Are You Sure You Are A True Shi'a??

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Are You Sure You Are A True Shi'a??

Post  Syed KamiL Abbas Jafri on Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:29 am

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

In this article, we are going to present authentic narrations of our Imams on this issue. We strongly hope they will help clear some misconceptions about Shi’as and Shi’ism.

It is reported in Al Kafi (Volume 2, page 74, Hadith No. 3) that Imam Muhammad Baqir (as) addressing Jabir said:

"O Jabir, do you think that it is enough for anyone just to claim by his tongue that he loves Ahlul Bayt? Does he, by such a claim, become our Shiah? Jabir, I swear by the Almighty that until a person fears Allah and obeys Him, he cannot claim to be our Shiah. He must have humility, be just, fulfill his promises, engage as much as possible in the remembrance of Allah, fulfill his obligations of salah and fasting, show affection and sympathy and obedience to his parents, assist and be kind to his neighbours, the poor, those in debt as well as show sympathy and affection to the orphans. He must always be truthful. He should read and study Qur'an. There must never be any malice in his heart (except for enimies of Allah). Without these qualities, he can not qualify to claim that he loves us or is our Shiah. O Jabir, it is not enough for any person only to say by word of mouth that he loves Hadhrat Ali and the Ahlul Bayt. He must follow the 'seerah' (way of life) of the Holy Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt and act according to the sunnah established by them. If he does not, then his claim of love for Ahlul Bayt can never benefit him.

O Jabir, without 'ita'ah' (obedience and submission), nobody can attain proximity to Allah. We do not like them to claim to be our friends if they do not fulfil all the conditions. A sinful person is our enemy. Without good deeds and abstinence from sins, any claim of friendship to us is of no avail."

Imam Ali (as) said:

My Shias! By God! The forbearers, the knowledgeable of God and His religion, actively following Him and His orders, guided by His love, appear weak because of worship, seekers of seclusion for their piousness, of pale complexion because of their night prayers, their eyes are weak because of weeping, their lips are dry because of remembrance of God, their stomachs are sunken because of eating in moderation, their faces reveal Godliness, and simplicity is apparent from their appearance, they are guiding lights in every darkness…they are not recognized even when seen, they are not remembered when not present, these are my pure shias and my respected brothers. Ah! I wish so much to meet them.

Al-Amali, Toosi, p. 1189, hadith # 576

Imam al-Baqir (as):

No one is our Shi’a except by the fear of God and His obedience, and they are not recognized except by their humbleness, reverence, trustworthiness, and abundance of remembrance of God.

Tuhaf al-Uqool, hadith # 295

Imam al-Sadiq (as) said:

Our Shias are those who are pious and men of solid opinion. They are loyal and trustworthy. They are men of piety and worship. They pray fifty-one rak’ats prayers during day and night. They are usually awake in the night. They observe fasts during the day. They purify their property (by paying poor-rate). They perform Hajj of Ka’aba. They abstain from all that which is forbidden.

Al-Bihar, v.68, p. 167, hadith # 23

Imam al-Baqir (as) said:

You shouldn’t be misled by different views (in Islam), for by God nobody is our Shi’a except by obedience to God, the Powerful and Magnificent.

Al-Kafi, v.2, p. 73, hadith # 1

Imam al-Kazim (as) said:

The Shi’a of Ali (as) is the one whose action testifies his words.

Al-Kafi, v.8, p. 228, hadith # 290

Imam Ali (as) said:

Our Shi’a are those who are gnostics of Allah. They act according to the orders of God. They possess excellences. They speak only truth. Their food is limited to gaining strength. Their dress is simple … Their behavior is humble. You think that they have lost their senses, but its not like that. Instead, the greatness of their Lord has made them oblivious and His power has overwhelmed their hearts and taken over their intellects. So when they strongly wish of Him, they promptly strive to do pure actions before God, the Most High. They are not happy with few good actions, and they never take their abundant good actions to be sufficient.

Al-Bihar, v.78, p. 29, hadith # 96

Imam al-Baqir (as) said (describing the attributes of Shias):

They are like strong fortress. Their chests are trustworthy. They are men of prudence and self-control. They are not extravagant. They are neither oppressors nor ostentatious. They are devoted worshippers in night and brave like lion in day.

