09 Apr 2014
34th Martyrdom Anniversary Shaheed Ayatollah Baqir al-Sadr [RA] & Shaheeda Amina al-Sadr [RA]
If we want to talk about Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadrs personality, we could very easily say that he was without any doubt a genius, without a doubt a personality who was ahead of his time! If in the worldly sense we call Einstein a genius, or before him it is said that Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius, in the same sense we could very easily say with the complete consensus of the religious scholars that Shaheed al-Sadr was a man much ahead of his time.
Shaheed al-Sadr lived for 45 years, which according to the average life span of our scholars (ulama) is a very short period of time. In 45 years, anyone studying Islam is still considered “young. But in these 45 short years, Shaheed al-Sadr revolutionized the academic and political aspects of his society in a way that very few do. Very rarely do personalities such as Shaheed al-Sadrs appear in history. Rarely does anyone have such an impact in such a short period of time, at such a young age, and at a time that was one of the worst in the history of Islam.
Saddam led one of the most brutal and tyrannical reigns in the history of the world. It was in this time that Shaheed al-Sadr raised his voice. In this time, he established a political process. Establishing a political process requires sacrifice, and the way in which Shaheed al-Sadr sacrificed, the way in which he did his work, in an environment where there was no energy for it, no strength for it he rose up in that environment and tried to lift a nation from zero. He did that all alone with exceptional bravery. In his personality, everything was amazingly impressive, especially in the sense that he was doing all these activities while he was at the level of a Marja Taqleed. Being at that position, he sacrificed in a way that when he was put under house arrest, there was no food at his house at times.