the 12 imam's

anonymous asked:

There is no such thing as the ''12 Imams'', the whole Shiism is based on lies

Let’s have a look at what the Messenger of Allah (saw) said regarding the 12 Imams:

Sahih Bukhari Book 89:329
Narrated Jabir bin Samura: ‘’I heard Muhammad say ‘There will be twelve Muslim rulers.’ He then said a sentence which I did not hear. My father said ‘’All of them (those rulers) will be from Quraysh.’’

Sahih Muslim Book 20:4477-4483
Narrated Jabir bin Samura: ‘’I heard Muhammad say ‘The (Islamic) religion will continue until the Hour (Day of Resurrection), having twelve Caliphs for you and all of them will be from Quraysh.’’

Sunan al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2223
The Prophet said: ‘’There will be twelve Amir after me.’ Then he said something that I did not understand. So I asked the one who was next to me, who said that he had said: ‘All of them are from Quraysh.’’

Sunan Abu Dawood Book 37:4266
The Prophet said: ‘’The religion will continue to be established till there are twelve Caliphs over you, and the whole community will agree on each of them.’’

Musnad-e-Ahmad, volume 5, page 87
‘’Surely this religion will always overcome its opponents and no enemy or deserter can ever harm it till there are twelve Caliphs from my nation in it. All of them will be from Quraysh.’’

And there are more than 20 similar narrations. By the way ‘twelve’ is how we spell out the number 12 using letters in case you weren’t aware.

As you may know, the followers of the Members of the House of the Prophet (saw) refer to these 12 Caliphs as of their 12 Imams starting with Imam Ali (as) and ending with Imam Mahdi (as) the Leader of our time. With the passage of time and through historical events, we know that by the above traditions the Holy Prophet (saw) meant the twelve Imams from his Ahlulbayt  (as) who are the descendants of the Prophet since we have no other 12 pure candidates in the history of Islam upon whose righteousness all Muslims agree. It is interesting to know that even the enemies of Shias have NOT been able to find any fault in the virtues of the twelve Imams of the Shias.

It is now clear that the only way to interpret the previously mentioned traditions which are narrated by al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal is to accept that it refers to the twelve Imams from the Prophet’s Ahlulbayt, because they were, in their times, the most knowledgeable, the most illustrious, the most god-fearing, the most pious, the best in personal virtues, and the most honored before Allah; and their knowledge was derived from their ancestor (the Prophet) through their fathers. These are the Ahlulbayt (as) whose sinlessness, flawlessness, and purity is confirmed by the Holy Quran (the last sentence of verse 33:33).

It’s amazing that despite the acknowledgment of al-Bukhari and Muslim and other prominent Sunni scholars about the twelve Imams, the Sunnis always stop at the four Caliphs. More interestingly, there are Sunni reports in which the Messenger of Allah (saw) named these twelve members of his Ahlulbayt (as) one by one starting with Imam Ali (as) and ending with Imam Mahdi (as). (Source: Yanabi al-Mawadda, page 431 by al-Qunduzi al-Hanafi).

Nowehere in Sunnism are there twelve Muslim rulers who, all of them are from Quraysh. The ‘Four Rightly Guided’ Rashidun Caliphs were four, there were more than 30 Ummayad Caliphs, nearly 40 Abbasid Caliphs, and many Sunni Caliphs are not even from Quraysh.

Now let’s count the Shia Imams/Caliphs:
1)
Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as)
2) Imam Hassan Ibn Ali (as)
3) Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (as)
4) Imam Ali Ibn Hussain (as)
5) Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali (as)
6) Imam Jafar Ibn Muhammad (as)
7) Imam Musa Ibn Jafar (as)
8) Imam Ali Ibn Musa (as)
9) Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali (as)
10) Imam Ali Ibn Muhammad (as)
11) Imam Hassan Ibn Ali Ibn Muhammad (as)
12) Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance)! 

Understanding the different sects of Islam

Muslims are not merely divided into liberal, secular, conservative, hard-liner, Islamist, and extremist, nor are they simply just Shiite or Sunni. There are also very different schools of thought and their views on issues from women’s rights to apostasy vary immensely from one another. I just want to focus on the major ones, to give people a better understanding of how diverse the Muslim world is.

Hanafi (Sunni) Muslims - The largest number of Sunni Muslims belong to the Hanafi school of thought. It is the major school of Islamic thought for most of the Muslims in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the former Soviet countries, as well as significant number of Muslims in India, China, Iraq, Russia, and the Caucasus.

