What is the opinion of His Honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani about the claimants who at the present time consider themselves as the son, deputy and messenger of Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, by citing dreams and interpreting some of the Wahid news?
It is not intellectually or religiously impossible for Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, to have a deputy or a messenger or a child; because Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, based on the statement about his existence at the present time, is a human being like other people, and consequently, like any of them, he can hire a deputy or send someone to do some of his works, or choose a wife to have a child with, however, considering that being a deputy or sent by or a child of someone else is against the principle, the claimant must prove it with a valid religious reason, and it is clear that a dream or a Wahid news is not considered a valid religious reason; because there is nothing in the Quran and the Sunnah that indicates the permissibility of acting on a dream to accept the claims of people when they have no proof or the proof is against them, and it is not accepted from a judge to adjudicate without a proof or against it, with the excuse that he has dreamed. Thus, no one can believe or act on something for which there is no proof from the intellect and the religion, with this reasoning that he saw something in a dream that indicates it, and this is something that is explicitly stated in the narrations of the Ahl al-Bayt, peace be upon them; as they have said: «إِنَّ دِينَ اللَّهِ أَعَزُّ مِنْ أَنْ يُرَى فِي النَّوْمِ»; “Indeed, the religion of God is more firm than to be seen in a dream”. The only exception to that is what an infallible person sees; like what Ibrahim, peace be upon him, saw, when he said: ﴿يَا بُنَيَّ إِنِّي أَرَى فِي الْمَنَامِ أَنِّي أَذْبَحُكَ فَانْظُرْ مَاذَا تَرَى ۚ قَالَ يَا أَبَتِ افْعَلْ مَا تُؤْمَرُ ۖ سَتَجِدُنِي إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ مِنَ الصَّابِرِينَ﴾; “O my son! I see in a dream that I slaughter you, so look what you think, he said: O father! Do what you are commanded to do, you will find me patient, Insha’Allah” and what a non-infallible person sees but an infallible person interprets; like what Pharaoh saw and Yusuf, peace be upon him, interpreted, when the messenger told him: ﴿يُوسُفُ أَيُّهَا الصِّدِّيقُ أَفْتِنَا فِي سَبْعِ بَقَرَاتٍ سِمَانٍ يَأْكُلُهُنَّ سَبْعٌ عِجَافٌ وَسَبْعِ سُنْبُلَاتٍ خُضْرٍ وَأُخَرَ يَابِسَاتٍ لَعَلِّي أَرْجِعُ إِلَى النَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ قَالَ تَزْرَعُونَ سَبْعَ سِنِينَ دَأَبًا فَمَا حَصَدْتُمْ فَذَرُوهُ فِي سُنْبُلِهِ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا مِمَّا تَأْكُلُونَ﴾; “Yusuf O the truthful one! Tell us the meaning of seven fat cows which are eaten up by seven lean cows, and of seven green ears of corn and seven others dried up, so that I may return to people and they may know the meaning of this dream. He said: You should work hard for seven years, so leave whatever you reap in its ear except for a little that you eat”. Therefore, other dreams that people see or interpret have no validity and cause conjecture at most; as for Wahid news, their issuance is conjectural, so it is not permissible to act on them in anything related to the religion; because of the word of God that has said: ﴿إِنَّ الظَّنَّ لَا يُغْنِي مِنَ الْحَقِّ شَيْئًا ۚ﴾; “Indeed, conjecture does not avail against the truth”. Accordingly, the claimants, who at the present time consider themselves as the son, deputy and messenger of Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, by citing some dreams and Wahid news, make a claim which is not religiously possible to acknowledge. This is if their other words and works do not contain something whose falsehood is known intellectually and religiously, but if their other words and works contain something whose falsehood is known intellectually and religiously, there is no dispute over the necessity of denying them; because it is impossible for Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, to make such misguided people his deputies or messengers so that they mislead people with their false words and works, and if they were really his children, they would be like the son of Nuh, peace be upon him, about whom God has said: ﴿يَا نُوحُ إِنَّهُ لَيْسَ مِنْ أَهْلِكَ ۖ إِنَّهُ عَمَلٌ غَيْرُ صَالِحٍ ۖ﴾; “O Nuh! He is not from your household; because he has done an improper work”. The result is that there is no justification in acknowledging such claimants and following them, rather repelling their evil is obligatory for every Muslim who is able to do so; because such claimants, whether they are cunning liars or mentally ill, with their baseless claims and false teachings, defile the rites of Islam and cause the religion to weaken and make Muslims raise Shubha and ill suspicion, to the extent that they would not be able to distinguish between the truth, after its advent, and falsehood, or tell the difference between a miracle, after observing it, and sorcery, and would reach such a level of pessimism and prejudgment that will consider Mahdi, after his rise, to be another liar of the liars too, and this would be only due to the Fitnah which these children of satan have stirred up; because they have not left any verse or narration unless they have applied it to themselves, and have left no miracle or sign unless they have attributed it to themselves, so they have filled the ears of Muslims with all of them, so that they no longer desire to hear such things and deny anything of their kind without reflection and study, and in this way, they would not be able to recognize Mahdi after his advent and perhaps would stand against him out of ignorance and unawareness! Undoubtedly, this has been satan’s plan, which is currently being carried out by his evil children in some Islamic countries, such as Iran and Iraq, to prevent Mahdi from being recognized.
