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Is guidance possible except those in whose houses the Revelation has descended

The narrator says, “I heard (Imam) Ja’far Ibn Muhammad (peace be on him) say while there were some people of Kufah (Iraq) with him, “I am amazed at the people that they think they have taken all the knowledge from the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him and his progeny), act upon it and are guided. They also think that we Ahle Bait (peace be on them) have not taken his (peace be on him and his progeny) knowledge while we are his family members and his progeny. In our houses, revelation descended and from us emanated the knowledge to them (i.e. the people). Yet they think they know and they are guided while we are unaware and deviated?!! Surely, this is impossible!!”

References:

  1. Basaaer al-Darajaat, vol. 1, p. 12, H. 3
  2. Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 398, H. 1
  3. Mir’aat al-Oqool, vol. 4, p. 305, H. 1

Denial of the traditions of Aale Muhammad (peace be on them) which are difficult and complex, is disbelief

Imam Abu Ja’far (peace be on him) says that the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him and his progeny) declared, “Verily the traditions of Aale Muhammad (peace be on them) are difficult and complex. None will believe in them except a proximate angel or a sent messenger or a servant whose heart has been tested by Allah for faith. So whenever a narration from Aale Muhammad (peace be on them) comes to you towards which your hearts are inclined and you are cognizant of it, accept it. But if your hearts tremble on hearing it and you dislike it, refer it to Allah, the Messenger and the Knowledgeable from the Aale Muhammad (peace be on them). Verily, he is destroyed who on hearing such a narration cannot bear it and says, ‘By Allah! This is not the truth, By Allah! This is not the truth.’ Denial is disbelief.”

References:

  1. Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 401, H. 1
  2. Al-Burhaan fi Tafseer al-Quran, 5, p. 858, H. 14089
  3. Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 2, p. 189, H. 21

The Knowledge of the Holy Quran is only with the Ahle Bait (peace be on them)

Imam Abu Abdullah (al-Sadeq) (peace be on him) said, “O Aba al-Sabaah! We are  the  people  whose obedience Allah has made obligatory; for us are the spoils of war and for us is the purification of wealth; we are those who are firmly entrenched in knowledge and we are the envied ones about whom Allah says, ‘Or are they jealous of the people (viz. Imams a.s.) due to what Allah has given them of his grace?”

References:

  1. Basaaer al-Darajaat, 1, p. 202, H. 1
  2. Tafseer al-Ayyaashi, vol. 1, p. 247, H. 155
  3. Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 186, H. 6
  4. Tahzeeb al-Ahkam, 4, p. 132, H. 1
  5. Manaaqeb of Ibn Shahr Aashob, 1, p. 286
  6. Al-Burhan fi Tafseer al-Quran, vol. 1, p. 45
  7. Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 23, p. 194, H. 20

The Infallible Imams (peace be on them) are the inheritors of the Holy Quran

Dawood Ibn al-Qasim al-Ja’fari (famous as Abu Hashim) recounts, “I asked Imam Abu Muhammad (al-Askari) (peace be on him) about the word of Allah, ‘Then we gave in inheritance the Book to those whom We chose from Our servants. So from them is the one who is unjust to himself and from them is the moderate one and from them is the one who is foremost in good deeds with the permission of Allah’ (Surah Faatir (35): Verse 32). He (peace be on him) replied, ‘All of them belong to the progeny of Muhammad. The one who is unjust to himself is the one who does not acknowledge the Imam’. On hearing this, I started crying and I started thinking about the greatness of the bounty that is given to the progeny of Muhammad (salutations be on Muhammad and his progeny). So, Abu Muhammad (peace be on him) looked at me and said, ‘The reality of the affair is even greater than what you think about the great position of Muhammad’s

The reward of Prophethood is the love of his Ahle Bait (peace be on them)

Salaam Ibn al-Mustaneer said: I asked Imam Abu Ja’far (al-Baqer) (peace be on him) about the word of Allah, “Say: I don’t ask you any reward for it (Prophethood) except the love of my close relatives.” He (peace be on him) replied,

“By Allah! It is compulsory from Allah upon the people (to reward) Muhammad (peace be on him and his progeny) (for his efforts in Prophethood) concerning his Ahle Bait (peace be on them) (i.e. to love them).”

References:

  1. Al-Mahaasin, 1, p. 144, H. 46, Chapter 13
  2. Behaar al-Anwaar, 23, p. 239, H. 7

Speak the truth even if you perish in it

Abu al-Hasan al-Maazi (Imam Kazem) (peace be on him) says, “Speak the truth even if you perish in it because surely in it is your salvation; and abandon falsehood even if there’s apparent salvation for you in it because, in reality, you will perish in it.” 

References:

  1. Tohaf al-Uqool, 407
  2. Al-Ikhtesaas, 32
  3. Behaar al-Anwaar, 2, p. 79, H. 71

Then,  praise Allah for indeed,  you have been made to fasten unto their rope; you will be called on the Day of Judgment with them when all other people will be called with their Imams. So, receive glad tidings O Aba Hashim, because surely you are on goodness.”

References:

  1. Kashful Ghummah, 2, p. 419
  2. Madinatul Ma’ajiz, 7, p. 635, H. 2619
  3. Behaar al-Anwaar, 23, p. 218, H. 18