Recognize your imam or die the death of the days of Ignorance (Jahiliyyah)

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What is an Imam? How did the companions understand this word?

When the Shia hear the word Imam they often attribute it to the 12 men they picked, for example they read this Hadith and automatically attribute it to their Imams:

They often quote the Hadith:
“He who dies without an Imam dies the death of the days of Ignorance (Jahiliyyah).”

^^ this narration is used by shias to attack & proof their 12-imams in ahle-sunnah books!!

And this narration is true, we find it in the Sahih books in its authentic form:

سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول ( من خلع يدا من طاعة ، لقي الله يوم القيامة ، لا حجة له . ومن مات وليس في عنقه بيعة ، مات ميتة جاهلية )

“It has been reported on the authority of Nafi’i the Mawla of Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet SAWS said: One who withdraws his band from obedience (to the Amir) will find no argument (in his defence) when he stands before Allah on the Day of Judgment, and one who dies without having bound himself by an oath of allegiance (to an Amir) will die the death of one belonging to the days of jahillyya.

من خرج من الطاعة ، وفارق الجماعة ، فمات ، مات ميتة جاهلية .

“It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: One who defected from obedience (to the Amir) and separated from the main body of the Muslims-if he died in that state-would die the death of one belonging to the days of jahiliyya…”

Another Sahih Hadith:

من كره من أميره شيئا فليصبر عليه . فإنه ليس أحد من الناس خرج من السلطان شبرا ، فمات عليه ، إلا مات ميتة جاهلية

“It has been narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas that the messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: One who found in his Amir something which he disliked should hold his patience, for one who separated from the main body of the Muslims even to the extent of a handspan and then he died would die the death of one belonging to the days of jahiliyya.

Comment: Now the Shia will come and claim that the narrations are referring to their 12 Imams whom they picked, their belief is that the world will always have an infallible divinely appointed Imam in it and that everyone must pledge allegiance to this Imam, they will come to you and ask you mockingly: “My Imam is the Mahdi who is your Imam? do you want to die the death of Ignorance?”

The average Muslim must pledge allegiance to the Ameer/Caliph/Imam as the Sahih Hadiths state, even if the ruler is not very good one has to be patient… but who is our Imam today? knowing full well that in our days all rulers with no exception are Kouffar…

Is our Imam that imaginary character they invented and called “12th imam”? a fictional character who does neither good or harm?

The answer is given by the prophet SAWS as one of the companions asks him about the days of the future:

كان الناس يسألون رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن الخير ، وكنت أسأله عن الشر مخافة أن يدركني ، فقلت : يا رسول الله ، إنا كنا في الجاهلية وشر ، فجاءنا الله بهذا الخير ، فهل بعد هذا الخير من شر ؟ قال : ( نعم ) . قلت : وهل بعد ذلك الشر من خير ؟ قال : نعم ، وفيه دخن ) . قلت وما دخنه ؟ قال : ( قوم يهدون بغير هديي ، تعرف منهم وتنكر ) . قلت : فهل بعد ذلك الخير من شر ؟ قال : ( نعم ، دعاة إلى أبواب جهنم ، من أجابهم إليها قذفوه فيها ) . قلت : يا رسول الله ، صفهم لنا ؟ فقال : ( هم من جلدتنا ، ويتكلمون بألسنتنا ) . قلت : فما تأمرني إن أدركني ذلك ؟ قال : تلزم جماعة المسلمين وإمامهم ، قلت : فإن لم يكن لهم جماعة ولا إمام ؟ قال : ( فاعتزل تلك الفرق كلها ، ولو أن تعض بأصل شجرة ، حتى يدركك الموت وأنت على ذلك )

Narrated Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman: The people used to ask Allah’s Apostle about the good but I used to ask him about the evil lest I should be overtaken by them. So I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We were living in ignorance and in an (extremely) worst atmosphere, then Allah brought to us this good (i.e., Islam); will there be any evil after this good?” He said, “Yes.” I said, ‘Will there be any good after that evil?” He replied, “Yes, but it will be tainted (not pure.)” I asked, “What will be its taint?” He replied, “(There will be) some people who will guide others not according to my tradition? You will approve of some of their deeds and disapprove of some others.” I asked, “Will there be any evil after that good?” He replied, “Yes, (there will be) some people calling at the gates of the (Hell) Fire, and whoever will respond to their call, will be thrown by them into the (Hell) Fire.” I said, “O Allah s Apostle! Will you describe them to us?” He said, “They will be from our own people and will speak our language.” I said, “What do you order me to do if such a state should take place in my life?” He said, “Stick to the group of Muslims (Jama’ah) and their imam (ruler).” I said, “If there is neither a group of Muslims nor an imam (ruler)?” He said, “Then turn away from all those sects even if you were to bite (eat) the roots of a tree till death overtakes you while you are in that state.”

