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Chapter 96

People’s obligation after Hajj to Meet the Imam, Ask them Religious Instructions, Declare and Pledge to them Allegiance and Express their Love

 

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Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from ibn abu ‘Umayr from ibn ’Udhayna from Fudayl who has said the following. "abu Ja‘far (a.s.) looked at the people perform Tawaf (walking around the Ka‘ba seven times) and said, "This is how they used to perform Tawaf in the times ignorance (pre-Islamic era). What they are required to do is to perform Tawaf and come to us, declare their support and love for us and express their help for us. The Imam (a.s.) then recited this verse of the Holy Quran. "Lord, fill the hearts of the people with love for them . . ." (14:37)

 

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Al-Husayn ibn Muhammad has narrated from Mu‘alla ibn Muhammad from Ali ibn Asbat from Dawud ibn al-Ni‘man from abu ‘Ubayda who has said the following. "I heard abu Ja‘far say, (a.s.) when he saw people in Makka and what they were doing, "Activities like those in the days of ignorance. By Allah, they are not commanded to do as such. What they are commanded to do is to complete their Hajj, relieve themselves of the obligations of vows and visit us to inform us of their support and express their help before us."

Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from Salih ibn al-Sindi from Ja‘far ibn Bashir and Muhammad ibn Yahya from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa from ibn al-Faddal all from abu Jamila from Khalid ibn ‘Ammar from Sadir who has said the following. "I heard abu Ja‘far (a.s.) when he was coming in and I was going out and he held my hand and then said, "Turn to the al-Bayt (house). O Sadir, what people are, in fact, commanded to do is to come to these stones, perform Tawaf around them (walk seven times around) then come to us declare their support to us. That is what Allah has said, ". . .I am All-forgiving to the righteously striving believers who repent and follow the right guidance." (20:82) Then he pointed his hand to his chest –to our Leadership with Divine Authority. Then he said, "O Sadi, would you like me to show you who create obstacles on the way of Allah." Then he looked at abu Hanifa and Sufyan al-Thuri of that time. They a circle of people around them. He then said, "These are the ones who create obstacles on the way of Allah without guidance from Allah and a clear book. Would that these malignant ones sit in their homes. When people search around and would not find anyone to inform them of the guidance of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, and His messenger they would come to us and we would inform them of the guidance of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, and His Messenger."

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