Worship without recognition of Imam (peace be upon him) is in vain

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ุนูŽู†ู’ ู…ูุญูŽู…ูŽู‘ุฏู ุจู’ู†ู ู…ูุณู’ู„ูู…ู ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ุณูŽู…ูุนู’ุชู ุงูŽุจูŽุง ุฌูŽุนู’ููŽุฑูุ‘ ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู ุงูู†ูŽู‘ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฏูŽุงู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูŽ ุจูุนูุจูŽุงุฏูŽุฉู ูŠูุฌู’ู‡ูุฏู ูููŠู‡ูŽุง ู†ูŽูู’ุณูŽู‡ู ุจูู„ูŽุง ุงูู…ูŽุงู…ู ุนูŽุงุฏูู„ู ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ููŽุงูู†ูŽู‘ ุณูŽุนู’ูŠูŽู‡ู ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ู…ูŽู‚ู’ุจููˆู„ู ูˆูŽ ู‡ููˆูŽ ุถูŽุงู„ูŒู‘ ู…ูุชูŽุญูŽูŠูู‘ุฑูŒ ูˆูŽ ู…ูŽุซูŽู„ูู‡ู ูƒูŽู…ูŽุซูŽู„ู ุดูŽุงุฉู ุถูŽู„ูŽู‘ุชู’ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุฑูŽุงุนููŠู‡ูŽุง ูˆูŽ ู‚ูŽุทููŠุนูู‡ูŽุง ููŽุชูŽุงู‡ูŽุชู’ ุฐูŽุงู‡ูุจูŽุฉู‹ ูˆูŽ ุฌูŽุงุฆููŠูŽุฉู‹ ูŠูŽูˆู’ู…ูŽู‡ูŽุง ููŽู„ูŽู…ูŽู‘ุง ุงูŽู†ู’ ุฌูŽู†ูŽู‘ู‡ูŽุง ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ูŠู’ู„ู ุจูŽุตูุฑูŽุชู’ ุจูู‚ูŽุทููŠุนู ุบูŽู†ูŽู…ู ู…ูŽุนูŽ ุฑูŽุงุนููŠู‡ูŽุง ููŽุฌูŽุงุกูŽุชู’ ุงูู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ูŽุง ููŽุจูŽุงุชูŽุชู’ ู…ูŽุนูŽู‡ูŽุง ูููŠ ุฑูŽุจูŽุถูู‡ูŽุง ููŽู„ูŽู…ูŽู‘ุง ุงูŽู†ู’ ุณูŽุงู‚ูŽ ุงู„ุฑูŽู‘ุงุนููŠ ู‚ูŽุทููŠุนูŽู‡ู ุงูŽู†ู’ูƒูŽุฑูŽุชู’ ุฑูŽุงุนููŠูŽู‡ูŽุง ูˆูŽ ู‚ูŽุทููŠุนูŽู‡ูŽุง ููŽู‡ูŽุฌูŽู…ูŽุชู’ ู…ูุชูŽุญูŽูŠูู‘ุฑูŽุฉู‹ ุชูŽุทู’ู„ูุจู ุฑูŽุงุนููŠูŽู‡ูŽุง ูˆูŽ ู‚ูŽุทููŠุนูŽู‡ูŽุง ููŽุจูŽุตูุฑูŽุชู’ ุจูุณูŽุฑู’ุญู ู‚ูŽุทููŠุนู ุบูŽู†ูŽู…ู ุขุฎูŽุฑูŽ ููŽุนูŽู…ูŽุฏูŽุชู’ ู†ูŽุญู’ูˆูŽู‡ูŽุง ูˆูŽ ุญูŽู†ูŽู‘ุชู’ ุงูู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ูŽุง ููŽุตูŽุงุญูŽ ุจูู‡ูŽุง ุงู„ุฑูŽู‘ุงุนููŠ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽู‚ููŠ ุจูู‚ูŽุทููŠุนููƒู ููŽุงูู†ูŽู‘ูƒู ุชูŽุงุฆูู‡ูŽุฉูŒ ู…ูุชูŽุญูŽูŠูู‘ุฑูŽุฉูŒ ู‚ูŽุฏู’ ุถูŽู„ูŽู„ู’ุชู ุนูŽู†ู’ ุฑูŽุงุนููŠูƒู ูˆูŽ ู‚ูŽุทููŠุนููƒู ููŽู‡ูŽุฌูŽู…ูŽุชู’ ุฐูŽุนูุฑูŽุฉู‹ ู…ูุชูŽุญูŽูŠูู‘ุฑูŽุฉู‹ ู„ูŽุง ุฑูŽุงุนููŠูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ูŽุง ูŠูุฑู’ุดูุฏูู‡ูŽุง ุงูู„ูŽู‰ ู…ูŽุฑู’ุนูŽุงู‡ูŽุง ุงูŽูˆู’ ูŠูŽุฑูุฏูŽู‘ู‡ูŽุง ููŽุจูŽูŠู’ู†ูŽุง ู‡ููŠูŽ ูƒูŽุฐูฐู„ููƒูŽ ุงูุฐูŽุง ุงุบู’ุชูŽู†ูŽู…ูŽ ุงู„ุฐูู‘ุฆู’ุจู ุถูŽูŠู’ุนูŽุชูŽู‡ูŽุง ููŽุงูŽูƒูŽู„ูŽู‡ูŽุง ูˆูŽ ู‡ูŽูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ูŠูŽุง ู…ูุญูŽู…ูŽู‘ุฏูŽ ุจู’ู†ูŽ ู…ูุณู’ู„ูู…ู ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุงูŽุตู’ุจูŽุญูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ ู‡ูŽุฐูู‡ู ุงู„ู’ุฃูู…ูŽู‘ุฉู ู„ูŽุง ุงูู…ูŽุงู…ูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ู ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุนูŽุงุฏูู„ูŒ ุงูŽุตู’ุจูŽุญูŽ ุชูŽุงุฆูู‡ุงู‹ ู…ูุชูŽุญูŽูŠูู‘ุฑุงู‹ ุงูู†ู’ ู…ูŽุงุชูŽ ุนูŽู„ูฐู‰ ุญูŽุงู„ูู‡ู ุชูู„ู’ูƒูŽ ู…ูŽุงุชูŽ ู…ููŠุชูŽุฉูŽ ูƒููู’ุฑู ูˆูŽ ู†ูููŽุงู‚ู ูˆูŽ ุงุนู’ู„ูŽู…ู’ ูŠูŽุง ู…ูุญูŽู…ูŽู‘ุฏู ุงูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุงูŽุฆูู…ูŽู‘ุฉูŽ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽู‚ูู‘ ูˆูŽ ุงูŽุชู’ุจูŽุงุนูŽู‡ูู…ู’ ุนูŽู„ูฐู‰ ุฏููŠู†ู ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุงูู„ูŽู‰ ุขุฎูุฑูู‡ู

