Allaah says, “Had those who wronged themselves come to you and repented to Allaah, and had the nabi of Allaah also asked for forgiveness for them, they would have found Allaah forgiving and merciful.” With regard to the conduct of hypocrites Allaah says, “When it is said to them, ‘Come in, the Saiyed ul-Ambiyaa Mohammad (saws) of Allaah will intercede for you,' then they shrug their shoulders and turn away puffed up with pride.”
The above verses show that those who wrong themselves cannot be forgiven unless they approach Allaah Ta'aala through His Hujjat i.e. the Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) who are the gates of His mercy for His people and the medium of approach for the people. He who seeks for their intercession is interceded for by them. He who seeks Allaah's mercy through them is favoured by Allaah and he who tries to reach Allaah through them is lifted to Him. The approach to Allaah through His Saiyed ul-Ambiyaa Mohammad (saws) as it is mentioned in the above verse means our obedience to the Saiyed ul-Ambiyaa Mohammad (saws) and through our obedience to the Imaams who belong to His ‘Ahl ul Bayt'( the members of his household ). Had this not been the case, the mercy of Allaah would have been cut off from His people and His forgiveness would have disappeared. The doors of our repentance to Him would have been closed and there would have been no way left open to us for maghferat - forgiveness.
Allaah has not left this world without a waseelah - medium of approach to Him. This medium is the shelter for shelterless, the gate of rehmat - divine mercy and a haadi - guide for the people. Had there been no such medium left for us, people would have argued in defense of their wrong doing by saying, “There was no one to show us the siraat e mustaqeem - right path and warn us against the wrong one. There was none to let us know what we did not know and there was none to whom we could have run for shelter and through whom we could have approached Allaah for forgiveness.” But Allaah has shut the mouth of these people by leaving the medium on earth.
Allaah has linked the obedience to Him and to the Saiyed ul-Ambiyaa Mohammad (saws) with the obedience to the hablullaahil mateen - spiritual hands that are the zurriyat & aal - representative of the Saiyed ul-Ambiyaa Mohammad (saws) on earth and has ordered us to refer to them in all our affairs for guidence and submit to their decision. In short, He wants us to be devoted to Him through our devotion to the Imaam-e-aal-e-Mohammad (as). They are the gates of His mercy and the means by which we can approach Him for forgiveness.
If any one of the followers of the Imaam does contrary to the pledge that he has given to him, to the slightest extent or neglects to do what he has been ordered by him to do or commits a positive wrong, then let him go back to him and admit his guilt to him repenting for his sins. This is what Allaah has commanded us to do in the Qur'an. Let him on no account persist in his misconduct and justify it remorselessly without showing any sign of desisting from this perverse course.
Allaah says in the Qur'an, “He likes those who repent and those who try to purify themselves.” Imaam Ja'far us-Saadiq (as) says, “We are the gates of Allaah. We are His medium for His people. He who approaches Him through us is brought near Him. He who seeks our intercession is interceded for. He who seeks His favours through us is favoured by Him. He who turns away from us goes astray.” Maulaana Ali Ameer ul-Mumineen (as) said, “It is the duty of every one who recognizes the true position of the Imaam to inform him of his short-comings. Let him tell the Imaam what he can do and what he cannot do. The Imaam will assign to him the post for which he finds him fit. This, in my opinion, is the best course of conduct for the followers of the Imaam.”
Let us speak the truth and hide nothing from the Imaam or his naa'ib i.e. Da'i uz-Zamaan then let us do, what we do, not for the sake of excepting a post from them or for the sake of gaining power. Let us do this for nothing but for the sake of Allaah. Let us do it for the sawaab - eternal reward form Allaah and return for our paying back the ‘amaanat' to the Da'i and the fulfillment of our pledge to them. Let us show our maximum aqeedat & ikhlaas - loyalty and sincerity to them according to the pledge that we have given to them.
If any one of the followers of the Da'i finds himself unfit for the job which is offered to him by the Da'i and yet he intends to accept it to improve his worldly prospect and hides his deficiency from the Da'i, does an act of treachery to Allaah, to Saiyed ul-Ambiyaa Mohammad (saws) and his Wasi & Imaam . But if he informs him of all his defects and speaks nothing but truth then the matter rests with the Da'i and his duty is to carry out his orders. It matters little whether he knows the job or not. It matters little whether he is competent or incompetent. For, Allaah helps those who are appointed by the Saheb-e-Darajah either Imaam or Da'i provided they discharge their duties with the best of their intentions.
Saiyedna Qazi No'maan saheb (qr), the Chief Justice during the Imaamat of 14th Faatemi Imaam Maulaana Mo'iz (as), says an oath that I was ordered by the Imaam for innumerable times to do a thing, which I believed I could not do. All the same, as soon as I took up the job, I felt competent and I did the work to my satisfaction and Imaam's expectation. I know for certain that Allaah fulfils the expectations of the Imaam and they get what they want. Men are nothing more than instruments in the hands of the Imaam. When these instruments are used by them they do wonderful things.
He says, “I know of a ‘mumin' who was appointed by one of the Imaam to a post for which, in my opinion and in the opinion of others who knew him, he was not fit. He accepted the post with promptness. Some one, who knew him and knew me to be a close friend of his, mentioned this to me and remarked that the fellow would make a mess of the job. He pressed me hard to advise the man to resign the post. I talked over the matter to the man and he replied, “I know well, that I am what you know me to be. I have no previous experience of the job, at the same time I am convinced that since the Imaam has appointed me to do it, I will prove to be suitable. I say on oath that if the Imaam were to give me a piece of gold or silver and ask me to make, out of them ornaments of a particular design I shall accept the job and begin the work in right earnest. I know for certain that Allaah will guide me and inspire me to do what the Imaam wants me to do and I shall do it to his satisfaction.”
He further adds, “I knew well that he was a man of conviction. I knew for certain that he would not give up the job. To give up the job will be as hard to him as to disobey the Imaam. I did not think it proper to argue with him and left him to himself. Next morning I went to his house and found him suffering from a serious disease. He continued ailing till some one else was appointed in his place. After a few days he got over his ailment and became hail and hearty. I realized for myself that after all good came to his help and relieved him of the job, which I was afraid he would make a mess of. This was the result of his implicit faith in the Imaam.”
The least that is expected of the believers of the Imaam is, to inform him of their poor abilities, limitations and inefficiency when they are assigned to a job for which they think they are not best fitted. After this they have to submit to his decision and hasten to the job to which they are appointed.
We have a hard conviction that they (hujjatullaah Imaam or Da'i) look at things with the light of Allaah. He guides them and informs them of what they ask Him about in His subtle ways. He confers on them favours and blessings that they are the only privileged persons to receive. We must bear in mind that the Imaam looks with the light of Allaah, acts with the commands of Allaah and speaks with the words of Allaah.