The Holy Prophet [s] said: “The likeness of my Ahlul-Bayt (progeny) amongst my Ummah (followers) is similar to Noah’s Ark. Those who embarked on it were rescued and those who rejected it perished….”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 27, p. 113

Imam Baqir, the fifth Imam, [a] said: “Our traditions (Ahlul-Bayt) survive in the hearts.”
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 2, p. 144

The Holy Prophet [s] said: “Make your gatherings lively with the remembrance of Ali-ibn-Abi-Talib.” (Talk about the excellencies of Ali [a]).
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 38, p. 199

In ‘Ikmal-ud-Din’ a tradition, through ‘Jabir-il-Ju’fi’, is narrated from ‘Jabir-ibn-‘Abdillah’ thus: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah we have known Allah and His Apostle; then who is ‘Ulul-Amr’, those that Allah has made their obedience the same as your obedience?’ Then, the Prophet (p.h.u.h.) said: ‘O’ Jabir! They are, after me, my successors and the guides of Muslims; the first of them is Ali ibn Abi Talib; then (Imam) Hassan, and (Imam) Husayn; then Ali ibn Husayn; then Mohammad ibn Ali; known in the Turah as Baqir, whom you will see, O’ Jabir! When you visit him, give my regards to him. After him, there is Sadiq, Ja’far ibn Muhammad; and after him Musa ibn Ja’far; then Ali ibn Musa; then Muhammad ibn Ali; then Ali ibn Muhammad, then Hassan ibn Ali; and after him (there comes) Al-Qaim, whose name and epithet is the same as mine. He is Allah’s Authority on the Earth and His Remainder amongst His servants. He is the son of (Imam) Hassan-ibn-Ali (al-‘Askari). This is the very personality by whose hands Allah will open the Easts and Wests of the worlds and this is the very personality who will be absent from his followers and those who love him, in which his mastership cannot be proved by a statement of anyone except for the one whose heart Allah tests for Faith.”

Jabir said: “I asked him: ‘O’ Messenger of Allah will his followers avail of him during his occultation?’ He answered: ‘Yes. By the One Who appointed me to prophethood, they will seek brightness from his light and will avail by devotion in his absence the same as the availing of people from the (glow of) sun when clouds cover it…’
(Ikmal-ud-Din, vol. 1, p. 253, with nearly similar meaning in Yanabir-ul-Mawaddah, p. 117)

Malik-ibn-Anas said about the virtue of Imam Sadiq [a]: “No eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, and no heart (soul) has ever been striken that there can (contemporaneously) be anybody higher than (Imam) Ja’far Sadiq [a] from the point of virtue, knowledge, worship, and piety.”
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 47, p. 28

Imam Husayn [a] said: “By my soul, there is no Imam but he issues judgement upon the Book, establishes justice, believes in the religion of Truth, and restrains his self alongside the way of Allah.
Al-Irshad, vol. 204

The Love of Ahlul-Bayt

The Holy Prophet [s] said: “Train your children in three things: the love of your Prophet, the love of his progeny, i.e. Ahlul-Bayt, and recitation of the Qur’an.”
AI-Jami’-ul-Saghir, vol. 1, p. 14

Imam Sadiq [a] said: “He who is not able to do any good unto us (Ahlul-Bayt) then be may do good to our pious adherents; and he who is not able to visit us, he may visit our righteous followers by which the reward of visiting us (pilgrimage) will be recorded for him.”
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 74, p. 354

Imam Baqir [a] said: “The best means by which servants can obtain nearness to Allah, Mighty and Glorious, is the obedience to Allah, the obedience to His Messenger, and the obedience to those charged with (spiritual) authority.”

Then, he [a] added: “The love of us (Ahlul Bayt) is Faith and the hatred of us is infidelity.”
Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 187

Imam Sadiq [a] said: “Verily, there are various degrees of serving Allah, but affection (and cordial inclination) for us, Ahlul Bayt, is the highest one.”
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 27, p. 91

The Acceptable Characteristics

The Holy Prophet [s] said: “Shall I not introduce ‘a believer’ to you? A believer is the one whom other believers trust with their souls and wealth. Shall I not introduce ‘a Muslim’ to you? A Muslim is the one from whose hand and tongue other Muslims are safe…. It is unlawful (Haram) for a believer to do wrong against another believer, or leave him/her in a lurch, or backbite against him/her, or suddenly reject him/her.”
AI-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 235

Imam Sadiq [a] said: “A Muslim believer must not attend a meeting wherein Allah laws are being disobeyed and the one is not in a position to stop it.”
Usul-Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 374

Imam Sadiq [a] said: “He who habitually tells the truth, his deeds are purified; Allah increases the sustenance of the one whose intention is good; and he who treats his family members well, Allah prolongs the length of his life.”
Khisal by Saduq, vol. 1 p. 88