Muhammad Ibn Muslim (r.a.) reports, โ€œI heard Imam Abu Jaโ€™far al-Baqer (peace be upon him) say, โ€˜Surely, the one who believes in Allah with a worship in which he exerts himself but without a just Imam from Allah, then his efforts will not be accepted and he is deviated and confused. His example is like that of a sheep which has separated from its shepherd and its flock. Whole day it keeps wandering, coming and going, lost. When night descends, it sees a flock with its shepherd, comes to it and spends the night with it in its pen. When the shepherd drives its flock, it does not recognize its shepherd and its flock and hence, flees in confusion and seeking its shepherd and its flock. On departing, it sees another flock of cattle. It intends to go towards it and is about to reach it when its shepherd cries, โ€˜Go towards your flock. You are lost and confused.  You are deviated from your shepherd and your flockโ€™. So, it flees in panic and confused. It does not have any shepherd to guide it towards its pasture or return it. In the meantime, a wolf seizes this opportunity, kills it and devours it. O Muhammad! This is exactly the case of the one from this nation who does not have a just Imam from Allah. He gets up in the morning, all lost and confused. If he dies in this condition, dies the death of disbelief and hypocrisy. Know, O Muhammad, the Imams of truth and their followers are upon the religion of Allah till its end.โ€  


The first phrase, โ€˜who believes in Allahโ€™ means that he believes but not the religion sent by Allah. He exerts himself implies that like the Kharjiites he worships a lot but since his worship is not in the right direction, it is not only not beneficial for him but even harmful.

Look at the youth who donโ€™t believe in Islam and religion. They spend their lives in wasteful things and finally, when their death comes near, they realize that they have lost everything. 


1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 23, p. 86, H. 29

2.    al-Mahaasen, vol. 1, p. 92, H. 47

3.    al-Kaafi, vol. 1, p. 374, H.2

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