The Infallible Imams (peace be upon them) are the inheritors of the Holy Quran

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دَاوُدَ بْنِ الْقَاسِمِ الْجَعْفَرِيِّ قَالَ: سَاَلْتُ اَبَا مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ قَوْلِ اللهِ‏ ثُمَّ اَوْرَثْنَا الْكِتابَ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَيْنا مِنْ عِبادِنا فَمِنْهُمْ ظالِمٌ لِنَفْسِهِ وَ مِنْهُمْ مُقْتَصِدٌ وَ مِنْهُمْ سابِقٌ بِالْخَيْراتِ بِاِذْنِ اللهِ‏ فَقَالَ كُلُّهُمْ مِنْ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ الظَّالِمُ لِنَفْسِهِ الَّذِي لَا يُقِرُّ بِالْاِمَامِ قَالَ فَدَمَعَتْ عَيْنِي وَ جَعَلْتُ أُفَكِّرُ فِي نَفْسِي فِي عِظَمِ مَا أُعْطِيَ آلُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ السَّلَامُ فَنَظَرَ اِلَيَّ اَبُو مُحَمَّدٍ فَقَالَ الْاَمْرُ اَعْظَمُ مِمَّا حَدَّثَتْكَ نَفْسُكَ مِنْ عِظَمِ شَأْنِ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ فَاحْمَدِ اللهَ فَقَدْ جُعِلْتَ مُتَمَسِّكًا بِحَبْلِهِمْ‏ تُدْعَى‏ يَوْمَ‏ الْقِيَامَةِ بِهِمْ اِذَا دُعِيَ كُلُ‏ أُناسٍ بِاِمامِهِمْ‏ فَاَبْشِرْ يَا اَبَا هَاشِمٍ فَاِنَّكَ عَلَى خَيْرٍ.

Dawood Ibn al-Hashim al-Ja’fari recounts, “I asked Imam Abu Muhammad (al-Askari a.s.) about the word of Allah, ‘Then we gave in inheritance the Book to those whom We chose from Our servants. So from them is the one who is unjust to himself and from them is the moderate one and from them is the one who is foremost in good deeds with the permission of Allah’ (Surah Faatir (35): Verse 32). He (peace be upon him) replied,

‘All of them belong to the progeny of Muhammad. The one who is unjust to himself is the one who does not acknowledge the Imam’. On hearing this, I started crying and I started thinking about the greatness of the bounty that is given to the progeny of Muhammad (salutations be on Muhammad and his progeny). So, Abu Muhammad (peace be upon him) looked at me and said, ‘The reality of the affair is even greater than what you think about the great position of Muhammad’s progeny. Then, praise Allah for indeed, you have been made to fasten unto their rope; you will be called on the Day of Judgment with them when all other people will be called with their Imams. So, receive glad tidings O Aba Hashim because surely you are on goodness.”

References:

1.    Kashful Ghummah, vol. 2, p. 419

2.    Madinatul Ma’ajiz, vol. 7, p. 635, H. 2619

3.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 23, p. 218, H. 18

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