Denier of Imam (peace be upon him) is an Apostate

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ุนูŽู†ู’ ู…ูุญูŽู…ูŽู‘ุฏู ุจู’ู†ู ู…ูุณู’ู„ูู…ู ุนูŽู†ู’ ุงูŽุจููŠ ุฌูŽุนู’ููŽุฑูุ‘ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ู‚ูู„ู’ุชู ู„ูŽู‡ู ุงูŽ ุฑูŽุงูŽูŠู’ุชูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฌูŽุญูŽุฏูŽ ุงูู…ูŽุงู…ุงู‹ ู…ูู†ู’ูƒูู…ู’ ู…ูŽุง ุญูŽุงู„ูู‡ู ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฌูŽุญูŽุฏูŽ ุงูู…ูŽุงู…ุงู‹ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ูˆูŽ ุจูŽุฑูุกูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ู ูˆูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ ุฏููŠู†ูู‡ู ููŽู‡ููˆูŽ ูƒูŽุงููุฑูŒ ู…ูุฑู’ุชูŽุฏูŒู‘ ุนูŽู†ู ุงู„ู’ุงูุณู’ู„ูŽุงู…ู ู„ูุงูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุงู„ู’ุงูู…ูŽุงู…ูŽ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ูˆูŽ ุฏููŠู†ูŽู‡ู ุฏููŠู†ู ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ูˆูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุจูŽุฑูุฆูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ ุฏููŠู†ู ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ููŽุฏูŽู…ูู‡ู ู…ูุจูŽุงุญูŒ ูููŠ ุชูู„ู’ูƒูŽ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽุงู„ู ุงูู„ูŽู‘ุง ุงูŽู†ู’ ูŠูŽุฑู’ุฌูุนูŽ ุงูŽูˆู’ ูŠูŽุชููˆุจูŽ ุงูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ู…ูู…ูŽู‘ุง ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ

Muhammad Ibn Muslim reports that he asked Imam Abu Jafar al-Baqer (peace be upon him), โ€œDo you think that anyone who denies an Imam from you, whatโ€™s his condition?โ€™ He (peace be upon him) replied, โ€˜Whoever denies an Imam from Allah and distances himself from him and his religion is a disbeliever and an apostate from Islam. For, an Imam is from Allah and his religion is Allahโ€™s religion. Thus, whoever distances from Allahโ€™s religion, his blood is permissible in this condition except that he returns or repents to Allah from whatever he has said.โ€

Note:

One who denies the Imam due to some worldly attractions is a disbeliever and an apostate. This is because he has denied Allah and his religion because an Imam is from Him.

References:

1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 23, p. 89, H. 34

2.    al-Ghaibah of al-Nomani, p. 129, H. 3, Chapter 7

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