The Role of Embracing the Authority of Ahl al-Bayt (a) in the Formation of Righteous Actions in the Quranic Exegesis al-Mīzān

Document Type : Original Article


1 University of Religions and Denominations

2 Faculty of Shiite Studies, Department of Shiite History Studies, University of Religions and Denominations


It is crucial for individuals to learn about the factors contributing to their salvation. Quranic verses refer to “righteous actions” among such factors. Many hadiths in the exegesis of these verses state that true instances of righteous believers are the followers or Shīʿas of Imam ʿAlī, the first Shiite Imam. This raises the idea that there is an inextricable tie between embracing the Imamate and wilāya (authority) of Ahl al-Bayt (Prophet Muḥammad’s Household) and righteous actions. In this article, we scrutinize the semantics of “righteous actions” (al-ʿamal al-ṣāliḥ) and the common effects of such actions and embracement of the authority of Ahl al-Bayt to establish the above connection: a necessary condition for an action to be characterized as righteous is that its agent embraces the authority of Ahl al-Bayt. The method of this research is descriptive-analytic and library-based, and given the significance of the Quranic exegesis al-Mīzān, it is taken as our source for interpreting the verses in question.