Perhaps, one may think that the Shia of Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them) is someone who is born in a Shia family, or someone who participates in the Azadari of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) or someone who only claims to love the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and His Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon him), but has nothing to do with obedience to the teachings of Islam.
Imam Ali (peace be upon him): My Shias! By God! The forbearers, the knowledgeable of God and His religion, actively following Him and His orders, guided by His love, appear weak because of worship, seekers of seclusion for their piousness, of pale complexion because of their night prayers, their eyes are weak because of weeping, their lips are dry because of remembrance of God, their stomachs are sunken because of eating in moderation, their faces reveal Godliness, and simplicity is apparent from their appearance, they are guiding lights in every darkness, they are not recognized even when seen, they are not remembered when not present, these are my pure Shias and my respected brothers. Ah! I wish so much to meet them.
Imam Ali (peace be upon him): Our Shias are those who are Gnostics of God, they act according to the orders of God, they possess excellences, they speak only truth, their food is limited to gaining strength, their dress is simple, their behaviour is humble, you think that they have lost their senses, but its not like that, instead, the greatness of their Lord has made them oblivion and His power has overwhelmed their hearts and taken over their intellects. So when they strongly wish of Him, they promptly strive to do pure actions before God, the most High; they are not happy with few good actions, and they never take their abundant good actions to be sufficient.
Imam Ali (peace be upon him): Our Shias, they spend on each other for the sake of our Wilayah, they love each other for the sake of our love, they visit each other for the sake of keeping alive our affair, they never oppress if they become angry with someone and they never become extravagant in their happiness, they are mercy for their neighbours, and a source of peace and security for those who live with them.
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him): No one is our Shia except by the fear of God and His obedience, and they are not recognized except by their humbleness, reverence, trustworthiness, and abundance of remembrance of God.
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him): You shouldn't be mislead by different views (in Islam), for by God nobody is our Shia except by obedience to God, the powerful and magnificent.
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him): (describing the attributes of Shias): They are like strong fortress, their chests are trustworthy, they are men of prudence and self-control, they are not extravagant, they are neither oppressors nor ostentatious, they are devoted worshippers in night and brave like lion in day.
Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him): Our Shias are those who are pious and men of solid opinion, they are loyal and trustworthy, they are men of piety and worship, they pray fifty one (51) Rak'ats prayers during day and night, they are usually awake in the night, they observe fasts during the day, they purify their property (by paying poor-rate [Zakat]) they perform Hajj of Holy Kaaba, they abstain from all that which is forbidden.
Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him): He is not from our Shia who lives in a population of several thousand people and someone else is more pious than him among them.
Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him): He is not from our Shia who accepts us by only his tongue and is against our actions and our legacy.
Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him): Test our Shias on three occasions: At the time of prayers as to how they safeguard their prayers, and when they have a secret as to how they keep them from our enemies and by their properties (and wealth) as to how they spend on their brethren.
Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him): Verily the Shia of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) is the one who is purified of (influence of) stomach and sexual desires, and intense is his struggle and his action is for his creator, and his hope is for divine reward and he is afraid of his end so if you see someone like that, then that is the Shia of Jafar (Imam Jafar Sadiq).
Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him): He is not from our Shias who denies four things: Miraj (heavenly ascension of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)), and questioning in grave, and creation of heaven and hell and Shafaat (intercession).
Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him): Verily our Shias are known for their following attributes: By their generosity towards their brethren and by their praying of fifty one (51) Rak'ats of prayers during night and day.
Imam Musa al-Kazim (peace be upon him): The Shia of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) is the one whose action testifies his words.
Imam Musa al-Kazim (peace be upon him): He is not from our Shia whose heart is not afraid of God in his lo Conclusion: So, it is not easy to claim for a Muslim to be a Shia or Shiite, the true follower of Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them). It demands a lot of continuous struggle and hardship in the way of God to become a true follower of Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon him). That is why the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said: The Shia of Ali, they will be successful on the day of Judgment.neliness.
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