Imam Amir ul Mu’mineen Ali [a] said: “A man came to the Prophet [s] and asked him to teach him an action so that both Allah, the Exalted, and people would love him, his wealth would increase, his body would be healthy, his life time would last long, and he would be raised with him (the Prophet). Then, he [s] said: ‘These are six traits which need six qualities:

1. If you want Allah to love you, be afraid of Him and guard yourself against sin.
2. If you want people to love you, be benevolent to them and decline what they have in their hands.
3. If you want Allah to increase your wealth, then give its alms tax.
4. If you want Allah to make your body healthy, pay charity more frequently.
5. If you want Allah to prolong your lifetime, then have regard for your kinship.
6. And, if you want Allah to raise you with me, then do prolong your prostrations before Allah, the One, the Dominator.'”

Safinat-uI-Bihar, vol. 1, p. 599

Imam Rida, the eighth Imam, [a] said: A Muslim believer is not a true believer unless there are three virtues in him: the manner of his lord, the manner of his Prophet, and the manner of his Imam. Then, the manner of his Lord is: concealing his secrets; hence Allah, to Whom belong Might and Majesty, said: ‘The Knower of the Unseen! So He does not reveal His secrets to any, except to him whom He chooses as an apostle,…’ [1]

Then, the manner of his Prophet is compliance with people, when surely, Allah, Almighty and Glorious, commissioned His prophet to favour people and He has said: ‘Practice forgiveness and enjoin good and turn away from the ignorant.'[2]

Then the manner of his Imam is (to be firm and) being patient on good days and bad days, when, verily, Allah to whom belong Might and Majesty, says: ‘And (they) are patient in distress and affliction’.” [3]
‘Uyun-ul-Akhbar-ur-Rida, vol.1, p.256

Imam Muhammad ibn Ali, the nineth Imam [a] said:

“A Muslim believer should obtain these three virtues:

Success granted by Allah, be an admonisher of his self, and find approval from the one who advises him.”
Muntah-al-‘Amal, p.229

Ali ibn Husayn [a] the fourth Imam, was once asked how he, the son of the Messenger of Allah began each morning, and he [a] replied: “I begin each morning while I am demanded of eight virtues:

Allah, the Exalted, demands of me the obligatory; the Prophet [s] demands of me his tradition (Sunnah); family dependents demand of me food (material); the self looks for desires; Satan demands me (to commit) sin; the two protective angels demand of me virtuousness, the angel of death demands of me the spirit and, the grave demands of me my body.

Therefore, I am, surrounded by these traits, demanded.”
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 76, p. 15
Imam Sadiq [a] said: “Verily everything is intimidated by a believer because the religion of Allah causes him to be powerful, and he is not intimidated by anything, which (epithet) is the characteristic of any believer.”
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 67, p. 305

[1] Sura Al-Jinn, No.72, verses 26 & 27
[2] Space
[3] Sura Al-Baqarah, No.2, verse 177

The Real Followers of Ahlul-Bayt and Their Qualities

Imam Muhammad Baqir [a] told Jabir: “Is it enough for a person to (merely) embellish (oneself) as a Shi’ah (follower) by professing love of us, Ahlul-Bayt? Nay! By Allah, a person is not our follower except the one who fears Allah and obeys Him. O’ Jabir! Our followers are not recognized save by humility; submission; honesty; praising Allah abundantly; fasting and prayers; filial devotion; attending to the poor, needy, debtors, and orphans who live near him; saying the truth; reciting the Qur’an; withholding the tongue from people except for benediction; and being trustworthy for relatives in any affairs…”

Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 74

Sulayman-ibn-Mahran said that he visited Imam Sadiq [a] while some of the followers (Shi’ah) were attending him [a] and he heard that the Imam [a], addressing them, said: “(Behave) to be as ornaments for us and not to be against us as shame. Tell people of goodness, and protect your tongues and hold it from excessive talk and offensive speech.”
Al-Amali, by Saduq, p. 142

Imam Sadiq [a] said: “Verily, we love those who are wise, perceptive (intelligent), learned, forbearing, patient, reliable, and faithful. Surely, Allah, Almighty and Glorious, favoured Prophets [a] with high morality. Then, he who possesses them may praise Allah for them, but he who does not have them may weep unto Allah, the Almighty and Glorious, and ask Him for them.” Jabir humbly asked what they were, and the Imam [a] replied:

“They are: piety, contentment, patient endurance, gratefulness, forbearance, modesty, graciousness, courage, enthusiasm, benevolence, truthfulness, and honesty in deposits.”
Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 56

Imam Baqir [a] said: “… He who obeys Allah is a lover of us, and the one who disobeys Him then he is an enemy for us (AhIul-Bayt)…”
Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 75



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