Obedience of Imams (peace be upon them) obligatory due to infallibility

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عَنْ سُلَيْمِ بْنِ قَيْسٍ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ اَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَؑ يَقُولُ اِنَّمَا الطَّاعَةُ لِلهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ لِرَسُولِهٖ وَ لِوُلَاةِ الْاَمْرِ وَ اِنَّمَا اُمِرَ بِطَاعَةِ اُولِي الْاَمْرِ لِاَنَّهُمْ مَعْصُومُونَ مُطَهَّرُونَ لَا يَأْمُرُونَ بِمَعْصِيَتِهٖ

Sulaim Ibn Qais al-Hilaali (r.a.) reports, “I heard Ameerul Momineen (peace be upon him) say,

‘Obedience is only for Allah – Mighty and Majestic be He – and for His Messenger (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) and for the possessors of authority. The obedience for those possessing authority is ordered only because they are infallible and purified (by Allah). They don’t order for His disobedience.”

References:

1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 25, p. 200, H. 11

2.    Elal al-Sharaae’, vol. 1, p. 123, H. 1

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