Stay from major sins to be included from the lovers of the Ahle Bait (peace be on them)

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وَ عَنْ مُيَسِّرٍ قَالَ كُنْتُ اَنَا وَ عَلْقَمَةُ بْنُ الْحَضْرَمِيِّ وَ اَبُو حَسَّانَ الْعِجْلِيُّ وَ عَبْدُ اللهِ بْنُ عَجْلَانَ نَنْتَظِرُ اَبَا جَعْفَرٍ ؑ فَخَرَجَ عَلَيْنَا فَقَالَ مَرْحَبًا وَ اَهْلًا وَ اللهِ اِنِّي لَاُحِبُّ رِيحَكُمْ وَ اَرْوَاحَكُمْ اِنَّكُمْ لَعَلَى دِينِ اللهِ فَقَالَ لَهٗ عَلْقَمَةُ فَمَنْ كَانَ عَلَى دِينِ اللهِ تَشْهَدُ اَنَّهٗ مِنْ اَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ قَالَ فَمَكَثَ هُنَيْئَةً ثُمَّ قَالَ بُورُوا اَنْفُسَكُمْ فَاِنْ لَمْ تَكُونُوا قَارَفْتُمُ الْكَبَائِرَ فَاَنَا اَشْهَدُ قُلْنَا وَ مَا الْكَبَائِرُ قَالَ الشِّرْكُ بِاللهِ الْعَظِيمِ وَ اَكْلُ مَالِ الْيَتِيمِ وَ قَذْفُ الْمُحْصَنَةِ وَ عُقُوقُ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَ قَتْلُ النَّفْسِ وَ الرِّبَا وَ الْفِرَارُ مِنَ الزَّحْفِ قَالَ مَا مِنَّا اَحَدٌ اَصَابَ مِنْ هٰذَا شَيْئًا فَقَالَ فَاَنْتُمْ اِذًا نَاجُونَ فَاجْعَلُوا اَمْرَكُمْ هٰذَا لِلهِ وَ لَا تَجْعَلُوهُ لِلنَّاسِ فَاِنَّهُ مَا كَانَ لِلنَّاسِ فَهُوَ لِلنَّاسِ وَ مَا كَانَ لِلهِ فَهُوَ لَهٗ فَلَا تُخَاصِمُوا النَّاسَ بِدِينِكُمْ فَاِنَّ الْخُصُومَةَ مَمْرَضَةٌ لِلْقَلْبِ اِنَّ اللهَ قَالَ لِنَبِيِّهِ ﷺ اِنَّكَ لا تَهْدِي مَنْ اَحْبَبْتَ وَ قَالَ اَ فَاَنْتَ تُكْرِهُ النَّاسَ حَتّٰى يَكُونُوا مُؤْمِنِينَ‏

Mayassar reports, “I, Alqamah Ibn al-Hadhrami, Abu Hassaan al-Ejli and Abdullah Ibn Ajlaan were waiting for (Imam) Aba Ja’far (al-Baqer) (peace be on him). He (peace be on him) came out to meet us and said, ‘Greetings and welcome! By Allah, I love your fragrance and your spirits. Surely, you all are on the religion of Allah’.

Alqamah asked him (peace be on him), ‘So whoever is on the religion of Allah, will you testify for him that he is from the people of Paradise?’

Imam (peace be on him) paused for a while, then said, ‘Examine yourselves. If you are not committing major sins, I will testify’.

We asked, ‘And what are the major sins?’

He (peace be on him) informed, ‘Associating (partners) with Allah the Great; eating the wealth of the orphans (unlawfully); adultery with a married woman; disobedience of parents and not being nice to them; murder; usury and fleeing from the battlefield’.

We said, ‘None of us is afflicted with these sins’.

He (peace be on him) reassured,

‘So, you are from the saved ones. Make this affair of yours (Shiaism) for Allah alone and don’t make it for the people. For surely, whatever is for the people is for the people (i.e. its reward too should be expected from the people) and whatever is for Allah, it is for Him. Don’t dispute with the people with your religion because without doubt, disputing makes the heart ill. Verily, Allah said to His Prophet (peace be on him and his progeny), ‘You cannot guide whosoever you love’ and He said, ‘Are you forcing the people till they become believers? ’

References:

1.    Tafseer al-Ayyaashi (r.a.), vol. 1, p. 237 under the verse of Surah al-Nisaa (4): Verse 29

2.    A’laam al-Deen, p. 455

3.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 27, p. 125, H. 113; vol. 76, p. 13, H.18 and vol. 85, p. 28

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