1. أَخْبَرَنا أَحمدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ الطّالِقانيُّ قالَ: سَأَلْتُ الْمَنْصُورَ الْهاشِميَّ الْخُراسانيَّ عَنِ الْوِلايَةِ فَقالَ: هِيَ الْأَمْرُ والنَّهْيُ، لا يَكُونانِ إلّا لِلّهِ، فَمَن يَأمُرْ مِنْ دُونِهِ ويَنْهَ، فَلَيْسَ لَهُ طاعَةٌ ومَن يُطِعْهُ فَإِنَّما عَبَدَ الطّاغُوتَ، أُولئِكَ هُمُ الْكافِرُونَ! ثُمَّ قَرأَ: ﴿اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُمْ مِنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ ۗ أُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ! ثُمَّ قالَ: مَنِ اتَّخَذَ مِنْ دُونِ اللّٰهِ وَلِيًّا فَهُو كافِرٌ وإِنْ زَعَمَ أنَّهُ مُسْلِمٌ!

Translation of the saying:

Ahmad bin Abdulrahman Taleghani informed us, said: I asked Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani about the guardianship[1], so he said: that is command and prohibition, which is not anyone’s business except God, so anyone except Him who commands and prohibits, there will be no obedient for him, and anyone who obeys him, has worshiped the Taughut, and they are indeed unbelievers! Then he read this verse: “God is the guardian of those who have believed in, He takes them from the darkness into the light and those who are disbelievers, their guardian is Taughut, they take them from the light to the darkness, they are the peers of the fire and will be living eternally in it”[2]! Then he said: everyone who takes any guardian except God, he is an unbeliever, even though he considers himself a Muslim!

2. أَخْبَرَنا عَبدُ اللّٰهِ بْنُ حَبيبٍ الطَّبَريُّ قالَ: سَأَلْتُ الْعالِمَ عَنْ قَولِ اللّٰهِ تَعالى: ﴿وَقُلْنَا يَا آدَمُ اسْكُنْ أَنْتَ وَزَوْجُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَكُلَا مِنْهَا رَغَدًا حَيْثُ شِئْتُمَا وَلَا تَقْرَبَا هَذِهِ الشَّجَرَةَ فَتَكُونَا مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ ما كانَتِ الشَّجَرَةُ؟ قالَ: كانَتِ الْأَمانَةَ، فَرَءآنِي أَنْظُرُ إِلَيْهِ، فَقالَ: أما سَمِعْتَ قَولَهُ تَعالى: ﴿إِنَّا عَرَضْنَا الْأَمَانَةَ عَلَى السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَالْجِبَالِ فَأَبَيْنَ أَنْ يَحْمِلْنَهَا وَأَشْفَقْنَ مِنْهَا وَحَمَلَهَا الْإِنْسَانُ ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ ظَلُومًا جَهُولًا؟! قُلْتُ: إِنَّهُمْ يَقُولُونَ إِنَّها كانَتِ التُّفّاحَ! قالَ: يا عَبْدَ اللّٰهِ! إِنَّ ثِمارَ الْجَنَّةِ لَيْسَتْ كَثِمارِ الدُّنْيا، إِنَّها الْعِلْمُ وإِنْ كانَتِ التُّفّاحَ! قُلْتُ: ومَا الْأَمانَةُ؟! قالَ: الوِلايَةُ، فَلا تَقْرَبُوا الْوِلايَةَ فَتَكُونُوا مِنَ الظّالِمين!

Translation of the saying:

Abdullah bin Habib Tabari informed us, said: I asked the scholar[3] about the word of Almighty God that He says: “And We said Oh Adam! Dwell with your wife in paradise, and eat what you wish freely from any place in it and do not approach this tree which in case you did, you will be among the wrongdoers”[4]! What was that tree? He said: It was a Trust! Then he saw me that I was looking at him (surprisingly), then he said: Have not you heard the word of the Almighty God that He says: “Indeed We presented the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to bear it, and were apprehensive of it, and man undertook it! Indeed, he is most unfair and ignorant”[5]! I said: They say it was an apple tree! He said: Oh Abdullah! The fruits of the paradise are not similar to the fruits of the world, it is knowledge even though it would be apple! I said: With this description, what is the Trust? He said: Guardianship! So do not approach guardianship, in that case, you will be from the oppressors!

Explanation of the saying:

His intention of that "Guardianship is only for God", as explained in the noble book "Return to Islam" in the subject of "The non-god sovereignty", is that the right of command and prohibition is only for God, and nobody has the right of command and prohibition, unless God has ordained it for him, and with this description, the command and prohibition of whom God has ordained the right of command and prohibition for him is the guardianship of God and accepting it is counted as faith, and the command and prohibition of whom God has not ordained the right of command and prohibition is the guardianship of non-God, and accepting it is counted as polytheism and is an example of Taughut slavery, and all the existing corruptions arise from it; to the extend that in another saying of his honor, it is mentioned:

3. أَخْبَرَنا ذاكِرُ بْنُ مَعْرُوفٍ الْخُراسانيُّ قالَ: سَمِعْتُ الْمَنْصُورَ يَقُولُ: لَو خَرَّتِ السَّماءُ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَن يَلِيَ النّاسَ مَن لَمْ يُوَلِّهِ اللّٰهُ!

Translation of the saying:

Zakir Bin Maruf of Khorasani informed us, said: I heard Mansoor says: If the sky falls on the ground, it will be better than a man have guardianship over the people whom God has not ordained him guardianship!

↑[1] . [Translator note: Velayah]
↑[2] . Al-Baqarah/ 257
↑[3] . Translator note: Here the intended scholar is Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani
↑[4] . Al-Baqarah/ 35
↑[5] . Al-Ahzab/ 72