The notion of the Imam of the time (Hazar Imam) as the source of human salvation was underscored by Nizar Quhistani, in the following verse:
“Salvation is to be found in the Imam of the Time.
I found the essence of faith in obedience to the command of his representative.
I have given up everything except that contained in the Quranic verse ‘offspring, one of the other’.
Ever since I found the Imamate, permanently in human form, I have known no other guide than the living, everlasting Imam,
For in his command, I have found peace in both the worlds.”
The necessity of a living Imam in every age according to the changing needs and circumstances of people is echoed in the following lines:
“My lover appears in different forms,
Because for each period there comes a new guidance;
One after the other, there follows another Qaim Imam Ali.”
Source: The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation by Shafique N. Virani, Hardcover – May 3, 2007
Related Literary Readings:
♦ Literary Reading: The Devotion of Nizar Quhistani
♦ Literary Reading: The “Light” that will keep on burning