Human Rights Observation and Scientific-Religious Stature of Imam Reza
Morteza Darabinia, Hosein Hosini Karnami, Ali Morad Heidari Gorji

The current essay seeks to assay the character of Eighth Imam of world Shia Muslims, i.e. Imam Reza (peace be upon him), from the point of view of human rights observation and his scientific and religious position. Imam Reza lived in an era that was known as the golden age, because Muslims in his time could be benefited a lot from the Imam’s virtues. It was in this era that numerous scientific centers were established and a large number of groups were engaged in scientific career in various schools in all fields of knowledge and important languages of the time. Imam Reza was a leader who should have provided answers to the newly emerged religious and jurisprudential questions and defend Shia school, on the one hand, and contested the emerging deviations and heresies in Islam, on the other. This was not possible but through having a socially devoted, knowledgeable and pious character. The emergence of the aforementioned qualities in the personality of Imam Reza was so clear that many scholars from various religious creeds did endorse it and used to praise the Imam’s character with such phrases as follows: the unique man of the time, having a heart full of piety, having innumerable virtues, unique among his contemporaries, knowledge mine, indescribable, a pious devout who does not care about the worldly wealth, position and the like. In the course of his compulsory immigration to Tus – a city in the east north of Iran – and during his stay in that land, it was through these unique personal qualities that Imam managed to preach the pure Islamic teachings and practically observe human rights and serve as an example for the believers in this regard.

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