Tehran (IP) – Ali ibn Musa al-Reza, the eighth Imam of the Shia Muslims, was martyred at the end of the month of Safar (the Islamic Hijri Calendar) at 203 AH by Ma'mun Abbasi.

Iran PressIran news: The original name of the eighth Imam of the Shia Muslims is Ali ibn Musa. His nickname is Reza.

Persian painter Mahmud Farshchian has portrayed one of the stories of Imam Reza (AS) in which the eighth Shia Imam acted as a mediator between a gazelle and a hunter in his two masterpieces named “The Guarantor of the Gazelle” to represent kindness to animals in Islam.

Persian painter Mahmud Farshchian has portrayed the story of Imam Reza (AS) acting as a mediator between a gazelle and a hunter

The Guarantor of the Gazelle refers to the story of a deer caught by a hunter in a forest. Imam Reza (AS), who was passing by, asked the hunter to free the deer so she could raise her babies, but he promised the deer would come back afterward. The hunter accepted and freed the deer.

In 183 AH, with the martyrdom of Imam Musa al-Kazem, the Imamate of Imam Reza began. He was not more than 35 years old when he took over the affairs of the Imamate and was responsible for guiding the intellectual and doctrinal community of the Islamic ummah.

Imam Musa al-Kazem (the seventh Imam of the Shia Muslims) introduced Imam Reza as the Imam and guardian after him on various occasions and took testimony from his companions and students on this crucial matter. The period of his Imamate lasted twenty years, of which seventeen years were spent in Medina and the last three years in Iran's Khorasan.

The period of life and Imamate of Imam Reza is the period of the peak of people's tendency towards the Ahl al-Bayt of infallibility and purity and the expansion of their popular bases.

At the height of the people's desire for the eighth Imam of the Shia Muslims, Ma'mun, from the Abbasid Caliphate, conspired against Imam Reza and poisoned him, which led to his martyrdom.


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