Amir al-mu'minin describes herein the
members of the Prophet's family
They are life for knowledge
and death for ignorance. Their forbearance tells you of their knowledge,
and their silence of the wisdom of their speaking. They do not go against
right nor do they differ (among themselves) about it. They are the pillars
of Islam and the asylums of (its) protection.
With them right has returned
to its position and wrong has left its place and its tongue is severed
from its root. They have understood the religion attentively and
carefully, not by mere heresy or from relaters, because the relaters of
knowledge are many but its understanders (performers) are few.