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الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الشَّفاعَةُ زَكاةُ الجاهِ.

Intercession is the zakat of high rank.
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Tuhaf al-`Uqoul, no. 381; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 478

رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): إذا قُمتُ المَقامَ المَحمودَ تَشَفَّعتُ في أصحابِ الكبائرِ مِن اُمَّتي، فَيُشَفِّعُني اللّه‏ُ فِيهِم ، واللّه‏ِ لا تَشَفَّعتُ فِيمَن آذى ذُرِّيَّتي .

When I stand at the Glorious Station, I will intercede on behalf of those of my community who have perpetrated grave sins, and Allah will accept my intercession for them. By Allah, I will not intercede for anyone who hurts my progeny.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Amali al-Saduq, p. 242, no. 3; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 478

رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): لِكُلِّ نَبِيٍّ دَعوَةٌ قد دَعا بِها وقد سَألَ سُؤلاً، وقد خَبَأتُ دَعوَتي لِشَفاعَتِي لاُِمَّتي يَومَ القِيامَةِ

Every prophet was given the right to a special request which they asked [from Allah], but I suppressed my request in return for the permission to intercede for my community on the Day of Resurrection.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
al-Khisal, p. 29, no. 103; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 478

الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في قولِهِ تعالى: «ولَسَوْفَ يُعْطِيكَ رَبُّكَ فَتَرْضى» ـ: الشَّفاعَةُ ، واللّه‏ِ الشَّفاعةُ ، واللّه‏ِ الشَّفاعَةُ.

Imām Muhammad ibn ‘Alī al-Baqir (a.s.) said with regards to Allah’s verse in the Qur’an [addressing the Prophet (SAWA)]: “Soon your Lord will give you [that with which] you will be pleased”[ Qur’an 93:5], ‘(This is) intercession, by Allah it is intercession, by Allah it is intercession.’
Imām Muhammad ibn ‘Alī al-Baqir (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 8, p. 57, no. 72; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 479

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في قولهِ تعالى: « لا يَمْلِكُونَ الشَّفاعَةَ إلّا مَنِ اتَّخَذَ عِندَ الرَّحمنِ عَهْدا» ـ: إلّا مَن اُذِنَ لَهُ بِوَلايَةِ أميرِ المؤمنينَ والأئمَّةِ مِن بَعدِهِ فهُو العَهدُ عندَ اللّه‏ِ.

Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.) said with regards to Allah’s verse in the Qur’an: "No one will have the power to intercede [with Allah], except for him who has taken a covenant with the All-beneficent", ‘[This means] except for him who has been allowed intercession through his acceptance of the guardianship of the Commander of the Faithful, Ali (AS) and the Imams after him, as this is the covenant with Allah.
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, p. 36, no. 9; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 479

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): رَجُلانِ لا تَنالُهُما شَفاعَتي: صاحِبُ سُلطانٍ عَسُوفٌ غَشُومٌ ، وغالٍ في الدِّينِ مارِقٌ.

Two types of people will not be included in my intercession: the tyrannical and iniquitous ruler and the heretical extremist in matters of religion.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
al-Khisal, p. 63, no. 93; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 479

رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أمّا شَفاعَتِي ففي أصحابِ الكبائرِ ما خَلا أهلَ الشِّركِ والظُّلمِ.

My intercession is intended for those who have committed grave sins [from among the Muslims], except for those guilty of polytheism and injustice to others.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
al-Khisal, p. 355, no. 36; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 479

رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): لا يَنالُ شَفاعَتي مَنِ استَخَفَّ بِصلاتِهِ ، ولا يَرِدُ عَلَيَّ الحَوضَ لا واللّه‏ِ.

He who does not take his daily prayers seriously will neither benefit from my intercession nor meet me at the Heavenly Pool [of Kawthar], no by Allah
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
al-Mahasin, v. 1, p. 159, no. 323; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 479

رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): مَن لم يُؤمِنْ بِشَفاعَتِي فلا أنالَهُ اللّه‏ُ شَفاعَتِي .

My intercession on behalf of one who does not believe in my intercession will not be accepted by Allah.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Uyoun Akhbar al-Reza (AS), v. 1, p. 136, no. 35; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 480

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ لَمّا أمَرَ بِاجتِماعِ قَرابَتِهِ حَولَهُ وقد حَضَرَتهُ الوَفاةُ ـ: إنَّ شَفاعَتَنا لَن تَنالَ مُستَخِفّاً بِالصَّلاةِ.

Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.), when he asked for his relatives to be gathered around him as his death approached, said to them, ‘Verily our intercession will not avail one who takes his prayer lightly.'
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
al-Mahasin, v. 1, p. 159, no. 225; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 480

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): لَو أنَّ المَلائكَةَ المُقَرَّبِينَ والأنبياءَ المُرسَلِينَ شَفَعُوا في ناصِبٍ ما شُفِّعُوا .

