IMAM Ja'far al-Sadiq and the AHL al-BAYTWritten by Karim Crow
Ja'far al-SADIQ (83–148 H / 702–776655) was a prominent spokesman in Madinah of the Banu Hashim – descendents of the Ahl al-Bayt or Family of God’s Messenger Muhammad(s) – during the eighth century CE / first-half of the second century Hijrah. During his lifetime the Umayyad dynasty was vanquished by the 'Abbasid revolution in 132 / 750. Ja'far received his honorific title “Sadiq truthsayer” because of his veracity in narrating traditions, or perhaps due to his predictions reportedly verified by later events. He boasted of double maternal descent from the first Caliph Abu Bakr al-siddiq(r.d.) through his mother Umm Farwah bint al-Qasim b. Muhammad b. Abi Bakr, and through her mother Asma bint ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Abi Bakr, affirming “Abu Bakr bore me twice.” Ja'far reportedly declared: “I am not hoping for anything through the intercession of 'Ali (on Judgement Day) save that I hope the same through the intercession of Abu Bakr.” Sadiq was esteemed among majority Sunni Muslims as a paragon of exemplary wisdom, particularly among the sufis who revered his reputation for spiritual initiation and for esoteric elucidation (tawil) of the Qur'an............. [click here to download the full article in pdf]
Karim Douglas Crow is a Principal Research Fellow at IAIS Malaysia.