1 . أخْبَرَنا الْحسنُ بْنُ محمّد صادق الإصفَهانيُّ، قال: قُلْتُ لِلْمنصورِ الهاشميِّ الخُراسانيِّ: إنَّ لَنا جاراً مِنَ البابيَّةِ وهُمْ يَقُولُونَ إنَّ علي محمّدَ الْبابَ كانَ هُوَ الْمَهْديَّ فَأَنْزَلَ اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ كِتاباً يُسَمُّونَهُ «البيانَ» فِيهِ كُلُّ بَلاءٍ! قالَ: لا تُجالِسُوهُمْ ولا تُناكِحُوهُمْ ولا تَأكُلُوا مِنْ ذَبائِحِهِمْ فَإنَّهُمْ لَيْسُوا مُسْلِمينَ ولا مِنْ أهْلِ الْكِتابِ! ثُمَّ هَجَمَ عَلَيْهِ الْغَمُّ فَقالَ: ما مِنْ عَبْدٍ يَدْعُو إلىٰ ضَلالَةٍ إلّا وَجَدَ مَن يُتابِعُهُ!

Translation of the saying:

Hassan bin Mohammad Sadiq Esfahani informed us and said: I told Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani: we have a neighbor from Babis[1] who believe that Ali Mohammad Bab was the very Mahdi, so God revealed a book to him which they call it “Bayan”, any type of disaster exists in it! He said: do not associate with them and do not marry them and do not eat their slaughters; because they are neither Muslim nor from People of the Book[2]! Then sadness appeared in him and he said: there is no servant who invites to a misguidance unless he finds someone who follows him!

2 . أخْبَرَنا جعفرُ بْنُ إبراهيمَ المُلْتانيُّ، قالَ: قُلْتُ لِلْمنصورِ: عِنْدَنا جَماعَةٌ يُقالُ لَهُمُ الْقادِيانيةُ يَزْعُمُونَ أنَّ الْمَهْدِيَّ كانَ أحمدَ الْقادِيانيَّ ويَقُولُونَ لَهُ أَحمدَ الْمَوعُود! قالَ: سبحانَ اللّهِ! ما لَقِينا مِنْ هٰذِهِ الْأحامِدَةِ! إنَّ الْمَهْدِيَّ الَّذِي يَمْلَأُ الْأرضَ قِسْطاً وعَدْلاً بَعْدَ ما مُلِئَتْ ظُلْماً وجَوراً، فَهَلْ فَعَلَ هٰذا هٰذا؟! قلتُ: إنَّهُمْ يَذْكُرونَ لَهُ رِواياتٍ مِنْها ما يَنْطَبِقُ عَلَيْه! قالَ: دَعْنا مِنْ رِواياتِكُمْ يا جَعْفَرُ! إنَّ هٰذِهِ الرِّواياتِ لا تَعْدِلُ عِنْدَ اللّهِ جَناحَ بَعُوضَةٍ!

Translation of the saying:

Jafar bin Ibrahim Moltani informed us and said: I told Mansoor: there is a group near us who are called “Qadiyanieh”, they think Mahdi was the very Ahmad Qadiyani and they call him the promised Ahmad! He said: SubhanAllah! What we have seen from these Ahmads! Indeed Mahdi is the one who will fill the earth with justice after it is filled with oppression, so did this (man) do this (work)?! I said: They mention some narrations for him that some of them correspond to him! He said: leave us alone from your narrations Oh Jafar! Indeed these (Wahid and contradictory) narrations are not even as valuable as mosquito’s wing to God!

3 . أَخْبَرَنا محمّدُ بْنُ إبراهيمَ الشِّيرازيُّ قالَ: قُلْتُ لِلْمنصورِ: إنَّ غُلاماً خَرَجَ يَدْعُو إلىٰ نَفْسِهِ يُقالُ لَهُ «أحمدُ الْحَسَنُ» يَزْعُمُ أَنَّهُ اليمانيُّ الَّذِي جاءَتْ فيهِ رِوايةٌ فَيَقُولُ لِنَفْسِهِ الْمَهْدِيَّ ويَقُولُ الْمُنْجِي ويَقُولُ الْوَصِيَّ ويَقُولُ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ! قالَ: أَلَيْسَ هٰذَا الَّذِي قَدْ خَرَجَ بِالْعِراقِ؟! قُلْتُ: بلىٰ، قالَ: هُوَ أَهْوَنُ عَلَى اللّهِ مِنْ ذٰلِك!

