Importance of Knowing the Imam of the time

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عَنْ اَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِؑ اَنَّهُ قَالَ يَا يَحْيَى مَنْ بَاتَ لَيْلَةً لَا يَعْرِفُ فِيهَا اِمَامَ زَمَانِهِ مَاتَ مِيتَةً جَاهِلِيَّةً

Imam Sadeq (peace be upon him) said,

“O Yahya! Whoever passes a night without knowing in it the Imam of his time, will die the death of paganism.”


بات means to pass the night whether sleeping or being awake. Thus, people should be aware of the importance of the issue. If someone dies without knowing the Imam of his time, he will die the death of a disbeliever.


1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 23, p. 78, H. 8

2.    Al-Ghaibah of al-Nomani (r.a.), p. 127, Chapter 7, H. 1

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