A pious person with power can make reform
By: Ayatullah Shaheed Syed Abdul Husayn Dastaghaib Shirazi
The complete reformation, which can per force remove troubles and disputes, will be in the time of the appearance of the Twelfth Imam Mahdi the Awaited one. One who wants to bring in reform requires two things. The first condition is that he himself must be pious and righteous and secondly, he should also have might and power. This is to found only in Mahdi. Prior to Mahdi, either there was piety or power. Those who were pious had no might. A reformer must first be reformed himself, his desires must be under his control, he should not be a mischief-maker or a corrupt sinner as every sinner is a tyrant who has wronged and corrupted himself. So first of all, he must reform himself, that is, he must be like a physician who wants to treat a patient. Otherwise it will be said, ‘Physician, heal thyself’. How can one who is corrupt remove corruption? One who will remove all these sins and passion worship and bring total reform in the whole universe is only the Master of the Age (Imam Mahdi).
Secondly the enforcing might of God which is with that great personality who is endowed with his righteousness; and God has also given him the authority to purify this world of all mischiefs, corruptions and tyranny, which have existed in all times and which are increasing day by day. Lies are told, properties are confiscated unjustly, honors are taken away and innocent blood shed, all this trouble will be stopped by the hand of Master of the Age.
Now pay attention to the translation of these Holy verses: "And if two parties of the believers quarrel, make peace between them; but if one of them acts wrongfully towards the other, fight that which acts wrongfully until it returns to Allah’s command; then if it returns, make peace between them with justice and act equitably; surely Allah loves those who act equitably. The believers are but brethren, therefore make peace between your brethren and be careful of (your duty to) Allah that mercy may be had on you. (49:9-10)"
Here it means the believer Muslims, even if apparently Muslims, not those who truthfully say: There is no god except Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. They recite Qur’an and offer prayer. If they disintegrate into two parties and fight with one another, you should not turn away from them and must not remain aloof, but make peace between them. Of course as far as possible.
Now, when stepping forward to make peace, first see what is the root cause of quarrel. Set it right. Check with whom is truth and justice. If the one who is wrong submits, it is very good. Otherwise fight until the troublemaker is removed from the field. If one of the two parties lies and makes excesses then fight with it with arms and ammunition, come to battlefield with force, of course on condition that means are available and fight the oppressor. Force him until he submits to the Command of God and stops injustice and lying. If they turn back, repent and stop lying, you also issue orders for them both with full justice and fairplay, as Allah loves the just people.
The word "equitably" has been repeated so that after they reform, they should give up unjust and false talk and make peace and make up for the losses suffered by the oppressed; captured people must be released and total justice should be brought into action, in practice. Then Almighty God orders in general terms that the Muslims should realize the rights of one another and raise their morals.