Ja‘far’s Learnedness and the School of Fiqh (Jurisprudence)
History shows that Imam Ja’far was held in high esteem as a man of superior knowledge not just in the religious sphere. He was erudite in the application of Sharia and its injunctions and knowledgeable as well as in other fields such as philosophy. Two of the founding fathers of the four Sunni legal schools (Abu Hanifa and Malik ibn Anas) were students of Imam Ja’far and he was often referred to with honourable titles such as “the learned one” – his title “as-Sadiq” also literally means “the truthful”.
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