A real Shia Muslim according to Imam Sadeq (AS)

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SHAFAQNA – Mohammad the son of Ajlan narrated: I was with Imam Sadeq (AS) when a Shia Muslim entered and greeted Imam (AS). Imam Sadeq (AS) asked him: How are your brothers?  He praised them and replied: They are good people. Imam Sadeq (AS) asked: How is the connection between your wealthy people with the needy ones? He replied: They have little connection and often  they do not ask about each other.

Imam Sadeq (AS) asked: Do the rich ones help poor people? He replied: You ask about behaviours which are not often found in our people. Imam Sadeq (AS) said: Therefore, how can they call themselves Shia? The real Shia is the one who helps the poor and the needy and does not forget to be kind to them [1].

[1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 74, page 353.

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