Allah has always been more merciful to His servants. After their creation, they were not left on their own; rather He sent several guides for their guidance. Even today, despite the occultation of Hazrat Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.), He has ensured that the course of guidance is not disrupted. He has made a provision to the effect that some select persons are associated with the Holy Imam (a.s.) who then provide the essential guidance to the people at large. It will not be an exaggeration to state that these select personalities can easily be regarded as Hazrat Salman (r.a.) and Hazrat Abuzar (r.a.) of the modern world. In this period it is through these chosen men that Allah has conveyed the knowledge of the Holy Imams (a.s.) to the people.
We have featured brief biographies of eminent scholars in our earlier editions. We will cast a glance at the life of Allamah Sayed Mahdi Bahrul Uloom (r.a.) in this edition.
Birth and early life He was named Mahdi and his father was Sayed Murtuza Tabatabai Burujardi (r.a.). His lineage can be traced to Ibrahim (who was known as Tabataba), a descendant of Hasan Mussanna who was from the progeny of Hazrat Imam Hasan Mujtaba (a.s.).
(Aa’yaanush Shia by Sayed Mohsin Ameen, Vol. 48, pg. 164)
Allamah Sayed Bahrul Uloom was born in Karbala on Thursday in the month of Shawwaal in 1155 A H. Shaikh Abbas Qummi (r.a.) in his book ‘Fawaed Razawiyyah’ writes that the night when Allamah Bahrul Uloom was born, his father saw Imam Reza (a.s.) in his dream. Imam Reza (a.s.) gave a big candle to his student Mohammad bin Ismail bin Bazee’a and instructed him to light it and go on the terrace. Allamah’s father says that when Mohammad bin Ismail lit the candle, the flame got connected to the divine light of the skies and the whole world got illuminated.