Wednesday November 25, 2020 AD Rabi' al-thani 9, 1442 AH
Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani
(41) Imam Mahdi peace be upon him will never reappear unless a sufficient number of people gather to protect his life and freedom, and he will never come to power unless a sufficient number of people demand his rule and support it with their wealth and weapon. (Section: Questions and answers)
Question & Answer

Does saying the phrase «أشهد أنّ علیّاً ولیّ الله» in the Azan abrogates it? Shi’a scholars do not consider it as a part of Azan, but do not forbid saying it either (by reasoning based on verse 55 of Surah Al-Ma’eidah). Is Mr. Khorasani’s opinion the same?

Saying «أشهد أنّ علیّاً ولیّ الله» in Azan, like saying «الصّلاة خیر من النّوم» in it is innovation, and if it is said without believing in its particularity, then it actually is talking in the middle of Azan which is considered to be abominable, and this is a law that has not been unknown for the former Shi’a scholars; as Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Babawayh (D. 381 AH), known as Shaykh Saduq, in the book “Man la yahduruhu al-Faqih”[1], has considered saying this phrase in Azan to be from the innovations of “whom may be cursed by God” who have falsely made themselves among the Shi’a.

↑[1] . vol. 1, page 290
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