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Verse: 30 - Imam's (as) dont act but as per Allah's (swt) will

Chapter: 76, Verse: 30

وَمَا تَشَاءُونَ إِلَّا أَن يَشَاءَ اللَّهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا

“But ye will not, except as Allah wills; for Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom” [Quran 76:30]

(Only quoting a part of a lengthy narration)

ثم قال : وجئت تسأله عن مقالة المفوضة ، كذبوا، بل قلوبنا أوعية لمشية الله ، فإذا شاء شئنا ، والله يقول :وما تشآؤون إلاأن يشآء الله

Imam Hasan Askar (as) said,

"You have come to ask about the Mufaw'wiza. They (Mufaw'wiza) have lied. But our hearts are containers of the Will of Allah (swt), so when Allah (swt) wills, We will. And Allah (swt) has said, "And you will not will, but as Allah Wills" [Quran 76:30]

[Source: Al-Gaibha - Sheikh Toosi, Pg. 159]


The following set of Hadees further support this:

حدثنا محمد بن جعفر قال حدثنا محمد بن أحمد عن أحمد بن محمد السياري عن فلان عن أبي الحسن عليه السلام قال: إن الله جعل قلوب الأئمة موردا لإرادته فإذا شاء الله شيئا شاؤه وهو قوله وما تشاؤن إلا يشاء الله رب العالمين

Abal Hasan (Imam Kazim ) (as) said:

“Verily Allah (swt) has made the hearts of the Imam’s (as) the source/place of this Will. If Allah (swt) wills something, They (as) also Will the same. And it is as He said, “But ye will not, except as Allah wills.”

[Source: Tafseer Al-Qummi Vol.2 Pg. 409]

Another narration on the same lines:

ومنه يرفعه إلى ابن أبي عمير عن المفضل عن أبي عبدالله عليه السلام قال : لو اذن لنا أن نعلم الناس حالنا عند الله ومنزلتنا منه لما احتملتم ، فقال له : في العلم ؟ فقال : العلم أيسر من ذلك ، إن الامام وكر  لارادة الله عزوجل لا يشاء إلا من يشاء الله


Mufazzal narrates from Aba Abdillah (as):

“If we were permitted to make the people know our situation near Allah (swt) and our status from Him, you will not (be able to) bear/carry it.”

Mufazzal said, “In (about) knowledge?”

Imam (as) says, “Knowledge is the easiest of that. Verily, Imam (as) is the place (nest) of the Will of Allah (swt), They (as) do not will but what Allah (swt) Wills.”

[Source: Bihar Al-Anwar, Vol. 25 Pg. 385]