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Personal Information
Full Name Hasan Hasanzada Amoli
Well-Known As 'Allama Hasanzada
Birth 1929
Place of Birth Amol , Iran
Residence Qom, Tehran
Studied in Amol, Tehran, Qom
Scholarly Information
Professors 'Allama Sha'rani, 'Allama Tabataba'i, Mahdi Ilahi Qumsha'i, Sayyid Abu l-Hasan Rafi'i Qazwini
Permission for
Ijtihad From
'Allama Sha'rani
Works Durus ma'rifat al-nafs, Risala-i Liqa Allah, Tashih wa ta'liq on tamhid al-qawa'id sa'in al-din, Tashih Nahj al-balagha,Tashih wa ta'liq-i Isharat, Ilahi Name

Ḥasan Ḥasanzāda Āmolī (Arabic: حَسَن حَسَن‌زاده آمُلی) (b. 1929) is a philosopher, mystic, theologian, mujtahid, astronomer, and a teacher of religious and Islamic seminary disciplines. He wrote books concerning various religious disciplines and came to be known as "Allama Hasanzada Amoli" (where "Allama" is a title given to polymaths). He believes that the Qur'an is the origin of true mysticism. He interprets the Islamic philosophical tradition within a unified path, subscribing to Mulla Sadra's reconciliation of the religion, the intellect and mysticism. His works include Sharh fusus al-hikam, Tashih nahj al-balagha, Insan dar 'urf-i 'irfan, Tashih kalila wa dimna.

Life and Education

Hasan Hasanzada Amoli was born in a village around "Larijan" of Amol in early 1929. He learned reading and writing at the age of 6 in Maktabkhana, (traditional school) and in 1944 he started to study in the Islamic seminary. He studied Arabic literature and other preliminary courses in Amol with Muhammad Gharawi, 'Aziz Allah Tabarsi, Ahmad I'timadi, 'Abd Allah Ishraqi, Abu l-Qasim Raja'i, Mirza Abu l-Qasim Fursi, and others. At the same time, he taught some preliminary textbooks of the seminary as well.

Migration to Tehran

Upon finishing the preliminary courses, Ayatollah Hasanzada was encouraged by Ayatollah Gharawi to wear the clerical clothing. At the age of 22, he went to Tehran to continue his studies in 1950. One of his teachers in Tehran was Ayatollah Sayyid Ahmad Lawasani. Hasanzada studied parts of Sharh al-lum'a and Qawanin al-usul withi him.

Hasanzada attended 'Allama Sha'rani's lectures for many years, studying a great number of books with him, including al-Makasib, al-Rasa'il, Kifayat al-usul, parts of Jawahir al-kalam, al-Asfar al-arba'a, Ibn Sina's al-Shifa', Majma' al-bayan (an exegesis of the Qur'an), Euclid's Principles as revised by Khwaja Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, and the general issues of Ibn Sina's al-Qanun in medicine.

Hasanzada Amoli received a permission of ijtihad and a permission for the transmission of hadiths from 'Allama Sha'rani. Following Sha'rani's advice, he attended the lectures of Ayatollah Sayyid Abu l-Hasan Rafi'i Qazwini, including a lecture on 'Allama Fanari's commentaries on Misbah al-Uns and his advanced lectures in jurisprudence and principles of jurisprudence.

Hasanzada attended the lectures of Mahdi Ilahi Qumsha'i on Mulla Hadi Sabzawari's al-Manzuma, the psychological part of al-Asfar and almost half of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi's commentaries on Ibn Sina's al-Isharat. He also attended Qumsha'i's lectures on the exegesis of the Qur'an. Their relationship became so close that Ilahi Qumsha'i wrote a preface to Hasanzada's collection of poems.

Hasanzada also attended Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Amoli's advanced lectures of jurisprudence and principles of jurisprudence in Tehran. He also attended the lectures of Muhammad Hasan Fadil Tuni. And he studied parts of Ibn Sina's al-Shifa with Mirza Ahmad Ashtiyani.

Migration to Qom

Hasanzada Amoli moved from Tehran to Qom in 1963. He attended the lectures of 'Allama Tabataba'i and his brother for 17 years. He studied parts of Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi's Bihar al-anwar and Tamhid al-qawa'id with 'Allama Tabataba'i. he also attended the philosophical and mystical lectures of Sayyid Muhammad Hasan Ilahi. Hasanzada speaks highly of these lectures, attributing part of his moral influence to them. He also studied with Sayyid Mahdi Qadi Tabataba'i, the son of Sayyid 'Ali Qadi Tabataba'i, who was an expert in Occluded Sciences, philosophy, and mysticism.

Teaching

After his residence in Qom, Hasanzada taught four rounds of Sharh al-manzuma, four rounds of al-Isharat wa l-tanbihat, one round of al-Asfar al-arba'a, and four rounds of Qaysari's Sharh al-fusus. He also taught Sharh al-tamhid and Misbah al-uns. Moreover, he taught mathematics, astronomy, timing, and qibla for about 17 years, which resulted in his book, Durus ma'rifat al-waqt wa l-qibla.

