None can understand the status of the Imam's (as)

We have many a times seen accusations of Ghulw i.e exceeding the limit in matters concerning the status/position/authority of the Imam's (as). Let us see what the Imam's (as) have said regarding this.


عن أحمد بن محمد, عن الحسين بن سعيد, عن الحسين بن برده, عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام). وعن جعفر بن بشير الخزاز, عن إسماعيل بن عبد العزيز, قال: قال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: يا إسماعيل, ضع لي في المتوضاء ماء. قال: فقمت فوضعت له. قال: فدخل. قال: فقلت في نفسي: أنا أقول فيه كذا وكذا, ويدخل المتوضاء يتوضاء. قال: فلم يلبث أن خرج فقال: يا إسماعيل, لا ترفع البناء فوق طاقته فينهدم. اجعلونا مخلوقين, وقولوا بنا ما شئتم؛ فلن تبلغوا. فقال إسماعيل: وكنت أقول: إنّه وأقول وأقول

Narrated from Ahmad bin Muhammad, from Al-Husain bin Saeed, from Al-Husain bin Burdah, from Abi Abdillah (as)
And Narrated from Jafar bin Basheer Al-Khazzaz, from Ismail bin Abdul Aziz from Abi Abdillah (as):

Abu Abdillah (as) said, "O' Ismail, place some water for me in the Wuzu vessel."

Ismail said, "I stood up and placed the water for Him." And I said to myself, "I will say regarding it such and such...."
And Imam (as) came and performed Wuzu. (Not soon that He was to leave....?)

Imam (as) said, "O' Ismail, don't raise the construction over its strength, else it will collapse. Consider us as Creations. And then say about us what-ever you like, you will not be able to reach us."

Ismail said, "And I said it, and I said, and I said."

[Source: Basaair Al-Darajaat, Vol. 5, Chapter. 10, Hadees. 5]


Imam Raza (as) says:

قال أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام: لا تتجاوزوا بنا العبودية، ثم قولوا فينا ما شئتم ولن تبلغوا، وإياكم والغلو كغلو النصارى فإني برئ من الغالين

Imam Ali (as) said, "Do not exceed regarding us in taking us to be the lord. And then say regarding us what-ever you like. You will not reach us. And beware of Ghulw (extremism) like the extremism of the christian's, for verily I am clear(away) from the extremist."

[Source: Al-Ehtejaaj, Vol. 2, Pg. 233]


ما رواه الصّدوق في (الخصال) من حديث الأربعمائة المعروف, قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) إيّاكم والغلوّ فينا. قولوا: إنّا عبيد مربوبون, وقولوا في فضلنا ما شئتم

Narrated in Al-Khisal by Sheikh Sadooq (ar) as part of 400 narrations from Imam Ali (as):


"Beware of Ghulw (extremism) regarding Us. Say that We are the servants who have a Lord, And say in our praise what ever you like."

[Source: Al-Khisal, Sheikh Sadooq, Chapter. 27]


Imam Ali (as) says in his sermon of Shiqshiqiyya:

يَنْحَدِرُ عَنِّى السَّيلُ وَ لا يَرْقى اِلَىَّ الطَّيْرُ

"The stream (of water) flows down from me and the bird (thoughts) cannot reach me."

[Source: Nahjul Balagah - Sermon. 3]


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