The Great Sifting

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Those who wish to reach, shall reach - Imam Ahmed Al Hassan (as)

Unfortunately many prefer to hold on to the fake office (the Calf) and the non-working scholars (the Sameri) and chose instead to attack Abdullah Hashem and other believers by cursing them and mocking them and insulting them.
Only few remained with the Black Banners, a small group of young men and women from around the world, as opposed to the old Arabs that dominated the office scene.

Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) about fitnah, trial and sifiting

  • In the book the Calf, Imam Ahmed (pbuh) says: "Rather, some of the non-working scholars, whom the ignorant one thinks, that they are close to him (as), will not believe in him, Imam Al-Sadiq (as) said: […] Likewise is the Qaim (as). The days of his absence will stretch, so the truth may become clear and the belief may become pure from impurity by the apostasy of everyone from the Shia with a wicked nature, who are feared from being hypocrites, when they expect heirship and empowerment , and they are the ones who have the prevailing matter (or dominance) during the age of the Qa’im (as)... [until he said] "and that, when nothing will remain from Islam except its name, and from the Qur’an except its scripture, and [when] the owner of the matter becomes absent by a clarified reason for it, because of overwhelming fitna over the hearts, until the closest one to him becomes the most hostile (most vicious enemy) to him, thereupon Allah will support him by soldiers, whom you did not see, and will manifest the religion of His Prophet through his hands, and will manifest it over all religion, even if those who associate others with Allah dislike it." Kamal Ad-Din p356, Ghaybat AlToosi p 172, Bihar Al-Anwar v51 p222
  • "Oh people! You have been deceived by those non-working scholars." Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh)
  • "Then you repeat the same mistake again time after another, and follow the mislead non-working scholars, and the same snake stings you from the same burrow in all the times. […] Awaken O sleeping ones, awaken O dead ones." – Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh)
  • "And whoever wants to disbelieve then disbelieve and become more dark and more impure and go ahead and follow your non-working scholars!" Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh)

Ahadiths talking about fitnah, trial and sifiting

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Beware O people, the sifiting of the Shia is happening and will happen and has been prophicised by the Ahlul Bayt thousands of years ago!

