Translation of the saying:
A number of our companions informed us and said: a man came to Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani from a very distant land and after he had some conversation with him he took his hand and said: “I witness that you are the promised preparer of the grounds for appearance of Mahdi that Prophet of God has commanded us to accompany”! When the honorable man heard this, he pulled out his hand immediately and told him with reproof:
“Leave me alone brother! Have you come all this way from your land to deceive me about my religion?! I swear to God, I am going to prepare the grounds for the advent of Mahdi, but I do not care what you call me; for I have not made the blue sky my roof and the soil my carpet, nor have I thrown myself into the ocean of calamities like a peace of stone so that you would come from your land and call me the promised one! Am I not a ‘son of man’?! Then call me the ‘son of man’, and accompany me on the way I have taken; for I am going toward Mahdi, and I will reach him with or without you”.
Then as he was standing up to leave he said with a loud voice:
“I am a caller ahead of Mahdi calling: Open the way!”
Explanation of the saying:
Hereby we know that accompanying this preparer of the grounds for advent of Mahdi is because of conformity of his school of thought, teachings and ambition to book of God and certain Sunnah of His messenger, regardless he is a promised one or not. Therefore those who pledge their allegiance to him merely based on the conjecture that he is the promised person while they do not have knowledge about his school of thought, teachings and ambition, their allegiance is not accepted; because conjecture has no degree of honor in this honorable noble man’s doctrine and cannot be the basis for solidarity with him, unless one reaches to a point of certitude that he is the promised one in which case he can act based on his knowledge.