Tuesday, January 25, 2022 AD / Jumada al-thani 22, 1443 AH
Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani
(71) Following one’s fatwa without knowing his reason is considered blindly imitation, which is not permissible and with this description, acting upon treaties, which are collections of fatwas of Shia jurists without mentioning their reasons, is not sufficient and there is no choice for the obliged person, in order to be saved from the punishment, except to make the effort and by inference from Quran and Sunnah in the light of common sense or impeachment of just and independent jurists, knows the reason for each fatwa, so that if it is certain acts upon it, and if it is not certain, on the one hand tries to access the Caliph of God, and on the other hand turns to primary and practical principles. (Question and answer 84)
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Is it obligatory to pay Khums during the absence of his Excellency Mahdi peace be upon him? How should we deliver Khums to his Excellency Mahdi peace be upon him?

Half of khums belongs to orphans, the poor and Hashemite wayfarers in need, and with this description there is no problem to pay it to them, but the other half of Khums belongs to Mahdi and it is obligatory to pay it to him, and with this description whoever does not pay it to him is guilty, although he is in his absence period; since his absence is due to the action and causation of the people, and with this description it is not counted as an excuse for them to not pay Khums to him; except for those of them who have uprisen to prepare the grounds for his advent; because such people are not guilty of not paying Khums to him, and Mutawatir narrations which are about exemption from Khums for followers of the caliph of God, inform about them[1], and they are those who join the preparer of the grounds for Mahdi’s advent and provide help, rather pay Mahdi’s share of Khums to him in order to spend it in the way of preparation of the grounds for advent of his Excellency; considering that if they had paid it to his Excellency in this time, would have certainly spent it in the way of preparation of the grounds for his own advent, and with this description it is not unlikely that paying Khums to anyone other than his Honor, is similar to pouring it into the sea.

↑[1] . See: Al-Kafi, Vol. 1, p. 408 & 546; Man La Yahduruhu Al-Faqih, Vol. 2, p. 43; Al-Istibsar, Vol. 2, p. 57 to 59; Tahzib Al-Ahkam, Vol. 4, p. 136.
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Sub-questions & answers
Sub-question 1
Author: Masoud Taheri
Date: 2015 November 13

Is it obligatory to pay Imam’s share of Khums to his Excellency Allamah?

Answer to
sub-question 1
Date: 2015 November 13

His Excellency Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani may God protect him, does not ask for Khums from anyone, but if someone willingly pays it to him, he spends it in the way of preparation of the grounds for advent of Mahdi. With this description, whoever wants, pays it to him, and whoever does not want, does not pay it to him; because God is aware of the work of both.

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