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Scholarly Authority Scholarly Authority

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“Scholarly authority” is a term used for the first time by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution about Imam Sadiq University in a meeting with students, faculty members, staff and management of ISU in 2005. He noted, "You should create a movement in science, you should create a movement in the world's higher education and bring forward developments that benefit the scientific foundation of the country. It is your top mission. You should train our Muslim scientists to gain expertise and master opinions and ideas existing around the world only to spread the most noteworthy of the bulk. You are not bound to set your goal around gaining high rankings among local universities in Tehran or other cities, but you should turn into a leading scientific body among the world's research centers and universities.
Nowadays even in this ill-advised western world, many people seek the truth. A great number of scientists and researchers also try to find the right path of logic.
When a person seeks the truth in scientific issues from any part of the world such as Europe, Asia and American countries, he/she should be able to find his/her scientific work featured on websites (you should already provide him/her with your own scientific work). In so doing, you show your own innovative thoughts and ideas. This is what we expect from Imam Sadiq University. ISU's Alumni should have this mentality and viewpoint."

Source: Official website of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution

 
Scholarly authorities in selective science field should know where science frontier is. What are basic questions? Another aspect of collecting knowledge is that the getting together of outstanding professors of that scientific field (who asks questions and main responders). This (gathering knowledge (science) and scientist) could be happen by having effective presence in world’s authority network and having strong relation (connection) with them.
When we choose scholarly authority slogan for our university it is necessary to have relation with the world outside and it is One of the criteria that is introduced when we talk about (want to be) scholarly authority.
So scholarly authority by its nature means international relation and interaction because university product (science and scientist) should have relative advantage to be chosen in competition with other product.
Reference is the first pillar of scholarly authority. It means that others should refers to it and use(utilize) its answers and solutions or questions and issues. So reference criteria have application here (the application of reference criteria revealed here) so scholarly authority should provide simple and better access to its own product for others and this will make the scholarly authority to be recognized better and make it famous for people.
Authority has three levels: fundamental authority policy making authority and practical authority and it is obvious that in all three levels it is necessary to have interaction and relation with scientific centers.
In the(at) first level, the fundamental authority, fundamental sentences(propositions) and basic speeches are produced we are not going to find the answer of issues in this level but we must produce answer and present solution by referring to them. (but there is no way to produce answer and present solutions except by referring to them) such as methodology and philosophy of science. So at this level authority is at the depth of scientific field. Scientific and research centers and also researchers are the audience for this level. There are a few universities that are(work) in this level. And if we choose such level and work in that level, then we can really create authority(reference).
The second level of authority is policy making. In this level solutions and answers that are consistent with our ideals are produced. The special characteristic of the proposition(sentences) in this level is their goal aiming direction (is that they are toward the goals).   In this level we produce answers and present solution in controlled and directed and guided way.  Like the system of Islamic banking, comprehensive plan of media in Islamic countries. In fact, it is level that the strategic researches and studies are conducted in that. And the audiences of this level are policy making centers.
The third level of authority is practical authority. In this level there are answers and solutions for new (recent) questions and issues. In this level there in no difference between universities because all the universities try to respond(fix) to people’s needs and issues.  The authorities in this level is in the surface of that scientific field. So it is practical and because of that we are witness of giving supports and facilities to universities in this level and it will affect the society in visible manner. Most of the universities are in this level. And the of ranking best 500 universities is based on their situation in this level.
There are four characteristics for scholarly authorities and they have something in common that is active international communication and interaction and also it is necessary condition for their achievement.
  1. Scientific initiate trends (ignite meaningful trends): scholarly authority has answers for questions and solutions for issues. Some of the characteristics of scholarly authority is quality and strength of scientific answers simplicity and quickness of representing being timely and the quantity(plentitude) of answers.
  2. Supremeness(wisdom): scholarly authority is most knowledgeable institution in the selective scientific field. This thing will recall every person that seek for knowledge toward scholarly authority. There is scientific movement in scholarly authority that collect all the related knowledge form everywhere and everybody. Scholarly authorities in selective science field should know where science frontier is. What are basic questions? And which issue or matter does our rival concentrate on (work for)? Another aspect of collecting knowledge is that the getting together of outstanding professors of that scientific field (who asks questions and main responders). This (gathering knowledge (science) and scientist) could be happen by having effective presence in world’s authority network and having strong relation (connection) with them.
  3. Front-running: scholarly authority should expand (move change) science frontier. Scholarly authority change(break) the forms (styles) and expand science frontier with the innovation that comes from scientific power (strength) and courage. In fact, creating paradigms of scholarly authority comes from this concept. What makes the scholarly authority attractive and popular are the creativity innovation and revelation(creation) of new paradigm.