May God kill the false claimants, who are the greatest enemies of Mahdi and the greatest enemies of his true helpers who call to him without any claims or false words; because these evildoers, by naming themselves with their names and playing with their key words and creating apparent similarities with them to deceive the public, vulgarize their saying and make people hate their invitation and make it extremely difficult for them to reform the affairs of Muslims and establish the pure and complete Islam; like the story of the lying shepherd, who made a false claim to people many times and repeated a false invitation for them, until they lost their sensitivity to such a claim and lost trust in such an invitation and got to a point that no longer pay any attention to shouts of any shepherd, even if he is truthful!
So may God curse the false claimants and repel their evil from His religion and His Caliph, Mahdi, and the ground preparer for the advent of His Caliph, Mansoor, who invites toward him without any claims or false words, and grant all Muslims the success for recognizing the truth from falsehood and the right from wrong and facts from lies and wisdom from foolishness; because He is the Most Merciful.
Does His Honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani know Ahmad al-Hasan? What is his opinion about him? Is he right or not? Why? Thank you
Whether a person is right or not is not something that is written on his forehead, but something that depends on his belief and action. If his belief and action are right, he is right, even though people call him “Dajjal”, and if his belief and action are not right, he is not right, even though people call him “the son of Mahdi”, and His Excellency Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, may God protect him, in the honorable book “Return to Islam”, has explained the correct belief and action based on certain reasons from the Book of God and the mutawatir Sunnah of the Prophet and the sound intellect, and there is no doubt that whoever reads this honorable book and then looks into the beliefs of the mentioned person, will see that ignorance is apparent in them and deviation is obvious in them, while undoubtedly the one who calls himself “the son of Mahdi”, even if he calls himself “the son of God” too, as long as he does not have a correct belief, is one of “the children of satan”, and God has said about satan: ﴿أَفَتَتَّخِذُونَهُ وَذُرِّيَّتَهُ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِي وَهُمْ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ ۚ بِئْسَ لِلظَّالِمِينَ بَدَلًا﴾; “Do you take him and his children as guardians instead of Me, while they are your enemies ?! They are bad substitutes for oppressors”! Then woe to this person and his followers for a disgrace in this life and a great punishment in the Hereafter if they do not turn away from their false beliefs and do not repent sincerely to God and do not reform what they have distorted from the religion of people and do not join those who are truly preparing the grounds for the advent of Mahdi.
The true ground preparers for the advent of Mahdi are a group of people from Khorasan, who have come out with black flags in search of Mahdi, and invite toward him with complete sincerity and away from any polytheism and Shubha, and their leader, Mansoor, is a righteous scholar who does not say anything undue about himself. He does not claim to be Mahdi and does not claim to be his child and does not claim to be his deputy and does not claim to be his messenger, but he practically calls toward him and, in fact, prepares the grounds for his advent, and anyone for whom God has wanted good, will rush toward him, even though by crawling on snow.
I have been studying about the signs of advent of Mahdi may God hasten his reappearance for several years and I am following your movement in the area for quite some time and I have read the book of his honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani completely and I have also seen the contents opposing him and have attained this conclusion that he is in line with the truth without any doubt and he is the owner of the black flags of Khorasani, whether he considers himself that vary person or not. But there are some doubts in me which prevent me from joining him and I humbly request you to please answer these doubts.
First, it has been said in a narration that Khorasani and Yamani and Sufyani will rise in the same day and the same month and the same year and among them, Yamani is more deserving to be responded to; because he invites toward Imam Mahdi. This narration has caused me and some other people to be confused; because on one hand, these three people have not risen in the same day and on the other hand, no one practically invites toward Imam Mahdi as much as Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani does and the others compared to him, invite toward themselves and this has become a sedition to the waiters.
