The prominent Islamic scholar, Allamah Muhammad Baqer Majlisi
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 27th of the Islamic month of Ramadhan in 1110 AH, the prominent Islamic scholar, Allamah Mohammad Baqer Majlesi, passed away in his hometown Isfahan and was laid to rest beside his equally renowned father, Mullah Mohammad Taqi Majlisi the First.
His grandfather, Maqsoud Ali was also a theologian and the genealogy of the family is traced back to the famous scholar, Abu Nu’aym Ahmad bin Abdullah Isfahani, the author “Hulyat-al-Awliya” and “Zikr-e Akhbar-e Isfahan.” By the age of 25, he gained certification of "riwayah" from the famous philosopher Mullah Sadra to teach.
He was appointed Shaikh ol-Islam (Chief Religious Leader) by the Safavid King, Sultan Hussain. During his 84-year lifetime, he wrote and compiled as many as 600 volumes of books and treatises, including the famous work “Bihar al-Anwaar” on hadith.
His books are considered as the most important reference books for Muslims. He also popularized the Friday Prayers and guided tens of thousands of people towards the school of the Ahl al-Bayt.