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Hadith #2

2 - وَفِي حَدِيث آخِرَ: إِنّ الإِمامَ مُؤَيِّد بِرُوحِ القُدُس وَبَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنِ اللَّه عَمُود مِن نُورٍ يَرى‏ فِيهِ أَعمال العِبادِ وَكُلَّما احتاجَ إِلَيْهِ، لِدِلالَةٍ اطلَعَ عَلَيْهِ وَيُبسِطَهُ فَيَعلَمُ وَيُقبَضُ عَنْهُ فَلا يَعْلَمُ.وَالإمام يُولَدُ وَيَلِدُ، وَيَصِحُّ وَيَمرَضُ، وَيَأْكُلُ وَيَشْرَبُ وَيَبُولُ وَيَتَغَوَّط، وَيَنكِحُ وَيَنامُ وَيَنسى‏ وَيَسهُو، وَيَفرَحُ وَيَحزُنُ، وَيَضحَكُ وَيَبْكي وَيَحْيَى وَيَمُوتُ وَيُقبَرُ وَيَزارُ، وَيُحشَرُ وَيُوقَفُ، وَيُعرَضُ وَيُسأَلُ، وَيُثابُ وَيُكرَمُ، وَيَشفَعُ، وَدَلالَتُه فِي خِصلَتَيْنِ فِي العِلْمُ اِسْتِجابَة الدَّعْوَة وَكُلِّ ما أَخْبَر بِهِ مِنَ الحَوادِث الَّتِي تُحدَثُ قَبْلُ كُونِها فَذلكَ بِعَهْدِ مَعهُود إِلَيْهِ مِن رَسُولَ اللَّهِ‏ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ تَوارَثَهُ وَعَنْ آبائِهِ عَنْهُ‏ عَلَيْهِمُ السَّلاَمُ وَيَكُونُ ذلِكَ مِمَّا عَهِدَ إِلَيْهِ جِبْرَئِيل‏ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ مِن عَلاّمِ الغُيُوبِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ.وَجَمِيعَ الأَئِمَّةِ الأَحَدَ عَشَر بَعْد النَّبِي‏ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ قُتِلُوا، مِنْهُمْ بِالسَّيْفِ وَهُوَأَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنين وَالحُسَيْن‏عَلَيْهِمَا السَّلاَمُ وَالباقُونَ قُتِلُوا بِالسَّمِّ قَتَلَ كُلِّ واحِدٍ مِنْهُمْ طاغِيَةُ زَمانِهِ وَجَرى‏ عَلَيْهِم عَلَى الحَقِيقَةِ وَالصِّحَّة، لا كَما تَقُولُهُ الغُلاةُ وَالمُفَوِّضَةِ لَعَنَهُمُ اللَّه، فَإِنَّهُم يَقُولُونَ: أَنَّهُمْ يُقتَلُوا عَلَى الحَقِيقَةِ وَأَنَّهُ شُبِّهَ لِلنَّاسِ أَمرُهُم. فَكَذَّبُوا عَلَيْهِمْ غَضَبُ اللَّه، فَإِنَّهُ ما شُبِّهِ أَمْرُ أَحَدٍ مِن أَنبياءِ اللَّه وَحُجَجِهِ لِلنَّاسِ إِلاّ أَمْرُ عِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ‏عَلَيْهِمَا السَّلاَمُ وَحْدَهُ، لانَّهُ رَفَعَ مِنَ الأَرْض حَيّاً و قَبَضَ رُوحُهُ بَيْنِ السَّماءِ وَالأَرْض، ثُمَّ رَفَعَ إِلى السَّماءِ وَرُدَّ عَلَيْهِ رُوحُهُ، وَذلِكَ قَوْلَ اللَّه تَعالى‏ (إِذْ قالَ اللَّهُ يا عِيسى إِنِّي مُتَوَفِّيكَ وَرافِعُكَ إِلَيَّ وَمُطَهِّرُكَ) وَقالَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ حِكايَةً لِقَولِ عِيسَى‏ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ يَوْمَ القِيامَةِ: (وَكُنْتُ عَلَيْهِمْ شَهِيداً ما دُمْتُ فِيهِمْ فَلَمَّاتَوَفَّيْتَنِي كُنْتَ أَنْتَ الرَّقِيبَ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَنْتَ عَلى كُلِّ شَيْ‏ءٍ شَهِيدٌ).وَيَقُولُونَ المُتَجاوَزُونَ لِلحَدِّ فِي أَمْرِ الأَئِمَّةِ عَلَيْهِمُ السَّلاَمُ: أَنَّهُ أَن جازَ أَن يُشَبَّهَ أَمْرُ عِيسَى‏ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ وَهُوَ مَولُودٌ مِن غَير أَبٍ لِلنَّاسِ، فَلَمْ لا يَجُوزُ أَن يُشَبَّهُ أَمْرُهُم أَيْضاً؟وَالَّذِي يَجِبُ أَن يُقالُ لَهُم: أَنَّ عِيسَى هُوَمَولُودٍ مِن غَيرِ أَبٍ فَلَمْ لا يَجُوزُ أَنْ يَكُونُوا مَولُودٍين مِن غَيرِ آباءِ؟ فَإِنَّهُم لا يَجسُرُونَ عَلَى إِظهارِ مَذْهَبِهم - لَعنَهُمُ اللَّه فِي ذلِكَ - وَمَتى‏ جازَ أَنْ يَكُونَ جَمِيعَ أَنبياءِ اللَّه وَرُسُلِهِ حُجَجِهِ بَعْدَ آدَمَ مَولُودينَ مِنَ الآباءِ وَالأُمَّهاتِ، وَكانَ عِيسَى مِنْ بَيْنِهِمُ‏ عَلَيْهِمُ السَّلاَمُ مَولُوداً مِن غَيرِ أَبٍ جازَ أَن يُشَبَّهُ أَمْرُهُ غَيْرِهِ مِنَ الأَنْبِياءِ وَالحُجَجِ‏ عَلَيْهِمُ السَّلاَمُ كَما جازَ أَن يُولَدَ مِن غَيرِ أَبٍ دُونَهُم و إِنَّما أَرادَ اللَّه عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَن يَجعَلَ أَمْرَهُ آيَةً وَعَلامةً لِيَعلَمَ بِذلِكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَي‏ءٍ قَديرٌ.

