open and realistic view; as he is trying to correct their attitude about his Excellency and bring his reappearance and sovereignty out of the darkness of illusion and fantasy to the light of reality and objectivity and this is the very practical preparation of the grounds for reappearance and ruling sovereignty of Mahdi and it is not just allegedly, which is being done only by him if you see it fairly and inductively and it is not done anywhere else other than before him. May God grants all Muslims the success of comprehending these profound teachings and privilege them to join the true ground preparers of reappearance of Mahdi and protects them from the deception of the devils who use all their capabilities to prevent them from doing this obligatory and vital task [Question and answer 11].
The preparation for the reappearance of Mahdi peace be upon him is not an undetermined and ambiguous subject, but it has a specific and definite meaning and that is the invitation of people to obey Mahdi Peace be upon him instead of obeying others and to encourage them to establish and maintain his sovereignty instead of establishing and maintaining the sovereignty of others. With this description, a person who does the opposite action, meaning that he invites people to obey himself the way they should obey Mahdi Peace be upon him and encourage them to establish and maintain sovereignty of others rather than establishing and maintaining his sovereignty, is not the preparer of the grounds for reappearance of Mahdi, but clearly, he is an obstacle for his reappearance, even though in an impudently and demagoguery way, he names himself as a preparer of the grounds for his reappearance. Like some of rulers in the region (middle east) who believe that obeying themselves is as obligatory as obeying Mahdi Peace be upon him, and do not have any concern other than maintaining their sovereignty in any way possible, to the extent that they believe maintaining their sovereignty “is more important than protecting a human being’s life even if that human being be Mahdi” (Sahifeye Noor; Vol. 15, p. 221). In this way, they disagree with Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani’s invitation toward sovereignty of his excellency Mahdi Peace be upon him...
Any Muslim ruler, who repents to God, can be the preparer of the grounds for reappearance of Mahdi Peace be upon him and that is when he declares:
1 . He accepts the invitation of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani May God protect him and support it without any expectations.
2 . He does not task people to obey him but tasks them to obey Mahdi Peace be upon him and does not consider any right of sovereignty for himself.
3 . He becomes committed to leave power and pass it unconditionally to Mahdi Peace be upon him and accepts his decree upon himself.
4 . He establishes the bases for transferring the sovereignty to Mahdi Peace be upon him practically and provides operational platforms and legal capacities for it.
5 . He presents guarantee to provide enough security and freedom for Mahdi peace be upon him in his homeland and makes effort to gain his trust.
6 . He organizes and makes the army forces ready, in order to protect Mahdi Peace be upon him anywhere in the world.
7 . He takes pledge of allegiance from people for Mahdi Peace be upon him and trains them and organizes them to support him.
It is obvious that if one of the Muslim rulers does all of these seven tasks with faith and sincerity, in a way that, it will be convenient and satisfactory in the opinion of a just and independent scholar such as Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him, the bases for reappearance of Mahdi Peace be upon him will be prepared and his reappearance after preparation of its bases is certain. Then he will decide about such a Muslim ruler justly, and surely, he will consider his repentance and reformation, and with considering that, he may pardon him and maintain him in his current position or will do something else that he himself is more aware of ...
Any Muslim ruler who does not repent to the God, in the sense that after hearing the invitation of Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him, follows his previous approach and does not take any action to do the seven tasks mentioned above, will be the enemy of God and His Prophet peace be upon him and his household and is considered as a corruptor on the earth and accordingly it is obligatory for any Muslim to counteract him in accordance with the commands of promotion of good and demotion of evil. Since, Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani May God protect him has said about such a ruler that: <Anyone except Mahdi, who invites Muslims to pledge allegiance to him, is an Imam who invites toward the fire; as God has said: «وَجَعَلْنَاهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَدْعُونَ إِلَى النَّارِ ۖ» (Al-Qasas/ 41); “We made them the Imams of those who call to hell”, even he is a Taughut which is worshiped instead of God and takes his followers from light toward darkness; as God has said: «وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُمْ مِنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ» (Al-Baqara/ 257); “And those who disbelieved, their guardians are Taughut, they take them out from light toward darkness, they are the companions of the fire and will be inside it forever”, But anyone except Mahdi, who beats Muslims with his weapon, in order to force them to pledge allegiance to him, has risen in armed revolt against God and His Caliph and has provoked corruption on earth and punishment for those who rise in armed revolt against God and His Caliph and provoke corruption on earth, is in fact to be killed or to be hanged or to get their hands and legs cross amputated or to be driven from earth; as God has said: «إِنَّمَا جَزَاءُ الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَسَادًا أَنْ يُقَتَّلُوا أَوْ يُصَلَّبُوا أَوْ تُقَطَّعَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُمْ مِنْ خِلَافٍ أَوْ يُنْفَوْا مِنَ الْأَرْضِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ لَهُمْ خِزْيٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَلَهُمْ فِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ» (Al-Ma’ida/ 33); “The punishment for those who rise in armed revolt against God and His prophet and provoke corruption on the earth, is in fact to be killed or to be hanged or to get their hands and legs cross amputated or to be driven from earth; that would be a humiliation for them in this world life and they will have a great punishment in Hereafter” And if ever I have capability on the earth, I will punish them for their deeds; since removing them from the path of Mahdi, is obligatory for every Muslim who is capable of doing that.> (Return to Islam, P. 314).
