The test of the companions and real Shias

Imam Mahdi

The translation of verse 249 of Surah Al-Baqarah:

“And when Saul marched out with his army, he said: ‘Allah will test you with a river.”

Imam Sadiq (PBUH) on interpreting this verse has said: “God tested the Companions of Moses by a stream and the Companions of Our Qa’im will be tested alike.”

Tafsir Noor al-Thaqalayn. Vol.1. p. 251

You have forgot the story of the man from Khorasan and Imam Sadiq (PBUH)?

The man from Khorasan objected Imam Sadiq: “Why don’t you defend your right while you have more than one hundred Shias ready for a battle?” The Imam answered: “Go and sit in the fireplace”. The man implored: “Don’t burn me with fire. Forgive my fault.” Right at that time, Aaron the Meccan entered the room. Imam asked him “Go and sit in the fireplace”, he entered it and sat there. Then the Imam told the man: “Go and see what’s happening inside”. The man says they went and checked the fireplace, “He was sitting in the fireplace and said hello to us.”

The Imam said: “How many people like these can be found in Khorasan?”

The man from Khorasan: “I swear to God there exists no one.”

The Imam said: “We won’t up rise unless we have five companions like him.”

(The difference between action and saying is very much)

Manaqib of Aa’l abi Talib. Vol.4, p.237

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