Second, some of the followers of Ahmad al-Hassan Yamani claim that they have seen his rightfulness in their dreams, while if he is in line with the truth then Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is in line with the falsehood; because he does not acknowledge him. I am in contact with some of them. They have no reason for Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani being in line with the falsehood except his opposition to Ahmad al-Hassan! Although they have very weak criticisms but the principle of their denial is that he has considered Ahmad al-Hassan to be in illusion. I think if he had not taken any stand against Ahmad al-Hassan, they would have acknowledged him; because his other stands have no problems and are undeniable. Of course I admit that they have some envy, because Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani’s level of knowledge is very higher than Ahmad al-Hassan’s level of knowledge, to the extent that it is absolutely not comparable and this has made them envious, however I think the main reason for their opposition is the denial of Ahmad al-Hassan by Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani. I wish his honor had compromised more with these people and had not rejected them, because most of them are good people and they follow Ahmad al-Hassan because of the dreams they have seen. In my opinion, although it may not be right, the repulsion of his honor is more than his attraction; because he speaks very sharply and this has caused many people to disperse from around him.
Third, his honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani has put «البیعة لله» his slogan, while Ahmad al-Hassan who is not confirmed by him, has the same slogan and this has become a doubt for some of the people.
Please give enough explanations about these ambiguities to guide his Excellency Mahdi’s waiters and make them insightful Insha’Allah; especially considering that negative propagandas against you are increasing.
Please pay attention to the following explanations:
Firstly, cognition of truth is based on certainty in Islam; because conjecture is not enough in it; as God has said: ﴿إِنَّ الظَّنَّ لَا يُغْنِي مِنَ الْحَقِّ شَيْئًا ۚ﴾; “Undoubtedly, conjecture does not reveal anything from the truth” and by this description, a cognition which is based on conjectural and illusory basics is misguidance; like the cognition about priority of a person to be responded to, by a solitary (Wahid) narration; because solitary (Wahid) narrations are useful for conjecture and conjecture is not proof in Islam and its lack of proof is accepted by consensus; because those who believe in authority of conjecture in practical rules, admit the necessity of certainty in theoretical beliefs and in this way, believing in the priority of someone to be responded to based on a solitary (Wahid) narration is contrary to the consensus of Muslims and due to its opposition with the book of God, it is a darkness upon another darkness; as God has said: ﴿ظُلُمَاتٌ بَعْضُهَا فَوْقَ بَعْضٍ إِذَا أَخْرَجَ يَدَهُ لَمْ يَكَدْ يَرَاهَا ۗ وَمَنْ لَمْ يَجْعَلِ اللَّهُ لَهُ نُورًا فَمَا لَهُ مِنْ نُورٍ﴾; “darknesses, some of them upon others. When one puts out his hand [therein], he can hardly see it. And he to whom Allah has not granted light - for him there is no light”! It is hereby understood that believing in the priority of “Yamani” to be responded to by referring to the solitary (Wahid) narration you mentioned is an unfounded and deviated belief.
Secondly, the narration about the priority of Yamani over Khorasani to be responded to, regardless of the fact that it is a solitary (Wahid) and uncertain narration, is a fictitious and fake narration; because its only narrator is a man known as “Hasan Ibn Ali Ibn Abi Hamza al-bata’ini” and he is an accursed and evil liar who is renowned for his enmity with some of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt. Although a part of his narration has come in another Solitary (Wahid) and uncertain narration, but it is also a weak and Mursal narration and by this description, believing in his narration’s content is not compatible with any of knowledge-based and intellectual standards, rather due to its incompatibility with the book of God and consensus of Muslims, is a darkness upon another darkness upon another darkness.
Thirdly, the narration about the priority of Yamani over Khorasani to be responded to, regardless of the fact that it is a fictitious and fake narration, is in obvious conflict with the famous and Mutawatir narrations which, with a strange and amazing emphasis, have considered responding to Khorasani is obligatory upon every Muslim and have informed about the necessity of rushing toward him even by crawling on snow (حبواً علی الثّلج). These narrations, which Imams of Hadith have brought in their Sunans and Musnads with correct and numerous ways and documents in the first and second centuries after Hijra, have emphasized on the necessity of pledging allegiance to Khorasani, to the extent that no match can be found for it in Islam; as for instance, it has been said in a narration: «إذا سمعت الرايات السّود مقبلة من خراسان فكنت في صندوق مقفل عليك فاكسر ذلك القفل و ذلك الصّندوق حتّى تُقتل تحتها، فإن لم تستطع فتدحرج حتّى تُقتل تحتها»; it means: “if you heard about the black flags coming from Khorasan and you were in a box that is locked, upon you is to break that lock and that box until you get killed under them and if you are not able to, roll until you get killed under them”! It is clear that no emphasis higher than this is imaginable for the necessity of responding to someone and by the given description, those who turn a blind eye to these mutawatir, famous and emphatic narrations about the necessity of responding to “Khorasani” and accept a solitary (Wahid), fictitious and unknown narration about the necessity of responding to “Yamani”, have lost their minds, rather have waged war against God and His Prophet! There is no doubt that God and His Prophet do not command to respond to two persons at a same time; because such an order cannot be obeyed and it leads to Muslims’ disagreement and by this description, the necessity of responding to “Yamani” after the emergence of Khorasani’s black flags is not possible and believing in it is attributing lie to God and His Prophet and inevitably it is a darkness upon the three previous darknesses.
