أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
As it was orated in the Holy Qur’an centuries ago, those making claims should “bring proof if they are truthful” – hatu burhanakum ‘iin kuntum sadiqin (هَاتُوا بُرْهَانَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ). Why? Because Al-Islam does not call us to abandon reason, it calls us to follow it. The great `Arif Bahya ibn Yosef said so many centuries ago: “Make reason your `amīr, understanding your wazir,” your vizier; “make `ilm,” or science “your Hadi” your Guide, “and make zuhud,” detachment from the material illusion of the dunya your Wali,” your Guardian and Friend.
This is what the Ahl al-Bayt of Muhammad’s Holy family taught as well. Imam `Ali Riza said that “The greatest of miracles of Allah is the human MIND. It allows ideas to be thought through and reasoned out. Islam appeals to human Reason (Al-`Aql). Man must accept Allah through REASON and not through miracles.”
And yet Muhammad did not claim that he had no signs which served as proofs of his fitness for leadership. Rather, he explained that he was “nothing but a Messenger” (3:144) and that he himself was not central to Islam, which “many” had embraced before him (22:78; 28:53 et al.).
Muhammad was mentioned only four times in the entire Qur’an (3:144; 33:40; 47:2; 48:29), while Moses was mentioned 136 times and Abraham 62 times! Because he did not esteem himself first, and because of his humility and deference to those before him, for these reasons he was praiseworthy.
The Qur’an tells us this over and over that Al-Islam was the Primordial, Fitrah path of ALL nations – a Covenant given to all of the Children of Noah.
“The same religious judgment has Hu established for you the same as that which Hu enjoined on Noah – which We have sent by inspiration to you – and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and `Isa: Namely, that you should remain steadfast in religious judgment, and make no divisions therein. For those who worship other than Allah, the [path] which you call them to is very hard difficult. Allah chooses to Hu those whom Hu pleases, and guides to Hu those who turn [towards Allah] (yahdi, يَهْدِي).” (42:13)
شَرَعَ لَكُم مِّنَ الدِّينِ مَا وَصَّىٰ بِهِ نُوحًا وَالَّذِي أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ وَمَا وَصَّيْنَا بِهِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ وَعِيسَىٰ أَنْ أَقِيمُوا الدِّينَ وَلَا تَتَفَرَّقُوا فِيهِ كَبُرَ عَلَى الْمُشْرِكِينَ مَا تَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَيْهِ اللَّهُ يَجْتَبِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يُنِيبُ
Furthermore, the Qur’an says that prophets and their followers before them were Muslimin (2:128; 2:132; 3:52 et al.), and that the Qur’an “makes no distinction between” any of the prophets (2:136).
Those people had never heard of Muhammad. Their Islam was still just as valid as that of those who learned of Islam from Muhammad. The Fitrah Islam of the birds of the sky and the fishes of the sea is just as valid even though they have never heard of Muhammad and are not even in need of a call to the Primordial Path of Islam.
Why do we need this call to the nations? Because the human species is misaligned. The Fara’id of Islam for the nations is essential as training tools to align us – to realign our species – with our inherent Nature, our Fitrah which we have been estranged from.
With Muhammad, this message was delivered to all of the nations and thus the role of prophethood was fulfilled and completed. There would never again be a need for a prophet after that. Prophethood had ceased with the Bani Israel because there was no more need for the message of the Covenant with the Bani Israel to be restated after it had been delivered. With `Isa we see a call to the Lost Tribes of the Bani Israel, scattered throughout the world. With Muhammad we see a call to all of the nations of the world – who were not Bani Israel but still Children of Noah – to follow these primordial laws as a minimum of Al-Islam (42:13) which is still not yet necessarily the fullness of Iman (49:14).
Thus, we see that the `Arab said that they were mu’minin but Iman had not yet entered their hearts, so thus they were admonished to say that they are merely Muslimin. They were Muslimin because they heeded the call to the Children of Noah delivered by Muhammad. Still, Pure Iman – as Shaykh Bawa Muhaiyaddeen called it – was not a requirement. All that was required is that they submit to these minimum laws of the Bani Nuh. From there, their degree of Iman could increase them towards Istislam – Pure Iman or Surrender to the entire Will of the Creator.