Therefore, duty of Muslims in any Islamic country is to invite their ruler to the above seven tasks with soft speech. Then, if he accepts their invitation, they cooperate with him in doing the above seven tasks, and if he does not accept their invitation, they will invite him with tough speech to the above seven tasks so that he accepts their invitation, and if he still does not accept their invitation, they will put him under pressure with civil and political and economic activities for him to accept their invitation, and if he still does not accept their invitation, they will dismiss him and put someone else in his place who will do the above seven tasks, and if he is not willing to withdraw, they may fight him until he accepts to withdraw or accepts to perform the above seven tasks, and if anyone gets killed in the war with him, he is indeed a martyr, and is like someone who is killed in the service for Mahdi Peace be upon him.
This is the meaning of preparation for reappearance of Mahdi Peace be upon him, which Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani May God protect him has founded and is designing and implementing it, while some rulers in the region fear about it and try to prevent it from happening. Therefore, anyone who wills can join Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani May God protect him in order to help the establishment of the sovereignty of Mahdi Peace be upon him and anyone who wills can join some rulers of the region to help for maintaining their sovereignty; As God has said: «قُلْ كُلٌّ يَعْمَلُ عَلَىٰ شَاكِلَتِهِ فَرَبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنْ هُوَ أَهْدَىٰ سَبِيلًا» (Al-Isra/ 84) “Say everybody may act based on their own principles, Therefore your Lord is more knowing to those who are more guided”! [Question and answer 209].
The world of Islam and its leaders, whether consciously or unconsciously, are going to the path Which Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani has depicted long time ago, and they are exactly following the path which was described by this honorable scholar. It means that not only his fundamental approaches and stands are based on certain and assured Islamic principles but also at the same time, they are based on objective facts and are adopted in accordance with recent circumstances and conditions of the world of Islam and therefore, it can be the light for the nation of Islam to pass through the path of darkness and hardship in the end of times, and it can initiate hopeful and constructive developments if supported and followed by authorities and leaders in the world of Islam. Furthermore, along this line we can mention here his great revolutionary plan to form a union of Islamic countries for transition toward founding an Islamic state with the ruling of Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). Moreover, we can talk about the incredibly unique and evolutionary approach about preparation for reappearance of God’s Caliph and the necessity of forming an organization or a public gathering in the Muslim world with the goal of protecting and supporting Imam Mahdi (Peace be upon him). Because he believes that the absence of God’s Caliph on earth is a direct consequence of people’s failure in seeking, protecting and supporting Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). Because Muslims have been associated with and accompanied every ruler, and they have provided for the prerequisites for the power of every “pure” and “corrupt” leader, and they have never been unable to do that; Nevertheless, when it comes to the Caliph of God, they suddenly become illusory and unrealistic, and consider that the reappearance of Mahdi and his sovereignty is the result of mind-astonishing, indefinite events that are out of their authority; Whereas the reappearance of his excellency is also dependent on political and social conditions and other divine traditions that have been applicable for all other former sovereignties are also applicable for Mahdi’s sovereignty too. Therefore, there is no doubt that Mahdi (Peace be upon him) has never been able to appear yet because of the lack of strength, public support and deficiency in necessary means and elements for founding a universal revolution such as deficiency in human resources and military forces and economic power. Therefore, it is imperative and necessary that enough Muslims form a spontaneous and independent establishment, in other words, they should set up a “comprehensive public party” which is only loyal to Mahdi in order to remove the obstacles on his way and act for objective and practical preparation for his reappearance. In such a way that they spread the word for seeking Mahdi and supporting him as a “public demand” and a “social slogan” in the world; to an extent that they turn it into a unified voice of the Muslim world and will impose their will over the owners of power and wealth.