Hanabali (Sunni) Muslims - Considered by many Muslims as the most extremist form of thought, Hanabali is the forerunner for the Wahabbi-Salafi extremist ideology in Saudi Arabia. Hanabali school of thought is found primarily in Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, with smaller numbers scattered around the world.

Maliki (Sunni) Muslims - The Maliki is the main school of thought in Africa, including North Africa. It is also very significant in the United Arab Emirates, and to a lesser extent parts of other Arab Gulf countries.

Shafai’i (Sunni) Muslims - This school of thought is followed mainly by Muslims in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and other parts of Southeast Asia. It is also, to a smaller extent, followed in East Africa, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, by the Kurds, small parts of Egypt and Yemen.

Zahiri (Sunni) Muslims - A very tiny group within the Sunni schools of thought, Zahiris make up a small minority communities in Morocco and Pakistan.

Twelver (Shiite) Muslims - Often referred to just as Shiite, the twelvers are by far the largest group of Shiite Muslims in the world making up over 90% of all Shiite Muslims. They believe in “12 Imams” having succeeded Muhammad, with the 12th Imam expected to appear on judgement day with Jesus. Known as the Mahdi, he is said to bring peace to earth with Jesus. According to Shiite beliefs, the Mahdi will be looked upon to prepare for the reign of Jesus who will rule for a time after. The twelvers make up the majority of Muslims in in Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Bahrain, with lesser, but very significant populations in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the heavily persecuted community in Eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

Alawites (Shiite) Muslims - As a branch of the Twelver Shiites, they are a group of Muslims who incorporate many Christian and Gnostic elements in their beliefs, and seen as very secular. Historically they have been heavily persecuted and resorted to concealing their beliefs in Sunni ruled regions. They number around 3-5 million people scattered mainly in Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon. 

Alevi (Shiite) Muslims -  As a branch of the Twelver Shiites, they mainly focus on philosophy and tradition. They are also widely secular and they incorporate many sufi and non-Islamic elements in their customs. There are around 24 million Alevis worldwide, with the majority in Turkey, and the rest mainly in the Balkans, Albania, Azerbaijan, Iran and Syria.

Ismaili (Shiite) Muslims - The Ismailis and Twelver Shiites both accept the same initial Imams and share a lot in common. However, they disagree on the succession of the Sixth Imam. Most Ismaelis originate from the Indian subcontinent and many later migrated to Africa. Their population is around 15 million worldwide, and they are scattered in different parts of the world.

Druze (Shiite) Muslims - A very small number, branching from the Ismaili sect of Shiite Islam. They are one of the small groups of Muslim sects that do not accept converts. Some Druze do not even consider themselves as Muslims. There are currently around 2 million Druze in the world, with the majority in Syria, and smaller but very significant populations in Lebanon and Israel. 

Zaidi (Shiite) Muslims - The Zaidis, similar to the Ismaeilis, share a great deal with the Twelver Shiite Muslims, as they all accept the same initial Imams. However, the Zaidis disagree on the succession of the 4th Imam, as to who should have been the 5th Imam, and hence they are sometimes referred to as “Fivers”. Their only major concentration is in Yemen, where they make up about 40% of the total Muslim population. 

Sufi Muslims - Considered to the spiritualist mystical Muslims, the Sufis have been persecuted in many countries. Historically Turkey and Iran were the two major centres for the Sufis. In recent years Sufism has spread to several other countries, despite being persecuted, it is celebrated as a spiritual mystical form of Islam. Sufism, however, is not a separate sect, but more of an approach. There are Shiite Sufis and Sunni Sufis.

Ibadi Muslims - The only country where Ibadi Muslims have a significant following is Oman, with a significant number in Zanzibar as well. They are neither considered to be Sunni or Shiite.

Ahmadi Muslims - The Ahmadiyya community is a minority Muslim sect in every country of the world. There is no country that even comes close to being Ahmadiyya in its school of thought. Pakistan has the largest population of Ahmadi Muslims. 

Note 1: The Jafari Shiite school of thought is the jurisprudence of most Shiite Muslims, followed by Twelvers, Alevis and Ismailis, as well as many of the Zaidis.

