Why do we consider Imam Sadiq (a.s.) as the head of the Shia religion?

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Imam Sadiq (AS) is the head of the Shia religion.

Why do we consider Imam Sadiq(a.s.) as the head of our religion while all imams are the head of the religion? For example, the first is Ali Ibn Abi Talib, but his society was constantly in a suffocating state.

During the era of Imam Sadiq, the governments and kings often used to fight with each other.

The one who was killed, another would succeed to the throne.

In other words, they're constantly engaged in war and killing.

In such situation, Imam Sadiq(a.s.) used to train students.

They used to fight for the world's wealth, for the headship, for the position;

Imam Sadiq(a.s.) was rapidly training students.

Then, society was in a suffocating state; for example, his student, the best Ayatollah of that time, wanted to talk to Imam Sadiq, ask him some questions, and get his answer.

What would he do for this?

He'd ask the greengrocer, for example, how much do you sell all your vegetables to me?

For example, he'd say 10,000 tomans (in today's money).

Ayatollah would say take this 10,000 tomans; then he'd take off his clothes and ask the greengrocer to give his clothes to him to wear.

Wearing the greengrocer's clothes, Ayatollah would put a basket of vegetables on his head.

He'd go in front of Imam Sadiq's house, shouting, we've vegetables [to sell]…various vegetables.

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) would have understood the issue and took him home.

He'd receive answers to all his questions and come out.

And then he'd go back to the greengrocer,

saying: Let those 10,000 tomans be yours and give back my clothes. The vegetables are yours too.


That is, those who preserved God's religion up to now and helped God's religion,
They started for God's sake, read for God's sake, took notes for God's sake, worked for God's sake, spoke for God's sake, were patient for God's sake.

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