Muhammad b. Hasan b. Zayn al-Din al-Amili

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Muhammad b. Hasan b. Zayn al-Din al-Amili
Personal Information
TeknonymAbu Ja'far
Religious AffiliationTwelver Shi'a
Well-Known RelativesAuthor of Ma'alim, Al-Shahid al-Thani
BirthSha'ban 10, 980/December 16, 1572)
ResidenceJuba' (Jabal Amel), Mecca
Studied inJuba', Mecca
DeathDhu l-Qa'da 10, 1030/September 26, 1621)
Burial PlaceAl-Ma'lat Cemetery, Mecca
Scholarly Information
ProfessorsSahib al-Madarik, Hasan b. Zayn al-Din al-Amili, Mirza Muhammad Astarabadi
StudentsZayn al-Din b. Muhammad (his son), Muhammad b. Ali al-Farhushi,
WorksIstiqsa' al-i'tibar fi sharh al-istibsar

Fakhr al-Dīn Abū Ja'far Muḥammad b. Ḥasan b. Zayn al-Dīn al-'Āmilī (b. 980/1572 - d. 1030/1621) was the son of the Author of Ma'alim and a grandson of al-Shahid al-Thani. One of his most important writings is Istiqsa' al-i'tibar and his exposition of al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya. He passed away in Mecca in 1030/1621.

Birth and Death

Shaykh Muhammad was born on Monday Sha'ban 10, 980/December 16, 1572[1]. And he died on Monday night Dhu l-Qa'da 10, 1030/September 26, 1621[2] in Mecca. He was buried near the mausoleum of Khadija bt. Khuwaylid.


His first teacher was his father. He studied mostly with his father and Sayyid Muhammad al-Amili the author of al-Madarik. When they passed away, he migrated to Mecca where he attended the lectures of Mirza Muhammad Astarabadi, the author of Kitab al-rijal. He learned hadiths and rijal from Astarabadi.

Muhammad b. al-Hasan sometimes went to Damascus where he met with Sunni scholars. According to some sources, he was a master of rijal because of five years of his companionship with prominent scholars such as Muhammad Amin Astarabadi.



  • His son, al-Shaykh Zayn al-Din
  • Muhammad b. Ali al-Farhushi
  • Ibrahim b. Ibrahim b. Fakhr al-Din al-'Amili
  • Ahmad b. Ahmad b. Yusuf al-Sawadi al-'Amili
  • Husayn b. Hasn al-'Amili
  • Ali b. Ahamd b. Musa al-'Amili



In the Words of Others

Many prominent scholars praised and admired Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Amili. He was greatly praised in the words of his son, Shaykh Ali, in al-Durr al-manthur, Shaykh Yusuf al-Bahrani in Lu'lu'at al-bahrayn, al-Shaykh al-Hurr al-Amili in Amal al-amil, and Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Khwansari in Rawdat.


According to a variety of sources, Shaykh Muhammad's asceticism and piety were his conspicuous moral characteristics. His son says, "He escaped from the material people and avoided suspicions." It is said that when people of Iraq did not pay their zakat, he purchased things for which zakat was obligatory (e.g. wheat and barley), paid its zakat, and then consumed it.


  1. In the Julian calendar
  2. In the Gregorian calendar