Guidance and lives of Imams (peace be upon them) and those of their enemies

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ير، [بصائر الدرجات‏] مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْحُسَيْنِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ عِمْرَانَ بْنِ مَرْوَانَ عَنِ الْمُنَخَّلِ عَنْ جَابِرٍ عَنْ اَبِي جَعْفَرٍؑ قَالَ سَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ اِنَّا اَهْلُ بَيْتٍ عُلِّمْنَا الْمَنَايَا وَ الْبَلَايَا وَ الْاَنْسَابَ فَاعْتَبِرُوا بِنَا وَ بِعَدُوِّنَا وَ بِهُدَانَا وَ بِهُدَاهُمْ وَ بِقَضَائِنَا وَ بِقَضَائِهِمْ وَ بِحُكْمِنَا وَ بِحُكْمِهِمْ وَ مِيتَتِنَا وَ مِيتَتِهِمْ يَمُوتُونَ بِالْقَرْحَةِ وَ الدُّبَيْلَةِ وَ نَمُوتُ بِمَا شَاءَ اللهُ

Jaabir reports, “I heard Imam Abu Jafar (Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him)) say,

‘Surely, we Ahle Bait (peace be upon him) are given the knowledge of the times of death, calamities and genealogy. So take lesson through us and our enemy, our guidance and their guidance, our decree and their decree, our judgment and their judgment, our deaths and their deaths; they die with diseases and tuberculosis and we die as we please.”


The reason for advising to compare is to enable a person to distinguish truth from falsehood. When one analyzes these facets mentioned in the tradition, he can easily distinguish the divinely appointed Caliph from the usurper.


1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 26, p. 147, H. 29

2.    Basaaer al-Darajaat, p. 268, H. 15, Chapter 2

3.    Kitaab-o-Sulaim Ibn Qais al-Hilali (r.a.), p. 715, H. 17

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