CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IGNORANT COMMUNITY IN THE HOLY QUR'AN 11

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IGNORANT COMMUNITY IN THE HOLY QUR'AN

 

 

Eleventh Characteristic

The misidentification of the actual leader (Imam) is also among the characteristics of the ancient and modern societies of Jahillyyah. A famous hadith reads: "He who dies before he recognizes the Imam of the age in which he lives has in fact departed this life without being Muslim." [1]

Recognition in this regard does not mean knowing the Imam's name or personal qualities; rather it stands for the recognition of one's perfect responsibility towards the Imam and the carrying out of this duty appropriately. It is distressing to confess that we all are showing shortcoming in this aspect. We have failed to do our duties towards our Imam, namely Imam al-Mahdi (may Allah accept our souls as ransoms for him). This form of Jahiliyyah has been described in the following famous Supplication:

"O Allah! (I implore to You to) make me recognize You, for if I do not recognize You I will not (be able to) recognize Your Prophet. O Allah! (I implore to You to) make me recognize Your Prophet, for if I do not recognize Your Prophet I will not (be able to) recognize Your Claim (Hujjah). O Allah! (I implore to You to) make me recognize Your Claim, for if I do not recognize Your Claim I will go astray from my religion." [2]

Of course, going astray from the actual religion is the same as Jahiliyyah.

The topic of the inevitability of the existence of an Imam that acts as Claim for Almighty Allah in every age requires an elongated study since such as study will reveal our obligation and duty towards our Imam and will answer many questions and intellectual problems that are aroused on this topic and are unknown for both the believers and the unbelievers. The Holy Imams represent the gate of Almighty Allah that takes to Him; [3] therefore, one who does not recognize Almighty Allah's gate will not be able to reach at Him, and not to journey towards Almighty Allah is to journey towards elsewhere, and to journey towards elsewhere is to go astray: "Apart from truth, what remains but error? How then are ye turned away. 10/32"

 



[1] Shaykh al-Saduq: Kamal al-Din wa-Tamam al-Ni'mah 409.

[2] Al-Kulayniy: al-Kafi 1:337.

[3] Ibid 1:196.