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Ghareeb is an Arabic word which means a stranger. Ghreebul Ghuraba means the the stranger of the strangers.

We have authentic narrations in Kaamil Al-Ziyarat by Ibn Qowlawayh mentioning great reward for visiting Imam Ali Riza (AS) in his far away place في غربته. Which means that he is Ghareeb in the place where he is.


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Yes Imam Sadiq and the imams after him (peace be upon them) would of been from dark complexion as indicated by narrations. 

We even have authentic ahadith which point towards the 12th imam’s mother being dark
أخبرنا أحمد بن محمد بن سعيد ابن عقدة قال حدثنا محمد بن المفضل بن قيس بن رمانة الأشعري و سعدان بن إسحاق بن سعيد و أحمد بن الحسين بن عبد الملك و محمد بن الحسن القطواني قالوا جميعا حدثنا الحسن بن محبوب الزراد عن هشام بن سالم عن يزيد الكناسي قال سمعت أبا جعفر محمد بن علي الباقر ع يقول إن صاحب هذا الأمر فيه شبه من يوسف ابن أمة سوداء يصلح الله عز و جل له أمره في ليلة واحدة

From Yazeed al-Kunaasee said, I heard Abaa Ja`far Muhammad bin `Alee al-Baaqir (عليهالسلام), he said: “Verily, the master of this affair (i.e. al-Qaa’im) in him is resemblance of Yoosuf (عليهالسلام), he is the son of a black bondswoman (female slave), and Allaah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) will reform his affair in one night”

1.     Al-Nu`maani, Kitaab al-Ghaybah, ch. 13, pg. 228, hadeeth # 8
2.     Al-Nu`maani, Kitaab al-Ghaybah, pg. 163, hadeeth # 3

Imam Jawad (as) according to narrations would also be insulted for his darkness and given racist abuse. These realities found in our narrations are very different to what people try to depict the imams as in drawings.

Also Sister Amina Inloes has an interesting article about this topic which may benefit you; google and download the following article entitled: 

'Racial ‘Othering’ in Shi‘i Sacred History: Jawn ibn Huwayy ‘the African Slave’, and the Ethnicities of the Twelve Imams'

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There are many narrations that Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (AS) and Imam Ali Al-Redha (AS) were of darker complexion. (Mawsoo'at Al-Mustafa Wal Etrah by Husain Al-Shaakiri, V. 13, P.13)

Imam Al-Jawad (AS)'s mother was from Africa, from the family of Lady Maria, the mother of Ebrahim, son of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).

We have many narration that some of his enemies used to call him Al-Aswad (The person with darker complexion).(Tafseer Al-Ayyashi 1: 314.).

We also have narrations that Imam Ali Al-Hadi Al-Naqi (AS) was of darker complexion. (Madeenatul Ma'aajiz by Sayyed Hashim al-Bahrani, V.3, P.504.)


Sheikh Mufid (r.a) and Ibn Shahr Ashoub (r.a) have only recorded one son for Imam Reza(a.s) and he is Imam Muhammad al-Taqi al-Jawad (a.s) but some other historians have recorded five sons and a daughter for him.
As for Imam Jawad (a.s) the sons are Imam Ali al-Naqi al-Hadi(a.s) and Musa al-mubarqa' who is buried in Qom( Chehel Akhtaran) and he also had a daughter named Hakimah Khatoon who is buried in Samerra,Iraq.