Imam Jafar Al Sadiq: An Islamic Scholar

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Imam Jafar al Sadiq or Jafar ibn Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Hussain (A.S) was born on the 17th of Rabbi-al Awwal 83 Hijra in the city of Medina, and was martryed on the 15th/25th shawwal, 148 Hijra at the age of 65 in the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia (Syed, 2007). He was then buried at the Jannat al Baqi cemetry in Medina besides his father. He is believed to be the sixth infallible imam of the twelver shias and the Ismaili shia muslims. His father Imam Muhammad al Baqir (A.S) also known as al Baqir was the imam for the both, the twelver shias as well as Ismaili shia muslims. Imam Jafar al Sadiq is also known as Al – Fadil and At – Tahir (Juma, n.d). It is acknowledged from various sources of history books as well hadiths that when Imam Jafar al Sadiq was a young boy he used to go to schools and madrasas which was initiated by his father Muhammad al Baqir and instead of learning like other youths he was always interested in learning matters of serious dialogues and matters of fiqh and jurisprudence with much older students of madrasas. It is an astonishing fact that at the tender age of 11 he entered the classroom where there was an argument being carried out on the subject of astronomy. It was of a shock to everyone excluding his father, that he proved, that the earth was not flat. It was his view that the earth was of a round shape. This incident astonished everyone present in the class except his father who knew of his son's capabilities (Syed, 2007).

Imam Jafar al Sadiq studied under the supervision of his grandfather Ali ibn Hussain (A.S). After the death of his grandfather he was guided by his father al Baqir and also accompained him until his death in 733H. Under the leadership of such immense personalities, he became well educated in the topics of hadith, sunnah and the Holy Quran (Juma, n.d). Not only this, but he was also well learned in numerous fields namely astronomy, alchemist, Islamic scholary, physician and scientist (Juma, n.d). And because of...
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