Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-Golpaygani:‎
Humanity is indebted to the scientific movement of Imam al-Sadiq

RNA – In a statement on the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq, Grand ‎Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-Golpaygani described the sixth Imam’s school of science and his education ‎of students and emphasized, “Humanity is indebted to the scientific movement of Imam al-‎Sadiq.”‎
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The text of the most important parts of the statement of this source of emulation is as ‎follows:‎

In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

In the first half of the second century AH [719-816 CE], Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq opened a ‎school that had not been known in Islam until that time and after that time, such a school ‎wasn’t seen again. This was school of the Imam where the greatest scholars of Quranic ‎sciences, jurisprudence and theology, chemistry, etc. were delivered to the world.‎

Shi’ah jurisprudence, which involves thousands of legal and educational materials, as well as ‎practical and moral Islamic programs, is due in most and almost all cases to the boundless ‎knowledge of Imam al-Sadiq.‎

In regard to the Hajj pilgrimage, which is one of the greatest teachings of Islam and involves ‎transcendent and honest philosophies, the Islamic world is honoured by the ocean of science ‎of Imam al-Sadiq. According to Abu Hanifah, all are dependent on Imam al-Sadiq. About four ‎hundred articles of the rulings of Hajj followed by the Sunnis are deduced from a hadith that ‎has been narrated from the Imam which is located in Sahih al-Muslim, one of the Sunni ‎books of hadith.‎
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Yes! In the political situation of Islamic countries at that time, Imam al-Sadiq was able to ‎find an important opportunity to lead the largest scientific movement and to open a school ‎where the most famous scholars of Islam could learn and study from hadith and science.‎

The science ‎of Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq enveloped the land and the community of Islamic ‎science and the scholars of Iraq, Hijaz, Khorasan and the Levant learned from him. Only the ‎Imam was able to solve the scientific problems and offer a defence of the predicaments of ‎Islamic issues. ‎

What is most worthy of attention is that the leadership of the Imam isn’t confined to Islamic ‎sciences but he also trained students in other diverse sciences such as astronomy, ‎mathematics, medicine, anatomy, self-knowledge, chemistry, botany and other sciences. ‎The Imam’s school was like a university where major faculties in different sciences were ‎founded and in each school and faculty, discussions and research on specific sciences were ‎pursued.‎

For example, one of the sciences that Imam al-Sadiq‎ taught and that others benefited from ‎was the science of chemistry. His great university graduated a genius named Jabir ibn ‎Hayyan and if we had pursued the results of that which he learned from the sixth Imam and ‎his scholarship and his scientific discussions with the Imam from his time to the present day ‎and if we had given importance to the other sciences needed by the civilized and advanced ‎societies, today we wouldn’t need the West, Europe and the United States, whom whatever ‎they have is from Islam, its high principles and the blessings of the efforts of Muslim ‎scholars.‎
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Yes! One of the disciples of Imam al-Sadiq is Jabir ibn Hayyan and one of his great works, ‎which proves his intellectual and scientific genius, is the invention of a light pen for the ‎possibility of reading in the darkness, which was used in his writing of important and valuable ‎books.‎
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The fact that each of the students of this school alone implies the greatness of this school of ‎thought, and although this school and university was forced to acknowledge not only Shi’ah ‎scholars but also great scholars of the opponents of the school of the Ahl al-Bayt, all ‎expressly stated that the Imam was the most knowledgeable and the greatest jurisprudent. ‎Abu Hanifah said, “I haven’t seen anyone who is more knowledgeable and a greater ‎jurisprudent than Ja’far ibn Muhammad.”‎

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