Perhaps today, the rulers and scholars of the Muslim world still do not believe in necessity to form such an association or may realize it in contrast to their own political and personal interests and greed. But undoubtedly sooner or later, they will submit to this invitation of Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him and admit to this undeniable fact that the only available remedy to get out of current problems of the world of Islam, which is like a dangerous vortex and has turned into a confusing sunken, is to confess to their inability and incapability for managing the Islamic world and admit that they have failed to direct it toward the sustainable justice and peace and stability and security and then they should unanimously demand for the Caliph of God and prepare for his advent in a realistic and objective manner by taking the correct approaches and using the leverages they have in hand. [The article “cutting the hands of Al-Saud from keeping the curtains of Ka’ba; the important priority for the world of Islam” written by Mojtaba Mazrou’i]
There is no doubt that if any time a ruler from one of the Islamic countries accepts his suggestion to step aside from power and deliver it to Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him), while he is truthful and sincere and not just claims or intends to deceive and proves his truthful intentions to facilitate advent of Imam Mahdi in action according to what has been instructed in the book “Return to Islam”, God will open the gates for him through whoever he wills; because he does not oppress his servants; as He has said: «وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ لَيْسَ بِظَلَّامٍ لِلْعَبِيدِ» (Aal-i Imran/ 182) and He does not change anything for a nation until they themselves prepares the ground for the change; as He has said: «إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّى يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنْفُسِهِمْ» (Ar-Ra’d/ 11) and He is not incapable of doing what is necessary for them; as He has said: «إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ» (At-Talaq/ 3) and has said: «بَلْ يَدَاهُ مَبْسُوطَتَانِ يُنْفِقُ كَيْفَ يَشَاءُ» (Ma’idah/ 64); rather the truth is that after achieving these prerequisites by a Muslim ruler and its confirmation by Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani as an unbiased expert and trustworthy supervisor in the form of a mutual action, there is no need for his honor’s relationship with Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him), rather Mahdi (peace be upon him) will get in touch himself; because his guidance at such point will be God’s responsibility and will be accomplished through Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani in this stage according to the principle «إِنِّي ذَاهِبٌ إِلَى رَبِّي سَيَهْدِينِ» (As-Saffat/ 99); “I am going toward my Lord and He will guide me”; as he has said in his book “Return to Islam” (page 293&294):
“Yes indeed, fairly access of people to Mahdi, in case that they remove the impediments to it, is not possible without a guidance from him; since they are not aware of his existence or his place in case of existence and accordingly they can hardly find him by searching for him, even by relying on signatures that have been narrated for him. Therefore, it is necessary for Mahdi, to provide people with possibility of access to himself once people have removed impediments, and that may be carried out by sending an ambassador or by writing a letter for them or by another means, depending on possibilities and occasions. Therefore, removing the impediments to have access to Mahdi, which is first of all, lack of necessary security measures for him is obligatory for people and whenever they fulfill that, it will be obligatory for Mahdi to facilitate people’s access to himself and he, due to his purity from all uncleanness and due to his inseparability from the holy book of God, will indeed fulfill that and non-fulfillment of this matter by him until present, is reason of the fact that people have not yet removed impediments to access him.”
