Reason for Martyrdom

It  is  a  decided  matter  that  the  martyrdom  of  Imam Mohammad Taqi (a.s) took  place  because  of  poisoning  and  it  is  confirmed  that  he  was poisoned  by  Motasim.  Now  some  people  have  created  doubts in  this  matter:  whether  this  job  was  entrusted  to  Ummul  Fadhl[wife of Imam(a.s) and daughter of Mamoon] or  some  other  minister,  as  mentioned  in  some  reports  that  the Imam  was  invited  to  a  feast  and  then  administered  poison.  In any  case  the  Imam  passed  his  life  and  went  into  the  court  of  his creator.

However  the  immediate  reason  of  his  assassination was  that  a  Qadi (Judge) awarded  the  sentence  of  cutting  off  the  hand  of a  thief  from  his  wrist  as  this  same  part  is  washed  in  ablution; but  when the  Imam  was  asked about  it, he  declared that  it  was  a wrong  decision. The  palm  of  the  hand is  placed in Sajdah and  it is  for  Allah.  It  cannot  be  severed;  hence  only  the  fingers  should be  cut  off.  At  that  time  Motasim  liked  the  Imam’s  judgment, but  the  Qadi  appealed  to  him  that  it  would  destroy  the  dignity of  the  Qadi  and  belief  in  his  Imamate  would  gain  strength, which  is  a  serious  risk  to  the  regime  of  Motasim.  This complaint  enraged  Motasim  and  he  had  the  Imam  assassinated through poison within three  days.


Jilaul Uyun, Nuqush-e-Ismat pg711



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