Ali bin al-Hussein (as) was sitting in his house when the door was knocked. He asked one of his bondmaids to open the door. “We are some of your Shia” they shouted from behind the door. As soon as he heard this statement, the Imam jumped so hurriedly that he was about to fall down. When he opened the door, he went back and said:
They lied. Where are the marks of their faces? Where are the signs of worship? Where are the features of prostration? Our Shia are characterized by their worship and shagginess. Their noses are impaired due to worship, and their foreheads, as well as organs of prostration, are effaced. Their stomachs are atrophied, and their lips are withered. Worship has changed their faces, staying up at nights has fatigued them, and hot weather has affected their bodies. They praise Allah when people are silent, offer prayers when people are asleep, and are sad when people are happy. Their distinctive feature is asceticism. Their wording is mercy and their main concern is Paradise.”

Sanad: My father, Allah may have mercy upon him, narrated to us from Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim from his father from Ismaeel bin Mehran from Hamran bin Aayun that Abu Abdullah (a) related the above hadith

Source: Sifaat ul-Shia, Sh. al-Sadooq, Hadith #40 (See Image below)


Imam al-Hasan (as) said in answer to a man who said to him: “Verily I am one of your Shi`aa‘, “O `Abdallah, if you are truly obedient to us in our commands and prohibitions, then you are telling the truth. But if not, then do not add to your sins by falsely claiming such a dignified position that you are not worthy of. Do not say, ‘I am one of your Shi`aa‘, but say rather, ‘I am one of your adherents and one of your lovers and an enemy to your enemies.‘ You are [doing] good and aiming towards good.”

Source: Bihaar al-Anwaar, al-Majlisi (rh), Chapter Sifaat al-Shia, Section 11 (See Image below)


“Abu ‘Abd Allah (as) ‘Beware of the thoughtless people. Shi’a (followers) of Ali (as) are only those whose stomach and private parts are chaste, and are intensely involved in Jihad. They work for the sake of their Creator in the hope for His rewards and for fear of His punishment. If you see such people they are the Shi’a (followers) of Ja’far ibn Muhammad (as).’”

Sanad: Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa from Muhammad ibn ‘Isma’il from Mansur Bazarj from Mufaddal who has said the above hadith

Source: Usool al-Kafi, Volume 2, Chapter 99, Hadith #11 (See Image 1 below)

Grading: Allaamah al-Majlisi (rh) said with him, it is a reliable hadith (مختلف فيه ومعتبر عندي) [Mira’at al-Uqool, Volume 9, Page 239 (See Image 2 below)]


Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said: “Test our Shi`aa with regard to three things: the prayer times to see how well they observe them, their secrets to see how well they guard them from our enemies, and their wealth to see how they help out their fellow brothers with it.”

Source: al-Khisaal, sh. Sadooq (rh), Page 103 (See Image below)