Translation of the saying:

Mohammad bin Ibrahim Shirazi informed us and said: I told Mansoor: a young man has come out and invites to himself whom is called “Ahmad al-Hassan”, he thinks he is the very Yamani whom there is a narration about, so he calls himself Mahdi and savior and successor and everything! He said: is he not the one who has come out in Iraq?! I said: yes, He said: he is less insignificant than that to God!

4 . أَخْبَرَنا الْحَسَنُ بْنُ القاسِمِ الطِّهْرانيُّ قال: دَخَلْتُ عَلَى الْمنصورِ فَسَأَلَنِي عَنْ أَصْحابِي بِطِهْرانَ، فَقُلْتُ: كانَ لي أَصْحابٌ مِنَ الْأحْمَديَّةِ، قال: ومَا الْأحْمَديَّةُ؟! قُلْتُ: أَتْباعُ أحمدَ الْحَسَنِ الْبَصْريّ! قال: وما كانوا يَقُولُونَ؟ قُلْتُ: كانوا يَقُولُونَ إنَّهُ وَزيرُ الْمَهْدِيِّ! قالَ: كَذَبُوا أعْداءُ اللّهِ! أما قُلْتَ لَهُمْ إنَّ وُزَراءَ الْمَهْدِيِّ كُلَّهُمْ مِنَ الْأعاجِمِ ما فِيهِمْ عَرَبيٌّ؟! قُلْتُ: جُعِلْتُ فِداكَ وما عِلْمِي بِذٰلِكَ؟! قالَ: نَعَمْ وَاللّهِ فَما كانَ حُجَّتُهُمْ عَلىٰ قَولِهِمْ؟! قُلْتُ: رِوايَةٌ يَرْوُونَها يَزْعُمُونَ أَنَّ فِيها اسْمَ الرَّجُلِ! قال: رِوايةٌ رِوايةٌ رِوايةٌ وهَلْ أَهْلَكَ هٰذِهِ الْأمَّةَ إلّا رِوايةٌ؟! قُلْتُ: جُعِلْتُ فِداكَ إنَّها خَيْرُ حُجَّتِهِمْ وغَيْرُها أَدْحَضُ مِنْها! إِنَّهُمْ يَحْتَجُّونَ عَلَى النّاسِ بِدُخانٍ يَزْعُمُونَ أَنَّ فيهِ اسْمَهُ وبِرُؤيا يَحْكُونَها! قالَ: هٰذِهِ حُجَّةُ قَومٍ لا يَعْقِلُونَ! ثُمَّ قَرَأَ: «أَمْ تَأْمُرُهُمْ أَحْلَامُهُمْ بِهَٰذَا ۚ أَمْ هُمْ قَوْمٌ طَاغُونَ» [الطّور/ 32]!

Translation of the saying:

Hasan bin Qasem Tehrani informed us and said: I came to Mansoor, so he asked me about my friends in Tehran, I said: I had some friends from the “Ahmadiyya”, he said: what is Ahmadiyya?! I said: the followers of Ahmad al-Hasan Basri! He said: what they were saying?! I said: they were saying that he is the minister of Mahdi! He said: they lied, the enemies of God! Did you not tell them that the ministers of Mahdi are all from non-Arabs and there is no Arab among them?! I said: may I be your sacrifice, how could I know that?! He said: yes I swear to God, now what was their proof for their speech?! I said: a narration they quote and they think this man’s name is in it! He said: a narration, a narration, a narration, and did anything else destroy this nation other than narrations?! I said: may I be your sacrifice, that is their best proof and their other proofs are more devastated than that! They refer to a smoke which they think his name is in it and a dream they tell as their proofs for people! He said: these are the proofs of those who do not use intellect! Then he read this verse: “Do their minds command them to this or are they a transgressing people” (Tur / 32)!

