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The role of Imam(S.A) in society

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Salam alaykum brothers/sisters

I am going to talk about the role of Imams (S.A) in society;

The Imam is necessary for spiritual life of people to remain alive.

The Imam is like water in purity. God says in surah al-Furqan verse forty eight,


وَ اَنزَلنا مِنَ السَّماءِ ماءً طَهُورا

"...and We send down from the sky pure water".

Water is both pure and purifier. In the same way, the Imam is both in a high level of purity and can make others spiritually pure as well. It is narrated from Imam Ali saying,


وَ لَو قَد قَامَ قَائِمُنا ... لَذَهَبَتِ الشَّحنَاءُ مِن قُلُوبِ العِبادِ

"When our Upriser (Imam al-Mahdi) arises, the animosity will go away from the hearts of people."2

This narration points to spiritual purification of people that will be obtained with the help of the Imam.




l.'Usul al-Kafi, v. 1, p. 25, hadith no. 1.

2. al-Khisal, v. 2, p. 626.

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