The Strangers of Islam

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An article from Sister Hadil Ale Al-Mahdi:

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A while ago I came across this hadith that I found very interesting: "Islam began as something strange and will return to being strange, so give glad tidings (bless) the strangers." Sahîh Muslim (1/130)
This hadith which is classified as sahih and is narrated extensively in both Sunni and Shia traditions, raises many deep and intriguing questions.

What is commonly understood from the word "strange" is that it is not common or widely known and accepted amongst the masses. Rather it might even be frowned upon, ridiculed, sidelined and fought.
The first thought that comes to mind when reading this hadith, is that in a world where Islam is the 2nd largest religion practiced by over 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, how can it return "strange" as in not widely known and accepted?

What is more interesting about this hadith is that there is a positive connotation to the ones who follow this "strange" unknown Islam so much so that the Prophet (pbuhahf) blessed these "strangers" and gave them glad tidings.

So we can conclude that this Islam that returns strange, is not the Islam that is practiced and known today all over the world, rather it is an Islam whose followers are a small number of people, strangers whom are not accepted by the masses. They are frowned upon, rejected, ridiculed and maybe even live on the sidelines out of fear of being prosecuted and fought by the masses.

But, who exactly is this small number of blessed strangers who live in fear of prosecution by the masses?
The mainstream or widespread understanding of Islam today is certainly alienating for many of us.

Many of us do not find their voice in an Islam that is monopolized by a few so called religious scholars, who teach people that a Muslim is defined by the length of his beard and the length of his prayer rather than the purity of his heart and care for his fellow human beings.
An Islam whose leaders scream so loud when it comes to applying Shariaa and Hudud , but turn so quiet when it comes to applying the principles of Sharia: justice, equality, mercy and freedom.
Religious scholars of so called Muslim nations who fear the whip of the tyrant ruler more than the anger of Allah for the oppression of His children on the earth.
Rather they find no qualms in putting their hands in the hands of tyrannical governments who crush their people and make sure they never feel the taste of freedom and dignity.

The Islam that is perpetuated today is one that protects the strong and not the weak that cares for the appearance and not the core.
Many of those misguided and misguiding scholars would interpret the hadith of the strangers above, which is obviously in the context of the end times, to mean that they themselves and their followers are those blessed strangers because they adhered to the traditions and "Sunnah" while the rest are the lost souls who abandoned Islam because they do not adhere to their teachings.

But the following hadith gives us a different answer:
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once said: There will come a time upon the people when nothing will remain of Islam except its name and nothing will remain of the Quran except its words. Their mosques will be splendidly furnished but destitute of guidance. Their scholars will be the worst people under the Heaven; strife (fitna) will come from them and avert to them.” (Mishkat al-Masabih 1/91 Hadith 276)

Did you notice that the Prophet (pbuhahf) said the mosques are destitute of "guidance" not empty of "people"? Did you notice that those who have lost the religion and went astray, "the worst people" are not the sinners nor drunkards or non hijabis nor nor nor, as is commonly perpetuated by mainstream religious scholars when speaking about the end times?
… its them!
It is the majority of deviant scholars of the end times who have misguided people and distorted Islam, not just Islam but all divine religions.

If you look back and ponder over the stories of prophets and messengers, you will come to the same conclusion. The ones to fight Prophets and messengers and distort the divine message were not really the common people or idol worshipers, rather it was the grand scribes, clerics and chiefs, the religious figures of the time.

Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (pbuh) in the "Sermon of Hajj" says:
"Have you asked the Quran about the Clerics that when a prophet or successor is sent, what is their attitude/position that never changes? Have you asked the Quran who kindled the fire for Abraham and who wanted to kill Jesus and who fought Noah, Hud, Saleh, Shuaib, Moses, Jonah and all the prophets and successors?
If you are not fair to yourselves and do not answer this question now, then surely you will answer it in hellfire by the answer,
{And they say, “Our Lord verily we obeyed our masters and great men and they misled us from the Way.”}"

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And Jesus (pbuh) tells us as quoted by Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan in the book" the Calf"
and I tell you what Jesus (pbuh) said to the arrogant and inactive Jewish scholars, {Woe to You! You are closing the Kingdom of Heaven in the faces of people, and neither have you entered, nor do you let the entrants to enter.

