Saturday May 30, 2020 AD Shawwal 7, 1441 AH

Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani

* At the same time as Eid al-Adha English translation of the honorable book “Return to Islam” written by Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is published.
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Q&A; Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani

Question:

If, according to Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani’s thought, narrations (with the exception of a few of them) are considered to be conjectural, then how can I find religious laws from anywhere other than the treatise of the great imitation references? Considering that he does not accept Ijtihad[1] either! Where do I get the rules of prayer that have been stated in Quran? «إِنَّ الصَّلاَةَ كَانَتْ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ كِتَابًا مَّوْقُوتًا»[2] meaning “Indeed the prayer is a specified obligatory duty for believers” Where do I get the rules of fasting that that have been stated in Quran? «يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ»[3] meaning “O believers, prescribed for you is the Fasting” And many other rules for other deeds that are obligatory in Quran. Will I leave these for now and start educating myself and a lot of people so that God's Caliph may appear and then I start doing prayer and fasting and so on? This is not reasonable at all!

Answer:

Please pay attention to the following points:

Firstly, the conjectural nature of narrations, with the exception of the Mutawatir[4] narrations, is not merely the thought of “Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani”, but is the general thought of ​​most of the Muslim scholars from all Islamic sects, with the exception of a group from Salafis, and this is a clear and conscientious fact, to such an extent that according to some Muslim scholars such as Novi (Died 766 AH), in Sharh Sahih Muslim[5], "denying it is nothing but obtuseness against the tangible"; because Wahid narrations are naturally in a way that wrongness, distortion and falsehood are possible in them, and with the existence of these possibilities, certainty about their issuance will not be gained.

Secondly, the lack of legitimacy of conjecture is not "the thought of Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani", but it is the explicit statement of God in the Holy Qur'an, which has repeatedly and emphatically stated: «إِنَّ الظَّنَّ لَا يُغْنِي مِنَ الْحَقِّ شَيْئًا»[6]; “Undoubtedly, conjecture does not reveal anything from the truth” And it is clear that this explicit statement of the God is the guidance toward a rational order, because wisdom also recognizes certainty alone a cognition criterion, and does not consider conjecture and suspicion and illusion, given the existence of the probability for the opposite in them to happen, sufficient to know the truth and it is clear that rational precepts cannot be attributed specialized;...

↑[1] . [Translator note: “Ijtihad” is the practice of a “Mujtahid” who makes scholarly and reasoning effort to find religious laws and verdicts.]
↑[2] . An-Nisa/ 103
↑[3] . Al-Baqarah/ 183
↑[4] . [Translator note: Mutawatir is a type of narration which has enough number of narrators in each class such that collusion or error of all of them is not possible and this type of narration brings about certitude.]
↑[5] . vol. 1, page 132
↑[6] . Yunus/ 36
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