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Doubt in al-Mamoon's Sincerity

Had al-Mamoon been sincere in his intention to bring justice to the oppressed, and had he been serious in his handling of the issue of succession to the throne, why did he not name Muhammad al-Jawad (A.S.), son of Imam al-Rida (A.S.), after the death of his father and who was regarded as his father's successor and who was praised by al-Mamoon for his knowledge and piety and superiority to all other Hashemites? Or did al-Mamoon desire not to enter into a similar experience which might undermine his position and drag him into his downfall and collapse? Or did al-Mamoon then fulfill the purpose from which he named the Imam (A.S.) as his successor and there was no need any more to enter into another such scheme?

4. By restricting the movement of Imam al-Rida (A.S.) and forbidding him, after forcing him to accept regency, from demanding caliphate for himself, thus al-Mamoon secures the strangulation of the element of competition from whose nightmares his preceding caliphs used to suffer and which explained their cruel and oppressive conduct towards the Imams.

Adapted from: "Imam al-Ridha (a.s.), A Historical and Biographical Research" by: "Muhammad Jawad Fadlallah"

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