And we have vested [the knowledge and authority] of all things within the Manifest Imam [Imam-i Mubin]
–Q. 36:12 – Ismaili Dua – Part 2
The Qur’an is a book inscribed between two covers. It cannot do without an interpreter.
–Hazrat Imam ‘Ali (a.s.)
The course of wisdom… requires that there be a person put in charge of [the Jamat]… The community will thus follow his [the Imam’s] practice and the commandments of Allah will be ever-fresh… [This] person… is the Imam chosen on behalf of Allah!
–Da’i Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani (d. 1021 CE)
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