Proofs for Ahmed Al Hassan a.s.: Authority - Ahmed Al Hassan (as) v. The Non-Working Clerics

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We live in a world where there is much division, distortions, and misguidance with numerous religions, especially within the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). And as a truth seeker, a question that often comes to mind is: Whom do I go to in order to seek the religion of Allah (swt)? Must I go to a religious scholar in academia? A guru/spirutual leader or philosopher whom graduated from a prestige university?

Insha Allah (God willing) in this post we will provide evidence on how we can only seek guidance through individuals whom Allah (swt) has given authority and it has never been through the scholars or so so-called 'intellectuals' as some people state.

Whether it has to deal with jurisprudential matter or interpretation/explanation of religious scriptures. Not only that, but it is because of the religious non-working scholars why there is so much division and misguidance in religion.

But before we move on, we must first note that we are not saying that every single religious scholar or ‘learned man' throughout history is evil and upon misguidance. Rather, our argument is that the majority of the religious scholars are many and are non-working, especially in this day and age. While the true, righteous scholars are few and history has tarnished their biography. For the Qu’ran has always mentioned that the true believers were the minority

Now, let us see what the Qu’ran says concerning those whom Allah (swt) have given authority and see if we find any verse that says that the scholars or jurists/judges have such authority.

We read in Surah Al-Nisa [4]: 59
O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.

Also in Surah An-Nahl [16]:43, it states,
And We sent not before you except men to whom We revealed [Our message]. So ask the people of the message if you do not know.

Those who dispute the revelations of God without having received any authority do so because of their arrogance, but their arrogance cannot bring them any success. Seek protection from God for He is All-hearing and All-aware. - Surah Al-Ghafir (40): 56

{It is He Who has revealed unto you the Scripture wherein are explicit revelations—they are the Mother of the Book—and others [which are] allegorical. But those in whose hearts is doubt pursue that which is allegorical seeking [to cause] dissension and seeking its interpretation. None knows its interpretation except for Allah and those who are firmly grounded in knowledge, they say, We believe therein; All is from our Lord; but only men of understanding really remember.} Surah Al-Imran [3]:7 

So we clearly see in these verses [and there are many more] that neither the scholars, nor jurists or even the ‘Ulama’ or elder scholars have never been given authority by Allah in regards to religion, nor are they the doors to guidance. Rather, it has always been Prophets, Messengers, Vicegerents, and Righteous Servants whom have such authority. And that Taqleed is only performed through them.

However we still find people [especially those who believe in Taqleed] try their best to bring evidence that the jurists or scholars are needed for they ‘inheritors of knowledge’ and their duty is to save the people from misguidance. 

Yet we find the scholars failing miserably in another aspect, and that is not helping and reminding the people of recognizing the Messenger of our time or the Hujjah[Proof] of Allah (swt), Imam Al Mahdi (as). For you find them calling people to themselves or other individuals who have not been given authority by Allah (swt).

And by doing so, we fall into the same trap as the Jews, Christians, and Quraysh . 

'And they will say, "Our Lord, indeed we obeyed our masters and our dignitaries, and they led us astray from the [right] way.' (Holy Quran 33:67)

Abu Dharr said: "I was with the Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) one day and I heard him saying, there is something I fear more for my Ummah than the Dajjal." It was then that I became afraid, so I said: "Oh Rasool Allah! Which thing is that?" He ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said; " Misguided and astray scholars. " (Musnad Ahmad (5/145)

Without flattery nor fear, Imam Ahmed Al Hassan (as) declared in his magnificent Sermon of Hajj 

“I am calling you, Oh People, to save yourselves from the test of those deviant misguided misguiding Clerics. Ponder the situation of the nations which preceded you. Do you find the deviant Clerics supporting a prophet from the prophets, or a successor from the successors? So do not repeat the same thing again by following those deviant Clerics and fighting the successor of Imam Al-Mahdi the way the nations before you have followed the deviant Clerics and fought the successors and the sent prophets.” -

Tune in for our next topic where Insha Allah we will go over how Allah (swt) only authorized Taqleed [imitation] through His chosen Prophets, Messengers, Vicegerents, and Righteous Servants and not the scholars.
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