“It was this woman who allowed me to reach this position. She has been my partner and whatever books I have written, half [of the credit] belongs to her.”
This one sentence from ‘Allāma Tabātabā’ī is sufficient as an indication of his enlightened view of women. At another time he said:
If a woman did not have importance, God would not have placed the lineage of the 12 Imāms in the progeny of Hazrat Zahra (a). Truly if a woman is noble and good she can make the entire world a rose-garden, and if she is bad she can make the world a hell…Women and men are partners, and after looking after the raising of her children, a woman must become aware and familiar with the affairs of her society.
Prof. Sibte Jaffer was a grade 20 officer yet he lived in very simple 2/3 rooms house. He rode a motorcycle despite having the means to buy himself a car. Instead of spending on himself and his family he chose to use his money to help people. He ran a school in Tando Adam where Muslim and Hindus studied for free!
He was offered higher posts including a job at Harvard University which he let go and many more offers from friends, relatives and well wishers.
He was a poet, an intellectual, principal in a college and the best marsiya khuwan ever. He was killed for being a Shia.