13 Aug 2014
The School of Thought - Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (as)
Name - Jafar ibne Mohammad (as)
Title - as-Sadiq, al-Fadhl, at-Taher
Kunyat - Abu Abdullah
Born - Monday 17th of Rabi-ul-Awwal 83 A.H. in Medina
Father Name - Muhammad ibne Ali (as)
Mother Name - Umme-e-Farwah (as)
Died - At the age of 65 years, in Medina, on Monday, 15 Shawal (some say 15 Rajab) 148 AH. Poisoned by Mansur Dawaneeqi the Abbasite
Buried - Jannat-ul-Baqi
One of the most widely respected Imams is Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (as), the truthful.
Imam Jafar as-Sadiq was born in Medina on the 17 of Rabi ul-Awwal in the year of 82 Hijra. He has the same date of birth as his great grandfather, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). Imam Jafar as-Sadiq`s father was the 5th Imam Mohammed Baqar (as) and he, himself, is the 6th Imam of Shia muslims.
Both Shia and Sunni sects greatly admire him for his learning, piety, and contribution to the knowledge what we call "sciences, physics, geography, chemistry, etc" today. Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (as) was an influential lecturer, theologian and jurist. Among his students were Abu Hanifa and Malik ibn Anas who were active in the development of Sunni Islam. Though an active Shia theologian, Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (as) appeared to have had a open-minded view of learning and continued effective conversations with many scholars of opposing views. Regardless of his inactiveness in politics, he was imprisoned and persecuted several times by the Abbassid Caliphs.