5 . أخْبَرَنا وَليدُ بْنُ مَحْمودٍ السَّجِسْتانيُّ، قالَ: كُنّا عِنْدَ الْمَنصورِ نَتَذاكَرُ فِيمَنْ ادَّعىٰ هٰذَا الْأمرَ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ فَجَرىٰ ذِكْرُ هٰذا الرَّجُلِ -يَعني أحمدَ الْحَسَنَ- فَقُلْتُ: جُعِلْتُ فِداكَ، إنِّي كَلَّمْتُ أَتْباعَهُ فَوَجَدْتُهُمْ مِنْ أَحْمَقِ النّاسِ! إنَّهُمْ يَحْتَجُّونَ عَلَى النّاسِ بِمَناماتٍ وإذا قِيلَ لَهُمْ فِيها يَقُولُونَ قَدْ جاءَتْ رِوايةٌ بِأنَّ الشَّيطانَ لا يَتَمَثَّلُ في صُورَةِ النَّبيِّ وآلِه! قالَ: أَ هُمْ يَعْرِفُونَ صُورَةَ النَّبيِّ وآلِه؟! قُلْتُ: لا! قال: فَلا حُجَّةَ لَهُمْ في هٰذِهِ الرِّوايةِ، إنَّمَا الْحُجَّةُ فِيها لِمَن يَعْرِفُ صُورَةَ النَّبيِّ وآلِه -يَعني أصْحابَهُمْ! قُلْتُ: جُعِلْتُ فِداكَ إنَّ فِيهِمُ النِّساءَ والصِّبْيانَ وهُمْ لا يَعْقِلُونَ مِثْلَ هٰذِهِ الدَّقائِق! قالَ: ألَيسَ فِيكُمْ مَنْ رَأىٰ الْمَنامات؟! قالَ رجلٌ: بلىٰ، إنِّي رَأَيْتُ الْمَهْدِيَّ في الْمَنامِ فَأَمَرَنِي بِطاعَتِكَ ورَأيتُهُ مَرَّةً أُخْرىٰ فَسَألْتُهُ عَنْ هٰذَا الرَّجُلِ -يَعْني أحمدَ الْحَسَنَ- فَكَتَبَ لِي: إنَّهُ في ضَلالٍ بَعيدٍ وحَكىٰ رجالٌ آخَرُونَ مَناماتٍ أُخْرىٰ! فَقالَ الْمَنصورُ: فَأَلْزِمُوهُمْ بِما أَلْزَمُوا بِهِ أَنْفُسَهُمْ! قُولوا لَهُمْ: إنْ كانَ الْمَنامُ حُجَّةً فَلَنَا الْحُجَّةُ عَلَيْكُمْ وإنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ حُجَّةً فَلا حُجَّةَ لَكُمْ عَلَيْنا! ثُمَّ قالَ: لا تَأخُذُوا بِالْمَنامِ إلّا إذا كانَ مَعَهُ آيةٌ بَيِّنَةٌ! فَقالَ رَجُلٌ: جُعِلْتُ فِداكَ، إنِّي رَأيْتُ فِيكَ مَناماً كانَ مَعَهُ آيةٌ بيِّنةٌ! أَتَأذَنُ لِي أَنْ أَحْكِيَهُ؟ قالَ: نَعَمْ! قالَ: إنِّي رَأيْتُ النَّبيَّ صَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ وآلِهِ وسَلَّمَ في الْمَنامِ قَبْلَ أنْ أَعْرِفَكَ فَقالَ لي: إنَّ الْمَهْدِيَّ ساكِنٌ فِي بَلَدِكُمْ وأَنتُمْ عَنْهُ غافِلُونَ! قُلْتُ: وأينَ هو؟! قالَ: إئْتِ مَدِينةَ كَذا وسُوقَ كَذا ودارَ كَذا! فَأَتَيْتُهُ فَوَجَدْتُهُ دارَك! قالَ: الحمدُ لِلّهِ الَّذِي جَعَلَنِي مِنَ الْمَهْدِيِّينَ ولَمْ يَجْعَلْنِي مِنَ الضّالّينَ الْمُضِلِّين!

Translation of the saying:

Walid Mahmud Sajestani informed us and said: we were with Mansoor and were discussing about those people who have arrogated this Amr[3], then our discussion led to this man -i.e. Ahmad al-Hasan-; I said: may I be your sacrifice, I spoke to his followers, so I found them from the most foolish people! They refer to dreams as proof for people and when you talk about that with them, they say: there is a narration which says that Satan cannot appear with the face of the Prophet and his household! His honor said: do they know the face of the Prophet and his household?! I said: No! He said: then there is not any proof for them in this narration, the proof in this narration is only for those who know the face of the Prophet and his household - meaning their companions[4]! I said: may I be your sacrifice, there are women and children among them who do not understand these small details! He said: are there not anyone among you who have seen dreams?! A man said: yes, I saw Mahdi in a dream, so he ordered me to obey you and I saw him again, then I asked him about this man – i.e. Ahmad al-Hasan-, so he wrote for me: he is in a far misguidance and some other men also quoted other dreams (with this content)! At this time Mansoor said: so oblige them with what they have obliged themselves with! Tell them: if dream is proof, then there is proof for us against you and if it is not proof then there is no proof for you against us! Then he said: do not use dreams as proof unless there is an obvious sign coming with it! A man said: may I be your sacrifice, I saw a dream about you which there was an obvious sign coming with it, would you allow me to say it? He said: yes, the man said: before I know you I saw the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) in my dream, so he told me: indeed Mahdi resides in your country while you are unaware of him! I said: where is he?! He said: go to such city and such street and such house! So I went there and I saw it is your house! Mansoor said: I praise God who set me from the Mahdis (meaning those who are guided) and did not set me from the misguided and those who mislead others!