Note 2: There are many other smaller groups within Islam, and also several Islamic schools of thought which have gone extinct.

anonymous asked:

i have a question and you don't need to answer it if it's too personal, but I would like to know why there's so much hatred against shia muslims from sunnis

There’s this insinuation that Shia Muslims worship the graves or Shrines of the Prophet and his family, and that Shia Muslims depend on Prophet and his family as if they were “deities”. This misconception results in the belief that we hold them divine, which is false. Because of Islam’s strict belief in Monotheism, opponents such as Deobandis and Wahhabis (the latter being the religious movement that drives DAESH) saw these acts as running contrary to Islam, and thus wanted to eradicate Shia Muslims. This is demonstrated through the immense love the Shias have for the Prophet and his family that they commemorate a whole month just express their condolences for them, which they ultimately saw as an act of Shirk (Idolatry).

The other reason why there’s so much hate against Shia Muslims is because they criticize some of the top personalities of Sunni Islam, such as Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman – in other words, the three righteous caliphs and some other personalities such as Khalid ibn Walid and Ayesha bint Abu Bakr for their political involvement and opposition to the Prophet’s family, this opposition resulted in the assassination of all 12 Imams of Shia Islam, all of whom were connected to the Prophet, because they were seen as compromising the leadership of the latter caliphates.

So to make this clear, there’s a concept in Shiism and some schools of Sunni Islam where you use the Prophet as an intercessor, this is called Tawassul. What Shias basically do is that they take they also take the Prophet’s family as intercessors as well, which is where it separates from Sunni Islam, the latter only using the prophet as an intercessor. The other concept is Istighatha, or “Beseeching for help”, which is another type of intercession, but without ever mentioning God, but with the intention of having God answer us quickly through using the Prophet’s family as intercessors, this is where some Sunnis believe it contradicts Islam. The popular phrase “Ya Ali Madad” (”O Ali, help me”) is an example of Isthighrara– this phrase calls for Ali (a), who is close to God, to request Him to help us. There is also the belief that Shias curse the aforementioned personalities, however, that is not the case, since that is strictly prohibited– What Shias do instead is that they pray for God to withhold his mercy from those who opposed the Prophet’s family.

Shiism (literally “follower”) was originally a political term that referred to Muslim followers who saw the Prophet’s cousin Imam Ali (a) as the rightly appointed leader of the Muslim community right after the Prophet’s death. Our belief is that the succession of leadership could only be applicable to the Prophet’s family through Imam Ali (a), Imam Hasan (a) and Imam Hussain (a) and the nine succeeding Imams (a). However, due to political circumstances, the Prophet’s companions Abu Bakr took the position instead, despite the overwhelming preference for Imam Ali (a) through democratic means by the Muslim community at that time. This political party wasn’t Theological at first, but rather political. Islam wasn’t split between branches, but political groups.

The theological tenets of Shia Islam came much later after the 6th Imam, Ja'far ibn Al-Siddiq (a) who characterized the Jafari school of Islam and with the establishment of the four schools of Sunni Islam– Hanafi, Shafi'i, Hanbali and Maliki– that’s where the two branches of Islam took shape.

Oruca niyet duasi…

Bism-i Şah…Allah Allah… Er Hak-Muhammed-Ali aşkına, Şah İmam Hüseyin'in susuzluk orucu niyetine, Kerbela’da şehid olanların temiz ruhlarına, Fatıma Anamızın şefaatına, Oniki İmamlar aşkına oruç tutmaya niyet eyledim. Ulu Dergah kabul eyle yarabbi

Oruç acma duası
Bismi Şah. Allah Allah. Erenlerin hikmetine. Er Hak- Muhammet-Ali`nin aşkına. Hz. İmam Hüseyin efendimizin susuzluk orucu niyetine. Kerbela Şehitleri'nin temiz ruhlarına matem orucu niyeti ile Hz. Fatma anamızın şefaatine. 12 imam, 14 masum-u pak efendilerimizin şevkine, 17 kemerbestler hürmetine. Hazır ve gaip gerçek erenlerin yüce himmetleri üzerimizde hazır ve nazır ola. Yuf münkire. La`net Yezid'e Rahmet mümin'e Allah eyvallah. Gercek erenlerin demine Hüü"

anonymous asked:

The 12 khalifas of prophet pbuh 1 - Abu Bakr as-Siddeq, 2 - Umar ibn Khattab, 3 - Uthman ibn Affan, 4 - Ali ibn Abi Talib, 5 - Hassan ibn Ali, 6 - Muawiyya ibn Abu Sufyan, 7 - Yazid ibn Muawiyya, 8 - Muawwiya ibn Yazid, 9 - Abdullah Ibn Zubayr, 10 - Marwan ibn Hakam, 11 - Abdul Aziz ibn Marwan, 12 - Walid ibn Abdul Aziz. These are the first 12 Khalifahs of the Islamic world, all were from the tribe of Quraish, though I think I got Abdullah ibn Zubayr and Marwan ibn Hakam mixed up.