It is clear that, this is not the promise of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani so that its violation may occur, rather it is God’s promise and fulfilment of God’s promise is certain, even though its quality and quantity and how it happens may not be clear for people; as He has said: «أَلَا إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ» (Yunus/ 55); “Be aware that God’s promise is true, even though most of them does not have knowledge” as His promise about occurrence of Judgment day is true and certain, even though its quality and quantity is not known to full precision; as He has said: «وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَى هَذَا الْوَعْدُ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ قُلْ لَكُمْ مِيعَادُ يَوْمٍ لَا تَسْتَأْخِرُونَ عَنْهُ سَاعَةً وَلَا تَسْتَقْدِمُونَ» (Saba/ 29&30); “And they say when is this promise going to happen if you tell the truth?! Say to them: The appointment to you is for a Day, which you cannot put back for an hour nor put forward” and has said: «وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَى هَذَا الْوَعْدُ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ قُلْ إِنَّمَا الْعِلْمُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ وَإِنَّمَا أَنَا نَذِيرٌ مُبِينٌ» (Mulk/ 25&26); “And they say when is this promise going to happen if you tell the truth?! Say to them: Knowledge is only with God and I am just a clear warner”.
Therefore, one should prepare the grounds for advent of Mahdi (peace be upon him) with the faith to God’s promise in his mind and should not let doubt creep into its absolute necessity and usefulness as a result of lack of knowledge about some details in its quality and quantity and should never accuse the person who invites toward it of bombast. Anyway, the hardship of Mahdi’s occultation is a complicated challenge and Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is trying to solve it in a scholarly and practically manner and he needs the support of at least one of the Islamic countries and Muslim rulers to accomplish this extremely difficult and breath taking job.
May God grant all Muslims the privilege of comprehending these valuable Hikmah and truths and may soften the hearts of Muslim rulers to accept them so that very soon the grounds for advent of our master Mahdi peace be upon him is prepared and the miseries and problems of the world of Islam end; because He is able to everything and is very merciful and kind. [Question and answer 13]
The clear and important message of this great book, in contrast to your incomplete conception, is not only “negation of others”, but it is “proof of Mahdi” as well as “negation of others”, and this is the manifestation of «لا إله إلا الله» which means “There is no God, but Allah” and the interpretation of «البیعة لله» which means “allegiance is for God” which is the slogan of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, and the basis of his invitation. The entire dialogue of this peace-maker and warrior scholar is that there is no sovereignty except for God, and his concept of sovereignty for God, contrary to the despicable and false concept of the Khawarij, is not non-sovereignty of all humans, but it is the sovereignty of a human whom God has appointed, and He has announced his appointment through His book and the Mutawatir Sunnah of His Prophet or through a clear sign, and he is “the Mehdi” who exists on earth now but he is absent, and the reason for his absence, contrary to the imagination of the most of the people, is not the will and initial act of God, but it is the will and initial act of people who have not prepared the necessary conditions for his advent and hence, they are responsible for all the consequences and impacts of his absence, although these consequences and impacts are considered as “dead end for the nation in the end of times”; because such “deadend” is not attributed to “Islam” so that it would be in contrast with its “perfection”, but it is attributed to the people who have been the reason and cause for it; «فَاعْتَبِرُوا يَا أُولِي الْأَبْصَارِ» (Hashr/ 2); “So learn the lesson. O ye endued with insight”!...
The strategy of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani for advent and sovereignty of Mahdi, is a comprehensive strategy which includes security, cultural and political dimensions; Because he considers the existence of a sufficient number of strong and reliable Muslims necessary for advent of Mahdi in a sense of the possibility of having access to him in order to protect him from possible threats; with regards to the fact that the only reason for his absence in a sense of not having access to him is his fear from being killed or captured and he believes if his security becomes guaranteed by this number of Muslims, his advent in a sense of having access to him will be certain. Therefore, due to the rational and religious obligation in preparing grounds for his advent, he is gathering a sufficient number of strong and reliable Muslims in order to protect him from possible threats and he asks for help for this purpose from all of them including you; because this honest scholar believes that Mahdi’s reappearance is certain, in case his security becomes guaranteed, even in case of impossibility for his sovereignty; considering the fact that his reappearance is not concomitant with his sovereignty and his reappearance without his sovereignty is still beneficial; rather his advent is outset for his sovereignty; because sovereignty of someone who is not present is difficult and therefore, preparing grounds for reappearance of Mahdi is outset for his sovereignty.
But Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani considers that the prerequisites for Mahdi’s sovereignty is a the gathering of sufficient number of people in order to support and obey him, and believes that whenever such a number of people take the responsibility to support him and obey him, Mahdi’s rise for sovereignty will be certain; since sovereignty is not only a right for him, but also it is considered as a duty for him, to the extent that, if he does not rise after accomplishment of all the required conditions for it, it is deserved for him to be beheaded; because there will be no one responsible for all the wickedness on earth, except for him. Therefore, Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani as well as trying to gather enough Muslims to protect Mahdi, is also gathering enough of them to help him and obey him and he asks for help from all of them “like you” in this regard. Because in the opinion of this prodigy of the era, the Mahdi’s sovereignty is certain, in the instant of a guaranteed and secured help and obedience for him and this guaranteed security in help and obedience for him is called “allegiance” in Islam. Accordingly, Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani takes pledge of allegiance from the Muslims of the world for Mahdi, in the sense that he takes from them the commitment that whenever Mahdi appears to them, they help him and obey him, and do not deviate and break promise similar to the people who treated the Caliphs who preceded him, and with this statement, if a sufficient number of Muslims pledge allegiance to him for helping and obeying Mahdi, his sovereignty will be fulfilled for them, just as if a sufficient number of them pledge allegiance to him for protecting Mahdi, the appearance of him will happen for them.
This is a complete and precise program that is issued from the wisdom and is in line with the Book of God and the Sunnah of His Prophet, and whoever refuses it, is empty from Islam. “For him there will be humility in the world, and severe retribution in Hereafter, because he has refused to accept the right, and has prevented from right path, till there be oppression in the earth instead of righteousness, and ruin instead of prosperity, such that those who rule and are rulers other than God, continue their ruling and God’s ruling, like a fictitious imagination, does not go out of the human mind forever, and whoever God does not guide him, there will not be a guidance for him” [Criticism and investigation 21].
Unfortunately, these days, we are observing many signs of division and tension among the Muslims ... It seems that the foundation of these disputes is the subject of “Caliphate” ... To explain the fundamental subject of the Caliphate in Islam, we need to know that the basis of political sovereignty, in general, cannot be outside of two territories, and therefore all sects, groups, parties, and Islamic schools of thought, despite all dissents, will inevitably return to one of these two bases:
The first basis is that appointing a ruler and a Caliph for Muslims is the responsibility of they themselves ... There is no doubt that the official version of the Muslims understanding about Caliphate has been this, and what has casted shadow on the Islamic world today is the result of this approach... The explanation for this is that we have clearly seen the consequences and corruption and evil sequences of such a version over the years from the very early decades of Islamic history until today. From the very beginning, the ruthless dynasties and regimes such as Bani Umayyad and Bani Abbas came to rule with this very justification and in recent centuries, the autocratic and dictatorial regimes of the Islamic countries were dominant over the Muslims by enforcement and pressure and used the power of spear, to the extent that, it can be definitely said that the individualism and the authoritarian tyranny in many Islamic countries can be clearly attributed to the consequences and outcomes of such a version. However, all the current known groups in the Muslim world, such as the ISIS, Taliban, al-Qaeda ... (and the so-called Al-Tahrir group and the followers of Wali-Faqih or authority of jurisprudent) follow this approach.
But the second approach which has been recently raised in the Islamic nation, or to put it in a more precise way, has been revived and reminded of, has fundamental and substantial differences with the first approach, and is considered as a developing and decisive foundation for Muslims in the world. An approach that is stemmed from the Islamic certainties and decisive evidences and is in full harmony with its deep and genuine foundations. In this approach, it is appropriately explained that the determination of the legitimate ruler and the appointment of a Caliph for Muslims is exclusively from the acts of the wise God and it is only He who is entitled to choose a Caliph as His deputy for ruling over the world. Because God is the only real owner and ruler of this world and has genuine sovereignty and absolute authority over His creations, therefore it is natural that He grants His sovereignty to whoever from His servants that He wills, so that in this way, the affairs of the world will proceed in the way that He has willed. Without a doubt, this is a profound and deep-rooted Islamic foundation, which is based on the monotheistic worldview and a profound cognition about God and His divine traits. According to this version, it is the duty of people to obey the Caliph appointed by God and pledge allegiance to him and nobody else as well as to support him by all possible means and they must not leave the appointed Caliph of God alone and turn to the rulers appointed by themselves or others! Indeed, the fulfillment of ruling sovereignty for the Caliph of God will not be possible without the support and obedience of people; because this has been the tradition of God among the predecessors and the tradition of God does not change.
