Presence of an Imam – Survival of the Earth

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عَنْ اَبِي جَعْفَرٍؑ قَالَ لَوْ اَنَّ الْاِمَامَ رُفِعَ مِنَ الْاَرْضِ سَاعَةً لَمَاجَتْ بِاَهْلِهَا كَمَا يَمُوجُ الْبَحْرُ بِاَهْلِهِ

Imam Abu Jafar (al-Baqer a.s.) said, “If the Imam is raised from the earth even momentarily, the earth will gulp down its inhabitants like the ocean gulp downs its dwellers.”


q     Here too the word Imam is used in its vast meaning i.e. Prophet, Messenger or successor i.e. any divine proof.  

q     Moment here means even a fraction of a second.

q     ‘Is removed’ means to be killed or elevated to the skies. In other words, Imam is a safety for the earth. Existence of earth depends on the presence of the Imam.


1.    Kaafi, vol. 1, p. 179, H. 12 بَابُ اَنَّ الْاَرْضَ لَا تَخْلُو مِنْ حُجَّةٍ

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