Reminder: Wiladat Program Imam Jafar Sadiq (A.S) – Today at IMF Center at 7:30PM
EVENT : Wiladat Imam Jafar Sadiq (A.S)
ON : Thu, March 04 at 7:30PM
AALIM : Maulana Rizwan Rizvi
IMF Center is located at 115 Wood Street in Hopkinton, MA
Celebrating the Wiladat of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (AS)
The 17th of Rabi al-Awwal marks the birth anniversary of the 6th Imam, Jafar ibne Muhammad as-Sadiq (AS). Born in the city of Madina, the Imam lived at a very opportune time in Islamic history. The Umayyad dynasty – the first of many such dynasties – reared its ugly head over the Muslim lands around 661 CE, 40 years before the birth of as-Sadiq. The Umayyads remained in power for around 90 years and, thus, the period of their downfall and the uprising of the Abbaside dynasty was the time when the Imam was free to propagate the teachings of Islam. In fact, in the time period of this one Imam, he was witness to no less than the overthrow of 10 Umayyad kings!
It was during this shift in power that the Imam was able to begin his intellectual Jihad. He right away started intellectual discussions in the masjid of his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah. With more than 10,000 students attending his classes while he discussed science, commentary of the Qur’an, jurisprudence issues and other topics, the Imam was finally able to guide the community – one aspect of his Allah-given right over humanity. Some historians have even narrated that Abu Hanifah, at least one of the leaders from the four schools of thought of the Ahlus Sunnah community, who was 3 years older than the 6th Imam, actually gained knowledge from him. This has been corroborated by the statement of Abu Hanifah himself when he said, “Had it not been for the two years (I studied under as-Sadiq) Nu’man (Abu Hanifah) would have perished!”
In fact, this golden period of teaching and the tremendous efforts of the Imam in educating the masses are the primary reasons we are known by the title of the Ja’fari Shi’a. No doubt that we are Alawi, Hasani, Husaini, Sajjadi, Baqari, etc., but none of these titles are used to describe the Ithna-Asheri Muslims. It is only the title of Ja’fari that we uniquely hold.
As we mark this blessed day, we recall the Imam’s similarities to Rasulullah. Both were born on the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal, and later in life, both brought the light of Allah to humanity after people were plunged in the darkness of sin and evil. Both were known with the title of as-Sadiq and had numerous followers, friend and foe. And lastly, both were known for their enlightenment and guiding of the world to the true path. The Prophet achieved this through the Noble Qur’an, and the 6th Imam through his reviving the teachings of the Prophet that were being abandoned under the Bani Umayyah.
Credit for above article: http://www.world-federation.org/Secretariat/Articles/Archive/Wiladat_JafarSadiq.htm