19-2 In another tradition we read, “The Imam is certified by the Holy Spirit. There is a column of light between him and God through which he sees the deeds of the people. He is informed about what he needs by it. Sometimes that light is shined at him and he gets to know (what he must become aware of). And sometimes it is taken away and thus he will not know (what he needs not know). Sheikh Sadooq said, “The Imam is born. He also has children. He gets ill and he gets cured. He eats and drinks. He urinates and defecates. He gets married. He sleeps. He forgets and he makes mistakes. He gets happy and sad. He laughs and cries. He lives and then dies. He is buried and the people go to visit his shrine. He is resurrected and questioned. He is rewarded and honored. He intercedes. There are two important signs for him: his knowledge and the fulfillment of his prayers. He has heard the news that he gives about the events in the future from his grandfathers from the Prophet of God (s). The Prophet of God (s) has heard them from Gabriel. Gabriel has heard them from the Almighty God. All the eleven Imams after the Prophet (s) were martyred. Some were martyred by the sword - that is the Commander of the Faithful (s) and Al-Hussein (s). The rest of them were poisoned by the disobedient rulers of their time. The martyrdom of the Imams has been a real issue - not the way the boasters and those who believe in turning over the authority believe - May God’s Curse Be on Them. They say, ‘In fact, they were not killed. The people thought they were. However, Sheikh Sadooq says, ‘They are liars. May God’s Wrath Be upon Them. There are no cases of the Prophets and the Imams in which the people just thought they were killed, but they were not; except for Jesus (s) - the son of (the Blessed Lady) Mary (s) since Jesus (s) was taken up alive from the Earth. His spirit was taken away in between the heavens and the Earth. Then he was taken up to the heavens where his spirit was returned to him. The followings Words of the Almighty God refer to this, ‘Behold! God said, O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme.’ The Almighty God also expressed what Jesus (s) will say on the Resurrection Day as follows, ‘... And I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them. When Thou didst take me up, Thou was the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things.’ And the people who have transgressed beyond bounds regarding the Immaculate Imams (s) say, “If it is allowed for the people to think Jesus (s) who was not killed was killed, why should a similar issue not hold true for the Imams?”Their reply is, “Jesus (s) was created without a father. Why is it not allowed that the Immaculate Imams (s) be also created without having a father?” They will not dare express their opinion on this issue. May God Damn Them! When all the Prophets, Messengers and Imams after Adam have been created from a father and a mother - with Jesus being the only exception having only a mother - it is allowed for the people to think he was killed while he was not. This does not hold true for other Prophets and Imams. The Almighty God wished to establish Jesus (s) as a sign and a symbol for us to know that He is able to do anything.