Pearl of Wisdom
when Sa'd b. 'Abdillah al-Qummi asked him the reason why people cannot elect an Imam for themselves, replied, 'Would he be a righteous man or a corrupt man?' I said, 'Righteous.' He said, 'Is it possible that the selected individual be actually corrupt, for no one really knows what passes through another's mind, in terms of their righteousness or corruption?' I said, 'Yes'. He said, 'That is the reason why.'
Imam Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Mahdi [as]
Kamal al-Din, p. 461, no. 21
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