Intellectual, Political and Social Status of the Shi'ites on the verge of Occultation
Intellectual, political and social status of Shi‘ites and their leadership in the time of the Imam Hadi (A.S) and Imam Askari (A.S) had special characteristics.
Shi‘ite hadiths were compiled and maters of hadith and religious scholars were trained to resolve crises and troublesome events. Among Imams’ efforts in that period were protecting Islam from being robbed by deviants, their proper positioning and elucidations, answering intellectual and jurisprudential questions and enabling Shi‘ites to be prepared for entrance into the age of occultation of the Twelfth Imam (A.S).
In political aspect, the Shi‘ite leadership was brought to Samarra from Medina forcibly and taken under strict control. Imam Hadi and Imam Askari began to develop and reinforce the deputies’ network following the policy of taqīyah.