A Truth Hidden No Longer: Jewish “Sinful Rogue” Al-Sindi al-Shahik (L.A.) Murdered Imam Moussa al-Kazim (A.S.) 1,220 Years Ago Today

by Jonathan Azaziah

The 25th of Rajab. A day that will whistle forever in woe; that will scream eternally in sorrow; that will ache in our hearts perpetually in affliction, agony and anguish. Yes, upon us today is the 1,220th anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Moussa al-Kazim (A.S.), the 7th Imam of we Jaafari Shi’a; the Original Dean of the Wrongly Accused and Unjustly Imprisoned; the Behind Bars Breaker of Bullies; Jihadi General of the Jailed; the Marshall of the Mewed; the Sentinel of the Shackled; the Reserved Renegade; the Tenderhearted Toppler of Tyrants; the Endurer of Entropy; the Zen Zulfiqar. Indeed, of all his names, from Al-Sabir (the Patient) to Al-Zahir (the Brilliant), Al-Sayyed (the Master) to Al-Wafi (the Faithful), Abdul Saleh (the Most Pious of Worshipers) to Al-Amin (the Trusted One), Qa’id al-Askar (Commander of the Troops) to Dhou al-Nafs al-Zakiyya (the Pure-Souled One) to Bab al-Hawa’ijj (the Gate of Needs), Al-Kazim (the Restrained/the One Who Restrains His Fury) is most fitting for no matter how much oppression he was confronted with, never did he get frazzled; never was he vexed; never did his temper flare. And as Allamah Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Tabataba’i (R.A.) notes on page 205 of his “Shi’ite Islam”, Al-Kazim (A.S.) lived under Abbasid despots Mansour (L.A.), Hadi (L.A.), Mahdi (L.A.) and Haroun al-Rashid (L.A.) To somehow find a way to cope with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR dictators in a single lifetime was a feat in and of itself, truly.

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