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Heir of Knowledge of Prophets (p): Imam Baqir-ul-Uloom (p)

By: Naema Hussein

Holy Prophet (p)’s fifth infallible successor Imam Mohammad Baqir (p), known as Baqir-ul-Uloom, was the son of fourth Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein Zainul Abidin (p) and Hadhrat Fatima, daughter of Imam Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Taleb (p). He was martyred in Medina Munawwara on 7th of Dhul Hijjah in the year 114 AH at the age of 57.

Imam (p), who was a witness of Karbala tragedy, received the title of Baqir due to his ample knowledge and for he split open knowledge, scrutinized it and examined the depths of it.

One day, a man questioned Imam, “Was the Prophet (p) heir to all the knowledge of the Prophets?" He replied, “Yes” then he was asked whether he had inherited it? He said he had. He was then asked if he could raise the dead to life, restore sight to the blind, and cleanse the leper? He said yes, by valor of God, the most high. He therefore put his hand on the blind eyes of a man sitting next to him and prayed. The next moment the blind man’s eyesight was restored.

A most authentic Hadith of Holy Prophet Hadhrat Mohammad Mostafa (p) narrated by both Khassah and A’mmah historians shows great status of Imam Baqir (p).

According to reports one of the companions of the Holy Prophet (p) Jabir Ibn Abdallah Ansari was in the presence of the Holy Prophet. He asked the Prophet about the names of descendants from his daughter Sayyedah Fatima (p) and Ali (p). The Prophet told him, “O Jabir, you will have a long life, and although you will go blind, but you will meet the 5th in line of my descendants whose name will be my name, who will walk like me and who will be the 5th Imam of the time. When you will meet him, give my salam to him”.

As said by the Holy Prophet (p) Jabir ibn Abdullah Ansari (R) had a long life and became blind in his old age. He devoutly waited for the time when he would meet the 5th Imam. One day while he was waiting in the street of Medina, he heard someone walking towards him, the sound of footsteps reminded him of the way Holy Prophet (p) used to walk. Jabir stood up, stopped the man and asked his name. He replied, “Mohammad”, Jabir asked, whose son? He replied “Ali Ibil Hussain”. Jabir immediately recognized the man he was talking to was the 5th Imam. He kissed his hand and conveyed him the message from the Holy Prophet and that the Prophet sent his salam to him. Imam took him to his home, asked his friends to gather as many people as they can. When they all assembled in his house, the Imam asked Jabir to tell the whole story again. Jabir narrated the story, they all cried and attested in unison of the Imamate of the Fifth Imam and also the names of the other Seven Imams in his line up to the Twelfth Imam.

Once Imam Baqir (p) said Our followers are of three kinds, one who follows us but depends on others, one who is like a glass involved in his own reflections, but the best are those who are like gold, the more they suffer the more they shine.

He said I admonish you regarding five things: if you are wronged, do not commit wrong doing to others; if you are betrayed, do not betray anyone; if you are called a liar, do not be furious; if you are praised, do not be jubilant; if you are criticized, do not fret and think of what is said in criticism. If you find in yourself what is criticized about you, then you are falling down in the eyes of God; when you are furious about the truth, it is much greater calamity then your falling down in the eyes of the people. And if you are opposite of what is said (in criticism) about you, then it is a merit you acquired without having to tire yourself in obtaining it.


Muntakheb Ul  Aqwaal
"Knowledge is better than wealth because it protects you while you have to guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you." MORE..
(Hazrat Ali Ibne Abi Talib (A.S)

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