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Isma'il ibn Jafar
(إسمعيل الديباج بن جعفر الصادق (رحمه الله.png
Born 103 AH
(approximately 722 C.E)
Died 138 AH
(approximately 755 C.E)
Resting place Al-Baqi' Madina Saudi Arabia
Other names Abu Muhammad, Isma'il Ad-deebaj
Known for Elder son of Ja'far al-Sadiq, sixth Ismāʿīlī Imām, Syed
Title az-Azbab-i-Itlaq (Absolute lord), Al-Wafi
Predecessor Ja'far al-Sadiq According to Ismaili Shia Branch
Successor Muhammad ibn Ismail According to Ismaili Shia Branch
Children Muhammad ibn Ismail, Ali ibn Ismail, Fatima
Relatives Musa al-Kadhim

Ismāʿīl ibn Ja‘far al-Mubārak (Arabic: إسماعيل بن جعفر‎‎; c. born: 719 AD, Medina - died circa 755 AD, Syria) was the eldest son of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq, and he was the full-brother of Abdullah al-Aftah. His mother, Fatima bint al-Hussain'l-Athram bin al-Hasan bin Ali, was the first wife of Ja'far al-Sadiq. Following Ja'far's death, the Shia community split between the element that would become the Twelver Shia, and those who believed the Imamate passed through to Ismail's son; the Ismaili branch of Shia Islam is accordingly named for Ismail.[1] According to both the Nizari and Mustaali Shia sects, he is the sixth Imam.

The Ismāʿīlī-Ithna’asheri Division[edit]

Ismāʿīlī followed Ismail ibn Jafar as the sixth Imam after Ja'far al-Sadiq[2] instead of them, Twelver Shia Muslims follow Musa al-Kadhim as successor of Jafar ibn Muhammad.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Ismāʿīlī sources deny the death of Isma'il Ibn Jafar in the life of Jafar ibn Muhmmad[10] However other Shia and Sunni Muslims believe that he died in the life of Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

Burial Place[edit]

According to Ismāʿīlī sources, he is buried in Al-Salamiyah, a city located in Syria.[17] Twelver Shia's and Sunni Muslims sources have contradicted this information, stating that he was buried in Al-Baqi' Medina, the holy Islamic city located in Saudi Arabia.[18][19][20][21][22][23] However, some Ismāʿīlī sources also point to Al-Baqi' Madina as the burial place of Isma'il ibn Jafar.[24]


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