Denier of Imam (peace be upon him) is not a Believer

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ุนูŽู†ู’ ุงูŽุจูŽุงู†ู ุจู’ู†ู ุชูŽุบู’ู„ูุจูŽ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ู‚ูู„ู’ุชู ู„ูุงูŽุจููŠ ุนูŽุจู’ุฏู ุงู„ู„ู‡ูุ‘ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุนูŽุฑูŽููŽ ุงู„ู’ุงูŽุฆูู…ูŽู‘ุฉูŽ ูˆูŽ ู„ูŽู…ู’ ูŠูŽุนู’ุฑููู ุงู„ู’ุงูู…ูŽุงู…ูŽ ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠ ูููŠ ุฒูŽู…ูŽุงู†ูู‡ู ุงูŽ ู…ูุคู’ู…ูู†ูŒ ู‡ููˆูŽ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ู„ูŽุง ู‚ูู„ู’ุชู ุงูŽ ู…ูุณู’ู„ูู…ูŒ ู‡ููˆูŽ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ู†ูŽุนูŽู…ู’

Abaan Ibn Taghlib (who was an extremely respected companion) chronicles, โ€œI asked Imam Abu Abdillah al-Sadeq (peace be upon him), โ€˜Whoever recognizes the Imams (peace be upon them) but did not recognize the Imam who is in his time, is he a believer?โ€™ He (peace be upon him) replied, โ€˜Noโ€™. I inquired, โ€˜Is he a Muslim?โ€™ He (peace be upon him) answered, โ€˜Yes.โ€™


Here, the word โ€˜Muslimโ€™ is used in its second sense as in Surah Hujuraat (49): Verse 14 ู‚ุงู„ูŽุชู ุงู„ู’ุงูŽุนู’ุฑุงุจู ุขู…ูŽู†ูŽู‘ุง ู‚ูู„ู’ ู„ูŽู…ู’ ุชูุคู’ู…ูู†ููˆุง ูˆูŽ ู„ูƒูู†ู’ ู‚ููˆู„ููˆุง ุงูŽุณู’ู„ูŽู…ู’ู†ุง ูˆูŽ ู„ูŽู…ูŽู‘ุง ูŠูŽุฏู’ุฎูู„ู ุงู„ู’ุฅูŠู…ุงู†ู ููŠโ€ ู‚ูู„ููˆุจููƒูู…ู’ and not in its first sense i.e. that is, the one who has really brought Islam and believed in.


1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 23, p. 96, H. 2

2.    Kamaal al-Deen, vol. 2, p. 410, H. 3

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