We all claim that we are Shia, but what type of person is really a Shia? To be a Shia is it enough to simply claim that you love Ali (A.S.). Who are the best and most honourable persons in the sight of Allah? What must we do to become perfect human beings and enjoy the blessings of Paradise? To get the answer to these questions we have to go to those people who gave us this religion.
Al-Imam Muhammad al-Baqar (A.S.) once said to one of his companions: "O Jabir! It is not enough that a person says; I am a Shia and I love the Prophet (S.A.W.) and the Prophet?s family and the Imams. By Allah, a Shia is the one who is perfectly pious and obedient to Allah?s commands. Anyone else is not a Shia no matter how much they say they love Ali (A.S.) and no matter what they call themselves."
"O Jabir! Our Shias are known by these signs:
Jabir was listening attentively. When the Imam (A.S.) finished, Jabir said: " O son of the Prophet (S.A.W.) among the Muslims there are very few who possess these qualities."
The Imam (A.S.) replied: "Allah forbid you imagine that just to claim to love us is enough to be a Shia. No not at all. A person who says I love Ali (A.S.) but doesn?t follow Ali (A.S.) in actions is not the Shia of Ali (A.S.). Similarly, if a person says I love the Prophet (S.A.W.) but doesn?t follow the actions of the Prophet (S.A.W.), his claim will be of no use to him."
"O Jabir! Our real friend and Shias are obedient to the commands of Allah, and everyone who is disobedient to Allah is our enemy."
"O Jabir! Always be pious and chaste, and perform good deeds so as to enjoy the blessings of the Paradise. Know that the best and most honourable before Allah are the pious and the chaste.