Taking the Fool as a Companion
Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) in his counsel to his son al-Baqir (AS) said, ‘My son, beware of taking a fool as a companion or mingling with him; keep away from him and do not converse with him for verily the fool is a lowly person whether he is absent or present. When he talks he exposes his foolishness and when he is silent he displays his inability to express himself. If he acts he spoils and when he is given responsibility he fails it. His own knowledge does not suffice him and others’ knowledge is of no benefit to him, he does not follow the one who advises him, his associates do not find rest [from him], his mother wishes to be bereaved (deprived) of him, his wife wishes to lose him, his neighbor wishes to live far from him and the one who sits with him would rather be absent from his company. If he is the lowest [in status] in the gathering he abases (behaves in a way so as to belittle or degrade someone) those above him and if he is the highest of them he denigrates (criticizes unfairly) the others.’
The Master
Imam Ali (AS), in his explanation of the phrase ‘There is no power or strength save in Allah’, said, ‘Verily we are not masters over anything with Allah, nor are we masters over anything except what He has given us mastery over. So by making us masters over that which He is a superior Master, He has given us responsibility, and by taking away mastership from us He absolves (sets or declares someone free from blame, guilt, or responsibility) us of our responsibilities.’
Conditions of Imama and Qualities of the Imam 
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘None can bear this responsibility [Imama] except those who are patient, and have insight and knowledge of the circumstances of this issue.’
Condemnation of the Marketplace
Imam al-Baqir (AS) said, 'The most evil of places on earth are the marketplaces, for it is Satan's domain where he unfurls (spreads out from a rolled or folded state) his flag first in the morning, takes up his seat and gives free rein to his offspring, from a vendor niggardly (not generous; stingy) with his measure, to one who is reckless with his scale, to one who thieves off metres [from cloth], or to one who lies about his wares – to all he says, 'Take advantage of this man whose father has probably died [and has left him with an inheritance and no responsibility] whilst your own father is still alive.’ And he continues to do this from the first one to enter therein to the last one to leave.’
Those for Whom Paradise is Forbidden 
The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Whoever assumes responsibility of taking care of a people, then deceives them, Allah forbids him entry into Paradise.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, 'Be careful of your duty to Allah with respect to His people as well as His places, for verily you will be answerable even for the places [you frequented] and the animals. Obey Allah and do not disobey Him.’ (frequented - located at short distances apart)
Everyone is Commissioned with Responsibility
The Prophet (SAWA) said, 'Indeed each of you is a shepherd responsible for his own herd. The commander of the people is their shepherd and responsible for his herd, just as a man looks after his household and is responsible for them, and a woman tends to her husband and children and is responsible for them.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, 'Every single person is answerable for all that he possesses and all who depend on him.’

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