  • The Commander of the Faithful (as) said to his Shi’a:
    "…As for you, you will not set eyes on what you love and what you hope for, you Shi’a community, until the time you spit on each other and call each other liars; until only few from among you remain like the Kohl in the eyes or salt in the food, which is the least possible. I will explain this to you with an example. Suppose a man has a quantity of wheat that he cleaned, sifted, winnowed and stored in a house, and then he leaved it there for a period of time. Later when he sees the wheat, he finds there are weevils in it. Hence, he takes it out, cleans and winnows it before putting it back in the house and leaves it there for a period of time. Then he comes back and sees weevils have infected it. So, he takes it out, cleans and winnows it again, before returning it to the house and locking it up. After a while, he takes it out and finds that weevils have infested it once more. Therefore, he treats it the same way he did before until only a bundle like the bundle of grains that cannot be infested by weevils is left. The same will happen to you. You will be tested through afflictions so that there will not remain of you but a group who will not be affected by afflictions.] - Al-Ghaybah (Occultation) by An-Nu'mani, p. 26.
  • Amirul Momineen Imam Ali (as) said: "Be like the bees among the birds. All the birds deem them weak, but if they know what blessing there is inside their (the bees’) interiors, they will not do that to them. Mix with people with your tongues and bodies and be far away from them with your hearts and works. I swear by Him, in Whose hand my soul is, you will not meet what you like [meaning the rise of the Qa'im pbuh] until a time comes that you spit at the face of each other, call each other as liars, and until none of you remains, except like the kohl in an eye and like the salt in food.
    I give you an example. It is like a man having some food (grains). He sifts and purifies it and then he keeps it in a store for some time.Then he comes back to find that his food has been worm-eaten. He takes it out, purifies it and puts it back into the store for some time. After a time he comes to find that his food has been worm-eaten again. He takes it out, purifies it and puts it back into the store. He does so again and again until nothing of his food remains except the least, which will never be harmed by the worms.
    So are you! You are going to be clarified until none of you remains except for a very few ones, who will never be affected by Fitna (trials and seditions).
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    – Ghaibat Nomani, Biharul Anwar Vol 13 Ch 26
  • It is narrated from Ali Ibn Ja'far that: Imam Al-Kadhim (as) said, "When the fifth (offspring) from the seventh of the Imams disappears, then, I adjure you by Allah to watch for your religion so that no one would take it away from you. Without doubt, there shall be an occultation for the holder of this matter until such time that (most) people who believe in his Imamat would leave their belief. Verily this (occultation) is but a test by Allah, the Glorious, for his creation."
  • Imam Al-Sadiq (as) said: "Verily Allah shall give victory to this matter by whom has no share in it, and when our matter comes, there shall go out of it those, whom are fixed upon idol worship."
  • Imam Al-Sadiq (as) said: "If the Qaim emerges, all those, whom saw that they were of this matter, will go out of it and there shall enter into it the likeness of the worshipper of the sun and the moon." – Ghaybat Alnu'mani, page 332
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  • "Al-Mufathel said: O Master, how can we know the appearance of the Mahdi, and that we need to submit to him? He said (pbuh): O Mufathel, he will appear with a misconception (shubha), so that he can become clear. So then his mention increases and his matter will appear." Mukhtasar Basaer Al-Darajat p.179-180
  • It is narrated from Ali bin Husain from Muhammad Attar from Muhammad bin Hasan Raazi from Muhammad bin Ali Kufi from Ibne Mahbub from Abil Mughra from Ibne Abi Yafur from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (as) that he said: “Woe unto the arrogants of the Arabs from a soon evil.” I said: “May I be your ransom! How many of the Arabs will be with the Qaim (as)? ”He said: “Very few.” I said: “By Allah, those who talk about this matter among the Arabs are too many!” He said: “People must be tried, sifted and purified. Much many people will be thrown away from the sieve.”In that book this report is mentioned through another chain from Ibne Abi Yafur from the same Imam. And through another chains it is mentioned in Dalail Imamah of Tabari Shii. – Ghaibat Nomani
  • It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa from Ahmad bin Muhammad from Husain bin Ali bin Ziyad from Bataini from Abu Basir that he heard Imam Muhammad Baqir (as) say: “By Allah, you are going to be tested, clarified and sifted like sifting out the bitter grain from wheat.” – Ghaibat Nomani
  • It is narrated from Ibne Uqdah from Qasim bin Muhammad bin Husain from Ubais bin Hashim from Ibne Jabla from Miskeen Rahhal from Ali bin Mughira from Umair bin binte Nufail that she said: Imam Hasan Mujtaba (as) said: “The matter that you are expecting will not occur until a time comes that you disavow each other, spit at the face of each other, declare unbelief against each other and curse each other.” – Ghaibat Nomani
  • Abu Abdullah (pbuh) said: “There will be very few Arabs with the Qa’im” So it was said to him: “But a lot of them describe this matter [of the Qa’im]!” So he pbuh said: “The people must be tested and sifted and classified, and a lot of people will come out of the sieve.” – Ghaybat Al-Noamani p212
  • According to the Bibel, just before His crucifixion, Jesus used said to Peter: "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:31–32)
  • Aba Abdullah (Al-Sadiq) (as) said: „By God you shall break like glass breaks, but as for glass it can return from it’s original shape, and you shall break like pottery, verily it breaks and shall not return back to it’s shape. By God you shall be trialed, by God you shall want to know the differences, By God you shall be severely tested until none of you shall remain except the few of you (he then clenched his fist).“ – Ghaibat Al-Numani, p.215

