Necessity of Imamate

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وَ رَوَى اَبُو الْقَاسِمُ الْحَسْكَانِيُّ فِي شَوَاهِدِ التَّنْزِيلِ بِالْاِسْنَادِ عَنْ اِبْرَاهِيمَ بْنِ الْحَكَمِ بْنِ ظُهَيْرٍ عَنْ اَبِيهِ عَنْ حَكَمِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنْ اَبِي بُرْدَةَ الْاَسْلَمِيِّ قَالَ دَعَا رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ بِالطَّهُورِ وَ عِنْدَهُ عَلِيُّ بْنُ اَبِي طَالِبٍؑ  فَاَخَذَ رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ  بِيَدِ عَلِيٍّؑ بَعْدَ مَا تَطَهَّرَ فَاَلْزَقَهَا بِصَدْرِهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ اِنَّما اَنْتَ مُنْذِرٌ ثُمَّ رَدَّهَا اِلَى صَدْرِ عَلِيٍّؑ ثُمَّ قَالَ وَ لِكُلِّ قَوْمٍ هادٍ ثُمَّ قَالَ اِنَّكَ مَنَارَةُ الْاَنَامِ وَ رَايَةُ الْهُدَى وَ اَمِيرُ الْقُرَى اَشْهَدُ عَلٰى ذٰلِكَ اَنَّكَ كَذٰلِكَ

Abu Burdah al-Aslami reports, “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) called for water for ablution (wudhu) while Ali Ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) was with him. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) took the hand of Ali (peace be upon him) after performing the ablution, pressed it against his chest and said, ‘You are the warner.’ Then, he (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) pressed it against the chest of Ali (peace be upon him) and said, ‘And for every nation there is a guide.’ Thereafter, he (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) said, ‘Surely, you are the minaret of the people, the standard of guidance and the chief of the villages. I bear witness upon this that this is the truth’.” 

References:

1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 23, p. 2

2.    Shawaahed al-Tanzeel of al-Haakim al-Haskaani

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