disobeying Allah (swt) and His Messenger pbuh.gif, or failing to recognize them.Some people might claim that there is no Imam at this time! The problem with such assertion isthat it presupposes that the Holy Prophet pbuh.gif was uttering nonsense, placing an impossibletask over his Ummah. We all know that this is impossible. Rather, the Imams from Quraysh willrule the Ummah for all times, good or bad, till the Day of Resurrection. Shaykh al-Albani onceagain in his Kitab al-Sunnah 1110 records this hadith:
The Quraysh will rule mankind, whether they are in good times or bad times, till the Day ofResurrection.Al-Albani says:
Its chain is sahih on the conditions of (Imam) Muslim.
Al-Albani in his Zilal al-Jannah, Volume 2, records:
The khilafah (succession) will remain with Quraysh till Hour.Al-Albani states:
Its chain is good.In his Silsilah al-Ahadith al-Sahihah 1/719, al-Albani records this hadith:[
This affair shall not cease to be glorious up to twelve successors, every one of them being
from the Quraysh
. And in a narration
This affair will not cease to be glorious and
invincible, conquering anyone who opposes it, so long as twelve successors will rule overthem, every one of them coming from Quraysh". Muslim, Ahmad and the son of Ahmadhave narrated it. And in a narration: "The religion will continue to be established as long asthere are twelve commanders, everyone of them coming from the Quraysh
narrated this, and its chain is sahih.
So, the number of Imams from Quraysh, that will rule mankind till the end of the world, is twelve.They are also the true "caliphs" (successors). As long as people allow them to have politicalpower and do not play hypocrisy against them, Islam will become invincible.There is also another aspect to it. In Sahih Muslim we read the following:
The affairs of the people will continue to be conducted as long as they are governed by twelve
men, he then added from Quraish
Sahih Muslim, Hadith number 4478 English translation by Abdul Hamid Siddiqui