Allamah Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian, the Great Contemporary Iranian Mystic and Scholar
Allamah Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian, the great contemporary Iranian mystic and scholar was born in 1911 in the holy city of Mashhad in Iran. His father Haji Syed Mirza Agha who was also a leading scholar in Mashhad introduced his son to great mystic of Iran Shaykh Hasan Ali Isfahani Nokhodaki who was living in Mashhad and wanted his son study under him.
Shaykh Hasan Ali Isfahani Nokhodaki accepted Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian as his student and looked after his spiritual guidance and upbringing. Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian was also the student in the Mirza Jafar Islamic Seminary situated within the premises of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.) in Mashhad. He studied Arabic grammar, mathematics, medicine, astronomy, theology, jurisprudence and ethics under the attention of his teachers with remarkable progress in each of these fields. He also socialized with Ulama, philosophers and mystics who regularly visit the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.) in Mashhad for the Ziyarah. Allama Syed Musa Zarabadi and Haji Syed Mazaher Husain Hindi were his other famous teachers beside Shaykh Hasan Ali Isfahani Nokhodaki. Allamah Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian suffered from chronic pneumonia in his youth age but was miraculously healed in the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.).
In 1930, Allamah Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian for the first time traveled to India and stayed there for ten and half years. In India a large number of people became acquainted with him and respected him and gained a lot of spiritual guidance and assistance from him.
Allamah Hafezian in India
Allamah Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian after his arrival became close to Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal. He decided to write the biography of Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal but he only wrote an article in Persian describing Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal’s great love and affection for the Holy Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) and Iran.
The leading Iranian scholar Allamah Ali Hakimi says while meeting Allamah Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian in Mashhad he had noticed the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi, the great leader of Indians struggle for freedom and independence from British imperialism in his album in which Mahatma Gandhi was attending the Azadari (mourning) ceremony of Imam Husain (A.S.).
During his stay in Kashmir he compiled his famous book “Loh-e-Mahfooz” (the Guarded Tablet). This work has been created and composed in accordance with the special mystical knowledge of numbers and their potentially latent and secret laden relationships among numbers and words. His book “Loh-e-Mahfooz” (the Guarded Tablet) became very famous in Iran and Indian sub-continent.
He visited different places in India like Haridwar, Rishikesh and Laksman Jhula and met leading Hindu rishis and sadhus and had dialogues with them. During his visit of different regions in India he used to visit the Dargahs (burial places) of Muslim saints and would meet the mystics staying in these dargahs. In Deccan he visited Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad He visited different parts of Kashmir and finally stayed in Sofipura village situated near Pahalgam in Kashmir where he used to meditate and acquire cognition as well as perfecting his soul. During his stay in Kashmir he compiled his famous book “Loh-e-Mahfooz” (the Guarded Tablet).
Allamah Hafezian’s popularity in India
Allamah Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian’s popularity spread all over greater India and many people from different religions and sects were healed by him. Many leading personalities in India like Dr. Zakir Husain became his friends and respected him greatly.
In 1945, he married in Bombay Fatima Sultan Sharifi, the daughter of Professor Syed Ali Naqi Sharifi, who was a professor in Bombay University. After his marriage in Bombay he along with his wife once again went back to Sofipura situated near Pahalgam in Kashmir to complete his famous book “Loh-e-Mahfooz” (the Guarded Tablet). After compiling the book he returned back to Bombay and along with his wife returned back to his native place the holy city of Mashhad in Iran.
In Sofipura village still the platform is preserved where Allamah Syed Abul Hasan Hafezian used to perform prayers and meditation. He used to visit a hill top near Sofipora village and perform prayers which is now called Astana and the Muslims of Kashmir consider this place as sacred and regularly visit this place to perform Namaz.
His other great contribution is the construction of the new Zarih (burial chamber) around the holy grave of Imam Reza (AS) in the holy city of Mashhad which was placed on the grave of Imam Reza (A.S.) in 1958.