Fourthly, it has not been said in any correct and valid narration that responding to a man known as “Yamani” is obligatory upon Muslims; rather it has not been said in any correct and valid narration that a man known as “Yamani” is a righteous man and one of the people of the truth! Because all of the correct and valid narrations have confined to only mention him among the signs of Mahdi’s advent and with this description, the person who calls himself “Yamani”, even if he tells the truth, should not expect Muslims to respond to him; because responding to “Yamani” is not obligatory upon Muslims; regardless of the fact that it has not been said in any narration, though weak and fictitious, that “Yamani” emerges from Iraq, rather it has been explicitly said he emerges from “Yemen”; as it has not been said in any narration, though weak and fictitious, that he is Mahdi’s son or his emissary or his minister or his executor or the Imam of Muslims and the summation of these claims is nothing but insistence on attributing lie to God and His Prophet! It is hereby understood the responders to Ahmad al-Hassan al-Basri entitled “Yamani” are in a darkness upon another darkness upon another darkness upon another darkness upon another darkness and they do not benefit from the light beyond these obstacles of darkness; to the extent that when they put out their hands, they can hardly see it and he to whom God has not granted light, for him there is no light and by the given description, it is obligatory upon them to come out from their darknesses and return toward the light as soon as possible; because if they do not repent as soon as possible and do not give up their illusions, then their punishment by Mahdi will be certain and no excuse or pleading will be accepted for them.
Fifthly, regardless of all narrations and regardless of who is “Khorasani” and who is “Yamani”, what is a visual and obvious reality is the invitation of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani toward Mahdi and the invitation of Ahmad al-Hassan al-Basri toward himself; because Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani does not consider himself the Imam of Muslims and does not call himself Mahdi’s deputy or emissary and does not mention himself by the epithets and titles of God’s caliphs and does not take allegiance from anyone for himself and prepares the grounds for Mahdi’s advent practically and teaches the purest and the most certain Islamic knowledge, while Ahmad al-Hassan al-Basri considers himself the Imam of Muslims and calls himself Mahdi’s deputy and emissary and mentions himself by the epithets and titles of God’s caliphs and takes allegiance from Muslims for himself and does not promulgate anything but exaggeration about himself and superstitions about Islam and with this description, a narration which considers the invitation of such a Yamani toward Mahdi and the invitation of such a Khorasani toward non-Mahdi is a sheer lie and stubbornness against the tangible and it deserves to be thrown at the wall; because it is normal that the wise people cannot leave a thing which they see by their eyes and hear by their ears and touch by their hands for a solitary (Wahid), fictitious and unknown narration and contravene certainties and visuals by conjectures and illusions and people who can do so are fools.
