50. His intercession for seventy thousand sinners
This matter is proved by a traditional report mentioned in Biharul Anwar through his own chain of narrators from His Eminence, Abu Abdillah Sadiq (as) from his father from his grandfather from Amirul Momineen (as) that he said:
“There are eight gates of Paradise. From one will enter the prophets and truthful ones (siddeeqeen) and the from the next will enter the martyrs and the righteous people. And from the remaining five will enter our Shias and friends. We shall stand continuously at the Siraat Bridge, praying and saying: O Lord, keep safe our Shias and friends and all those who followed me in the world. Thus a voice will come out from inside the Arsh: I have accepted your Dua and given intercession to your Shias.
Thus every person from our Shias and those who followed and helped me and fought alongside me – by word or deed – fought for the truth – each of them would intercede for seventy thousand of their neighbors and relatives and from other Muslims – who testified that: There is no god except Allah – and in their heart there is not an iota of enmity for us, Ahle Bayt – will also enter.”1
I say: The point of evidence is that one who has the Wilayat of Amirul Momineen (as) and helped His Eminence or fought alongside him – with word or deed – his intercession will be accepted for seventy thousand persons, and it is clear that praying for our master, the Master of the Time (aj) and supplicating for his early reappearance is a type of help and assistance of Amirul Momineen (as) by words. Because helping Hazrat Hujjat (as) is helping his venerable father and since revenge is effective it is included among the types of helps to His Eminence among whom is Dua – according to the explanation given previously that Dua is a cause of advancement of his reappearance and victory.
- 1. Biharul Anwar; Vol. 8, Pg. 121