Many young and few older companions of the Qaim

  • Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibne Abi Talib (pbuh) declared, "The companions of Mahdi shall all be young and none shall be old except a small number equivalent to the kohl applied to the eyes or the salt sprinkled in the food.” – Ghaibat-e-Nomani, pg. 170, Roozgaarhaai, vol. 1, pg. 415, tradition 480
  • "Most of these followers [of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] are young while the old are very few." – Bihar al-Anwar, vol: 52, p. 334v
  • Abu Abdullah As-Sadiq (as) also stated in this respect: "… Al-Qa’im (as) will not rise unless people are struck by paralyzing fear, earthquakes, trials and afflictions preceded by a plague, and unless a fierce fight breaks out between Arabs, a grim discord and religious division occur between people, a great change in their situation takes place to the point that the desirous person will wish for death day and night because of the magnitude of the changes he beholds, such as the madness of the people who destroy each other until he appears at moments of utter despair and hopelessness. Blessed be those who will recognize him and become from his supporters and woe unto those who contradict and disobey him and become enemies of his.

Then he said: He will found a new rule, establish a new Sunnah and inflict a new harsh judgment upon the Arabs, which will be limited to killing for he will ask no one to repent and he will worship, obey and follow Allah without fearing people’s hostility." - Al-Ghaybah (Occultation) by An-Nu'mani, p. 235

Stories of the Prophets from the Quran

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Let us remember the story of Noah (as) with whom after after 950 years of his call only remained 9 people…
Let us realize how the delay of the fullfillment of prophecies is a beautiful test in regards to unconditional trust in Alah (swt).

Salama bin Muhmmad narrated from Ahmad bin Ali bin Dawood al-Qummi from Muhammad bin al-Hassan as-Saffar from Ahmed bin Muhammad bin Eessa from some of his companions that Abu Abdullah as-Sadiq (as) had said:

"Prophet Noah (as) asked Allah to torment his nation. Allah revealed to him to plant a stone of a date. If it grew and he ate from its fruit, Allah would torment his (Noah's) people and perish them. Prophet Noah (as) planted the stone and told his companions of that. The palm grew and fruited. He ate from its fruit and made his companions eat from it. His companions said to him: "O prophet of Allah, what about the promise that you have promised us?" Prophet Noah (as) prayed Allah to carry out the promise that He had made. Allah revealed to him to plant another stone and when it grew and fruited, Allah would torment them.

Noah (as) told his companions about that. They divided into three groups. One group apostatized, the other dissembled and the third one still kept to Noah (as). Prophet Noah (as) planted a stone again. It grew and fruited. He ate from its fruit and fed his companions. They said: "O prophet of Allah, what about the promise that you have made?" He prayed Allah. Allah revealed to him to plant a third stone and if it grew, fruited and he ate from its fruit, then Allah would perish his people. Noah (as) told his companions of that. The two groups (the hypocrites and the believers) divided into three groups; one apostatized, one dissembled and the third still kept to Noah (as).

Prophet Noah (as) did that ten times and his companions divided every time into three groups. In the tenth time some of his sincere companions came to him and said: "O prophet of Allah, whether you do what you have promised or you do not do, you are truthful. You are a prophet sent by Allah and we never doubt you whatever you do to us."In this way Allah perished the people of Noah (as) except the loyal companions, who kept to Noah (as). Noah and his sincere followers rode on the Ark and so Allah saved them after they had been tried, sifted and cleared." – Ghaybat al-Numani and Bihar al-Anwr volume 11 page 339

"The majority" is condemned by Allah!

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People believe that they are right due to being in the majority (e.g. the Office Supporters) and that the Black Banner Supporters are deviated because they are in a minority.