Sixthly, dreaming about the truthfulness of someone as long as it does not come with seeing his truthfulness in wakefulness, is not enough; because on one hand dream has a conjectural originality and on the other hand, it has a conjectural indication, while conjecture upon conjecture is a darkness upon darkness. Given that on one hand the correctness of dream, in the meaning of its issuance by God without any interference by Satan or its viewer’s temperament, is not certain unless an infallible person sees it and on the other hand, its indication in the meaning of interpreting it without any error and mistake, is not certain unless an infallible person says its true meaning and with this description, uncertainty upon uncertainty is darkness upon darkness which is interpreted as deviation, as Shaykh Saleh Sabziwari has mentioned an instructive anecdote in his explanation on the honorable book “Return to Islam” and has said:
“You see how misguided and miserable people defend the non-God sovereignty, while non-God sovereignty cannot be defended by any justification; or fool and deviant people who defend a liar and prater claimant with such intense feelings and emotions, while his claim is not rationally provable! And when you give them advice, their only response to you is insult, slander, and irrelevant words; for example, they say you are fools who do not understand! Or you are connected to this and that and you have ill will! Or do not have occult vision and experience! I quote a personal example which can be considered as a lesson. I was talking to a young man who was a disciple of one of the false claimants, Ahmed al-Hassan Basri, and I told him: Based on what reasoning you see this man as your Imam and you put him at the same level with God’s Caliph and pledge allegiance to him and pour your wealth and life and family toward him and fight with his enemies and become friends with his friends? He replied: because of a narration! I said: this narration, which has become the basis of all your and your friends’ beliefs and deeds, is a single narration on one hand and its narrators are unknown, and yet it hardly ever leads to conjecture and on the other hand, it is not consistently applicable to this man and is not certainly related to him and with this description, your beliefs and deeds are based on conjecture over conjecture, while conjecture over conjecture, is darkness over darkness; because conjecture is not proof in Islam! What answer do you think he gave me?! He said: This narrative and its relation to this man is definite, because I have dreamed! I said: So this is worse; because you added the third conjecture to your previous two conjectures, and now it became darkness over darkness over darkness! Given that dream interpretation is not definitive and is conjectural, unless it is done by a sinless person; such as the dream that Abraham saw and interpreted himself, and the dream that Joseph saw, and was interpreted by Jacob, and the dream that the Prophet saw and was interpreted by God, not a dream that Shamsi saw and Soghra interpreted!! I saw that he became silent and was not saying anything! I said: Now, how do you want to invite people to your belief and deed?! With your dream?! What answer do you think he gave me?! He said: this is their own problem! People also have a duty to dream!! I realized that this young man is a fool and does not understand what he says; so I did not say anything else and just prayed for him! I quoted this as an example so that you would see what impediments to cognition do to human and how they throw him to the deepest levels of misguidance and misery!”.
Yes, a truthfulness which is not provable in wakefulness is useful only for sleepers; because the awake people follow the book of God and the certain Sunnah of His Prophet in the light of intellect and sleepers follow disturbed and disarranged sleeps which are tainted by hundreds of dictations and distortions and wrong interpretations!
Seventhly, his Excellency Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani does not tolerate the falsehood and does not keep silent about deviation, even though all people leave him alone; because he, unlike others, is not seeking to gather people around himself, rather is seeking to gather people around the pure religion and with the given description, he will not be tainted by lie and flattery and cajolery and does not appease anyone and does not take bribes from anyone! As he told a group of his helpers in the description of his creed:
“I am twin with justice and I have been with the Book and Sunnah as long as I have lived; I have neither outgone nor have I dropped behind nor have I doubted. Behold! I swear to God if all the people leave me alone until no one stays with me under this rotating sky, indeed I have no doubt that I am the one who is guided and all the others are deviated. Be familiar! I am from those people who never get dissuaded from the path of God by the rebuke of any malicious person and do not fear from the blame of any critic; their saying is the saying of the truthful and their deed is the deed of the righteous; those who are leaders for the lost as long as they live and try to revive the Book of God and the Sunnah of His Prophet; they are neither arrogant nor seek superiority; they neither want extra nor betray; they neither abandon the truth nor gravitate to the falsehood; those who never smudge their mind with evilness; they neither get deceived by flattering of any flatterer nor scare from being left alone by the people; their hearts are always flying in the highest place and their lips are always open to the best saying. Behold! Do not hurry for that which depends on the moments; because a bird will not fly until its feathers are grown and the lightning will not thunder until it flashes!”.
This is Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani who is the only caller of the truth and the ground preparer for Mahdi’s advent and those other than him are quite pretentious and his soul has nothing to do with their scents! Woe to those who regard them superior to him or consider him equal to them; because they will be questioned for their judgment and a bad punishment is waiting for the oppressors.
Eighthly, the word «البیعة لله» is like the word «لا إله إلا الله» which Shia and Sunni and Salafi and Murji’ah and Qadariyah and foreigners say it, but one should see which one of them says it by cognition and which one says it by ignorance. «البیعة لله» means the sovereignty is in monopoly of God which appears in swearing allegiance to His Caliph on earth and with given description, those who consider the allegiance for God but call to swear allegiance to themselves, either consider themselves God or regard themselves the caliph of God or play with the rites of Islam and either way, there will be a horrific punishment for them; a punishment that will not be forgiven and will not be reduced and will fall upon them sooner or later, unless they abandon their lie and repent for their hypocrisy and return to the pure and complete Islam; because when some of the signs of God come, the faith of someone does not benefit him, if he has not believed before or has not gained any good in his faith, and the end is for the pious.