Submission to the Divine Proof (peace be upon him) is Submission to Allah the Almighty!

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عَنْ زَيْدٍ الشَّحَّامِ عَنْ اَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ ع قَالَ: قُلْتُ لَهُ اِنَّ عِنْدَنَا رَجُلًا يُقَالُ لَهُ كُلَيْبٌ فَلَا يَجِي‏ءُ عَنْكُمْ شَيْ‏ءٌ اِلَّا قَالَ اَنَا أُسَلِّمُ فَسَمَّيْنَاهُ‏ كُلَيْبَ‏ تَسْلِيمٍ‏ قَالَ فَتَرَحَّمَ عَلَيْهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ اَ تَدْرُونَ مَا التَّسْلِيمُ فَسَكَتْنَا فَقَالَ هُوَ وَ اللهِ الْاِخْبَاتُ قَوْلُ اللهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ- الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَ عَمِلُوا الصَّالِحاتِ وَ اَخْبَتُوا اِلى‏ رَبِّهِمْ‏.

The narrator says, “I said to Imam Abu Abdillah (al-Sadeq) (peace be upon him), ‘There is a person with us named Kulaib. No tradition is reported from you but that he says ‘I submit’; so much so that we have named him ‘the submitting Kulaib’. (On hearing this), Imam (peace be upon him) invoked Allah’s mercy upon him and asked, ‘Do you know what is submission?’ So we became silent. Then he (peace be upon him) said,

‘By Allah! It is humility as per the word of Allah – Mighty and Majestic be He – “Surely those who believed and did good deeds and were humble towards their Lord”. (Surah Hud (11): 28)’


1.    Tafseer al-Ayyashi, vol. 2, p. 143, H. 15

2.    Al-Kaafi, vol. 1, p. 391

3.    Al-Burhan fee Tafseer al-Quran,vol. 3, p. 98, H. 5070

4.    Mir’aat al-Oqool, vol. 4, p. 280, H. 3

5.    Tafseer Noor al-Saqlain, vol. 2, p. 348

6.    Fragrance of Mastership H. 11

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