The Socio-Political and Intellectual Activities of Imam ÝAskarÐ (Ýa)
What activities did Imam ÝAskarÐ (Ýa) engage in during the period of his Imamate?
Imam ÝAskarÐ (Ýa), in spite of the continuous pressure and control he was placed under by the ÝAbbÁsid government, still engaged in a series of political, social, and intellectual activities, in order to protect Islam and counter the anti Islamic ideology being propagated at that time. These can be summarized into several categories:
1- The Imam’s (Ýa) intellectual activities in defending the religion of Islam, refuting various problems and doubts that were raised by his opponents, and expanding upon the correct Islamic theology.
2- Creating a network of representatives, through which contact was maintained with the Shias of various regions, in the Muslim nation.
3- Secret political activities in spite of a high level of control by the ÝAbbÁsid government.
4- Economic assistance and support of the Shia, in particular his s e l e c t companions.
5- The strengthening and political education of various notables and important elements from amongst the Shia against various problems which they faced.
6- Widespread use of the knowledge of the unseen in winning over the hearts of the deniers of the Imamate, as well as in boosting the morale of the Shia.
7- Preparing the Shia for the time when the 12th Imam (Ýa) would not be directly present in the society.
 Taken from the text: SÐrah PÐshvÁyÁn, MahdÐ PÐshvÁÐ, MuÞasasah Imam ÑÁdiq (Ýa), Qum, 1390 HijrÐ ShamsÐ, 23rd Edition, p. 626.
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