عَلِيٍّؑ اَنَّ رَسُولَ اللّهِ ﷺ اَخَذَ بِيَدِ حَسَنٍ وَ حُسَيْنٍ وَ قَالَ مَنْ اَحَبَّنِي وَ اَحَبَّ هَذَيْنِ وَ اَبَاهُمَا وَ اُمَّهُمَا كَانَ مَعِي فِي دَرَجَتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ
Ali (peace be upon him) informs that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) took the hands of Hasan and Husain and said, Whoever loves me, loves these two and loves their parents, he will be with me at my level in Paradise.
Here, there’s a question.
Is mere love enough? Many non-Muslims love the Ahle Bait (peace be upon him). Their love – not mastership – of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) and Ahle Bait (peace be upon him). Will they be with them (peace be upon him) in the Paradise?
The answers are as follows:
1) This sentence of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) is conditional. That is, whoever loves these infallible guides (peace be upon him) but with the condition of Islam.
2) This tradition says that ‘he will be with me on the Day of Judgment’; it does not say that he will be with me in Paradise. It is also possible that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) intercedes on his behalf and he goes to Paradise. One who is ignorant and qaasir (not enemy and muqassir), perhaps he will be tested once again in the hereafter and can go to Paradise if he passes that test. If it is argued that in another narration it is mentioned that he will be with me in Paradise, then the same narration also stipulates that if he follows my Sunnah.
1. Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 23, p. 116, H. 27
2. Kashf al-Ghummah, vol. 1, p. 90