The Messenger of Allah (peace be on him and his progeny) and his progeny (peace be on them all) are the leaders of the nation

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قَالَ اَمِيرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ؑ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللهِ ﷺ يَقُولُ اَنَا سَيِّدُ وُلْدِ آدَمَ وَ اَنْتَ يَا عَلِيُّ وَ الْاَئِمَّةُ مِنْ بَعْدِكَ سَادَاتُ اُمَّتِي مَنْ اَحَبَّنَا فَقَدْ اَحَبَّ اللهَ وَ مَنْ اَبْغَضَنَا فَقَدْ اَبْغَضَ اللهَ وَ مَنْ وَالَانَا فَقَدْ وَالَى اللهَ وَ مَنْ عَادَانَا فَقَدْ عَادَى اللهَ وَ مَنْ اَطَاعَنَا فَقَدْ اَطَاعَ اللهَ وَ مَنْ عَصَانَا فَقَدْ عَصَى اللهَ

Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (peace be on them both) reports,

“I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him and his progeny) say, ‘I am the Chief of the progeny of Adam and you, O Ali, and the Imams after you are the chiefs of my nation. Whoever loves us has indeed loved Allah and whoever bears malice against us then indeed he has borne malice against Allah. Whoever accepts our mastership has accepted the mastership of Allah and whoever bears enmity against us, then indeed he has borne enmity against Allah. Whoever obeys us has indeed obeyed Allah and whoever disobeys us has indeed disobeyed Allah.”

References:

1.    Al-Amaali of al-Shaikh al-Saduq (r.a.), p. 476, Majlis 72, H. 16

2.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 27, p. 88, H. 38

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