LOL okay, first of all, if you are going to refer to a narration, then make sure you do so correctly. As per YOUR sahih Muslim, the narration goes as follows:

“It has been narrated on the authority of Jabir b. Samura who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: “Islam will continue to be triumphant until there have been twelve Caliphs. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) said something which I could not understand. I asked my father: What did he say? He said: He has said that all of them (twelve Caliphs) will be from the Quraish.”

Source: Sahih Muslim, Book 33, Hadith 8
Link:  https://sunnah.com/muslim/33/8

Okay so let’s dissect this hadith a little. Rasulliah (SAWS) said, “Islam will CONTINUE to be triumphant UNTIL there have been TWELVE CALIPHS…” So please tell me, if it is indeed the case, as you said, that the above mentioned list is the 12 that the Holy Prophet (SAWS) was referring to, please explain to me why Islam is still the number 1 fastest growing religion in the world even after the last one on your list died…

Here is another version of this narration, again from your Sahih Muslim:

“It has been narrated on the authority of Amir b. Sa’d b. Abu Waqqas who said:

I wrote (a letter) to Jabir b. Samura and sent it to him through my servant Nafi’, asking him to inform me of something he had heard from the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). He wrote to me (in reply): I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say on Friday evening, the day on which al-Aslami was stoned to death (for committing adultery): The Islamic religion will continue until the Hour has been established, or you have been ruled over by twelve Caliphs, all of them being from the Quraish. also heard him say: A small force of the Muslims will capture the white palace, the police of the Persian Emperor or his descendants. I also heard him say: Before the Day of Judgment there will appear (a number of) impostors. You are to guard against them. I also heard him say: When God grants wealth to any one of you, he should first spend it on himself and his family (and then give it in charity to the poor). I heard him (also) say: I will be your forerunner at the Cistern (expecting your arrival).”

Source: Sahih Muslim, Book 33, Hadith 11
Link: https://sunnah.com/muslim/33/11

Again, lets reflect a little on the words said. Rasulliah (SAWS), in this version of the narration clearly states that, “The Islamic religion will continue until the Hour has been established, OR you have been ruled over by twelve Caliphs, all of them being from the Quraish.” So tell me, have we been ruled by 12 caliphs yet? According to you, YES…so why didn’t the day of Judgement come yet? The condition of 12 caliphs, according to you, has already been fulfilled yet Islam is still here, alive and kicking…

Moving on, I think we can both agree that when Rasulliah (SAWS) speaks, it is out of wisdom. So when we study the biographies of the rulers on your list, we find that all but 2 of them were tyrants and innovators. Read about Abu Bakr and Umar’s caliphate and you will find cruelty after cruelty, and innovation after innovation. Read about Uthman and you will see how the whole ummah turned against him and assassinated him. Read about Muawiayh, and you will see he waged war against Imam Ali (as) and broke the treaty he made with Imam Hassan (as). Read about Yazid ibn Muawiyah and you will see he killed Imam Hussain (as). Read about the rest of the Ummayid and Abbasid caliphs and you will see how they lived and ruled in a way contrary to the Sunnah. So I ask you, why would Rasulliah (SAWS) be referring the THESE 12 when only Imam Ali (as) and Imam Hassan (as) upheld the Sunnah and saved Islam from amoungst your list? There must be different 12 who PROTECTED the sunnah and saved Islam, not a twelve (or a 10 in this case) which merely used islam as a means to power…

Okay, so with this being said, we can throw your list in the bin alhamdulliah.

However, now that your list is out, we need a better replacement for it. So let me prove to you, THROUGH YOUR SAHIH BOOKS, that the 12 Caliphs or Leaders, as the narration refers to, are indeed the IMAMS OF AHLUL BAYT (AS)….