Thoughts and Work

Hasanzada wrote many works regarding jurisprudence, philosophy, ethics, mysticism, religious wisdom, theology, mathematics, astronomy, Arabic and Persian literatures, natural sciences, ancient medicine, and Occluded Sciences. However, most of his works are centered on the Qur'an, philosophy, and mysticism.

Philosophy

Ayatollah Hasanzada Amoli has a unified view of the Islamic philosophical tradition. Sayyid Yadullah Yazdanpanah, a student of Hasanzada, believes that his teacher thought of Islamic philosophy and mysticism as being in the same direction; that is, he tries to reconcile the religion, philosophy, and mysticism. Hasanzada believes that Mulla Sadra managed to lead the Islamic philosophy to a good ending. According to Yazdanpanah, Hasanzada is mostly focused on, and influenced by, Mulla Sadra and Ibn 'Arabi. Hasanzada rejects the claim that the Islamic philosophy is Greek in character. He holds that the views of pre-Islamic philosophers were superficial and were later deepened and, in his words, "cooked" by Muslim philosophers.

Ayatollah Hasanzada Amoli wrote many philosophical works, the following books are among his philosophical works:

  • Al-Usul al-Hikmiyya
  • Risala-i Ja'l
  • Risala-i Ru'ya
  • Risala-i Nafs al-'amr
  • Risala-i Nahj al-wilaya
  • Risala fi al-Taḍadd
  • Tarjuma wa ta'liq-i al-jam' bayn al-ra'yayn
  • Tashih wa ta'liq-i Shafa
  • Tashih wa ta'liq-i Isharat
  • Taqdim wa tashih wa ta'liq-i aghaz wa anjam kalami

The Qur'an as the Origin of Knowledge

Ayatollah Hasanzada Amoli takes the Qur'an to be the origin of divine sciences. He takes Nahj al-balagha, al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya, Usul al-kafi, Bihar al-anwar and other collections of hadiths to be originated from the Qur'an; they are lower degrees of the Qur'an, so to speak. The words of Infallible Imams (a) go back to the Qur'an.

Mysticism

For Hasanzada Amoli, religion is knowledge of God, which is very wide-ranging, including knowledge of God's names, knowledge of God's actions, knowledge of God's rulings, and knowledge of God's Book. These kinds of knowledge are what mysticism truly is. For him, genuine mysticism, which is human-making, consists in having a connection with the Qur'an. Infallible Imams (a) are, for him, the teachers of the human beings and divine messengers who explain human-making instructions, that is the Qur'an, to people.

Here are some of Ayatollah Hasanzada's works concerning mysticism:

  • Ilahi Name
  • Risala-i Liqa Allah
  • Risala-i Innah ul-Haq
  • Sharh-i fusus al-hikam
  • Irfan wa hikmat muta'aliya
  • Tashih-i Risala mukatibat
  • Risala-i Mafatih al-makhazin
  • Risala ie dar seyer-o suluk

Literary Work

Hasanzada was interested in poetry and literature since his childhood. Thus he wrote some works regarding the literature:

  • Tashih Kalila wa dimna
  • Tashih gulistan-i sa'di
  • Masadir ash'ar mansub be Amir al-mu'minin (a)
  • Taqdim wa tashih wa ta'liq Nisab al-sibyan
  • Diwan-i Ash'ar
  • Dah Risala-ye Farsi
  • Hizar-o yek nokte
  • Ilahi Name

Editing and Commentaries

Ayatollah Hasanzada Amoli taught in the Islamic Seminary of Qom for over 40 years, and while teaching he edited and wrote commentaries on the relevant books:

  • Tashih Nahj al-balagha
  • Tashih tafsir khulasat al-manhaj
  • Tashih kitab Shifa
  • Tashih Asfar al-arba'a
  • Tashih kitab kashf al-murad
  • Tashih wa hashiya bar tamhid al-qawa'id sa'in al-din
  • Sharh bar fusul qeysari

Political Approach

Hasan Ramadani, a student of Ayatollah Hasanzada, says about his teacher's political approach that his political and social positions might not be obvious, that is, he might not obviously engage in political affairs. However, he has a good relationship with Ayatollah Khamenei. During Ayatollah Khamenei's travel to Amol in 1998, Hasanzada dedicated his book, Insan dar 'urf-i 'irfan (the human from the standpoint of mysticism), to him with writing a preface. In 2012 when Ayatollah Hasanzada was in a bad health condition, Ayatollah Khamenei visited him in a hospital in Tehran.

Hasanzada Amoli told Hasan Ramadani that before the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran—before Imam Khomeini's exile from Iran—he went from Tehran to Qom to visit Imam Khomeini and pledge his allegiance to him after he heard him recommend that political and social issues be explained for people.

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