So if the blessed strangers are then obviously not the scholars of the end times, then who are they? Is there another mention of them or clue in the narrations of the Prophet (pbuh) or his holy progeny? Fortunately there are a number of ahadith:
From Abi Baseer, Imam Al-Sadiq (pbuh) said: "Islam started strange and will return strange as it started, so give glad tidings to the strangers, so I said: please explain this to me, may Allah give you goodness, so he (pbuh) said: A caller from us resumes the call anew, like the messenger of Allah pbuh called." Ghaybat Al-No’mani P337, Bihar Al Anwar V52 P366

So who is this caller from the holy progeny of the Prophet (pbuhahf)?
Imam Al Baqir (pbuh) said:" When our Riser (Imam Mahdi) rises, he calls people to a new matter as the Messenger of Allah (pbuhahf) did, and Islam started strange and will return strange so give glad tidings to the strangers." Ghaybat Al-No’mani P336, Bihar Al-Anwar V52 P366
And From Imam Al-Sadqiq (pbuh): The Riser (pbuh) does what the Messenger of Allah (pbuhahf) did, he demolishes what was before him from jahiliya (ignorance) and resumes Islam anew. – Ghaybat Al-Nomani p336, Bihar AlAnwar v52 p352
And he (pbuh) said: "When the Qaim rises he comes with a matter which is different than what was." – Ghaybat AlToosi 307

Do you see now why Islam will become strange? Because it is a new Islam that is brought forth by the son and messenger of Prophet Muhammad and his holy progeny: Imam Mahdi who will resume the true Muhammadan Islam. It is an Islam that is unknown, new, and revolutionary and bursting with new knowledge that humanity has not known yet.
The Prophet (S) said: "Even if the entire duration of the world’s existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left (before the day of judgment), Allah will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person from my Ahlul-Bayt who will be called by my name. He will fill out the earth with peace and justice as it will have been full of injustice and tyranny (by then)." Sahih al-Tirmidhi, v2, p86, v9, pp 74-75, Sunan Abu Dawud, v2, p7, Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v1, pp 84,376; V3, p63
And from Imam Al-Sadiq (pbuh): "There are 27 letters of knowledge. The knowledge that is revealed till to date through all the Prophets (as) is the interpretation of only 2 of those letters. When our Qaem (as) will rise, then Allah will reveal the remaining 25 letters, and will add to these the two letters already present. In this way knowledge with all 27 letters will become complete."

So who are the blessed strangers in this day and age other than the few oppressed who believed wholeheartedly in the promise of Allah and all the prophets and messengers and gathered around Imam Mahdi (pbuh) to support him for his rise against the worst tyrants this earth has ever seen?
The ones whom never doubted once in Imam Mahdis (pbuh) advent, and lived therefore in fear of being harmed for their faith while the rest doubted, forgot, ridiculed or mocked.
They recognized the truth and submitted to it with an unshakeable faith that there is no power nor might except with Allah.

And today the Riser of Ale Muhammad is amongst us, Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (pbuh) who testifies for those few people and says:
"I am not alone but I have with me a small faithful group that I have the honor, all the honor, to serve. They bore the Truth in their hearts and walked to Allah, to the Light, and will not be satisfied except with light which has no darkness." Sermon of Hajj, Ahmad Al-Hassan

May the eternal peace and blessings be upon the Riser of Ale Muhammad, Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan.
And may Allah bless the strangers…

The Non-Arab companions of the Qaim

Another point which will make the call of the Mahdi look weird is that many Non-Arabs will follow it - while one would expect the Mahdi to be supported by Arabs in the first place.

