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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by Jonathan Azaziah
This past weekend marked the 1,208th birthday of Imam Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Moussa al-Jawad (A.S.), the 9th Imam in the Jaafari Shi’a tradition and the youngest of the Infallibles (A.S.), with his life only lasting 25 years before he was martyred. Known also as Al-Taqi (the pious), Al-Qani and Al-Radhi (the content and the satisfied, as in content/satisfied solely with ALLAH [SWT]), Al-Zaki (the pure) and Bab al-Mourad (the Gate of Hopes and Dreams), the Imam (A.S.) was, as Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, said on June 13th, 2011, “the epitome of fighting falsehood. He strove for the rule of ALLAH (SWT). He fought for ALLAH (SWT) and the Holy Quran. He did not fear any power. He was in fact the leader, role model and forerunner of the movement followed by the entire Iranian nation today.” Which makes his life all the more important to study. Moreover, Sayyed Khamenei said in a May 15th, 1981 sermon that Imam al-Taqi (A.S.) “was a sign and symbol of resistance; a great man who fought against the pretentious and hypocritical influence of the Abbasid caliph Ma’moun and he never withdrew an inch. He endured all the arduous conditions, while employing every possible means to fight against falsehood.” It is this exemplification of truth in which we derive our analysis that Imam Jawad (A.S.) was also a reflection of Jesus Christ (A.S.), who is described by ALLAH (SWT) as His Word in the Holy Qur’an (3:45 and 4:171). And what is His Word but truth?
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