People have value only when they follow the Divine Proof (peace be upon him)

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عَنْ جَمِيلٍ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ اَبَا عَبْدِ اللهِ ع يَقُولُ‏ يَغْدُو النَّاسُ عَلَى ثَلَاثَةِ صُنُوفٍ عَالِمٍ وَ مُتَعَلِّمٍ وَ غُثَاءٍ فَنَحْنُ الْعُلَمَاءُ وَ شِيعَتُنَا الْمُتَعَلِّمُونَ‏ وَ سَائِرُ النَّاسِ‏ غُثَاءٌ.

The narrator (Jameel) said: I heard Imam Abu Abdillah al-Sadeq (peace be upon him) say,

“People are of three kinds: Scholar (teacher), student and garbage. So, we are the scholars, our follower (Shiahs) are the students and the rest of the people are garbage.”


1.    Basaaer al-Darajaat, vol. 1, p. 8, H. 1

2.    Al-Kaafi, vol. 1, p. 34, H. 4

3.    Al Khesaal, vol. 1, p. 123, H. 115

4.    Wasaael al-Shiah, vol. 27, p. 18, H. 33094

5.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 1, p. 194, H. 8

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