Al-Sayyid Hashim al-Haddad
|Al-Sayyid Hashim al-Haddad|
|Full Name||Al-Sayyid Hashim al-Musawi al-Haddad|
|Religious Affiliation||Twelver Shi'a|
|Place of Birth||Karbala|
|Places of Residence||Karbala, Najaf|
|Burial Place||Wadi l-Safa, Karbala|
|Known for||Mystic, A great pupil of Sayyid 'Ali Qadi|
|Professors||Sayyid 'Ali Qadi|
|Students||Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani, Ayatullah Dastghayb, Ayatullah Sayyid 'Abd al-Karim Radawi Kashmiri, ...|
Al-Sayyid Hashim Mūsawī al-Ḥaddād (Arabic:اَلسَيِّد هاشِم الموسَوي الحَدّاد) (b.1318/1901–d.1404/1984), the Shi'a mystic of 14th century and a great pupil of Sayyid 'Ali Qadi. He studied in Karbala and Najaf.
There are no written works left from al-Haddad except few letters and his ideas and states are expressed in the book Ruh-i Mujarrad written by Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani. Al-Haddad made a living of a farrier. He loved poems of Shams Maghribi, Hafiz and Rumi. His beliefs in Wahdat al-wujud (The unity of Being), his love of Muhy al-Din Ibn 'Arabi's words, reciting Rumi's Mathnawi, his mystic inclinations, etc. made some people criticize him. He answered these criticisms.
- 1 His Birth
- 2 His Family Background
- 3 His Education and Relationship with Sayyid Ali Qadi
- 4 His Pupils
- 5 His Living
- 6 Al-Haddad's Opinions in the Words of His Pupils
- 7 His Opinions Regarding Unity of God
- 8 His Opinions Regarding Manifestation of Truth in Karbala
- 9 Criticisms against Him
- 10 His Demise
- 11 Gallery
- 12 References
He was born in Karbala in 1318/1901.
His Family Background
His grandfather was an Indian Shi'a who was captured in a tribal fight. He was sold to a Shi'a family who took him with them when they moved to Karbala and freed him. He became a waterer in Karbala and gave water to pilgrims and married there. The eldest of the three children left from one of his sons was al-Sayyid Hashim al-Haddad.
His Education and Relationship with Sayyid Ali Qadi
Sayyid Hashim began his education in Karbala and went to Najaf to continue his education. He took a room in the Hindi school and there he found Sayyid 'Ali Qadi Tabataba'i and associated with him for 28 years in Karbala and Najaf. Although, Qadi had pupils such as Shaykh Muhammad Taqi Amuli and Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i, but al-Haddad was one of his favorite pupils. It can be guessed that the reason has been al-Haddad's self-dispossession of worldly matters.
Ayatullah Dastghayb, Ayatullah Sayyid 'Abd al-Karim Radawi Kashmiri, Sayyid Mustafa Khomeini. Murtada Mutahhari and Sayyid Ahmad Fihri Zanjani were among his pupils, but Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani was his most notable pupil who associated with him for 28 years and later wrote a memorial book about al-Haddad's life and spiritual conduct titled as Ruh-i Mujarrad (1418/1998).
Al-Haddad made a living of a horseshoer and a farrier; therefore, he was famous as Na'lband, but later changed his title and thus family name as al-Haddad. Although, he lived a poor life, he never asked anyone anything and even would share whatever he had with the needy.
Al-Haddad's Opinions in the Words of His Pupils
He did not write any books or treatises. There are only some letters left from him which include mystical issues and spiritual instructions.
His Opinions Regarding Unity of God
According to Allama Tihrani, al-Haddad was very profound regarding Unity of God and fana' (Arabic:فَناء) (annihilating the self and realizing God) was the most frequent word in his speaking. He believed that paying too much attention to the correction of an action's form causes ignorance about the truth and worshiping both an action's form and the truth. In his opinion, Unity of Existence is among the greatest concepts which no one understands it as it deserves to be understood and to al-Haddad it meant that nothing but God has independent existence-for-itself, i.e. true existence is He Himself and other beings are mere dependence and need to the Truth.
His Opinions Regarding Manifestation of Truth in Karbala
Al-Haddad knew martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (a) as the greatest manifestation of love, most beautiful manifestation of glory and beauty and the attributes of Divine Mercy and Wrath. In his opinion, if a spiritual wayfarer is shown a little from divine manifestations in 'Ashura, he will go unconscious forever. His look at the martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (a) was similar to Rumi's mystical description of 'Ashura in Mathnawi. Although, he had accepted some of Ibn 'Arabi's ideas, he criticized him as well.
Criticisms against Him
'Allama Tihrani considered al-Haddad perfect in Irfan (mysticism), but some religious scholars criticized him, most importantly about his opinion on God's Unity of Existence, quoting from Ibn 'Arabi, reading Rumi's Mathnawi and his mystical inclinations. Al-Haddad however, answered these criticisms.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from سید هاشم حداد in Farsi Wikishia.