Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (AS) once said to one of his companions: “O Jabir it is not enough that a person says; I am a Shia and I love the Prophet (SAW) and the Prophet’s family and the Imams. By Allah, a Shia is the one who is perfectly pious and obedient to Allah’s commands. Anyone else is not a Shia no matter how much they say they love Hazrat Ali (AS) and no matter what they call themselves. O Jabir Our Shiah are known by these signs: (a) They are truthful, trustworthy and loyal; (b) They always remember Allah; © They offer their prayers, observe fasts, and recite Qur’an; (d) They help their neighbors, take care of orphans, and say nothing but good of people; (e) They act nicely towards their parents; (f) They are worthy of peoples trust and confidence.
Imam e Baqir on “Shia”