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Regency Between the Imam and al-Mamoon

While researching the motives which prompted al-Mamoon to force Imam al-Rida (A.S.) to be his heir to the throne, we will find out that they were far-sighted political motives al-Mamoon hoped thereby to achieve selfish gains for both himself and the Abbaside caliphate, for al-Mamoon was quite an intelligent man in selecting Imam al-Rida (A.S.) for this post since he represented the opposition group. But Imam al-Rida (A.S.), upon rejecting his selection for this post, proved to be more aware of al-Mamoon and his aims than al-Mamoon had thought. Al-Harawi quotes the Imam saying: "By God! Al-Rida did not accept this matter willingly, and he was transported to Kufa against his wish, then he was taken from there, passing by Basrah and Persia, to Marw."90


90 Uyoon al-Akhbar, chapter on al-Rida, Vol. 2, p. 141

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

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