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Whoever dies without an imam dies the death of ignorance

 

من مات بغير إمام مات ميتة جاهلية

Whoever dies without an imam dies the death of ignorance.

 

Whoever’s imam hides away from him and stays in a cave, his concealment is the concealment of ignorance. What is the poor fellow’s sin if he fails to recognise his Imam who is hiding in a cave? Is this not taklif ma la yutaq (making the impossible mandatory)?

Al Haythami labelled the isnad of the hadith da’if.[1]

The well-known hadith is reported from Zaid ibn Aslam from―Ibn ‘Umar from―Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam who announced:

 

من نزع يدا من طاعة فلا حجة له يوم القيامة و من مات مفارقا للجماعة فقد مات ميتة جاهلية

Whoever removes his hand from obedience will have no proof on the Day of Qiyamah. And whoever dies in isolation from the jama’ah, indeed dies a death of ignorance.

 

There is a difference between one who dies and does not know the imam of his era. It is possible that at some stage the ummah has no imam. This is contrary to one who has an Imam which the Muslims have sworn allegiance to but then exits from his obedience.

 

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[1] Majma’ al Zawa’id vol. 5 pg. 218.

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