But that is neither here nor there, and yet it is both here and there. That is because what we must return to and focus upon here, without allowing the matter to be derailed, is that there is no need for a prophet to come now. The message has been delivered. If Muhammad was “but a messenger” (3:144) then once the message was delivered, why would another messenger need to come and deliver the same message?
No! Instead, what should come is one who will call people to pay attention to the details, nuance and implications taught in the Message that was already delivered. Those who come with a message that is meant to supplant or abrogate are not Messengers but Dajajilah. This was not what Muhammad came doing and that is why he said clearly to the Sefer Torah itself – the Torah scroll that he sat on a cushion with the reverence shown it by the Jewish people today even (dressing it in special coverings, changing them out for white coverings for the historical fast of `Ashurah and so on), and said “I believe in you and [Allah] who sent you!”
Could you imagine this reverence? This is why the Ahl al-Bayt taught that the Imam al-Qa’im will judge the Children of Israel not by the Qur’an but by the Torah itself. Why? Because this was the Covenant given to the Children of Israel and the Qur’an is the Message delivered to all of the Nations of the world – to align and reunite various sectarian divisions within the Bani Israel and return them all to the existing Covenant of the Torah, and to call all of the nations of the Children of Noah to the UNIVERSAL PATH of Al-Islam (42:13).
This man who said “I am but a messenger” (7:158) who said that he came bringing “nothing new” (46:9) but a Path that is ANCIENT and PRIMORDIAL, came without any miracles but said instead that the ideal of ayat should be thought of as signs not supernatural performances which could be easily replicated by any good illusionist. Indeed, we know from multiply-attested ahadith that Al-Masih ad-Dajjal himself will be capable of performing such feats and yet this tells us NOTHING of the truthfulness of his message or his claims of Divine appointment by the Creator, now does it?
Instead, Muhammad spoke signs being the verses of the Qur’an itself: SELF EVIDENT PROOFS in the words and reasoning within the Qur’anic oration.
Instead of saying “just follow anything I say,” Muhammad told his followers to “Seek out `Ilm – Knowledge and Science – even unto China” (طلبوا العلم ولو بالصین)!
Imam `Ali is often depicted in Mutashay`i circles as having a Broadsword or “Dao” with one edge and no piercing qualities. Yet this is the simplest of weapons to master, with the spear of `Isa (Qiang) being the most challenging. Indeed, in the historical depictions of the man behind the `Isa narrative in India, he is shown every time with a spear. Somewhere in between the Dao and the Qiang, one might master the Jian straight-sword – “endowed with piercing qualities” like Zhul-Fiqar. But who would know this but a martial master of such weapons who sought out knowledge even unto China themselves?
Whether the Muslim systems of Xingyiquan or the Muslim system of Cha Quan, or any other Chinese martial art or those which descended from this “Grandfather of all Martial Arts” as it is called in Asia, a true general leading a modern day “Army of Siffin” in the VANGUARD of the Mahdi – the Tali`yah al-Mahdi – will have headed these words and trained accordingly.
Such a person will be well versed and trained in the mystical arts of Nei Kung and Qi Kung practiced by the Ahl al-Bayt and taught by such masterful disciples as Harun al-Makki who could demonstrate heat-absorption Qi Kung and what we call “Iron Shirt” practices. These were not “miracles” they were “signs” of mastery.
When Muhammad was challenged by a prominent wrestler to a friendly bout – not even a disrespectful challenge to the death, but a challenge amongst martial artists – to see who was truly fit to lead such an Army as the Jaysh of Badr, then Muhammad did not shirk away from such a challenge, he eagerly stepped up and submitted this well-known grappler.
Thus, Muhammad taught after the match: “The strong-man is not one who wrestles well but the strong man is one who controls himself when he is filled with ghadhab (rage)”
حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ يَحْيَى، وَعَبْدُ الأَعْلَى بْنُ حَمَّادٍ، قَالاَ كِلاَهُمَا قَرَأْتُ عَلَى مَالِكٍ عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “لَيْسَ الشَّدِيدُ بِالصُّرَعَةِ إِنَّمَا الشَّدِيدُ الَّذِي يَمْلِكُ نَفْسَهُ عِنْدَ الْغَضَبِ” .