This is the deep and moving foundation that has been presented and explained by righteous and warrior scholar “Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani” in the east part of Islamic world and is pursued by his followers and disciples in the Islamic world, especially in central Asia... Therefore, based on this, it is very necessary for all the groups who have the quest for Mahdi, declare their solidarity and companionship to this movement which is preparing the grounds for reappearance of Mahdi and is also very necessary for those groups who oppose Mahdi and his Caliphate to express their opposition explicitly and announce their stance in this regard clearly. Because it is time for these two fronts to be completely separated from each other and friends and enemies of the true Caliph of God on earth become recognized. This is an event which will happen whether they want it or not; because the distinction between these two approaches and their opposition to each other is the inevitable result and a natural and consequential effect of the mere existence and nature of the two. Therefore, the movement which is based on the first approach that appears to be based in the area of Sham (current Syria), in a completely predestine process attracts all sects, groups, parties, and Islamic schools of thought that possess the same principles and places them in one front, and the other movement based on the second approach that has a base in the region of Khorasan (parts of the central Asia), in a completely predestine process attracts all sects, groups, parties, and Islamic schools of thought that possess the same principles, and this provides the foundation for bipolarization in the world of Islam over the subject of Caliphate. In a manner that gradually, all supporters of the first type of caliphate will gather in Sham (Current Syria), and all the supporters of the second type of caliphate will gather in Khorasan, so that after this purification and separation, the grounds for reappearance of Mahdi will be prepared... According to what has been said so far, we clearly see that two major and substantial fronts have been formed in the world of Islam now; one is the truth front around the axis of Hashemi’s school that only considers Mahdi worthy of caliphate and invites toward him and only him, and the other is the false front around the axis of Umayyad school that is in fact a movement to confront and fight with Mahdi and to prevent him from reaching ruling sovereignty. There is no doubt that those true Muslims who are loyal to the Messenger of God Peace be upon him are in the front among Mahdi’s supporters, but unfortunately, it must be noted that their numbers are still too small and at present most of the Islamic groups, if not all of them, knowingly or unknowingly, are supporting and maintaining the front with Mahdi’s enemies and by their indifference and negligence, willingly or unwillingly are weakening the front with Mahdi’s supporters. However, it is hoped that at least a number of these groups that have truly goodwill and whose purpose is to serve Islam sincerely, after hearing the message of the movement “return to Islam” and its enormous reminder about Mahdi, wake up and become aware of the truth about Caliphate and transfer their ranks to the front with Mahdi’s supporters [The article of the “Islamic world in the process of bipolarization” by Yousef Javanbakht].
Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani invites all Muslim members of ISIS, Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other groups just as other Muslims in this world, toward pledging allegiance to God and abandon allegiance to others and wants them to abandon sedition and spreading corruption on earth and do not sacrifice the life and property and women of Muslims to their ambition and their desire for ruling, any more than this; Because God has saved Hereafter for those who do not seek superiority nor corruption on earth, and future belongs to the pious; As He has said: «تِلْكَ الدَّارُ الْآخِرَةُ نَجْعَلُهَا لِلَّذِينَ لَا يُرِيدُونَ عُلُوًّا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فَسَادًا ۚ وَالْعَاقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ» (al-Qasas/ 83)! There is no doubt that Mahdi is better than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Muhammed Umar and Ayman Zawahiri, for Muslims; Since those like them probably wish to have him (Mahdi) and do not even deserve to put his shoes before his feet; Given that Mahdi is God’s caliph on earth based on the book of God and Mutawatir Sunnah of His prophet (peace be upon him and his household), but they are not anyone based on the book of God and Mutawatir Sunnah of His prophet (peace be upon him and his household). With this description, it is better for them and their followers to accept Mansoor’s invitation and return toward Mahdi, if they are truly Muslims and seek to establish Islam.
<Undoubtedly Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani’s invitation toward Mahdi, is a great and challenging examination for supporters of ISIS, Taliban and al-Qaeda; Since if they do not respond to it, they reveal their hypocrisy, and announce to all Muslims of this world that they are not truly Muslims nor seek to establish Islam, rather they just seek power and have no dream except monarchy; Like the oppressors who were before them, and used the life and property and women of Muslims in line with their own interest, until death suddenly descended upon them, like an eagle which descends upon a goat, and took them from the earth and threw them into the Hell; While if they respond to Mansoor’s invitation toward Mahdi and unite with him to create the sovereignty of Mahdi, the grounds for the ruling sovereignty of Mahdi will be prepared and their ultimate purpose will be achieved in the best possible way; Of course in case their ultimate purpose is to establish the pure and complete Islam in this world; Since if their ultimate purpose is something else, the curse of God and His servants is upon them and reaches them sooner or later and scatters them around the earth, like how the wind removes some ashes from ground and then there will be no gatherer for them!
