For the guidance (hidaayah) of the entire humanity, the Final revelation (tanzeel) of Allah Ta’ala is the ‘Quran-e-Kareem’ and the final and complete Deen is ‘Islam’ as Allah Subhanahu says: "This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor unto you, and have chosen for you as religion, ISLAM". (5-3)

Mohammad Rasulullah (SAWA) was the only person who had the right to interpret the Quran during his life and he taught the Muslims the rituals of Da'aim ul-Islam. The Muslims in those days used to look up to him for their queries regarding their Deen and Rasulullah (SAWA) used to answer them to their content.

It is agreed by the general Muslims that even though the Quran is complete, it needs to be interpreted to solve the problems that arise each day. Rasulullah (SAWA) used to interpret them whenever need arose.

Interpretation (tafseer) of the Quran is a part of Shari'at and the legal concepts of Islam is entirely based on it. It is agreed that Rasulullah (SAWA) is the lawmaker of Islam by the commands of Allah and the knowledge is imparted to him through 'Wahye'. If Allah has completed the Deen of Islam it is not to be doubted that he had taught Rasulullah (SAWA) each and every aspect of life, or else the law would remain incomplete.

Whilst intellect (‘aql) is a gift to man from Allah, this intellect cannot be used to decide on matters of deen, even if one is learned, because the path to Allah and the interpretation of His deen is something Allah has bestowed to one person alone in each age. Intellect exercised by everyone independently can only lead to multiple interpretations which ultimately causes nothing but confusion. Surely Allah and His Rasool would not have allowed that to happen?

Since Islam and the Quran is final deen and revelation of Allah and will remain unchanged till the day of Qiyamat it cannot be doubted that Allah has revealed all needs of mankind that will arise till the Qiyamat to Rasulullah.

To give an example the aeroplane did not exist during those days, but Allah had surely known the Gaib and to complete the Deen he should have taught Nabiyullah Mohammad (SAWA) about it and all the aspects of Shari'at related to it. Surely he would have taught it to him, and Rasulullah (SAWA) being the Ameen of the Ilaahi ‘Ilm passed the knowledge to someone who would be liable to pass it on till the Day of Judgement arrived. And he did! Did he (SAWA) not say that: “The most learned in legal matters, is Ali."

The legal matters of Islam is the Shari'at and since Ali (AS) was the most learned in legal matters as agreed upon by all the Ashab of Rasulullah (SAWA), it can be concluded that Rasulullah had passed on all the knowledge that he had to Amirul Mumineen (AS), the knowledge that would be needed from time to time, after Rasulullah (SAWA), when questions arose.

Rasulullah (SAWA), the Ameen of Allah Ta’ala, had indeed chosen an Ameen for the treasury of knowledge that Allah had entrusted him to. He had handed over the Amaanat to Amirul Mumineen (AS) and thus it has since been passed on to the progeny (Imams) of Rasulullah (SAWA), who by the knowledge passed on to them from Rasulullah (SAWA) to interpret the Quran in times of need and guide the Ummat to the right path, just as Rasulullah had done it. It is through the Barakaat of 'Ilaahi Ta’eed', that is passed on to them, which they can carry on this immense task. Allah Subhanahu says: "This Our Book speaks against you with truth. Lo! We have caused (all) that ye did to be recorded." (45-29)

On reciting this Ayat Amirul Mumineen (AS) placed the Quran on his head and called upon it to speak. Then he called himself Quran-e- Natiq (voiced), and the book itself Quran-e-Samit (silent) to elaborate this point.

Rasulullah (SA) has pointed out this relation of the Quran and his progeny when he said: "I leave behind two things, the Book of Allah (Quran) and my progeny (Imams). Whosoever adheres to them both, will never go astray."

It is the progeny of Rasulullah (SAWA) the pious Fatemi Imams (AS) who are the guardians of Islam and the interpreters of the Quran. It is they who guide and who are entrusted with the Amanat of Rasulullah’s knowledge and during their seclusion they have passed on the Barakaat of this divine knowledge to Du'at Kiram for the guidance of mumineen so that the favor of Allah remains complete on the mumineen of all ages just as it was during the presence of Rasulullah (SAWA) and they can quench their thirst of spiritual and temporal curiosity and doubt from the fountain of knowledge.

The heir to this legacy is our beloved Huzoor-e-‘Aali (TUS) who with the aid of Allah's Noor and Ta’eed and Raza of Imam-uz-Zaman (AS) guides mumineen to the right path and Deen-e-Islam. An obedient slave of Allah Ta’ala he is, and Naib of the progeny of Rasulullah (SAWA) who is entrusted with the unique treasure of knowledge and wisdom for the guidance of mumineen. May Allah grant him a long and healthy life.

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