Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq (a.s) was born in Madina in the year 83 A.H and he died in Rajab in the year 148 A.H. at the age of 65. Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq was buried in the cemetery of al-Baqi alongside his father Holy Imam Muhmmad Baqir (a.s), his grandfather Holy Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s) and his (great-great) grand father Holy Imam Hasan (a.s).  His mother was Umm Farwa, the daughter of al-Qasim b. Muhammad b. Abi Bakr. His Imamate lasted for thirty-four years. His father, Holy Imam Mohammad Baqir (a.s.), clearly gave him the trusteeship (of the Imamate) and gave him an explicit designation (nass jali) for the Imamate.

Imam's Knowledge and his Sciences

          Holy Imam Jaffer Sadiq (a.s.) stood out among their group for his great merit (fadl); he was the most celebrated, the greatest in rank and the most illustrious of them in the eyes of both the non-Shia (al-amma) and the Shi'a (al-khassa). The people transmitted on his authority the religious sciences which travellers carried with them and thus his fame was spread throughout the lands. The learned scholars have transmitted on the authority of no other member of the House (ahl al-bayt) as much as they have transmitted on his authority. None of them met as many of the reporters of traditions as he did, nor did the latter transmit on their authority to the same extent as they transmitted on the authority of Abu Abd Allah Imam Jaffer Sadiq(a.s.). The specialists in tradition (ashab al- hadith) have gathered together the names of those who narrated on his authority, who were reliable despite differences in views and doctrines and they were four thousand men. The clear evidence for his Imamate was such that it overcame hearts and silenced the attempts of an opponent to denigrate it with doubts.During the imamate of the Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq greater possibilities and a more favorable climate existed for him to propagate religious teachings. This came about as a result of revolts in Islamic Lands, especially the uprising of the Muswaddah to overthrow the Umayyad caliphate, and the bloody wars which finally led to the fall and extinction of the Umayyads. The greater opportunities for Shi'ite teachings were also a result of the favorable ground the Holy Imam Muhammaad Baqir (a.s) had prepared during the twenty years of his imamate through the propagation of the true teachings of Islam and the sciences of the Household of the Prophet. The Imam took advantage of the occasion to propagate the religious sciences until the very end of his imamate, which was contemporary with the end of the Umayyad and beginning of the Abbasid caliphates. He instructed many scholars in different fields of the intellectual and transmitted sciences, such as Zorarah, Muhammad ibn Muslim, Mu'min Taq, Hisham ibn Hakam, Aban ibn Taghlib, Hisham ibn Salim, Hurayz, Hisham Kalbi Nassabah, and Jabir ibn Hayyan, the alchemist. Even some important Sunni scholars such as Sufyan Thawri, Abu Hanifah, the founder of the Hanafi school of law, Qadhi Sukuni, Qadhi Abu'l- Bakhtari, and others, had the honor of being his students. It is said that his classes and sessions of instruction produced four thousand scholars of hadith and other sciences. The number of traditions preserved from the Holy Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s) and Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq (a.s) are more than all the hadith, that have been recorded from the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and the other ten Imams combined.

          There are innumerable reports about him concerning signs and revealing the unknown similar to those which we have mentioned, which would take too long to recount.

Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq (a.s) used to say: "Our knowledge is of what will be (ghabir), of what is past (mazbur), of what is marked in hearts (nakt fi al-qulub), and of what is tapped into ears (naqr fi al-asma). We have the red case (jafr), the white case, and the scroll of Fatima (s.a.) and we have (the document called) al-jami'a in which is everything the people need."

          Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq (a.s) was asked to explain these words and he said: "Ghabir is knowledge of what will be; mazbur is knowledge of what was; what is marked in the hearts (nakt fi al-qulub) is inspiration; and what is tapped into the ears (naqr fi al- asma) are words of angels; we hear their speech but we do not see their forms. The red case (jafr) is a vessel in which are the weapons of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family. It will never leave us until the one (destined) among us members of the House, to arise (qa'im), arises. The white case (jafr) is a vessel in which are the Torah of Moses, the Gospels of Jesus, the Psalms of David and the (other) Books of God. The scroll of Fatima, peace be on her, has in it every event which will take place and the names of all the rulers until the (last) hour comes. (The document called) al-jami'a is a scroll seventy yards long which the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family, dictated from his own mouth and Ali b. Abi Talib, peace be on him, wrote in his own handwriting. By God, in it is everything which people need until the end of time, including even the blood-wit for wounding, and whether a (full) flogging or half a flogging (is due).

          Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq, peace be on him, used to say: "My traditions are my father's traditions; my father's traditions are my grandfather's traditions; my grandfather's traditions are the traditions of Ali b. Abi Talib, the Commander of the faithful; the traditions of Ali the Commander of the faithful are the traditions of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family; and the traditions of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family, are the word of God, the Mighty and High.

          Toward the end of his life the Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq was subjected to severe restrictions placed upon him by the Abbasid caliph Mansur, who ordered such torture and merciless killing of many of the descendants of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) who were Shi'ite that his actions even surpassed the cruelty and heedlessness of the Umayyads. At his order they were arrested in groups, some thrown into deep and dark prisons and tortured until they died, while others were beheaded or buried alive or placed at the base of or between walls of buildings, and walls were constructed over them. Hisham, the Umayyad caliph, had ordered the Holy Imam Jaffar Sadiq (a.s) to be arrested and brought to Damascus. Later, the Holy Imam Jafar sadiq (a.s.) was arrested by Saffah, the Abbasid caliph, and brought to Iraq. Finally, Mansur had him arrested again and brought to Samarrah where he had the Holy Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) kept under supervision, was in every way harsh and discourteous to him, and several times thought of killing him. Eventually the  Holy Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) was allowed to return to Medina where he spent the rest of his life in hiding, until he was poisoned and martyred through the intrigue of Mansur.

           Upon hearing the news of the Imam's martyrdom, Mansur wrote to the governor of Medina instructing him to go to the house of the Holy Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) on the pretext of expressing his condolences to the family, to ask for the Imam's will and testament and read it. Whoever was chosen by the Holy Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) as his inheritor and successor should be beheaded on the spot. Of course the aim of Mansur was to put an end to the whole question of the imamate and to Shi'ite aspirations. When the governor of Medina, following orders, read the last will and testament, he saw that the Holy Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) had chosen four people rather than one to administer his last will and testament: the caliph himself, the governor of Medina, 'Abdullah Aftah, the Imam's older son, and Imam Musa-e-Kazim(a.s.), his younger son. In this way the plot of Mansur failed.

Hazrath Ameerul Moomineen
Syedina Imam Jafar Sadiq Razi Allahu Tha'ala anhu

Jannathul  Baqi - Madina,
Jannathul Mualla - Mecca,
before demolition in 1925 by Saudi cursed Ruler Abdul Aziz ibn Saud.

     On 1 May 1925, mausoleums in al-Baqi' were demolished by King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. In the same year, he also demolished the tombs of holy personalities at  Jannathul Mualla in Mecca where Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) mother, wife, grandfather, and other ancestors are buried. This happened despite protest by the international Islamic community.

     The destruction of sacred sites in the Hajaz initiated by Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab continues today to prevent what some consider to be the practice of grave-worshipping, revering the dead and asking favours of the dead buried there.

     Another major, though less-known, reason for the demolitions was the Al-Saud family's desire to wipe out the Hashemite history and presence in the Hejaz area which they had seized from them by force. Many of these mausoleums, domes and structures, originally intended to identify famous companions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) were destroyed upon the urging of Wahhabi scholars who argued, in accordance with the various recorded sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):

     -It was narrated that Jabir said: "The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) forbade plastering graves, sitting on them and erecting structures over them.

     -It was narrated from Abu Sa`eed that the Prophet Muhammad forbade building structures over graves.-Abu Az-Zubair narrated that he heard J├óbir say: "I heard the Prophet forbid sitting on graves and plastering or building structures over them."

     According to these scholars, adornment or beautification of graves is forbidden in order to prevent people from seeking a means of approach to God through the dead and to directly seek help from the dead. Despite this, the graves of many historic figures continue to be visited by numerous pilgrims, and burials continue at the cemetery to this day.

     Many Shia Muslims continue to mourn the day the House of Saud demolished shrines in al-Baqi'. They remember it as yaum-e-gham or "Day of Sorrow". Shia Muslims continue to protest the Saudi government's demolition of these Holy shrines.
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