Quotes from Al-Baqir

“Our followers are of three kinds, one who follows us but depends on others, one who is like a glass involved in his own reflections, but the best are those who are like gold, the more they suffer the more they shine.”

Imam Mohammad al-Baqer (AS) once said to one of his companions: “Oh Jaber it is not enough that a person says; I am a Shi’ah and I love the Prophet (S) and the Prophet’s family and the Imams. By Allah, a Shi’ah is the one who is perfectly pious and obedient to Allah’s commands. Anyone else is not a Shi’ah no matter how much they say they love Hazrat Ali (AS) and no matter what they call themselves. Oh Jaber, our Shi’ah are known by these signs: (A) They are truthful, trustworthy and loyal; (B) They always remember Allah; (C) They offer their prayers, observe fasts, and recite Qoran; (D) They help their neighbours, take care of orphans, and say nothing but good of people; (E) They act nicely towards their parents; (F) They are worthy of peoples trust and confidence.”

“Indeed if you are good in teaching the people and do not show pride towards them then Allah will increase you from His favour. However if you prevent them from learning your knowledge, then it is incumbent upon Allah, the Great and Almighty, to deprive you of knowledge and its splendour and to drop your position from the hearts of people.”

“One who does not cultivated patience for confronting the troubles of life becomes weak.”

“When you hear knowledge, then put it into effect. Let your hearts be wide. For the person with the heart that does not encompass his abundant knowledge makes Satan powerful over him. If Satan disputed with you, then dispute with him through what you know.”

“I admonish you regarding five things: if you are wronged, do not commit wrong doing to others; if you are betrayed, do not betray anyone; if you are called a liar, do not be furious; if you are praised, do not be jubilant; if you are criticized, do not fret and think of what is said in criticism.”

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