Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) said to one of his companions
أَبْلِغْ شِيعَتَنا أَنَّهُ لا يُنالُ ما عِنْدَ اللّه إلاّ بِعَمَل.
Declare to our Shias that no one receives divine favors and bounties except through action.1
This speech of Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) is a reply to those who suppose that they could reach the highest position before God only by adopting the name of Shiism and expressing love to the household of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny), while we know that in Islam the important thing is one’s actions . The word “Shiite” is derived from the word ‘moshaieat’ meaning following somebody. Since the Shiites say that they are the followers of the household of Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny), they must also follow the practices of the Imams in their day to day life in order to be a true Shia and win divine blessings.