He did not teach that one should not feel rage, but that the rage should be a source of fuel for them, rather than being what controls them. This is called Stepping Outside of Emotions.
Today I issued a formal challenge to two leaders of Cults of Personality. Both of them were well-known as people who came to the Taliyah al-Mahdi for knowledge. They came to us decades ago seeking our batini lessons of the Kitab as-Sirat al-Kamal – a book with 72 lessons within it – each given one at at time, with most never advancing beyond the Level of Dawud. These are lessons for personal refinement and evolution. They include linguistic study, history, world scriptures, martial arts and meditation. They are nothing but tools for self-edification and are not “special” unto themselves. They are merely a system of instruction to edify those who wish to learn.
Instead of humbling learning as students, two dajjalayn – Ahmed al-Hassan and a related dajjal `Abdullah Hashem – stole some of the lower-level lessons of our Tariqah and presented them as their own. Since they had no true knowledge and followed only conjecture – as those admonished by the Qur’an – they simply invented stories from their own imagination to “fill in the blanks” which would have been filled in for them had they continued learning the lessons of the Sirat al-Kamal as humble students, rather than aspiring cult leaders seeking glory for themselves, and concocting new religions wherein they feature as the central figures, rather than deflecting glory and attention to themselves as Muhammad did.
Indeed, when the Taliyah al-Mahdi rose to its largest, most prominent public level, the glory that was being hoisted upon the leadership of the group caused us to take the organization underground and merely work with the closest, most proven, tried-and-true members – teaching them martial arts and meditation, while growing closer than ever as a true family. We were unconcerned by numbers. At most, we anticipate 313 soldiers. If we do not reach that number in this lifetime, it is of no concern to us. We trust in Allah and have faith that our mere presence engaging in this work will lay the foundation for the generation which attains to this number of soldiers. That is why we are called the Vanguard of the Mahdi, and do not assume to say we are necessarily each in this lifetime the Jaysh al-Mahdi who will rise. Perhaps we are, perhaps that is a generation to come. Time will tell. In the meantime, our training, our actions, our study, our teachings, and our faith will not waiver. Yet at no time will we accept glory to our leadership.
Our leadership is martial in nature. We bow in respect to one another as martial artists. We bow to our Shifu because any Shifu who has engaged in the Kung (exercises and training) over prolonged Fu (time) can demonstrate mastery or Kungfu. If one has good Kungfu in culinary arts, in fine arts, in the Tao of Yin and Yang called “sexual Kung fu” or in the Martial Arts by which call this general name colloquially, then they should be able to demonstrate these skills.
No, this does not mean the “tests” of the Dajjal Abdullah Hashem who engages in forced acts of homosexuality with men who have broken free of his cult. Indeed, Muhammad tells us that there are two types of Mukhannathayn, one who is made effeminate by Allah and one who is not made that way. One made that way Muhammad tells us to leave them alone as that is between themselves and their Creator. Those who were not made that way, however, who engage in homosexuality to dominate and emasculate heterosexual men, these are rapists such as those at Sodom and Gomorrah. These rapists and pedophiles are denounced throughout the world in scriptures, and indeed it is told to us in the Torah and in ahadith, that the punishment for such rape is death.
Any Dajjal who has engaged in such “tests” or raping members of their cults are hereby put on notice. You should thank Allah that we live in a world where a challenge of a fight to the death would not be warmly welcomed by the agencies of law enforcement – who would likely try to put an end to such a bout before it even began. As such, you are merely being called out to a challenge of martial skill.
If you are who you say you are – leaders of the White Banners of Iraq or the Black Banners of Europe and elsewhere, or any other Cult of Personality organizations for Faraj or relief from oppression – then you should have no problem accepting this challenge today from the founder of the Taliyah al-Mahdi: Shifu Seng, Hern-Heng as he is known by his Taoist lineage name in martial arts, known as well by his name in the West: Dr. Micah Ben David Naziri.