Many people think that if the belief of the Black Banner Ansar was correct, then most of the people would have followed it. They then further reason that since only few are those who believe in the Black Banner dawah, the majority of the people did not see convincing reasons to believe.
In short, they want to say that if Ahmed Al-Hassan is truthful in what he claims that he is the Mahdi of the End Times, and if Ahlul Bayt (pbut) are truly the Successors (Caliphs) of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh & his Family) whom we are obligated to follow, then most of the people would have followed them.
For such people the fact that the majority of the people follow other than Ahlul Bayt (pbut) and the fact that they do not believe in Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh) proves that there is some flaw in their rightfulness or some flaw in the clarification of their proofs.

But truth is, if one had contemplated over the Holy Qur’an one would have become certain that the Successors of Allah come with clear proofs which do not have any flaws, and one would have become certain that the Sunnah of Allah (swt) is that the majority of the people are the ones who disbelieve and are misguided, and that only few are the ones who believe and get rescued.
Even a cursory glance at the Holy Quran is sufficient to prove where Islam stands on the majority-minority debate.  Allah The High has never considered majority as a standard of truth; in fact, the truth is to the contrary.

The verses of the Holy Quran clearly condemn the majority and praise the minority. They are sufficient to disprove the argument that the majority is right and the minority is wrong. Rather it is a minority that is rightly guided and the majority which deviates. So those who oppose of the Ahmed Al-Hassan the Leader of the Black Banners from the East should rethink priding themselves on their majority and mocking the Black Banner Supporters for being in a minority.

The Messenger of Allah(sawas) said: "Whoever seeks Allah's pleasure at the cost of the majorities' displeasure, will win the pleasure of Allah, and Allah will cause men to be please with him. And whoever seeks to please the majority at the cost of Allah's displeasure, will win the displeasure of Allah, and Allah will cause men to be displeased with him." – Musnad al-Imaam Ahmad

Even though Prophet Muhammad (sawas) and his companions were a minority in Makkah, yet due to their steadfastness and unceasing efforts, they succeeded in destroying the kufr system of the Quraysh and Allah (swt) granted them authority on earth. Allah (swt) says:

{…How often has a small group overpowered a mightier host with the permission of Allah?" And Allah is with as-Saabireen (those who are firm and uncompromising).} – The Holy Quran 2:249

Holy Quran on majority of the people

In the following verses the Quran has condemned the view of the majority.
Allah (swt) said…

