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Infallibility and the agents of the Imams

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Salamualaykum

A boat with holes will eventually sink those who are upon it. Pure water will become contaminated when passing through an impure pipe. 

I believe that Prophets and their successors/those who are left in charge must logically be infallible.

We are also told that the Imams (عليه السلام) would send special agents to far away places in order that the Shia within those regions would have access to their religion. On other occasions, we read that the Imams (عليه السلام) instructed people to refer to certain individuals if they cannot find the Imam (عليه السلام).

Where does infallibility fit in with these agents and do they need to be infallible since they too are shouldering such an important task? If not, then what is the need for an infallible Imam (عليه السلام) if the aim is simply for us to "not be blamed"?

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1 hour ago, Guest Guest said:

Where does infallibility fit in with these agents and do they need to be infallible since they too are shouldering such an important task?

They are of a sufficient qualification for the scope of the task of which they have been entrusted.

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1 hour ago, Reza said:

They are of a sufficient qualification for the scope of the task of which they have been entrusted.

I was also told once that the Imam(s) (عليه السلام) would dismiss certain agents who were misbehaving. Now I'm not sure if the ones who misbehaved were ones who were entrusted with collecting khums or the ones entrusted with teaching the religion.

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Salam they were not separate groups as they were teaching the religion so they were collecting  the khums that some people that were in charge of both at time of Imam Kadhim  (عليه السلام) after his martyrdom for keeping Khums for themselves because of their financial corruption  rejected  Imam Reza (عليه السلام) as eighth Imam that they misbehaved by eight Imam & rest of Imams.

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Muḥammad b. ʿAlī b. ʾAbī l-ʿAzāqir (Arabic: محمد بن علي بن ابي العزاقر), best known as al-Shalmaghānī (Arabic: الشَّلمَغانی), was one of the companions of Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari (a) and one of Shi'a narrators during the minor Occultation period in Baghdad. He was in charge for dealing with some Shi'a's issues for a short time during the absence of Husayn b. Ruh -the third deputy of Imam al-Mahdi (a). It is said that his envy of Husayn b. Ruh's status made him reject and abandon Shi'a beliefs. He ignored Imam al-Mahdi's orders and joined other sects and groups. He lied about his deputy-ship of Imam al-Mahdi (a) and claimed that the spirit of God has incarnated in his body and called himself "the holy spirit". Finally, Imam al-Mahdi (a) cursed him and after a while he was hanged by the order of the Abbasid caliph of that time.

Al-Taklif: al-Shalmaghani wrote this book when he was a righteous Shi'a. A group of Shi'a from Baghdad took this book to Husayn b. Ruh. He read it and said, "Except for two or three points, he (al-Shalmaghani) has narrated the rest of the book from Imams (a) and there is nothing in it that oppose Shar' (Islam)." After that al-Shalmaghani deviated, a group of Shi'a came to Husayn b. Ruh and asked, "What should we do with al-Shalmaghani's books?" Ibn Ruh replied, "I give you the same answer that Abu Muhammad Hasan b. Ali al-'Askari (a) gave Shi'a about the books of Bani Faddal; he said, "Accept what they have narrated, and leave what they have believed."

http://en.wikishia.net/view/Al-Shalmaghani

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5 hours ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

Salam they were not separate groups as they were teaching the religion so they were collecting  the khums that some people that were in charge of both at time of Imam Kadhim  (عليه السلام) after his martyrdom for keeping Khums for themselves because of their financial corruption  rejected  Imam Reza (عليه السلام) as eighth Imam that they misbehaved by eight Imam & rest of Imams.

http://en.wikishia.net/view/Al-Shalmaghani

Thanks for the info, although I don't think this answers my question. 

Anyone else care to weigh in?

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