Category: Biography

Ibn al-‘Arabi, Muhyi al-Din (1164-1240)

    It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.   Ibn ‘Arabi, Futûhât al-Makkiyya   Ibn al-‘Arabi was a mystic who drew on the writings of Sufis, Islamic theologians and philosophers in […]

Sadr al-Din Shirazi (Mulla Sadra) (b. 1571-1640)

  Muhammad ibn Ibrahim ibn Yahya al-Qawami al-Shirazi, commonly known as Mulla Sadra, was born and grew up during the golden days of the Safavid period, Iran’s first Shi’ite dynasty (c. 1501-1736). As the only son of a noble family, he received both intellectual and financial support towards a good education that started in his home town, Shiraz, in southeastern Iran. Though Shiraz had a glorious past with regard to philosophy, in Mulla Sadra’s day […]

Mohammad Ebrahim Bastani-Parizi (1925-2014)

  Historian of Iran Mohammad Ebrahim Bastani-Parizi was born on December 24, 1925, in Pariz, a small village located at an elevation of 7,500 feet in Kerman Province, in remote southeastern Iran. It was not until he had reached the age of 11, in 1937, that he set foot outside of Pariz for the first time. He attended high school in Sirjan, the nearest (small) town, until ninth grade, and finished his secondary education in […]

Shahabeddin Yahya Sohrevardi; the founder of the School of Illumination (Hikmat-al-Eshraq)

  July 30 marked the birth anniversary of Iranian philosopher Shahabeddin Sohrevardi. Shahabeddin Yahya Sohrevardi was born in 1155 in the town of Sohrevard in northwest of Iran and died in 1191 in Aleppo, Syria Shahabeddin Yahya Sohrevardi was born in 1155 in the town of Sohrevard in northwest of Iran and died in 1191 in Aleppo, Syria. He was an Iranian philosopher, a Sufi and the founder of the School of Illumination (Hikmat-al-Eshraq), one […]

Annemarie Schimmel

  Remembering the Life of Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003)     I walk And the blood of my feet Transforms the stones into roses.  I walk And the tears of my eyes Water the desert shrubs,  Everyday the same sun,  scorching, merciless, white,  And at nightfall the wind, cutting my heart and my hope.  I walk out of myself and the desert is you.  the paths are throbbing like veins,  and tenderly touches my hand your […]

Hazrat Fatemeh (SA)

  The great lady, Hazart-e Fatemeh Zahra (S.A) was the dear daughter of the Prophet, Mohammad (S.W). Some Shiite scholars believed that she was born on 20th of Jamadi-ul-Sani, 5 th A.H. But the majority of Sonnah research scholars declared that her birth had happened 5 years before Be’sat (Prophet’s a postleship). By the God’s will, prophet (S.W) named her “FATEMEH”. She also had some other appellations like: Zahra, Batool, Tahereh, Razieh, Maryam-e Kobra, and […]

In Memory of His Holiness Hajj Sheikh Mohammad Hassan “Saleh Ali Shah”

His Holiness Hajj Sheikh Mohammad Hassan Salih Ali Shah was born on the 8th Dhu’l-hajjah 1308 A.H.L. corresponding to the 24th Tir 1270 A.H.S. (1891 A.D.) in the village of Baydukht Gonabad, which was the birthplace and residence of his honorable father and grandfather, till the beginning of the year 1328 A.H. L. when his honorable grandfather was still alive he was under the training of his own father and grandfather in Baydukht and was […]

Champion Pourya-ye Vali

  Pourya-ye Vali Pahlavan Mahmoud Khwarazmi more commonly known as Pourya-ye Vali (died 1322 CE) was an Iranian Sufi and champion. He is famous for his chivalrous behavior and his strength and is still a paradigm for Zurkhaneh athletes. The nickname of Qtaly known as Pahlavan Mahmoud al-Khwarizmi, has been attributed to Pourya-ye Vali in Iran. His tomb is discussed in two towns, one in Khiva, Uzbekistan and the other one in Khoy, Iran. He […]

The Life of Imam Reza (pbuh)

  The eighth Imam Ali Ibn Musa, Al-Reza(AS)Born in Madina 11th Zeeqaad 148 Hijri (1.1.766 AD). Died in the city of Tus Iran on 17th Safar 203 Hijri (26.5.819 AH) Period of Imamat 20 years. His grandfather Imam Ja’afar Al-sadiq (AS) died one month before the birth of Imam Reza(AS) The family must have been consoled by his birth which took place after such a great loss. He was brought up and instructed by his […]

Remembering Hazrat Shah Nematollah Wali on the Occasion of his Birthday and Death

  Sayyid Nūruddīn Kermānī Shāh Ne’matollāh was one of the most influential and prominent Persian Sufi Masters. He was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1330 CE. He was a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. His father, Mīr ‘Abdullāh was a Sufi Master. He passed his spirituality on to his son, who later became a Sufi Master himself. During his spiritual journeys he met many other Sufi Masters who shed light upon his path and helped […]

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