Comment: So we understand from this that there might come times when Rulers will be absent, in our days it is best to boycott the governments of Kufr and abandon all the deviant sects that mislead the Muslims, the first sect being the Twelver Shia.

Was this ruler whom we should obey hand picked by the prophet SAWS as the Shia claim? the answer is once again given by our Prophet SAWS in another Sahih Hadith:

قاعدت أبا هريرة خمس سنين . فسمعته يحدث عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم . قال ( كانت بنو إسرائيل تسوسهم الأنبياء . كلما هلك نبي خلفه نبي . وإنه لا نبي بعدي . وستكون خلفاء فتكثر ) قالوا : فما تأمرنا ؟ قال ( فوا ببيعة الأول فالأول . وأعطوهم حقهم . فإن الله سائلهم عما استرعاهم ) .

Abu Hazim said: Abu Huraira said: The Prophet said, “The Israelis used to be ruled and guided by prophets: Whenever a prophet died, another would take over his place. There will be no prophet after me, but there will be Caliphs who will increase in number.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What do you order us (to do)?” He said: “Obey the one who will be given the pledge of allegiance first. Fulfil their (i.e. the Caliphs) rights, for Allah will ask them about (any shortcoming) in ruling those Allah has put under their guardianship.”

Comment: Is the Imam of the Muslims infallible and perfect as the Shia claim? he certainly is not,

the Prophet SAWS says:

من أطاعني فقد أطاع الله ، ومن عصاني فقد عصى الله ، ومن يطع الأمير فقد أطاعني ، ومن يعص الأمير فقد عصاني ، وإنما الإمام جنة ، يقاتل من ورائه ويتقى به ، فإن أمر بتقوى الله وعدل فإن له بذلك أجرا ، وإن قال بغيره فإن عليه منه

Narrated Abu Huraira: That heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “We are the last but will be the foremost to enter Paradise).” The Prophet added, “He who obeys me, obeys Allah, and he who disobeys me, disobeys Allah. He who obeys the chief, obeys me, and he who disobeys the chief, disobeys me. The imam is like a shelter for whose safety the Muslims should fight and where they should seek protection. If the imam orders people with righteousness and rules justly, then he will be rewarded for that, and if he does the opposite, he will be responsible for that.”

Comment: So how did our ancestors understand the word Imam? did they think they were “12 infallible Men from Ahlul-Bayt” as the Shia do?

دخل أبو بكر على امرأة من أحمس يقال لها زينب ، فرآها لا تكلم ، فقال : ما لها لا تكلم ؟ قالوا : حجت مصمتة ، قال لها : تكلمي ، فإن هذا لا يحل ، هذا من عمل الجاهلية ، فتكلمت ، فقالت : من أنت ؟ قال : امرؤ من المهاجرين ، قالت : أي المهاجرين ؟ قال : من قريش ، قالت : من أي قريش أنت ؟ قال : إنك لسؤول ، أنا أبو بكر ، قالت : ما بقاؤنا على هذا الأمر الصالح الذي جاء الله به بعد الجاهلية ؟ قال : بقاؤكم عليه ما استقامت بكم أئمتكم ، قالت : وما الأئمة ؟ قال : أما كان لقومك رؤوس وأشراف ، يأمرونهم فيطيعونهم ؟ قالت : بلى ، قال : فهم أولئك على الناس .

Narrated Qais bin Abi Hazim: Abu Bakr went to a lady from the Ahmas tribe called Zainab bint Al-Muhajir and found that she refused to speak. He asked, “Why does she not speak.” The people said, “She has intended to perform Hajj without speaking.” He said to her, “Speak, for it is illegal not to speak, as it is an action of the pre-islamic period of ignorance. So she spoke and said, “Who are you?” He said, “A man from the Emigrants.” She asked, “Which Emigrants?” He replied, “From Quraish.” She asked, “From what branch of Quraish are you?” He said, “You ask too many questions; I am Abu Bakr.” She said, “How long shall we enjoy this good order (i.e. Islamic religion) which Allah has brought after the period of ignorance?” He said, “You will enjoy it as long as your imams keep on abiding by its rules and regulations.” She asked, “What are the imams?” He said, “Were there not heads and chiefs of your nation who used to order the people and they used to obey them?” She said, “Yes.” He said, “So they (i.e. the imams) are those whom I meant.”

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