Recognition of the Divine Proof (peace be upon him) is a condition for martyrdom

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عَنِ الْحَارِثِ بْنِ الْمُغِيرَةِ قَالَ: قُلْتُ لِاَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ ع قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ ص مَنْ مَاتَ‏ لَا يَعْرِفُ‏ اِمَامَهُ‏ مَاتَ‏ مِيتَةً جَاهِلِيَّةً قَالَ‏ نَعَمْ‏ قُلْتُ جَاهِلِيَّةً جَهْلَاءَ اَوْ جَاهِلِيَّةً لَا يَعْرِفُ اِمَامَهُ قَالَ جَاهِلِيَّةَ كُفْرٍ وَ نِفَاقٍ وَ ضَلَالٍ.

Al-Haarith Ibn al-Mughirah reports, “I asked Imam Abu Abdillah (al-Sadeq a.s.) did the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) say, ‘Whoever dies without recognizing his Imam has died the death of ignorance’? He (peace be upon him) said,

‘Yes [(he s.a.w.a.) did say that] …. (the one who dies without the recognizing his Imam has died the death of) ignorance of disbelief, hypocrisy and deviation’.”

References:

1.    Al-Kaafi, vol. 1, p. 377, H. 3

2.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 8, p. 364, H. 39

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