Imam Al-Sadiq (as) 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 AlNoamani, p204

And there are many more ahadiths which mention this fact...

  • It is narrated from Ahmad bin Hawza from Nahawandi from Abdullah bin Hammad from Abul Jarud from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said:
    "The companions of the Qaim will be three hundred and thirteen men. They will be foreigners. Some of them will be carried on the clouds during the day. They will be known by their names, their fathers' names, their qualities and lineages. Some of them will be taken from their beds to be in Mecca in the morning without any appointment." - 157, Ghaibat Nomani
  • "It is narrated from Ali bin Ahmad from Ubaidullah bin Musa from Jafar bin Yahya from his father from Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) that he said: "How about you when the companions of the Qaim (as) set up their pavilions in the mosque of Kufa and then he (the Qaim) appears with new ideals and a new rule? He will be severe with the Arabs." Ghaibat Nomani, 142
  • And Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) mentioned in the book "The Calf" volume 2 page 184:
    "And AlAsbagh ibn Nabata said: I heard Ali (as) saying: "As if I am seeing the Non-Arabs with their tents in the Mosque of Kufa, they are teaching the Quran to the people as it was sent down... [until the end of the narration]."
  • And Imam Al-Sadiq (as) said: "What will you do when the companions of the Qa'im set their tents in the Mosque of Kufa, then they will bring out to the people the rest of the example/knowledge, [which is] a new matter. This will be difficult upon the Arabs."

Here the Imam (as) clarifies that most of the companions of the Qa'im (as) will be Non- Arabs who will be teaching the Qur'an as it came down. Also he (as) mentions that this matter will be difficult on the Arabs!
But why did the Imam (as) say that it will be difficult upon the Arabs especially?
Why didn't he (as) say that it will be difficult upon the Muslims, or upon the people in general?
Why would it be difficult upon the Arabs specifically?

Because imagine this scene: An arrogant old Arab scholar enters into the mosque of Kufa, he finds a group of Non-Arabs youths teaching Qur'an to the people, and not even that, but this group of the Non-Arab youths is telling the people that the Qur'an that is present now is not as it was sent down, and they are teaching it to them as it was sent down. (We know from the hadiths of Ahlul Bayt (as) that the companions of the Qa'im are youths and only very few old men are present with them and that the old men with them are like the kuhl in the eye).
What will this arrogant Arab sheikh say? He will say exactly what the office people say now about the Black Banners Ansar: "Don't believe those youths! They are a bunch of hasty youths, we are older and wiser and more knowledgable" or "They are a bunch of Non-Arabs who do not even know their religion right" or "They do not even know Arabic how could they be teaching us where the truth is", etc. etc. from their hateful arrogant comments.

But Imam Ahmed AlHassan (as) himself says in his book that the ones who will be teaching people new knowledge of the Qa'im (as) and the correct Qur'an as it was sent down are Non-Arabs.
That's why – as mentioned above – the Imam (as) says that it will be difficult upon the Arabs. No wonder, for verily, Prophet Muhammad (sawas) said that which means that every nation has something which destroys it, and the thing which destroys the Arabs is their envy.

Note: This does not generalize all Arabs. The Imam (as) himself is Arab. The words above do not apply to every single Arab. Rather some of the Arabs will be with Qa'im (as), but most of his companions (as) are Non-Arabs, just as Abu Abdullah (pbuh) said:

Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) explained in the sermon "Advice to the students of the academic Hawzas and to all whom seek the truth" the Arabic grammar rule, that in Arabic it is agreed upon that if the sentence does not start by the word "every" or "each", then the sentence would automatically mean "some" or "most".'[1]

