Saturday, February 22, 2014

Who is True Shia or Shiite ?

By Maulana Syed Mohammed Zaki Baqri

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him), once said to one of his companions: "O Jabir! It is not enough that a person says; I am a Shia and I love the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Holy Prophet Muhammad's family (Ahlul Bayt) and the Imams (peace be upon them). By Allah, a Shia is the one who is perfectly pious and obedient to Allah's commands. Anyone else is not a Shia no matter how much they say they love Imam Ali (peace be upon him) and no matter what they call themselves."

"O Jabir! Our Shias are known by these signs:

They are truthful, trustworthy and loyal;

They always remember Allah;

They offer their Prayers, observe fasts, and recite the Holy Qur'an;

They act nicely towards their parents;

They help their neighbours, take care of orphans, and say nothing but good of people;

They are worthy of people's trust and confidence."

Jabir was listening attentively. When the Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him) finished, Jabir said: "O son of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) among the Muslims there are very few who possess these qualities."

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him) replied: "Allah forbid you imagine that just to claim to love us is enough to be a Shia. No not at all. A person who says I love Imam Ali (peace be upon him) but doesn't follow Imam Ali (peace be upon him) in actions is not the Shia of Imam Ali (peace be upon him). Similarly, if a person says I love the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) but doesn't follow the actions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), his claim will be of no use to him."

"O Jabir! Our real friend and Shias are obedient to the commands of Allah, and everyone who is disobedient to Allah is our enemy."

"O Jabir! Always be pious and chaste, and perform good deeds so as to enjoy the blessings of the Paradise. Know that the best and most honourable before Allah are the pious and the chaste."

"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."

The True Shias are Those Who Follow (Obey) the Imams (peace be upon them)

Yes, we can give the title of 'Shia or Shiite' to that individual who follows the Imams (peace be upon them) in all aspects of character and speech. Thus, Bab-ul-Hawaij (The Door to Fulfilling Peoples Needs) Imam Musa al-Kazim (peace be upon him) says: "Our Shias are only those who follow us (in every respect), walk in our footsteps and imitate our actions."


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