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Biography of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (as)

Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (a.s.), a 9th century leader, was a righteous descendent of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) the Messenger of God and founder of Islam. At only 9 years old, Imam Muhammad became the youngest leader of his era and earned the title al-Jawad for his altruism, piety, and kindness. Through various scholarly debates and by answering questions that previously mystified established scholars and jurists, he proved that his young age was not a limiting factor and quickly gained respect. In one instance, a distinguished jurist, Yahya bin Aktham, decided to test the young Imam about an intricate law subject. The Imam astonished him with an insightful response, revealing 11 hidden conditions to the law that even Yahya had failed to consider. Imam Jawad was also very brave; when children his age would flee at the sight of the tyrannical king’s soldiers, the Imam fearlessly stood his ground and eloquently stated his reason for not running away. He is truly an inspiration and 1400 years later his legacy continues, inspiring us and many to give back.

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**More Quotes by Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (as)**

“The perfection of intellect is in three (things): humbleness for Allah, good certainty, and silence except for good. Ignorance is in three (things): Haughtiness, the intense of dispute, and the ignorance in Allah. Three (things) are of the noble acts of here and hereafter: Forgive him who has wronged you, visit him who has abandoned you, and be patient when you are treated with ignorance.”

“The one who commits aggression and tyranny and the one who helps him upon it and the one who is pleased over it , are all party and participants in it.”

“Don’t be God’s friend in appearance (or public) and his enemy in secret (or private).”

“Repentance would be accepted by four signs: feeling regret at heart, seeking forgiveness by tongue (Istighfar), seeking compensation through deeds, and a serious decision not to repeat the sin.”

“Trust in Allah is the price of every valuable commodity and the stairs to every lofty place.”

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