Etiquette of Interacting with the Infallible Proofs (Peace be on them) Abomination of Entering the Holy Houses in a state of Impurity

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رَوَى أَبُو بَصِيرٍ قَالَ دَخَلْتُ الْمَدِينَةَ وَ كَانَتْ مَعِي جُوَيْرِيَةٌ لِي فَأَصَبْتُ مِنْهَا ثُمَّ خَرَجْتُ إِلَى الْحَمَّامِ فَلَقِيتُ أَصْحَابَنَا الشِّيعَةَ وَ هُمْ مُتَوَجِّهُونَ إِلَى جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ فَخِفْتُ أَنْ يَسْبِقُونِي وَ يَفُوتَنِي الدُّخُولُ إِلَيْهِ فَمَشَيْتُ مَعَهُمْ حَتَّى دَخَلْنَا الدَّارَ مَعَهُمْ فَلَمَّا مَثُلْتُ بَيْنَ يَدَيْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ نَظَرَ إِلَيَّ ثُمَّ قَالَ يَا أَبَا بَصِيرٍ أَ مَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّ بُيُوتَ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ وَ أَوْلَادِ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ لَا يَدْخُلُهَا الْجُنُبُ فَاسْتَحْيَيْتُ وَ قُلْتُ لَهُ يَا ابْنَ رَسُولِ اللهِ إِنِّي لَقِيتُ أَصْحَابَنَا فَخَشِيتُ أَنْ يَفُوتَنِي الدُّخُولُ مَعَهُمْ وَ لَنْ أَعُودَ إِلَى مِثْلِهَا

Abu Baseer chronicles, “I entered the (holy city of) Madinah while with me was my slave-girl. I had conjugal relations with her, after which I went to the public bath (for taking ghusl). There, I met some of our Shia companions who were going to meet (Imam) Jafar Ibn Muhammad (peace be on them both). I feared that they will go ahead and I will miss the opportunity of going to him (peace be on him). So I started walking with them till we entered the (holy) house with them. When I came in front of (Imam) Abu Abdillah (peace be on him), he looked at me and said, ‘O Aba Baseer! Don’t you know that the houses of the Prophets and the offspring of the Prophets (peace be on them all) are not entered in a state of impurity?’

I felt ashamed and said to him, ‘O son of Allah’ Messenger! I meet our companions and feared that I will the miss the opportunity of meeting you with them. I will never ever repeat this action’.”


1.    Rauzah al-Waaezeen, vol. 1, p. 209

2.    Al-Maanqeb, vol. 4, p. 226

3.    Kashf al-Ghummah, vol. 2, p. 169

4.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 27, p. 255, H. 4 and vol. 47, p. 129, Chapter 5

5.    Wasaael al-Shiah, vol. 2, p. 211, H. 1953, Chapter 16


1)    The houses of the divine infallible guides (peace be on them) have the same rule as that of a house i.e. none shall enter them in a state of impurity. 2)            The above narration also establishes the knowledge of the unseen of the Imam (peace be on him). Of course, such knowledge was no big deal for the infallible Imams (peace be on them) as even their close companions like Salman and Abuzar were also having the knowledge of the unseen.

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