Amongst the beliefs of the Shia and their Imam Khomeini is the belief of al Wala and al Bara, i.e. total support of their Imams and total opposition to their enemies. According to their belief, the enemies of their Imams are the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum, foremost amongst whom are Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhum. They state:
واعتقادنا في البراءة أنها واجبة من الأوثان الاربع ومن جميع أشياعهم واتباعهم
Our belief regarding al Bara’ah is that it is compulsory to exercise this belief in relation to the four idols and all those who are partial to them and follow them.
Khomeini has determined the posture of prostration to be the place to make du’a for Tawalli and Tabarri. The wording of his du’a is:
الاسلام ديني ومحمد نبي وعلي والحسن والحسين- يعدهم لآخرهم – أئمتي بهم أتولى ومن أعدائهم أتبری
Islam is my faith, Muhammad is my prophet and ‘Ali, al Hassan, al Hussain—he recounts all of them—are my Imams. I support them and oppose their enemies.
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