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  • {Is it not true that every time they took a covenant a party of them threw it away? Rather, most of them do not believe.} – Holy Quran 2:100, and He (swt) said: * {Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.} – Holy Quran 26:8, 67, 103, 121, 139, 151, 174, 190, and He (swt) said: * {Indeed the Word has been proven true upon most of them: so they do not believe.} – Holy Quran 36:7
  • {Say, "Travel through the land and observe how was the end of those before. Most of them were associators – Holy Quran of others with Allah.} – Holy Quran 30:42
  • {They recognize the favor of Allah; then they deny it. And most of them are disbelievers.} – Holy Quran 16:83
  • {Or do they say, "In him is madness?" Rather, he brought them the truth, but most of them, are haters of the truth} – Holy Quran 23:70
  • {Or do you think that most of them hear or reason? They are not except like livestock. Rather, they are even more astray in their way.} – Holy Quran 25:44
  • {Allah has not appointed – Holy Quran such innovations as bahirah or sa'ibah or wasilah or Ham. But those who disbelieve invent falsehood about Allah, and most of them do not reason} – Holy Quran 5:103
  • {Indeed, those who call you, (O Muhammad), from behind the chambers - most of them do not use reason.} – Holy Quran 49:4
  • {And if you asked them, "Who sends down rain from the sky and gives life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness?" they would surely say "Allah." Say, "Praise to Allah "; but most of them do not reason.} – Holy Quran 29:63
  • {As a giver of glad tidings and a warner; but most of them turn away, so they do not hear.} – Holy Quran 41:4
  • {And even if We had sent down to them the angels (with the message) and the dead spoke to them (of it) and We gathered together every (created) thing in front of them, they would not believe unless Allah should will. But most of them are ignorant.} – Holy Quran 6:111
  • {Unquestionably, to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. Unquestionably, the promise of Allah is truth, swtbut most of them do not knowswt} – Holy Quran 10:55
  • {And when We substitute a verse in place of a verse - and Allah is most knowing of what He sends down - they say, "You, (O Muhammad), are but an inventor (of lies)." Rather most of them do not know.} – Holy Quran 16:101 a
  • {Or have they taken gods besides Him? Say, (O Muhammad), Produce your proof. This is the Reminder of those with me and those before me, but most of them know not the Truth and so they turn away} – Holy Quran 21:24
  • {And they say, "Why has a sign not been sent down to him from his Lord?" Say, "Indeed, Allah is Able to send down a sign, but most of them do not know."} – Holy Quran 6:37
  • {And most of them follow not except assumption. Indeed, assumption avails not against the truth at all. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what they do.} – Holy Quran 10:36
  • {…And indeed do many lead (others) astray through their (own) inclinations without knowledge. Indeed, your Lord - He is most knowing of the transgressors.} – Holy Quran 6:119
  • {My Lord, indeed they have led astray many among the people. So whoever follows me - then he is of me; and whoever disobeys me - indeed, You are Forgiving and Merciful.} – Holy Quran 14:36
  • {And already they have misguide many. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in error."} – Holy Quran 71:24
  • {And he had already led astray from among you numerous people, so did you not use reason? – Holy Quran 36:62
  • {O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and block them from the way of Allah…} – Holy Quran 9:34
  • {And you see many of them hastening into sin and enmity and the devouring of (what is) unlawful. How wretched is what they have been doing} – Holy Quran 5:62
  • {You worship not besides Him except [mere] names you have named them, you and your fathers, for which Allah has sent down no authority. Legislation is not but for Allah . He has commanded that you worship not except Him. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.} – Holy Quran 12:40
  • {So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah . That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.} – Holy Quran 30:30
  • {And most of the people, although you strive [for it], are not believers.} – Holy Quran 12:103
  • {And We have certainly diversified for the people in this Qur'an from every [kind] of example, but most of the people refused [anything] except disbelief.} – Holy Quran 17:89
  • {And We have certainly distributed it among them that they might be reminded, but most of the people refuse except disbelief.} – Holy Quran 25:50
  • {Do they not reflect within themselves: Allah did not create the heavens and the earth and what is between them two but with truth, and (for) an appointed term? And most surely most of the people are deniers of the meeting of their Lord.} – Holy Quran 30:8
  • {Indeed, the Hour is coming - no doubt about it - but most of the people do not believe.} – Holy Quran 40:59

So in summary, according to the Holy Quran the condition of the majority of people is that they: do not believe, associate with Allah, rather are disbelievers, are haters of the truth, do not hear and do not reason, are ignorant and do not know, rather they turn away and follow assumptions, and many of them misguided and are misguided, and many of them especially their clerics meaning their religious scholars block the path to Allah, and many of them hasten into sin and enmity!

So how does the Quran speak about the minority of people?

Now let us look at the condition of the minority of the people, or the few number of people, in the Quran.
Allah (swt) says…

