The Seventh Imam: Musa Ibn Ja'far Al-Kazim (Peace be on him)

 

Name: Musa.
Title: al-Kazim.
Agnomen. Abu Imrahim.
Father's name: Ja'far as-Sadiq.
Mother's name: Hamidah al-Barbariyyah.
Birth: In Abwa' (between Mecca and Medina) on Sunday,7th Safar 128 AH.
Death: Died at the age of 55, in Baghdad, on 25th Rajab 183 AH;
poisoned by Harun ar-Rashid; buried in al-Kazimiyyah, Baghdad.

Generosity was synonymous with his name and no beggar ever returned from his door empty handed. Even after his death, he continued to be obliging and was generous to his devotees who came to his holy tomb with prayers and behests which were invariably granted by God. Thus, one of his additional titles is also "Babu'l-Hawaij" (the door to fulfilling needs).


Imamate

The Holy Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq breathed his last on 25th Shawwal 148 AH, and with effect from the same date Imam Musa al-Kazim succeeded the holy office of Imamate as the Seventh Imam. The period of his Imamate continued for thirty-five years. In the first decade of his Imamate, Imam Musa al-Kazim could afford a peaceful execution of the responsibilities of his sacred office and carried on the propagation of the teachings of the Holy Prophet. But soon after, fell victim to the ruling kings and a greater part of his life passed in prison.


Literary Attainments

The Holy Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq breathed his last on 25th Shawwal 148 AH, and with effect from the same date Imam Musa al-Kazim succeeded the holy office of Imamate as the Seventh Imam. The period of his Imamate continued for thirty-five years. In the first decade of his Imamate, Imam Musa al-Kazim could afford a peaceful execution of the responsibilities of his sacred office and carried on the propagation of the teachings of the Holy Prophet. But soon after, fell victim to the ruling kings and a greater part of his life passed in prison.


Death

In 179 AH, Harun ar-Rashid visited Medina. The fire of malice and jealousy against the Ahlu'l-bayt was kindled in his heart when he saw the great influence and popularity which the Holy Imam enjoyed amongst the people there. He got the Imam arrested while he was busy in prayer at the tomb of the Holy Prophet and kept him in prison in Baghdad for a period of about four years. On the 25th Rajab 183 AH, he got the Imam martyred by poison. Even his corpse was not spared humiliation and was taken out of the prison and left on the Bridge of Baghdad. His devotees, however, managed to lay the holy body of the Imam to rest in al-Kazimiyyah (Iraq).

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al-Imam al-Kazim, peace be on him, said:

"* No charity is superior to giving a helping hand to the weak."

"* Never bother to learn something not knowing which does not do you any harm, and never neglect to learn something whose negligence will increase your ignorance."

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