Scholarly attainments of Hazrat Imam Jafer Sadiq (AS)
By: Farah Abidi
As a child, Ja'far Al-Sadiq studied under his grandfather, Zayn al-Abidin.
After his grandfather's death, he studied under and accompanied his
father, Muhammad al-Baqir, until Muhammad al-Baqir died in 733.
Ja'far Al-Sadiq became well versed in Islamic sciences, including
Hadith, Sunnah, and the Qur'an. In addition to his knowledge of
Islamic sciences, Ja'far Al-Sadiq was also an adept in natural
sciences, mathematics, philosophy, astronomy, anatomy, alchemy and
The foremost Islamic alchemist, Abu Musa Jabir ibn Hayyan, known in
Europe as Geber, was Ja'far Al-Sadiq's most prominent student. Ja'far
Al-Sadiq was known for his liberal views on learning, and was keen to
debate with scholars of different faiths and of different beliefs.
Abū Hanīfa was an Islamic scholar and Jurist. He was a student of
Ja'far Al-Sadiq, as was Imam Malik ibn Anas, who quotes 12 hadiths
from Imam Jafar Sadiq in his famous Al-Muwatta.
• Whoever attacks a matter without knowledge cuts off his own nose.
• Intellect is the guide of the believer.
• The perfection of intellect is in three (things): humbleness for
God, good certainty, and silence except for good.
• Ignorance is in three (things): Arrogance, the intensity of dispute,
and the ignorance about God.
• Certainly, knowledge is a lock and its key is the question.
• When the believer becomes angry, his anger should not take him out
of the truth; and when he becomes satisfied, his satisfaction should
not bring him into falsehood.
• Some manners of the ignorant are: the answer before he hears, the
opposition before he understands, and the judgment with what he does
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