Do Muslims who call themselves warrior Jihadists and divide themselves into the immigrants and helpers, not know that the best Jihad, is Jihad along with Mahdi and the best immigration, is the immigration toward Mahdi and the best help, is the help for Mahdi?! Then why do they not gravitate toward a man from the east called Mansoor who without any claim and expectation invites them toward Mahdi and makes a way to reach him, while he speaks based on the book of God and Mutawatir Sunnah of His prophet and invites to rationality, and forbids from ignorance and imitation and passions and worldliness and prejudice and arrogance and superstitionism, and takes responsibility for all of his sayings and is the guarantor of them himself?! What has prevented them from responding to him truly and who has kept them from rushing to him?! Is it not worthy to rush toward him by crawling on snow and take themselves to him from far and near lands to rise along with him to help Mahdi?! While he will take them to Mahdi, with his guidance, and Mahdi will fulfill their best dreams, with his sovereign ruling; Since he will establish the pure and complete Islam among them and will bring absolute justice to backyard of their houses and their sheepfolds, rather he will take them to promised lands in which milk and honey flow, and their dusts are pulverized saffrons and their gravels are diamonds and pearls. Woe to those who leave Mahdi in order to join those who are like Baghdadi; Since they prefer darkness over light and blindness over sight and ignorance over knowledge and sell a Yusuf to some worthless Dirhams; Like those whom God has said about: «وَشَرَوْهُ بِثَمَنٍ بَخْسٍ دَرَاهِمَ مَعْدُودَةٍ وَكَانُوا فِيهِ مِنَ الزَّاهِدِينَ» (Yusuf/ 20); “And they sold him for a reduced price -a few dirhams- and they were, concerning him, of those content with little.”
Is there not a wise man under the sky, and a wise woman on this earth to hear the call of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani and to come out for helping Mahdi? Down with a world in which there are helpers for any bear and supporters for any demon, but there is not any supporter for Mahdi and any helper for the inviter toward him! Do, those who aid the inviter toward himself with their life and property, but humiliate the inviter toward Mahdi and leave him alone, not believe in the resurrection day? The day that earth vomits their bodies to stand on one foot in the God’s law court of justice and to answer His questions about this great betrayal; Since they ignored the inviter toward God and responded to the inviter toward Satan and by doing so, disarranged the rules of this world and tore the string of nature apart. So their punishment in this world, became the domination of the evil people, so that they would cut off the heads of their men and sell lottery tickets for their women, and in the Hereafter, become a burning fire which melts down rocks and burns their very souls> (Adapted from Saying code 113) [Question and answer 16]
Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, is one of the Muslim scholars himself, and accordingly considers the same role for them which he considers for himself, and that role is preparing the earth for establishment of pure and complete Islam in the world through creating and maintaining the sovereignty of God’s Caliph on earth in the way which he has explained in the honorable book “Return to Islam”. Therefore, according to his opinion, Muslim scholars are required to invite toward the Caliph of God instead of inviting toward themselves, and spend time in creating and maintaining his sovereignty instead of creating and maintaining their own sovereignty; because this work is possible if its preliminaries are prepared by Muslims, and its preliminaries are more or less similar to necessary preliminaries for creating and maintaining other sovereignties. Therefore, every Muslim scholar who invites Muslims to pledge allegiance to Mahdi and stops them from pledging allegiance to other than him, is performing his Islamic duty and it is obligatory upon Muslims to accept his invitation and help him in this task, but Muslim scholars who do not enjoin Muslims to pledge allegiance to Mahdi and do not forbid them from pledging allegiance to other than him, are not performing their Islamic duty and it is obligatory upon Muslims to stay away from them [Question and answer 9].
Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is merely a Muslim scholar who has raised with the aim of reappearing Mahdi (peace be upon him) and bringing him to the power. He invites Muslims to pledge allegiance to his honor instead of pledging allegiance to this and that, and thus he is preparing the grounds for establishment of pure and complete Islam in the world. Therefore, it is obligatory upon any Muslim to support him. Now if for your and some other Muslims, it has been revealed for any reason that he, in addition to this visible and obvious nature, is the promised person, supporting him is even more obligatory upon you; just as supporting him is obligatory upon Muslims whom such thing has not been proved for them; because this Muslim scholar, is inviting to Mahdi (peace be upon him) visibly and obviously, and is preparing the grounds for his advent, and it is enough for any Muslim to support him, as God has said: «وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ» (Ma’idah/ 2); “And cooperate with each other in pious deeds and beneficence”!...
Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani does not ask any Muslim to pledge allegiance to him; because he considers allegiance only for God, and his intention of that, is pledging allegiance to someone whom God has commanded to pledge allegiance to, and he is no one but Mahdi whom pledging allegiance to is obligatory upon any Muslim. According to this, Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani asks Muslims to pledge allegiance to Mahdi; meaning he gets their pledge and promise that if Mahdi reappeared to them, they would protect him, help him, and obey him, and would not leave him alone like those before them. This is the context of the pledge that Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani asks from any Muslim, and if a sufficient number of Muslims pledge such allegiance to him, the grounds for advent of Mahdi will be prepared [Question and answer 30].
According to what was explained previously, it became clear that Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, in contrast to your illusion, does not invite to “himself”, but obviously invites to “Mahdi”; because his invitation to pledging alliance to protect “Mahdi” and to help and obey him, cannot be understood as inviting to “himself” by any means, and calling it “inviting to himself” is like naming “day”, “night” which is nothing but coercion in naming. Certainly, those who invite to “themselves” are the ones who consider the right of sovereignty for “themselves” and require others to protect, help and obey “them” and have no concern but to maintain their “own” sovereignty; Alternatively, self-centered people who are sunk in the swamp of claims, and have no words but “I am this” and “I am that”, and do not make any efforts but to prove “themselves”; those who consider themselves in the same level with prophets of God, and beside His caliphs, and name themselves by the names of His successors, while they are more useless than a beetle in His eyes! [Criticism and investigation 21].
One of the most important facts explained by his honor Mansoor in the valuable book “Return to Islam” which can be considered as the theoretical basis of Mahdi’s international revolution and the point of moving toward his advent, is the possibility of his honor’s advent provided that a sufficient number of Muslims gather to protect and support him. According to this, the purpose of his honor Mansoor, is forming such community and transferring it to Mahdi, so that he can reappear by its help. With this explanation, the sovereignty that Mansoor is going to establish, is the sovereignty of Mahdi which similar to any other sovereignty, is able to be established if its grounds become prepared, and the legitimacy of realization of its grounds focusing on this mentioned community, is subordinate of legitimacy of Mahdi’s sovereignty; meaning when Mahdi’s sovereignty is legitimate, preparing the grounds for it is also legitimate, and this is considered as reaching the obligatory preliminary which is rationally obligatory, to the extent that its prohibition by the legislator is not possible; because prohibition of a rational obligation is improper, like prohibiting water for Qusl and traveling for Hajj, and this is regardless of the fact that whether any certain religious duty has been received by his honor Mansoor for that or not [Question and answer 45].
Although some erudite Muslims believe he is the promised preparer for advent of Mahdi peace be upon him, and they believe this is obvious with regards to his intellectual, practical, and apparent characteristics and there is no need for hesitation and discussion about it, but he does not focus his efforts on such claim and only works on objective and real preparation for advent of Mahdi peace be upon him. He believes rational and religious necessity of cooperation with him in this path, is a function of this very objective and real preparation, not a function of being the promised person claim; because there are many claimants of being the promised person, but there is no objective and real preparer for advent of his honor! Given that most of the claimants do not do any efforts but to prove their claim and they do not do any work but to discuss about who they are and who they are not, while it is clear that dignity of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is beyond such efforts and a more important activity has made him busy, which is teaching of pure and complete Islam to Muslims of the world and training a sufficient number of them to help Mehdi peace be upon him; the activity which if gets done by him, advent of his honor will happen, even if nobody considers him as the promised person [Criticism and investigation 11].
↑ . [Translator note: The state of being “Mutawatir”]