The Supreme Religious Authority warns of deviant behaviors and their negative impact on the doctrine of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them).
The Supreme Religious Authority warns of deviant behaviors that are far from the path of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), and which will be negatively reflected on them. Therefore, we must stay away from these behaviors and avoid them.
These were the important points stated in the second sermon of Friday prayer of the 3rd of Sha'ban 1439 AH corresponding to April 20, 2018, and which was led by his eminence Sheikh Abd al-Mahdi al-Karbala'i, in which he stated:
Dear brothers and sisters, we are continuing the talk about the true Shiism and the correct way to follow Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), as we have highlighted in the last sermon, many narrations of the infallible Imams stressed on the importance of educating of their followers on the essence of Shiism, which represents the scientific and practical application of the Holy Quran and the biography of the Holy Prophet (Allah's prayers be upon him and upon his holy Household), so they protect their followers from misunderstanding, lack of awareness, confusion and suspicion, which have great dangers of the followers of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), especially in the current circumstances in which we live and the lack of the sufficient awareness and accurate understanding of the true Shiism.
And through the narrations of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) we explained the fundamental points for being a true lover and follower of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them):
First: The true belief without error, suspicion or misunderstanding.
Second: The correct worship acts compatible with the rules of religion.
Third: The inherited rituals.
Fourth: The good deeds and morals.
Thus, the true believer follower of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) has to combine four of these principles, as the Imams (peace be upon them) warned in their narrations to these points. And today we will shed the light of the importance of applying these four principles in our daily life because of the impact on the good reputation of the followers of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) in general and being careful of the deviant behaviors.
Be careful dear brethren, we are the followers of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) living in societies in which people of other sects and religions live, and our behaviors and reactions are a reflection of our belief in their eyes. If we behave good, they think our Imams (peace be upon them) are good and educated us well, and if not, they think bad of our Imams (peace be upon them), as our behaviors and ethics reflect the education and morals of our leaders.
The seriousness of the matter is in the fact that disgraceful behavior are not accepted in the social custom as it only brings hatred, bad reputation and antagonism, which is reflected on the quality of coexistence and harm the peaceful coexistence.
Among the narrations shedding the light on this point is the narration of Imam Abu Mohammad al-'Askari (peace be upon him) in which he preached and advised his Shi’a by saying, “I recommend you to fear Allah, be pious in your religion, strive for Allah, be truthful in speaking, give deposits back to their owners, whether he be good or evil, increase prostration, and to be good to neighbors. By these (principles) Mohammad (Allah's prayers be upon him and upon his holy Household) came with his mission. Associate with your kin, attend their funerals, visit their sick, and carry out their rights, for if anyone of you is pious in his religion, truthful in his speech, he gives deposit back to its owner, and treats people kindly, then it shall be said about him: “this is a Shi’a”, and this shall please me.
Fear Allah, be good and do not be bad! Attract every love to us, and keep any obscenity away from us, because whatever good is said about us we deserve it, and whatever bad is said about us is not in us. We have a right in the Book of Allah, kinship to the messenger of Allah, and purification from Allah that no one other than us claims but a liar. Mention Allah excessively and remember death! Recite the Qur'an and send peace and blessings on the Prophet (Allah's prayers be upon him and upon his holy Household), because the sending of blessings on the Prophet (Allah's prayers be upon him and upon his holy Household) has ten good deeds. Keep in mind what I have recommended to you! I pray to Allah to protect you (I bid you farewell), and send peace on you."
And it is narrated that Imam Sadiq (peace be upon him) said: "O' You! The followers who are associated with us! Be a source of honor for us, not a source of infamy. Why can you not live among the people as Imam Ali's (peace be upon him) companions did? Each one of them was the leader of the people and the one who called them to prayer where he lived. He was trustworthy and guarded their properties. Please visit the ill, participate in burial ceremonies, and pray in the mosques. Do not let others surpass you in performing good deeds. I swear by God that you are not superior to them in this regard." He then looked at Amr ibn Aban who was the youngest man present and said: "You who are the younger people should not be lazy. Go to visit them so often that they start to become your followers. Know that God is better for you than them."
And also, Imam as-Sadeq (peace be upon him) said: “...I get pleased when I hear that you are pious, honest, trustworthy, well behaved, and are known to be one of my followers. Then the people will say these are the manners that Imam as-Sadeq (peace be upon him) has taught. Whenever you act otherwise, I will suffer from the bad consequences... Therefore fear God, be a source of pride, and not a source of infamy for us. Attract all love and friendship towards us, and repel all evil and wrong accusations from us. We are not as we are said to be. There is a certain right established for us in the divine Book, and we are relatives of the Prophet of God (Allah's prayers be upon him and upon his holy Household). We are divinely Pure, and are born pure; and no one else can claim to be born pure, and he is a liar if he does so. Remember God often and remember death often. Recite the Quran. Send a lot of blessings for the Prophet since there are ten goods in this act...”
Hence, the Imam (peace be upon him) is highlighting the criterion of the true followers of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), the criterion that is enhancing the social solidarity and peaceful coexistence and strengthen the social relationships. God willing, we will continue other points in the coming sermon. And, the latest of our prayers is; praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and Prayers and Allah's Peace be upon Mohammad and his pure and virtuous lineage.