Let’s start of with the famous narration known as, The Two Weighty Things. This version is taken from Sahih Muslim, under the chapter of ‘The Virtues of Ali Ibn Abi Talib:

Yazid b. Hayyan reported, I went along with Husain b. Sabra and ‘Umar b. Muslim to Zaid b. Arqam and, as we sat by his side, Husain said to him:

Zaid. you have been able to acquire a great virtue that you saw Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) listened to his talk, fought by his side in (different) battles, offered prayer behind me. Zaid, you have in fact earned a great virtue. Zaid, narrate to us what you heard from Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ). He said: I have grown old and have almost spent my age and I have forgotten some of the things which I remembered in connection with Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ), so accept whatever I narrate to you, and which I do not narrate do not compel me to do that. He then said: One day Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) stood up to deliver sermon at a watering place known as Khumm situated between Mecca and Medina. He praised Allah, extolled Him and delivered the sermon and. exhorted (us) and said: Now to our purpose. O people, I am a human being. I am about to receive a messenger (the angel of death) from my Lord and I, in response to Allah’s call, (would bid good-bye to you), but I am leaving among you two weighty things: the one being the Book of Allah in which there is right guidance and light, so hold fast to the Book of Allah and adhere to it. He exhorted (us) (to hold fast) to the Book of Allah and then said: The second are the members of my household I remind you (of your duties) to the members of my family. He (Husain) said to Zaid: Who are the members of his household? Aren’t his wives the members of his family? Thereupon he said: His wives are the members of his family (but here) the members of his family are those for whom acceptance of Zakat is forbidden. And he said: Who are they? Thereupon he said: ‘Ali and the offspring of ‘Ali, ‘Aqil and the offspring of 'Aqil and the offspring of Ja'far and the offspring of 'Abbas. Husain said: These are those for whom the acceptance of Zakat is forbidden. Zaid said: Yes.

Source: Sahih Muslim, Book 44, Hadith 55
Linkhttps://sunnah.com/muslim/44/55

To add to this, let us also take another version found in Sahih Tirmidhi which states the following:

“I am leaving among you something which is very important and should be followed, you will not go astray if you get hold of it after I am gone, one part of it being more important than the other: Allah’s Book, which is a rope stretched from Heaven to Earth, and my close relatives, who belong to my household. These two will not separate from one another till they come down to the reservoir, so consider how you act regarding them after my departure.“

Source: Sahih Tirmidhi 

Okay, so with this being said, several points come to mind. The first being that Rasulliah (SAWS) CLEARLY is passing on the authority after him to his Ahlul Bayt (AS) and to the Quran. He started by letting everyone know that he is about to depart from this world soon, and thus the statement after he said this is a statement of appointment of his successorship and authority. Not to mention, that he clearly appointed Imam Ali (as) on this day, as even your Sahih Muslim confirms this narration was given at a place called Khumm (hence Ghadeer Khumm did indeed happen and this narration was part of his longer sermon where he raised the hands of Imam Ali (as) and said, “Whomsoever I am his Master, Ali is his Master). 

Point two is that, even this narration proves that the Ahlul Bayt (AS) are infallible (this can also be proven via the Quran, Surah 33 verse 33, and other narrations like the Hadith of the Cloak, but we will focus only on this narration for now.) For Rasulliah (SAWS) has placed the Ahlul Bayt (as) alongside the Quran. Meaning that you MUST follow and hold on to BOTH if you don’t want to go astray. Logically this means that the Ahlul Bayt (AS) MUST BE the WALKING, TALKING Quran bc if you were to believe that they can sin, or make mistakes, then this means that you CANNOT follow BOTH the Ahlul Bayt (AS) and Quran WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY being on the straight path. Furthermore, if you were to believe that the Ahlul Bayt (as) were fallible and can make mistakes, then that also means you must in turn, believe that the Quran is fallible and has mistakes in it, and since we are both certain that the Quran is flawless, we must also accept that the Ahlul Bayt (as) are flawless…

But to answer your main question regarding the 12 Caliphs, we will refer to Sahih Tirhmidhi’s version of this narration where he has recorded the Holy Prophet (SAWS) saying, “These two will not separate from one another till they come down to the reservoir, so consider how you act regarding them after my departure.“ 

Question…

Rasulliah (SAWS) said that ‘these two,’ meaning the Quran AND the Ahlul Bayt (as), will not separate from one another until the day of judgement. So I ask you, do we have the Quran with us today? Yes. So where is the Ahlul Bayt (as)? If you are to say they all died, then you have questioned Rasulliah (SAWS), bc then this narration is a lie. And again, you cannot believe this bc this is in your authentic books. So this leads us to one logical conclusion, and one which the Shia believe in, and that is that the Ahlul Bayt (as) IS indeed with us even until today, via the occultation of the TWELFTH IMAM, the Imam of our time, Imam Mahdi (as)!

