Importance of helping the Ahle Bait (peace be on them) with one’s heart, tongue and hands

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قَالَ اَمِيرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ؑ مَنْ تَمَسَّكَ بِنَا لَحِقَ وَ مَنْ سَلَكَ غَيْرَ طَرِيقِنَا غَرِقَ لِمُحِبِّينَا اَفْوَاجٌ مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللهِ وَ لِمُبْغِضِينَا اَفْوَاجٌ مِنْ غَضَبِ اللهِ وَ قَالَ ؑ مَنْ اَحَبَّنَا بِقَلْبِهِ وَ اَعَانَنَا بِلِسَانِهٖ وَ قَاتَلَ مَعَنَا اَعْدَاءَنَا بِيَدِهٖ فَهُمْ مَعَنَا فِي دَرَجَتِنَا وَ مَنْ اَحَبَّنَا بِقَلْبِهِ وَ اَعَانَنَا بِلِسَانِهٖ وَ لَمْ يُقَاتِلْ مَعَنَا اَعْدَاءَنَا فَهُوَ اَسْفَلُ مِنْ ذٰلِكَ بِدَرَجَةٍ وَ مَنْ اَحَبَّنَا بِقَلْبِهِ وَ لَمْ يُعِنَّا بِلِسَانِهٖ وَ لَا بِيَدِهٖ فَهُوَ فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَ مَنْ اَبْغَضَنَا بِقَلْبِهٖ وَ اَعَانَ عَلَيْنَا بِلِسَانِهٖ وَ يَدِهٖ فَهُوَ مَعَ عَدُوِّنَا فِي النَّارِ وَ مَنْ اَبْغَضَنَا بِقَلْبِهٖ وَ لَمْ يُعِنْ عَلَيْنَا بِلِسَانِهٖ وَ لَا بِيَدِهٖ فَهُوَ فِي النَّارِ قَالَ ؑ اَنَا يَعْسُوبُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَ الْمَالُ يَعْسُوبُ الظَّلَمَةِ وَ اللهِ لَا يُحِبُّنِي اِلَّا مُؤْمِنٌ وَ لَا يُبْغِضُنِي اِلَّا مُنَافِقٌ

Ameer al-Momineen (peace be on him) said,

“Whoever fastens unto us will reach (i.e. attain absolute success). Whoever treads a path other than that of us will be drowned. For our lovers are armies from Allah’s mercy and for those who bear malice against us are armies of Allah’s wrath. Whoever loves us with his heart, helps us with his tongue and fights along with us against our enemies with his hands will be with us at our level. Whoever loves us with his heart and helps us with his tongue but does not fight with us against our enemies, will be at a lower level (than that of the previous one). Whoever loves us with his heart but neither helps us with his tongue nor with his hand, will enter Paradise.

Whoever bears malice against us, works against us with his tongue and hand, he will be with our enemy in the hell-fire. Whoever bears malice against us but neither works against us with his tongue nor his hand, will go to hell-fire.

I am the Chief of the believers and wealth is the chief of the unjust ones.

By Allah! None will love me except a believer and none will bear malice against me except a hypocrite.”

Notes:

1)    This narration is abridged from a lengthy tradition famous as “four hundred traditions”.

2)    Interestingly, Imam (peace be on him) has used the word “unjust ones” as opposed to “believers”.

3)    “Wealth” is a connotation for worldly attractions. For the sake of worldly wealth and positions, people tend to abandon the Ahle Bait (peace be on them) despite them knowing the truth.

References:

1.    Al-Khesaal, vol. 2, p. 126, H. 10

2.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 27, p. 88, H. 39

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