“Beware, I and my Ahlul Bayt — we were Light which was walking in front of Allah two-thousand years before Allah created Adam and this Light was such that when it did dhikr, Angels also did dhikr.
When Allah created Adam, this Light was put in his back, and with it on his back, He sent him down on the earth. Then this Light, being in the back of Noah, was lifted in the boat. Then being in the back of Ibrahim, this Light was put in fire. Then continuously we were transferred in very noble backs, until we were taken out from what was the most excellent mine, and we were sown among the best mothers and fathers from whom no one met in a forbidden manner.
Beware that we, the children of Abdul Muttalib, are the leaders of the people of Paradise — I and Ali, Ja’far and Hamza, and Hasan and Husayn, and Fatimah and Mahdi.
Beware, Allah looked at the entire people on the earth and from them He chose two people. From these two, I am one and He sent me as a Prophet and Messenger. The other one is Ali ibn Abi Talib, and He sent a revelation to me that I make him my brother, my friend, my vizier, my successor, and my caliph.
Be aware, he is, after me, the guardian of all mu’mineen. Whoever befriends him, Allah will be his friend, and whoever bears enmity towards him, Allah will bear enmity towards him. No one will love him but a Mu’min, and no one will be his enemy but an infidel. After me, he is the foundation of the earth for its occupiers, and he is Allah’s Kalame Taqwa and he is Urwatuh-wuthqa.
Be aware, Allah looked a second time so after us, He chose twelve successors from my Ahlul Bayt and He declared them to be the best in my Ummah, one after the other. The example of them is like the stars in the sky — when one star sets, the other rises.
These are all Imams who are guides and are guided. The cheating of cheaters cannot harm them and if anyone leaves them, the leaving does not harm them. These are all the argument of Allah on His earth and are His witnesses over His creation, are the treasurers of His knowledge and are the ones who mention His revelations. They are mines of His wisdom, and whoever obeyed them all obeyed Allah and whoever disobeyed them all has disobeyed Allah. These are all with the Qur’an and the Qur’an is with them all. They will not separate from the Qur’an until they all reach me at the Fountain.”
The Messenger of Allah (ص) Kitab-e-Sulaym ibn Qays al-Hilali h. 45, p. 283-284