Mishkat al-Anwar, p. 62

Imam al-Sadiq (as) said:

He is NOT from our Shi’a who lives in a population of several thousand people and someone else is more pious than him among them.

Al-Bihar al-Anwar, vol.2, p. 80, hadith # 76

Imam al-Sadiq (as) said:

He is NOT from our Shi’a who accepts us by only his tongue and is against our actions and our legacy.

Al-Bihar al-Anwar, v.68, p. 164, hadith # 13

Imam al-Sadiq (as) said:

Test our Shia’s on three occasions: At the time of prayers as to how they safeguard their prayers, and when they have a secret as to how they keep them from our enemies and by their properties (and wealth) as to how they spend on their brethren.

Al-Bihar, v.83, p. 22, hadith # 40

Imam al-Sadiq (as) said:

Verily the Shi’a of Ali is the one who is purified of (influence of) stomach and sexual desires, and intense is his struggle and his action is for his Creator, and his hope is for divine reward and he is afraid of his end. So if you see someone like that, then that is the Shi’a of Ja’far (Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq).

Al-Kafi, v.2, p. 233, hadith # 9

Imam al-Sadiq (as) said:

He is NOT from our Shi’a who denies four things: Al-Miraaj (heavenly ascension of the Holy Prophet), and questioning in the grave, and creation of Paradise and Hell and shafa’at (intercession).

Al-Bihar al-Anwar, v.69, p. 9, hadith # 11

Imam al-Sadiq (as) said:

Verily our Shi’a are known for their following attributes: By their generosity towards their brethren and by their praying of fifty one rak’ats of prayers during night and day.

Tuhaf al-Uqool, hadith #303

Imam al-Kazim (as) said:

He is NOT from our Shi’a whose heart is not afraid of God in his loneliness.

Basair al-Darajat, p. 247, hadith # 10

Imam Ali (a) said:

Our Shi’a, they spend on each other for the sake of our wilayah. They love each other for the sake of our love. They visit each other for the sake of keeping alive our affair. They never oppress if they become angry with someone and they never become extravagant in their happiness. They are mercy for their neighbours, and a source of peace and security for those who live with them.

Al-Kafi, v.2, p. 236, hadith # 24

And lastly, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) said:

O Ali! My friend here Gabriel has informed me from God, the Magnificent that certainly He has blessed your lovers and your Shi’a with seven attributes

1. Ease at the time of death

2. Familiarity in the loneliness

3. Light in the darkness (of the grave)

4. Peace in the fear (of the Day of Judgment)

5. Justice when the deeds will be judged

6. Crossing of the (bridge) sirat

7. Entry in the paradise eighty years before all other human beings.

Al-Bihar al-Anwar, v. 68, p. 4, hadith # 9

The Holy Prophet (pbuh) said:

The Shi’a of Ali, they will be successful on the Day of Judgment.

Al-Amali, Toosi, p. 104, hadith # 72

The purpose of citing these narrations is to show that it takes a lot of hardwork to be a true Shi’a of the Ahl al-Bayt (as). Therefore, it is not sufficient that someone accepts them as the true successors of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), upholds their virtues and ranks and claims to follow their teachings. Many people who claim to be Shi’as today may find the Imams (as) denying them on the Day of Resurrection. They may find themselves lined up among the enemies of the Imams (as).

There are hadiths where the Imams (as) have severely condemned the Shi’a of their time, describing them as being worse than even the open enemies of the Imams (as). The reason for this is very clear. Shi’as who do not fit the above descriptions are only hypocrites, and are thus spoiling the image of true Shi’ism. They are like the hypocrites at the time of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) in some sense; and Allah (swt) declares hypocrites worse than unbelievers! Therefore, one can only enter the true Islam (i.e. Shi’ism) completely or be a hypocrite or kafir. There are no other options.

Whoever wants to accept Shi’ism should know that it is not just a lipservice thing. It is real business. And the image of Shi’ism is not to be judged on the actions of some Shi’as.

Syed KamiL Abbas Jafri

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