Arabic: ‘abū l-hassani mūsā bni ja¢far

Shrine at Kazimayn, Baghdad, Iraq.






Portal to the holiest point in the shrine.

(745-799 CE) Seventh Imam of the Twelver Shi’i tradition.

Musa’s Imamate coincided with one of the greatest periods of the persecution of the Shi’i community. Son of Jafar as Sadiq by a Berber slave named Hamida, he was 20 of age at his father’s death.

Initially, his Imamate was very controversial with many Shi’i. Many recognized his brother Abdullah al-Aftali, or insisting that the Imamate had stayed with Ismail, Sadiq’s oldest son, who had died while Sadiq was still living.

After this rocky start, Musa managed to gain the allegiance of most of the Shi’i community but as time went on persecution increased until it climaxed under the bloody reign of the Caliph Harun ar-Rashid. Hundreds of Alids were killed and Musa was arrested and brought to Baghdad to be executed. Surprisingly, Harun released Musa at the last minute, reportedly because of a dream. This respite was short-lived and rearrested, Musa spent 6 years in prison before being poisoned.

His body was publicly displayed by Harun to dispel any rumors that he had escaped and was living in secret. He is buried with his grandson, Muhammad at Taqi in Kazimayn near BaghdadIraq. Their burial place is covered by a magnificent gold domed shrine.

Musa al-Kazim was succeeded by his son Ali ar-Rida.


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