Publications Publications

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ISU Publication Center, a subpart of the VP for Research has the duty of producing and distributing academic works such as books and multi-media software.
This center has been ranked as one of the top publishers in the field of humanities and Islamic Studies with over 900 titles published and tens of titles in preparation.
The specialized fields of the center are:
-Economics
-Management
-Islamic Finance
-Theology and Philosophy
-Law
-Culture and Communication
-Quranic Studies
-Shahid Motahari’s compiled works
-Interdisciplinary Humanities &Islamic Studies

 

Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani

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Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani

Imam Sadiq(A.S) Who Is Imam Sadiq(A.S)

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The holy Imam Ja'far As-Sadiq was the sixth Imam in the succession of the twelve Apostolic Imams. His epithet was Abu 'Abdillah and his famous titles were As-Sadiq, Al-Fadil and At-Tahir. He was the son of Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir, the Fifth Imam, and his mother was the daughter of Al-Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr.
 
Imam Ja'far As-Sadiq saw his grand-father, Imam Zaynu 'I-'Abidm in Medina for twelve years and then remained under the sacred patronage of his father Imam Muhammad al-Baqir for a period of nineteen years.
 
Imam’s Knowledge and his Sciences
Imam Jaffer Sadiq(a.s.) stood out among their group for his great merit (fadl); he was the most celebrated, the greatest in rank and the most illustrious of them in the eyes of both the non-Shia (al-amma) and the Shi’a (al-khassa). The people transmitted on his authority the religious sciences which travelers carried with them and thus his fame was spread throughout the lands. The learned scholars have transmitted on the authority of no other member of the House (ahl al-bayt) as much as they have transmitted on his authority. None of them met as many of the reporters of traditions as he did, nor did the latter transmit on their authority to the same extent as they transmitted on the authority of Abu Abd Allah Imam Jaffer Sadiq(a.s.). The specialists in tradition (ashab al- hadith) have gathered together the names of those who narrated on his authority, who were reliable despite differences in views and doctrines and they were four thousand men. The clear evidence for his Imamate was such that it overcame hearts and silenced the attempts of an opponent to denigrate it with doubts.

During the imamate of the sixth Imam greater possibilities and a more favorable climate existed for him to propagate religious teachings. This came about as a result of revolts in Islamic Lands, especially the uprising of the Muswaddah to overthrow the Umayyad caliphate, and the bloody wars which finally led to the fall and extinction of the Umayyads. The greater opportunities for Shi’ite teachings were also a result of the favorable ground the fifth Imam had prepared during the twenty years of his imamate through the propagation of the true teachings of Islam and the sciences of the Household of the Prophet.

 The Imam took advantage of the occasion to propagate the religious sciences until the very end of his imamate, which was contemporary with the end of the Umayyad and beginning of the Abbasid caliphates. He instructed many scholars in different fields of the intellectual and transmitted sciences, such as Zorarah, Muhammad ibn Muslim, Mu’min Taq, Hisham ibn Hakam, Aban ibn Taghlib, Hisham ibn Salim, Hurayz, Hisham Kalbi Nassabah, and Jabir ibn Hayyan, the alchemist. Even some important Sunni scholars such as Sufyan Thawri, Abu Hanifah, the founder of the Hanafi school of law, Qadhi Sukuni, Qadhi Abu’l- Bakhtari, and others, had the honor of being his students. It is said that his classes and sessions of instruction produced four thousand scholars of hadith and other sciences. The number of traditions preserved from the fifth and sixth Imams is more than all the hadith, that have been recorded from the Prophet and the other ten Imams combined.

There are innumerable reports about him concerning signs and revealing the unknown similar to those which we have mentioned, which would take too long to recount.
He used to say: “Our knowledge is of what will be (ghabir), of what is past (mazbur), of what is marked in hearts (nakt fi al-qulub), and of what is tapped into ears (naqr fi al-asma). We have the red case (jafr), the white case, and the scroll of Fatima(s.a.) and we have (the document called) al-jami’a in which is everything the people need.”