6 . أَخْبَرَنا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الطّالِقانِيُّ، قال: ذُكِرَ عِنْدَ الْمَنْصُورِ أَحْمَدُ الْحَسَنُ، فَقالَ: أَدْرَكْتُ شَيْطانَهُ بِمُلْتَقَى الطَّرِيقَيْنِ فَأَرَدْتُ أَنْ أَقْتُلَهُ فَهَرَبَ مِنِّي! أَلا وَاللّهِ لَو قَتَلْتُهُ لَارْتاحَ الرَّجُلُ كَأَنَّما نَشِطَ مِنْ عِقالٍ! قُلْتُ: أَلَهُ شَيْطانٌ -جُعِلْتُ فِداكَ؟ قالَ: نَعَمْ ويُقالُ لَهُ الْمَتْكُونُ يَأتيهِ بِكُلِّ صُورَةٍ فَيُغْوِيهِ إِلّا أَنَّهُ لا يَأتِيهِ بِصُورَةِ الْمَهْدِيِّ!

Translation of the saying:

Ahmad bin Abdul Rahman Taleqani informed us and said: we were with his honor Mansoor when Ahmad al-Hasan was mentioned, so he said: I found his Satan at a road junction, so I tried to kill him, then he ran away from me! I swear to God if I had killed him, he would have become comfortable like he has been released from straps! I said: is there a Satan for him- may I be your sacrifice? He said: yes and his name is Matkun, he comes to him with every face, then he deceives him, except he does not come to him with Mahdi’s face!

7 . أَخْبَرَنا صالحُ بْنُ محمّدٍ السَّبزِواريُّ، قالَ: قُلْتُ لِلْمنصورِ: أَدْرَكْتُ في إيرانَ رِجالاً يَقُولُونَ إنَّ فُلاناً هُوَ الخُراسانيُّ الَّذِي بَشَّرَ بِهِ رسولُ اللّهِ صَلَّى اللّهُ عليهِ وآلِهِ وسَلَّم! قالَ: هٰذا مِمّا قالَ اللّهُ تَعالىٰ: «مَا لَهُمْ بِذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ ۖ إِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَخْرُصُونَ» [الزّخرف/ 20]! ثُمَّ قالَ: إنَّ الْخُراسانيَّ يَدْعُو إلَى الْمَهْدِيِّ وإنَّ هٰذا يَدْعُو إلىٰ نَفْسِه! قُلْتُ: أما لَهُ مِنْ آيةٍ جُعِلْتُ فِداك؟! قالَ: عُقُولُكُمْ تَضْعُفُ عَنْ هٰذا يا صالحُ! إنَّهُ إذا قامَ أَظْهَرَ اللّهُ لَهُ كَفّاً مِنَ السَّماءِ تُشيرُ إليهِ فَتَقُولُ: هٰذا هٰذا! فَيَنْظُرُ إلَيهَا النّاسُ ويَمُدُّونَ إلَيْهَا الْأعناقَ! قُلْتُ: اللّهُ أكبرُ! فَمَن يَشُكُّ فيهِ بَعْدَ ذٰلِكَ؟! قالَ: يَشُكُّ فِيهِ الَّذِينَ يَتَكَبَّرُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَإِنْ يَرَوْا كُلَّ آيَةٍ لَا يُؤْمِنُوا بِهَا! قُلْتُ: فَمَتىٰ يَقُومُ؟! قالَ: إِذَا اجْتَمَعَ إلَيْهِ جَيْشُ الْغَضَبِ! قُلْتُ: وما جَيْشُ الْغَضَبِ؟! قالَ: رجالٌ يُغْضِبُهُمْ قَومُهُمْ فَيَجْتَمِعُونَ إلَيْهِ قَزَعاً كَقَزَعِ الْخَريفِ مِنْ بِلادٍ شَتّىٰ ما بَيْنَ الْواحِدِ والْإثْنَيْنِ والثَّلاثَةِ والْأرْبَعَةِ والْخَمْسَةِ والسِّتَّةِ والسَّبْعَةِ والثَّمانِيَةِ والتِّسْعَةِ والْعَشْرَةِ! قُلْتُ: لِماذا يَجْتَمِعُونَ إِلَيْه؟! قالَ: لِما يَرَونَ عِنْدَهُ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ، فَإنَّهُ يُعَلِّمُ النّاسَ الدِّينَ كَما أَنْزَلَهُ اللّهُ فَيَنْفِي عَنْهُ تَحْريفَ الْغالِينَ وانْتِحالَ الْمُبْطِلِينَ وتَأويلَ الْجاهِلينَ عَلىٰ مِثالٍ جَدِيدٍ عَلَى الْعَرَبِ شَدِيدٌ! قُلْتُ: لِماذا؟! قالَ: لِأنَّهُ لَيْسَ مِنَ الْعَرَبِ! قُلْتُ: ثُمَّ ماذا يَفْعَلُ؟! قالَ: يَقُومُ فَيَأخُذُ الرّايَةَ مِنْ قَومٍ ظالِمينَ ثُمَّ يَحْمِلُها فَيُسَلِّمُها إلَى الْمَهْدِيِّ! قُلْتُ: كَيْفَ يَأتِي إلَى الْمَهْدِيِّ وهُوَ غائبٌ؟! قالَ: يَكْتُبُ إلَيْهِ الْمَهْدِيُّ أَنِ ائْتِني سِرّاً فَيَأتيهِ عَلىٰ حِينِ غَفْلَةٍ مِنَ النّاسِ فَيُبايِعُه! قُلْتُ: ثُمَّ ماذا يَفْعَلُ؟! قالَ: ثُمَّ يَفْعَلُ ما شاءَ اللّه! قالَ صالحٌ: فَعَلِمْتُ أَنَّهُ لا يَزِيدُني عَلىٰ هٰذا فَخَرَجْتُ مِنْ عِنْدِهِ فَلَقِيتُ عيسَى بْنَ عَبْدِ الْحَميدِ فَحَدَّثْتُهُ بِهِ فَقالَ: ما قَولُهُ إلّا كَقَولِ سُلَيْمانَ عَليهِ السَّلامُ «قَالَ نَكِّرُوا لَهَا عَرْشَهَا نَنْظُرْ أَتَهْتَدِي أَمْ تَكُونُ مِنَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَهْتَدُونَ» [النّمل/ 41]! قُلْتُ: فَتَرىٰ أنَّهُ هُو؟! قالَ: فَمَن يَعْلَمُ مِثْلَ هٰذا إلّا هو؟!