If you will not step up to this challenge then your followers should ask themselves why, as it is purely in line and consistent with the Sunnah of Muhammad when he received such a challenge.
As well, as the so-called Black Banners were first challenged to livestream a debate with the Taliyah al-Mahdi. They said their leader would accept this challenge only if we agreed to the “Mutual Cursing” of Mubahalah first. Shifu Naziri, PhD agreed eagerly to this challenge and said that not only would he accept it, he would accept the curse of Allah upon himself and the people of his house if he is lying, but would refuse to extend such a familial curse upon the members of the households of these cult leaders – as a mercy to them and to keep far away from the “blackest” magic of sihr upon those whose deeds to not warrant such cursing.
Indeed, the use of the “Black Banners” is no more than a self-fulfilling prophecy. The cult merely utilized Black Banners because such was stated in Hadith as those of the Imam al-Mahdi. But in the same way, Da`esh does the same thing. Only the weak-minded and easily mislead believe that as some fulfillment of prophecy.
Why was it foretold that the Imam al-Mahdi would come with black banners? Because Muhammad rode into battle with black banners. Today, warfare is not fought in this way. Successful combat and strategy against colonial powers has been through modes of guerrilla warfare. We do not fight in a field with one side waving one banner, and the other side waving another. Literal banners today would give away one’s position, or even membership in an otherwise underground group. No! Such visions of the future are never cast in the images of literalism and physicality. One need look no further than the visions of the prophets Daniel and Ezekiel to understand that. Instead, the symbolism of Black Banners being raised with Imam al-Mahdi means that he will come calling people anew to the message of Islam, as taught by Muhammad in his lifetime. Black banners is merely a symbolic reference to this. Clearly any charlatan could just utilize banners that are black and claim this to be a fulfillment of prophecy.
The Taliyah al-Mahdi issues three challenges to both Ahmed al-Hassan and `Abdullah Hashem:
- Martial bout (with a promise they will not be intentionally maimed or killed, though signing a traditional “Death Waiver” for liability will be required)
- Intellectual debate
If these dajjalayn will not engage in these when it is Sunnah to do so – Sunnah of both Muhammad and the Ahl al-Bayt alike – then this speaks volumes about them.
Certainly you members of these groups who have been mislead because you hope so dearly for the Rise, certainly you know better than this in your Innermost Hearts – in your Heart of Hearts. Now you see that your leader will not accept this challenge. Neither of them will step up for friendly martial combat, even knowing he will neither be maimed nor killed, as a mercy being extended to him and as a gesture of civility. He will not step up and engage in Mubahalah, even though there is no risk to his loved ones, as we do not wish to curse those who have no guilt but familial association with this Dajjal.
You must now ask yourself why that is? Why won’t these “men” step up to this challenge?
The answer is clear: Verily, Truth is manifest from falsehood, and indeed, Truth has come and bashed the brains out of falsehood. For verily falsehood is a thing which by nature must vanish.
 Found in Kitab al-Ghaybah by Nu`mani and in `Ilal ash-Shara’i` by Shaykh as-Saduq, which are early and central Shi`a material.; also in al-Kafi, Volume 1, Book 4, When the Rule of the Imams Becomes Foremost They Will Judge By the Judgment of the Family of Dawud, hadith #1; Kamal ad-Deen, Volume 2, Miscellaneous, hadith #11; Kamal ad-Deen, Volume 2, Miscellaneous, hadith #19
 Cited in numerous ahadith. The historical-critical Criterion of Multiple Attestation, as well as the Criterion of Double-Dissimilitude suggests that this stems from an authentic narration.
 Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 47, p123, hadith #172; also in Manaqib by ibn Shahr Ashub
 Jami`at Tirmidhi 1784, Book 24, Hadith 73; English translation: Vol. 3, Book 22, Hadith 1784
 Sahih Muslim 2609a and b, Book 45, Hadith 140 and 141, English reference: Book 32, Hadith 6313; Sahih Muslim 2608a, Book 45, Hadith 138, Book 32, Hadith 6311
 Sahih Muslim: With the Full Commentary by Imam Nawawi (Al-Minhaj bi Sharh Sahih Muslim), 2180