Luminaries resting in peace within the shrine confines: Sheikh Tabarsi

Friday , 07/23/2021 - 12:11
Luminaries resting in peace within the shrine confines: Sheikh Tabarsi
Abu Ali Fazl ibn Hassan Tabarsi known as Sheikh Tabarsi was born in 1073 AD in Tabaristan province or, as some scholars have said, in Tafresh - a city which was named at those days Tabres - in Iran. He lived and taught in Mashhad until 1128 AD. He was an Iranian Shia scientist and jurist with the title of "Amin al-Islam" who has written different scientific books on religious themes. He wrote a number of books on religious doctrine, theology, ethics and grammar. His famous work, a commentary on the Quran, appeared when he was over the age of sixty and living in Sabzevar.

Tabarsi, many believe, was far from prejudice; For example, he used to praise Zamakhshari, a famous Sunni scholar.   
He had many students, most famous among them were his son Razi ad-Din Tabarsi, author of Makarim al-Akhlaq, and Ibn Shahr-e Ashub.
Sheikh Tabarsi has been famous in the religious sciences of his time, such as commentary, jurisprudence, theology, biography and history of the Imams, and has written books on all these topics.
Tabarsi had many works, but only around 20 of his books have survived to the present time. His main work is Majma al-Bayan (Compendium of Elucidations on the Exegesis of the Quran), a commentary (tafsir) of Quran. While Shia scholars have written many commentaries on the Holy Quran, none has been able to match the eloquence and magnitude of his book. He completed writing this book in 1139 AD. Other works by Tabarsi are Al-Kafi al-Shall and Jawami al-Jami.
Sheikh Tabarsi passed away in 548 AH after about eighty years of blessed life on the evening of the ninth day of Dhul-Hajjah in the city of Sabzevar. His tomb is located in Mashhad at Imam Reza holy shrine and it is visited by large number of the holy shrine every day.
Astan Quds Razavi, the body in charge of Imam Reza holy shrine, moved Sheikh Tabarsi’s whole mausoleum to a new place in the complex without imposing any minor damage to the grave during development plans years ago.  


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