Where in the Quran is the concept of Imamate mentioned?
In the Name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful.
May Allah bless Muhammad and his Family and damn their enemies.
Imamate is clearly mentioned and stated in the Qur’an as a fundamental concept and belief in several verses. For example, Allah (the Most Exalted), says:
We also made them leaders, guiding by Our command, and inspired them to do good deeds, establish prayer, and pay alms-tax. And they were devoted to Our worship.
Surah Al-Anbya, (21:73)
He (the Most Exalted) also says:
We raised from among them leaders, guiding by Our command, when they patiently endured and firmly believed in Our signs.
Surah As-Sajdah, (32:24)
Also, Allah (the Almighty) says:
And We wished to be Gracious to those who were being depressed in the land, to make them leaders (in Faith) and make them heirs
Moreover, He (the Almighty) says:
Recall when Abraham’s Lord tested him in certain matters and when he successfully stood the test, He said: ‘Indeed I am going to appoint you a leader of all people.
There are many other verses in which the concept of Imamate is either explicitly, implicitly, directly, or indirectly mentioned. All serve one purpose: to prove that Allah (the Most Exalted) would never leave his servants, after the demise of his prophets, (peace be upon them) lost without an Imam to guide and lead them to the truth!
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