  1. „There is a statement that is being conveyed about the narration of Ibn Muhammad Al-Samari, from Al-Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuh), and this is it’s text: “So I said, ‘O Master, indeed our scholars have narrated some traditions about the Companion of the Matter (pbuh), that he said when he was commanded to enter into the Major Occultation, whoever claims to have seen him during my Major Occultation is a liar." In spite of that so many have seen him, even from among you?’ So, he said, ‘You have told the truth, but he (pbuh) said that during that time because there was a large number of enemies from his family as well as from others from the pharaohs (tyrants/oppressors) of Bani AlAbbas, so much so that the Shia used to prevent one another from speaking about or mentioning the Imam.
    As for the current time period, a lot of time has passed and the enemy has despaired; our territories are out of their control and we are safe from their oppression and through the blessing of the Imam (pbuh) none of the enemies can And if this is not enough for you, I say from the door ‘Make them bound by which they bound themselves’:
    That the rational rule, which is acknowledged by the people, in terms of the Logic and the Principles: (the issue of negligence is of the same strength as the issue of partiality), and the issue which is present in the narration of Samari, which is; “anyone claiming to have seen me before the rise of Sufyani and the outcry from the sky, he shall be a slanderous liar.” Is an issue of negligence, for verily, it is of the same strength as that of an issue of partiality, meaning it can be established as this: “Few of those claiming to have seen me before the rise of Sufyani and the outcry from the sky, they shall be slanderous liars.” And there isn’t an external indication that signifies its totality/allness, rather, there is an external indication which signifies its partiality, which is the indicative narration on the dispatch of Imam AlMahdi (pbuh) of someone whom will represent him in a period which is before the rising, and from them is the narration which has passed [2], and the narration pertaining to the Yamani and other than it are many. [3] And to clarify the Command even more, and especially for those whom are not acquainted with the logic and Principles, I say [unto them]: That the issue has to be either enclosed (surrounded by a wall) or neglected, and the enclosed is either entirely or partially, for if it is said: ‘All of those whom claim to have seen…. shall be a slanderous liar.’ Thus this is an issue of entirety, for you have initiated it with the “All”. And if it is said: ‘Few/ some of those claiming to have seen… He shall be a slanderous liar.’ Thus, this is an issue of partiality, for you have initiated it with “few/some”. But if you neglect the issue and surround it by a wall (“all” or “some”) it then becomes of the same strength of partiality, thus it does not benefit [the aspect of] allness/totality unless there exists an external indication that signifies its totality. For if this indication does not exist, and what exists is an indication it’s partiality, therefore this matter is indeed an issue of partiality, and the above matter [4], is an issue of negligence, and there exists no indication signifying its totality/allness, but rather, there exists and indication signifying it’s partiality (and that is the narrations of the Imams (pbut [5]. So it is concluded that it is an issue of partiality, and as such, the narration of Samari is not indicative of the cutting of the ambassadorship by any means, and all Praise be to Allah, alone."

    [1] Ghaibah AlNamani, P. 187, Tafsir AlAyashy, V. 2, P. 56, Bihar AlAnwar, V. 52, P. 341, Muajim Ahadith AlImam AlMahdi, V. 5, P. 2.
    [2] Which is the narration which was presented from AlImam AlBaqir (pbuh).
    [3] Refer to the publications of Ansar of AlImam AlMahdi (pbuh), the Book of the Yamani is the Proof (Hujja) of Allah, The Will and Vicegerent Ahmad AlHassan, and a compilation of evidence, and more Books which the inquisitor will find in the website of Ansar AlImam AlMahdi (pbuh).
    [4] Meaning, they (pbut) said: “those whom claim to have seen me before the rise of Sufyani and the outcry from the sky, he shall be a slanderous liar.”
    [5] Refer to The Crushing Response to The Deniers of Seeing the Qa’im (pbuh), and the Book ‘New Examination in the narration of Samarai’, and other than it from the publications of the Ansar of AlImam AlMahdi (pbuh), for the brothers, may Allah protect them, have reported the narrations about that matter.