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  • {Satan said, "Do You see this one whom You have honored above me? If You delay me until the Day of Resurrection, I will surely destroy his descendants, except for a few."} – Holy Quran 17:62
  • {… And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, you would have followed Satan, except for a few.} – Holy Quran 4:83
  • {… And if they had said [instead], "We hear and obey" and "Wait for us [to understand]," it would have been better for them and more suitable. But Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so they believe not, except for a few.} – Holy Quran 4:46
  • {And [We cursed them] for their breaking of the covenant and their disbelief in the signs of Allah and their killing of the prophets without right and their saying, "Our hearts are wrapped". Rather, Allah has sealed them because of their disbelief, so they believe not, except for a few.} – Holy Quran 4:155
  • {[So it was], until when Our command came and the oven overflowed, We said, "Load upon the ship of each [creature] two mates and your family, except those about whom the word has preceded, and [include] whoever has believed." But none had believed with him, except a few.} – Holy Quran 11:40
  • {…And indeed, many associates oppress one another, except for those who believe and do righteous deeds - and few are they…”} – Holy Quran 38:24
  • {And [recall] when We took the covenant from the Children of Israel, [enjoining upon them], "Do not worship except Allah; and to parents do good and to relatives, orphans, and the needy. And speak to people good [words] and establish prayer and give zakah." Then you turned away, except a few of you, and you were remecting} – Holy Quran 2:83
  • {Have you not considered the assembly of the Children of Israel after [the time of] Moses when they said to a prophet of theirs, "Send to us a king, and we will fight in the way of Allah "? He said, "Would you perhaps refrain from fighting if fighting was prescribed for you?" They said, "And why should we not fight in the cause of Allah when we have been driven out from our homes and from our children?" But when fighting was prescribed for them, they turned away, except for a few of them. And Allah is Knowing of the wrongdoers.} – Holy Quran 2:264
  • {And if We had decreed upon them, “Sacrifice yourselves" or "Leave your homes," they would not have done it, except for a few of them…} – Holy Quran 4:66
  • {And remember when you were few and oppressed in the land, fearing that people might abduct you, but He sheltered you, supported you with His victory, and provided you with good things - that you might be grateful.} – Holy Quran 8:26
  • {And if they should be among you, they would not fight except for a few} – Holy Quran 33:30
  • {Those who remained behind will say when you set out toward the war booty to take it, "Let us follow you." They wish to change the words of Allah. Say, "Never will you follow us. Thus did Allah say before." So they will say, "Rather, you envy us." But [in fact] they were not understanding except a little.} – Holy Quran 48:15
  • {Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you successors on the earth? Is there a deity with Allah ? Little do you remember.} – Holy Quran 27:62
  • {And not equal are the blind and the seeing, nor are those who believe and do righteous deeds and the evildoer. Little do you remember.} – Holy Quran 40:58
  • {Nor the word of a soothsayer; little do you remember.} – Holy Quran 69:42
  • {Follow, what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any allies. Little do you remember.} – Holy Quran 7:3
  • {"Indeed, those are but a small band} – Holy Quran 26:54
  • {And a few of the later peoples} – Holy Quran 56:14
  • {…except a few of those We saved from among them…} – Holy Quran 11:116

So the summary according to the Holy Quran is that: only few people do not follow Satan, only few believe, only few do not turn away while they reject, only few accept/obey, they only understand a little, they only remember a little, only few support the successors of Allah, only few are from the close ones, and only few are rescued!

Which means that many follow Satan, many disbelieve, many turn away while they reject, many reject/disobey, they don’t understand a lot, they forget a lot, many do not support the successors of Allah, many are not from the close ones, many are not rescued!

Note: The delusion can seem extremely convincing and real

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It is important to remember, that in the case of Musa (as) Allah (swt) also punished the people, who had begun to worship the calf, by giving the calf a voice. So it is not something unheard of or impossible, that the delusion, that is presented to the people, is extremely convincing and seems very authentic and real.

"…And in those forty nights, the Sameri took advantage of the absence of Moses (as) and he made a calf from ornaments, and Sameri has thrown on this calf a handful of soil which he took from under the hoof of the horse of Gabriel (as), so the image of a the calf mooed like a cow, meaning a voice like the voice of a real calf. Moses (as) said: "O Lord, the Calf is from Sameri, so the lowing is from whom?" He said: “From Me O Moses, because when I saw them that they have turned away from [have left] Me to the Calf, I liked to give them more Fitnah”…" – Tafsir Al-Qumi quoted by Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan in The Calf

Minbar-lecture about sifting through occultation...

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