He was asked to explain these words and he said: “Ghabir is knowledge of what will be; mazbur is knowledge of what was; what is marked in the hearts (nakt fi al-qulub) is inspiration; and what is tapped into the ears (naqr fi al- asma) are words of angels; we hear their speech but we do not see their forms. The red case (jafr) is a vessel in which are the weapons of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family. It will never leave us until the one (destined) among us members of the House, to arise (qa’im), arises. The white case (jafr) is a vessel in which are the Torah of Moses, the Gospels of Jesus, the Psalms of David and the (other) Books of God. The scroll of Fatima, peace be on her, has in it every event which will take place and the names of all the rulers until the (last) hour comes. (The document called) al-jami’a is a scroll seventy yards long which the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family, dictated from his own mouth and Ali b. Abi Talib, peace be on him, wrote in his own handwriting. By God, in it is everything which people need until the end of time, including even the blood-wit for wounding, and whether a (full) flogging or half a flogging (is due).

He, peace be on him, used to say: “My traditions are my father’s traditions; my father’s traditions are my grandfather’s traditions; my grandfather’s traditions are the traditions of Ali b. Abi Talib, the Commander of the faithful; the traditions of Ali the Commander of the faithful are the traditions of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family; and the traditions of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family, are the word of God, the Mighty and High.

Teachings

The versatile genius of Imam Ja'far As-Sadiq in all branches of knowledge was acclaimed throughout the Islamic world, which attracted students from far-off places towards him till the strength of his disciples had reached four thousand. The scholars and experts in Divine Law have quoted many traditions from Imam Ja'far As-Sadiq. His disciples compiled hundreds of books on various branches of science and arts. Other than Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), Hadith (tradition), Tafsir (exegesis of the Holy Qur'an), etc., the Holy Imam also imparted mathematics and chemistry to some of his disciples. Jabir ibn Hayyan, a famous scholar of Chemistry and Mathematics, was one of the Imam's disciples who benefited from the Imam's knowledge and guidance and was able to write four hundred books on different subjects.

It is an undeniable historical truth that all the great scholars of Islam were indebted for their learning to the very presence of the AhluI-Bayt who were the fountain of knowledge and learning for all. Ash-Shibli one of Sunni outstanding scholars writes in his book Siratu'n- Nu'man: "Abu Hanifah remained for a considerable period in the attendance of Imam Ja'far As-Sadiq, acquiring from him a great deal of precious research on Fiqh and Hadith. Both the sects -Shi'a and Sunni- believe that the source of Abu Hanifah's knowledge was mostly derived from his association with Imam Ja'far As-Sadiq." The Imam devoted his whole life to the cause of religious preaching and propagation of the teachings of the Holy Prophet and never strove for power. Because of his great knowledge and fine teaching, the people gathered around him, giving devotion and respect that was his due. This excited the envy of the 'Abbasid ruler al-Mansur Ad-Dawaniqi who fearing the popularity of the Imam, decided to do away with him.
 
The number of traditions preserved from the Fifth and Sixth Imams is more than all the hadith that have been recorded from the Prophet and the other ten Imams combined.

 But toward the end of his life the Imam As-Sadiq was subjected to severe restrictions placed upon him by the Abbasid caliph Al-Mansur, who ordered such torture and merciless killing of many of the descendants of the Prophet who were Shia that his actions even surpassed the cruelty and heedlessness of the Umayyad. At his order they were arrested in groups, some thrown into deep and dark prisons and tortured until they died, while others were beheaded or buried alive or placed at the base of or between walls of buildings, and walls were constructed over them. Hisham, the Umayyad caliph, had ordered the Sixth Imam to be arrested and brought to Damascus.
 
Later, the Imam was arrested by As-Saffah, the Abbasid caliph, and brought to Iraq. Finally, Al-Mansur had him arrested again and brought to Samarrah where he had the Imam kept under supervision, was in every way harsh and discourteous to him, and several times thought of killing him. Eventually the Imam was allowed to return to Medina where he spent the rest of his life in hiding, until he was poisoned and martyred through the intrigue of Al-Mansur. Upon hearing the news of the Imam's martyrdom, Al-Mansur wrote to the governor of Medina instructing him to go to the house of the Imam on the pretext of expressing his condolences to the family, to ask for the Imam's will and testament and read it. Whoever was chosen by the Imam as his inheritor and successor should be beheaded on the spot. Of course, the aim of Al-Mansur was to put an end to the whole question of the Imamate and to Shia aspirations. When the governor of Medina, following orders, read the last will and testament, he saw that the Imam had chosen five people rather than one to administer his last will and testament: the caliph him- self, the governor of Medina, 'Abdullah Aftah, Abdullah the Imam's older son, and Musa Al-Kadhim, his younger son and Hamidah Musa Al-Kadhims Mother. In this way the plot of al-Mansur failed.

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