One who doesn’t do Bara’ah is not a lover of the Ahle Bait (peace be on them)

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وَ قِيلَ لِلصَّادِقِ ؑ اِنَّ فُلَانًا يُوَالِيكُمْ اِلَّا اَنَّهٗ يَضْعُفُ عَنِ الْبَرَاءَةِ مِنْ عَدُوِّكُمْ فَقَالَ هَيْهَاتَ كَذَبَ مَنِ ادَّعَى مَحَبَّتَنَا وَ لَمْ يَتَبَرَّأْ مِنْ عَدُوِّنَا

Imam al-Sadeq (peace be on him) was asked, “Verily, so and so accepts your mastership except that he is weak in dissociating from your enemies (bara’ah).”

He (peace be on him) retorted,

“How preposterous! He has lied who claims our love but does not dissociate from our enemies.”


1.    Imam (peace be on him) is clearly stating that the one who loves the Ahle Bait (peace be on them) can never have a soft corner for their enemies in his heart.

2)    This concept is also mentioned in the Holy Quran in Surah al-Ahzaab (33): Verse 4 when Allah the Almighty declares, “…Allah will not place two hearts in one person…”

3)    Can one ever visualize a Muslim who claims to love the Holy Prophet (peace be on him and his progeny) bear the love of Abu Jahl or Abu Lahb in his heart? As per the principle of jurisprudence “Whoever fits the hat”, the same law will apply here too.

4)    In this narration, the questioner does not say that so and so person has completely forsaken dissociation from your enemies. He says that he is only weak. But the reaction of Imam (peace be on him) is self-explanatory.


1.    Mustatrafaat al-Saraaer, p. 640

2.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 27, p. 58, H. 18

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