There is no responsibility upon the Imam save discharging the obligations vested with him by his Lord. The giving of admonition and striving to guide the people, reviving the Sunnah, establishing the penal code upon the criminal and giving religious alms to the deserving.'Ali (as)
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O people I have indeed admonished you in accordance with what the Prophets have admonished their nations with and I have discharged the duties of the successors after them. 'Ali (as)
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Indeed my example among you is like a lamp in utter darkness illuminating the path. Therefore listen and comprehend and lend me the ears of your hearts and understand. 'Ali (as)
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Indeed our affair (Imamate) in severe and intense. It cannot be withstood save by a faithful believer whose heart has been tried by Allah. None can comprehend our talk except trustworthy hearts and men with serious temperament. 'Ali (as)
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Al-Shaykh al-Mufid reported with an isnad that begins with Salman al-Farsi-
The Messenger of Allah, pbuh, once appeared on the day of Arafah and said, "O, people, surely Allah glorified Himself because of you this day, so that He may pardon you generally and pardon 'Ali in particular."
Then he said,"Come near me, O 'Ali."
So 'Ali drew near and the Prophet took him by his hand and said,"Surely, the blessed, the completely and truly blessed is the one who obeys you and loves you after I have gone. And, surely the wretched, the completely and truly wretched is the one who disobeys you and shows his hostility after I have gone."
Translation by Marhoom Mulla Asghar (ra)
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