Translation of the saying:

Saleh bin Mohammad Sabzevari informed us and said: I told Mansoor: I found some people in Iran who were saying that person is the very Khorasani whom the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) informed about! He said: this is from (the examples) of that which God says: “They have no knowledge about that and they are only guessing” (Zukhruf /20)! Then he said: indeed Khorasani invites toward Mahdi and this man invites to himself! I said: would there not be any sign for him (meaning Khorasani), may I be your sacrifice?! He said: your intellects are not able to understand it oh Saleh! When he rises God will make a palm of a hand appear in the sky for him that will point to him and say: this this! So people will look at it and will move their necks toward it! I said: Allahu Akbar! In this case then who will still have doubts about him?! He said: those will have doubts about him who seek false supremacy on earth and whatever sign they see, they do not believe in it! I said: when will he rise?! He said: when the army of rage gather around him! I said: What is the army of rage?! He said: men whom their nation enrage them so they will gather around him separately like autumnal clouds from different countries, one by one and two by two and three by three and four by four and five by five and six by six and seven by seven and eight by eight and nine by nine and ten by ten! I said: why will they gather around him?! He said: because of the knowledge they see in him, because he teaches religion to the people the same way God has revealed, so he clears it from distortion of exaggerators and ornamentations of wrongdoers and interpretations of ignorants, with a new method which is very hard to take for Arabs! I said: why?! He said: because he is not from Arabs! I said: what will he do next? He said: he will rise and take the flag from an oppressor nation and will carry it until give it to Mahdi! I said: how will he go to Mahdi while he is disappeared?! He said: Mahdi will write to him that come to me secretly, so he will go to him when people are unaware and will swear allegiance to him! I said: what will he do next?! He said: then he will do whatever God wants! Saleh said: then I realized he will say no more than this to me, so I left him and I saw Isa bin Abdul Hamid, so I informed him about that, then he said: his honor’s words is not similar to anything but the words of Solomon when said: “Disguise her throne for her so that we may see whether she will recognize (it) or she will be one of those do not find the way (to recognize it)” (Naml / 41)! I said: do you mean that he is the one?! He said: so who else knows like this but him?!

↑[1] . [Translator note: The followers of Babism faith]

↑[2] . [Translator note: Jews, Christians, and Sabians]

↑[3] . [Translator note: “Amr” in Arabic means “the event” and here it is referred to the event at the end of times where the promised savior will spread justice and peace in the world after it has been filled with injustice and corruption.]

↑[4] . [Translation note: The Sahabah]