Whoever thinks that he is like the infallible Imams (peace be upon them) is a polytheist

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ุนูŽู†ู’ ุนูุจูŽูŠู’ุฏู ุจู’ู†ู ุฒูุฑูŽุงุฑูŽุฉูŽ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุงูŽุจููŠ ุนูŽุจู’ุฏู ุงู„ู„ู‡ูุ‘ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ูƒูู†ู’ุชู ุนูู†ู’ุฏูŽ ุฒููŠูŽุงุฏู ุจู’ู†ู ุนูŽุจู’ุฏู ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ูˆูŽ ุฌูŽู…ูŽุงุนูŽุฉูŒ ู…ูู†ู’ ุงูŽู‡ู’ู„ู ุจูŽูŠู’ุชููŠ ููŽู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ูŠูŽุง ุจูŽู†ููŠ ุนูŽู„ููŠูู‘ ูˆูŽ ููŽุงุทูู…ูŽุฉูŽ ู…ูŽุง ููŽุถู’ู„ููƒูู…ู’ ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณู ููŽุณูŽูƒูŽุชููˆุง ููŽู‚ูู„ู’ุชู ุงูู†ูŽู‘ ู…ูู†ู’ ููŽุถู’ู„ูู†ูŽุง ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณู ุงูŽู†ูŽู‘ุง ู„ูŽุง ู†ูุญูุจูู‘ ุงูŽู†ู’ ู†ูŽูƒููˆู†ูŽ ุงูŽุญูŽุฏุงู‹ ุณููˆูŽุงู†ูŽุง ูˆูŽ ู„ูŽูŠู’ุณูŽ ุงูŽุญูŽุฏูŒ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณู ู„ูŽุง ูŠูุญูุจูู‘ ุงูŽู†ู’ ูŠูŽูƒููˆู†ูŽ ู…ูู†ูŽู‘ุง ุงูู„ูŽู‘ุง ุงูŽุดู’ุฑูŽูƒูŽ ุซูู…ูŽู‘ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ุงุฑู’ูˆููˆุง ู‡ูŽุฐูŽุง ุงู„ู’ุญูŽุฏููŠุซูŽ 

Obaidullah Ibn Zoraarah reports from Imam Abu Abdillah (al-Sadeq a.s.), โ€œI and a group of my Ahle Bait (peace be upon them) was with Ziyaad Ibn Obaidillah when he said, โ€˜O progeny of Ali and Fatemah! What is your excellence upon the people?โ€™ Everyone was silent. So I said, โ€˜Surely, from our excellences upon the people is that we donโ€™t love that we become anyone except us and none from the people wishes that he becomes one of us except that he has become a polytheist.โ€ Thereafter, he (peace be upon him) ordered, โ€˜All of you narrate this traditionโ€™.โ€


1)    In the original manuscript, it is Obaidillah and not Abdillah as recorded in Behaar al-Anwaar.

2)    Imam (peace be upon him) says โ€˜from our excellencesโ€™ which shows that he (peace be upon him) is narrating only one of the excellences of the Ahle Bait (peace be upon them).

3)    Narration shows the incomprehensible position of the Ahle Bait (peace be upon them). Only Imams (peace be upon them) can understand this position and hence, they cannot even think of becoming anything else.

4)    From the commonality, nobody can ever compare himself or think himself to be like an infallible Imam (peace be upon him). If anyone dares to do so, he is out of the domain of Islam and monotheism and becomes a polytheist.   


1.    Al-Mahaasin, vol. 2, p. 333, H. 101

2.    Elal al-Sharaaeโ€™, vol. 2, p. 583, H. 24

3.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 26, p. 241, H. 4

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