Notice how the Shia view gives the best answers to ALL of your narrations. For we have solved problem one, of Islam still being around even after YOUR 12 historical caliphs have ruled (since the 12th real caliph, Imam Mahdi (as), hasn’t ruled yet). We have solved the problem of successorship as well, as the Ahlul Bayt (as) WAS CLEARLY appointed after the Prophet (SAWS), leading us to say that the 12 caliphs are the Imams of Ahlul Bayt (as). We have also avoided the other problem of the separation of the Ahlu Bayt (as) and the Quran, since the Imam of our time is still with us, thus rendering all the conditions for all these narration true. Not to mention, you have narrations which state that those who don’t know the Imam of their time dies the death of Ignorance…so who is the Imam of your time? None other than the last of the 12 caliphs, the 12th Imam of Ahlul Bayt (as), Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance)!

So let me present to you the real list of the twelve caliphs:

1- Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as) 
2- Hassan Ibn Ali (as)
3- Hussain Ibn Ali (as)
4- Ali Ibn Hussain (as)
5- Muhammad Ibn Ali (as)
6- Ja’far Ibn Muhammad (as)
7- Musa Ibn Ja’far (as)
8- Ali Ibn Musa (as)
9- Muhammad Ibn Ali (as)
10- Ali Ibn Muhammad (as)
11- Hassan Ibn Ali (as)
12- Muhammad Ibn Hassan (as)

When you read the biographies of these 12 infalliables, you will see that each and every one of them saved this religion from destruction. This is the wisdom of mentioning these personalities, because they are the ones whom we were meant to follow.

Case closed.

anonymous asked:

Why didn't Imam Ali, hassan or hussain actually claim and tell the people that they were imam and that they were chosen from God? And that they are infallible?

Imam Ali (as) > Ghadir Khum

Imam Hassan (as)
When the Commander of the Faithful (as) died, Imam Hassan (as) addressed the people. He reminded them of his right (to authority). The followers of his father pledged allegiance to him in terms of fighting those he fought and making peace with those with whom he made peace. (click here for more)

Imam Hussain (as)
It is stated in Kitab al Irshad that when death was close to Imam Hassan (as), he summoned Imam Hussain (as) and gave him his heirlooms and the things which the Commander of the faithful (as), had bequeathed to him when he had made him his successor, had declared him worthy to occupy his position, and had indicated to his Shia that he was his successor, and set him up as their sign-post after himself.

Complete reference:
Kitab al Irshad (The Book of Guidance), pages 279 - 289

Imamate was granted to the Ahlulbayt (as) from Allah (swt) for the purpose of preserving Islam. The 12 Imams are from the Ahlulbayt (as). They are kept pure and sinless. They are never separated from the Holy Quran. Also, we have been ordered by the Prophet (saw) to follow the Ahlulbayt (as) including these 12 Imams in order to keep ourselves on Siratal Mustaqeem thus avoiding astray.

Why is Ali (as) called Amir al-Mu’minin?” Imam (as) answered, “Because he provides them (i.e. the believers) with knowledge. Haven’t you heard (a word with the same root) in the Book of Allah, ‘and we provide for our family (namiru ahlanaa)’ (12:65)?
—  Imam Reza (as) on meaning of “amir”,  al-Kafi , vol. 1, p. 412, Hadith 3
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If a servant repents sincerely, Allah would love him and cover his faults in the world and the Hereafter.’

Imam Sadiq (a) was asked: ‘How will Allah cover them?’

Imam (a) replied: ‘He will make the two angels, in charge of that servant, forget all about his sins they have recorded, and will reveal to his body organs to do so. So the servant would meet Allah while there is no record of his sins.

—  Imam Sadiq (a), Al-Kafi, 2, 436; Bab Al-Towba, tradition 12.

A man came to Imam Hasan al-Basri and said ‘O Imam the skies don’t bring rain!’ So the Imam said: 'Ask for forgiveness from Allah.’

Another man came and said 'My wife is unable to have children!’ So he said 'Ask for forgiveness from Allah.’

Then a third man came and said to the Imam 'I’m poor!’ So again the Imam replied 'Ask for forgiveness from Allah.’

The people who were sitting were surprised and one of them said 'O Imam, every time someone came with a problem all you said to him was ask for forgiveness from Allah!’

So Imam Hasan al-Basri replied 'Do you not read the ayah’:

'Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers. And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.’

[Qur'an | 71:10-12]

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Imam Hussain (a.s.)

Source: Usul al-Kafi, “kitab al-’iman wa al-kufr”, “bab al-sidq wa ada’ l-’amanah”, hadith no. 12.