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Hazrat Manzou AliShah

Hazrat Manzūr ‘Alī Shāh

 

Sayyid Mohammad Baqer Mir Moqtada’i (Manzūr ‘Alī Shāh Isfahānī) was born on the 22nd March 1919 in a religious family of dervishes. Since his father was a dervish of the Ne‘matollāhī Sufi Order, he got acquainted with Sufism at a very early age. Before he was 25, he had already met and received the blessings of a great number of Sufi Masters and Sufi Shaykhs, e.g.: Hājj Motahhar ‘Alī Shāh, the Pīr of the Khāksar-Jalālī Sufi Order, Sayyid Mohammad ‘Alī Mobārak and Hājj Āghā Jalāl Ajā’ī, a pupil of the mystical school of Hājj Shaykh Hasan ‘Alī Nakhodākī.

 

In spite of all these meetings, his thirst for Sufi knowledge was not quenched. So, with great ardour, he kept searching for the Pīr he really needed. Eventually he met Hazrat Nūr ‘Alī Shāh, who lovingly initiated him on the Sufi Path. During many years, he enjoyed Hazrat Nūr ‘Alī Shāh’s beneficial guidance. In 1969, he was granted the title Shaykh Ershād (also transliterated as Shaykh Irshād), which meant that he was entitled to guide other murīds of the Pīr. On 5th October 1985, he left this material world. His tomb is located in Bāgh-e Rezwān {“Garden of Contentment”} in Isfahan (God’s Mercy be upon him). Hazrat Manzūr ‘Alī Shāh was a perfect Sufi and possessed many wonderful gifts, which he himself always denied. He also wrote mystical poetry under the pen name Sā‘ī[i]. The following is one of his poems:

 

In the land of spiritual poverty, nothing is of greater

value than to annihilate your untrue self (fanā)

In our times, in places of devotion and prayer,

nothing remains but feigned ascetism and hypocrisy

For the happiness and wellbeing of mankind, truly nothing is of

greater importance than to serve one’s fellow men and fellow creatures

 

He guided many disciples who later played an important role in the Silsila, e.g.:

 

-Abbas Panah Isfahani (the poet)

-Mahdi Sheikhbahaei Safī ‘Alī Shāh II

-Shafiq Isfahani (the poet)

-Akbar Mahdiya (the famous painter from Isfahan)

 

Even though Mohammad Bāqer Sa‘dī (Hazrat Manzūr ‘Alī Shāh) had been appointed Shaykh Ershād, he still considered himself to be the servant of his Pīr, Hazrat Nūr ‘Alī Shāh. According to many other Shaykhs, Hazrat Manzūr ‘Alī Shāh was a great Sufi Master, who always wished to live in love, peace, respect, tolerance and brotherhood with others.



[i]Sā‘ī (ﺴﺎﻋﻰ), meaning: “He who strives assiduously”.

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