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'Abd Allah b. Imam al-Kazim (a)

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'Abd Allah b. Imam al-Kazim (a)
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Father Imam Musa b. Ja'far al-Kazim (a)
Mother Umm Walad
Place(s) of Residence Medina
Place of Burial Saveh or Bafq

ʿAbd Allāh b. Mūsā b. Jaʿfar (Arabic: عبدالله بن موسی بن جعفر), known as ʿAbd Allāh al-ʿAwkalānī (Arabic: عبدالله العَوكَلانی), was a son of Imam Musa l-Kazim (a). After the martyrdom of Imam al-Rida (a), some Shi'as thought that 'Abd Allah was the next Imam because Imam al-Jawad (a) was too young, but after asking some jurisprudential questions, they realized that he was not the next Imam. There is a mausoleum in Iran, one in Saveh and the other in Bafq (near Yazd), attributed to him.


'Abd Allah was a son of Imam Musa al-Kazim (a). His mother was Umm Walad. Al-Shaykh al-Tusi mentioned him among the companions of Imam al-Kazim (a) and Imam al-Rida (a). 'Abd Allah transmitted hadiths from Imam al-Kazim (a) and Imam al-Rida (a).

Succession of Imam al-Rida (a)

According to some sources such as Ibn Shahrashub’s al-Manaqib , Dala'il al-imama, and al-Ikhtisas, after the martyrdom of Imam al-Rida (a), Shi'as were doubtful of the next Imam because Imam al-Jawad (a) was too young. Some companions and faqihs (jurisprudents) went to Medina and held a meeting. They asked jurisprudential questions from 'Abd Allah b. Musa, but he gave wrong answers. According to al-Shaykh al-Mufid's version, Imam al-Jawad (a) was present in the meeting and told his uncle ('Abd Allah): "O uncle! Fear God! It will be difficult for you to stand up to God after the resurrection while He tells you: 'why did you issue a fatwa while you knew nothing?'" In his answer to Imam al-Jawad (a), 'Abd Allah asked for divine forgiveness by reciting istighfar.

Then, Imam al-Jawad (a) gave the right answers. After that, the Shi'as asked many other questions and the Imam (a) replied to all of them.


Near the village, Owjan, 18 kilometers from Saveh, there is a mausoleum known as Shahzada 'Abd Allah Owjan, attributed to 'Abd Allah b. Musa b. Ja'far. Its dome is a historical construction in the Seljuk period, built by the Rey-based minister Sayyid Majd al-Din Abu l-Fath in the 6th/12th century.

There is also a mausoleum in Bafq, near Yazd, which is believed by people there to be the grave of 'Abd Allah, the son of Imam al-Kazim (a).


Sources of genealogy and rijal have mentioned five sons and three daughters of 'Abd Allah. His progeny is known as “'Awkalani” and live in different countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and India.

There is a mausoleum in Haji Abad in Hormozgan, known as Imamzada Sayyid Muhammad and another near Kerman known as Imamzada 'Abd Allah which are attributed to the progeny of 'Abd Allah b. Musa.

A group of Sadat in Lorestan are from his progeny, and are known as 'Awkalani.