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Imam Ali b. Moosa al-Reza (a.s.) while describing the status of Imamate said – During the farewell pilgrimage, which was made in the last days of the Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) lifetime, Allah revealed to him, ‘…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…’ It is the issue of divine leadership which completes religion. The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) did not die until he (s.a.w.a.) clarified the knowledge of their religion for them, showed them their way, put them on the straight path, established Ali (a.s.) as their guide and divine leader, and stated whatever the people needed.
Oyoon Akhbaar al-Reza (a.s.) chap 20 trad 1

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