Even if the most favoured angels and all the prophets were to intercede for a Nasibi*, their intercession would not be accepted.
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
al-Mahasin, p. 294, no. 587; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 480

الإمام الباقرِ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ وقد قالَ لَهُ أبو أيمنَ: ياأباجعفرٍ، تَغُرُّونَ الناسَ وتَقولونَ: شَفاعَةُ محمّدٍ، شَفاعَةُ محمّدٍ! فَغَضِبَ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) حتّى تَرَبَّدَ وَجهُهُ ـ: وَيحَكَ يا أبا أيمَنَ ! أغَرَّكَ إن عَفَّ بَطْنُكَ وفَرجُكَ ؟! أما لَو قد رَأيتَ أفزاعَ القِيامَةِ لقدِ احتَجتَ إلى شَفاعَةِ محمّدٍ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) ، وَيلَكَ فَهل يَشفَعُ إلّا لِمَن وَجَبَت لَهُ النارُ ؟! ثُمَّ قالَ: ما مِن أحَدٍ مِنَ الأوَّلِينَ والآخِرِينَ إلّا وهُو مُحتاجٌ إلى شَفاعَةِ محمّدٍ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) يَومَ القِيامَةِ .

A man called Abu Ayman once came to Imam al-Baqir (AS) saying, ‘O Abu Ja`afar, you delude people by saying, ‘Muhammad’s intercession [will help you], Muhammad’s intercession!’ At this, the Imam (AS) got so angry that his face was glowering, and said, ‘Woe betide you Abu Ayman! If your belly and your private parts keep you away from sin, does that mean they delude you? You would only have to see the atrocities of the Day of Resurrection to need Muhammad (SAWA)’s intercession. Woe unto you! In any case, do you think that he will only intercede for those whose punishment in the Fire is obligatory?!’ Then he continued, saying, ‘Every single person, from the first to the last, will need the intercession of Muhammad (SAWA) on the Day of Resurrection.’
Imām Muhammad ibn ‘Alī al-Baqir (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 8, p. 38, no. 16; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 480

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): ثلاثةٌ يَشفَعُونَ إلى اللّه‏ِ عَزَّوجلَّ فَيُشَفَّعُونَ: الأنبياءُ ، ثُمّ العُلَماءُ ، ثُمّ الشُّهَداءُ.

Three types of people have the right to intercede with Allah, and their intercession will be accepted: the prophets, then the scholars, and then the martyrs.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
al-Khisal, p. 156, no. 197; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 481

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): الشَّفاعَةُ لِلأنْبِياءِ والأوصِياءِ والمُؤمِنِينَ والمَلائكةِ.

[The right of] Intercession belongs to the prophets, their vicegerents, the believers and the angels.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 8, p. 58, no. 75; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 481

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): الشُّفَعاءُ خَمسَةٌ: القُرآنُ ، والرَّحِمُ ، والأمانَةُ ، ونَبِيُّكُم ، وأهلُ بَيتِ نَبِيِّكُم.

There are five intercessors: the Qur’an, consanguinity, immunity, your Prophet, and your Prophet’s household.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, p. 43, no. 39; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 481

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): لا شَفيعَ أنجَحُ مِنَ التَّوبَةِ.

There is no intercessor more effective than repentance.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, p. 58, no. 75; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 481

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): شافِعُ الخَلقِ العَمَلُ بِالحَقِّ ولُزومُ الصِّدقِ .

The intercessor for all of creation is action according to what is right and adherence to the truth.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 5789; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 481

رسولُ اللّه (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): الأئمّةُ مِن وُلْدِ الحُسينِ عليه‏السلام ، مَن أطاعَهُم فَقَد أطاعَ اللّه‏َ، ومَن عَصاهُم فقد عَصَى اللّه‏َ عز و جل ، هُم العُروَةُ الوُثقى ، وهُمُ الوَسيلَهُ إلى اللّه عز و جل .

The Imams from the progeny of al-Husayn (AS) are such that whoever obeys them has obeyed Allah, and whoever disobeys them has disobeyed Allah. They are the Firm Rope [to Allah], and they are the means of recourse to Allah.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Uyoun Akhbar al-Reza (AS), v. 2, p. 58, no. 217; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 482

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): إنّ أقرَبَكُم مِنّي غَداً وأوجَبَكُم عَلَيَّ شَفاعَةً: أصدَقُكُم لِساناً ، وأدّاكُم لِلأمانَةِ ، وأحسَنُكُم خُلُقاً ، وأقرَبُكُم مِنَ الناسِ .

Verily the closest from among you to me tomorrow [in the Hereafter], and the most eligible of you for my intercession are those who are the most truthful from amongst you, the most conscientious at returning a trust placed in their care, the most good-natured, and the ones who have close ties with people.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Amali al-Saduq, p. 411, no. 5; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 482

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): في المؤمنينَ مَن يَشفَعُ مِثلَ رَبِيعَةَ ومُضَرَ ، وأقَلُّ المُؤمنينَ شَفاعَةً مَن يَشفَعُ لِثَلاثِينَ إنساناً .

There are people from among the believers who have the right to intercession like Rabi`aa and Musar. A believer has the right to intercede on behalf of at least thirty people.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 8, p. 58, no. 75; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 482

الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): يَشفَعُ الرَّجُلُ في القَبيلَةِ ، ويَشفَعُ الرَّجُلُ لاِءهلِ البَيتِ ، ويَشفَعُ الرجُلُ لِلرَّجُلَينِ على قَدرِ عَمَلِهِ ، فذلكَ المَقامُ المَحمودُ.

A man may intercede on behalf of his tribe, or for his family, or even just for two other people, depending on the extent of his deeds, for that is the Glorious Station.
Imām Muhammad ibn ‘Alī al-Baqir (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, p. 43, no. 41; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 482