imam redha

Tradition of respecting the Imam (atjf) in Ghaybah.

There is a Hadith that the name of Imam al-Hujjah (aj) was mentioned in front of Imam Redha (as). Upon hearing Imam al-Hujjah’s name, Imam Redha (as) stood up and put his hand on his head and arose in respect, praying for the emergence of Imam Zaman (aj).

[Abdul-Husain Ahmad Amini Najafi, Al-Ghadir, vol. 2, pg. 361; Sheikh Abbas Qommi, Muntahal-Amal, fourteenth chapter, chapter six, pg. 1127.]

Imam Sadiq (as) was asked about why when the name of the al-Qa’im is mentioned, all must stand.

The Imam (as) replied,
“The Qaim’s occultation will be prolonged, and this name is a remembrance of his future ruler ship and a way of expressing sorrow for his loneliness. As a result, he takes a caring look at the followers of his who remember him with this name out of the love and affection he has for them. It is respectful for the humble servant to stand before his master (the master of his time) when he (the master) is looking at him. Therefore, he must stand and pray for the return of his master.“

[Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani, Muntakhabul-Athar, pg. 506]

This is also an expression of,
"I’m at your service and ready for your command.”

Jihad Without Consent of an Imamasws is a Disbelief

A number of our people have narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad, who from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn abu Nasr from Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah and Muhammad ibn Yahya from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Abbas ibn Ma’ruf from Safwan ibn Yahya from Abd Allah ibn al-Mughirah who has said: 

‘Once Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah said to al-Reza when I was listening: ‘My father has narrated from the people of his family from their ancestors that he said to a certain one of them (ancestors), ‘In our location there is a place called Qazwin for keeping guard against the enemy called al-Daylam. Is Jihad or Ribat (guarding) obligatory? He (the person of our ancestors) said, ‘You must not miss performing al-Hajj around the House,’ He repeated a Hadith, he had just said and the answer was again: ‘You must pay attention to this House to perform al-Hajj around it. Do you not agree that one of you stays home to spend on his family of his gains and wait for our cause to materialise? If he finds himself in such a day he is considered like those who were present with the Prophet on the day of Badr. If he dies, while waiting for our cause to materialise, he is considered like one standing with the one from us, who will rise with Divine authority, in his tent like this – ‘holding this two index fingers together- saying, ‘I do not say like this’-holding his index and middle fingers together - ‘because this one is taller than this.’ Abu alHassan al-Reza then said, ‘He had spoken the truth.


ibid, Ch. 6, H. 2