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Ja'far b. al-Imam al-Hadi (a)

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Ja'far b. al-Imam al-Hadi
Claiming imamate
Teknonym Abu 'Abd Allah
Well-known As Ja'far al-Kadhdhab
Lineage Banu Hashim
Well-known Relatives Imam al-Hadi (a) (father), Imam al-'Askari (a) (brother)
Birth 226/841
Place of Birth Medina
Places of Residence Medina, Samarra
Death/Martyrdom 271/884
Burial Place Samarra
Era Abbasid dynasty

Jaʿfar b. ʿAli b. Muḥammad (226/841-271/884) (Arabic: جعفر بن علی بن محمد) known as Ja'far al-Kadhdhab (Arabic: جعفر الکذّاب, Ja'far the Liar) was the son of Imam al-Hadi (a) and brother of Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari (a). After the martyrdom of his bother, Ja'far claimed Imamate and attracted a group of Shi'a for a while. His followers believed Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari (a) had left no son; therefore, his brother would succeed him after his martyrdom. According to some accounts, Ja'far actually regarded himself the successor of his father, Imam al-Hadi (a), and had claimed Imamate before the martyrdom of his brother, Imam al-'Askari (a). His followers are called "Ja'fariyya".

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