The nass of both Imams and Dais is clear and indisputable, that is, if you go by Fatimid theology and principles. As for what Ahmed Ali Raj said; he was correct (again according to Fatimid theology and principle), an Imam cannot die without appointing his successor, as this would cause difference in the adl of Allah SWT, and cause the Earth to be void of his argument against the people; why does one age have an Imam and one not? It is fundamentally against justice (I won't go into too much detail here, though). The same applies for Dai al-Mutlaq; if the Imam has gone into satr then his representatives, the Dais (once again by Fatimid theology) must also carry on through nass until when the Imam returns from satr. If you are saying that the Imams and Dais have failed to establish a clear nass, then by logic the legacy and Dawat of the Prophet has failed (I reiterate, this is all by Fatemi theological principle). His heir has failed to keep his Dawah in front of the people by failing to do nass, and his heir's representatives the same. This makes no logical sense, whatsoever. I am assuming you believe in Fatimid theology, and therefore I have put forth this argument. The nass of the Imams and the Dais (whether it may seem confusing to you or not) must continue, by way of necessity and foundational Fatemid theological principle (which is based on logic). If you say this has stopped, then you have given those who don't believe an excuse to make to Allah SWT on the day of Judgement.anajmi wrote: ↑Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:12 pmThe irony is that both the Imams as well as the Dais have failed to establish clear and indisputable nuss. This taken in conjunction with what walker has stated invalidates both the Imamat and the dawat!!!. Note that as Walker mentions, the very fact of performing nass is a validation of an Imam. Hence, an Imam can not pass away without designating a successor. (BTW: This does not mean, as Ahmed Ali Raj in a lecture implied, that an imam can't die if he has not appointed a successor. It simply means that appointing a successor is the single most important task for an imam, and hence he takes care of it as soon as feasible). In the absence of the imam, the same holds for a da'i al-mutlaq. (Again: Ahmed Ali Raj says that there is no need for this principle for da'i al-mutlaq. I strongly disagree. The position of the da'i al-mutlaq in the time of satr is on par with the imam, except in some theoretical ways. Hence, what applies to an imam, applies to a da'i al-mutlaq in satr).
I'd like to end on the ayah
والله غالب على امره ولكن اكثر الناس لا يعلمون
May Allah guide us all to Haq.