Hazrat Mūnes ‘Alī Shāh
Hājj Mirza Hasan Aqadadi, Hazrat Mūnes ‘Alī Shāh Isfāhānī, was born in Isfahan in 1921 in a religious family who ran a fabric factory.
He was very young when the signs of Love first appeared in his heart and brought about a radical change in his life. The first Sufi Master whom he met was Hājj Jalāl Ajā’ī, who was a murīd of Shaykh Hasan ‘Alī Nakhodākī. Later he also met Hojjat Balāghī, who was the Pīr (Master) of the Ne‘matollāhī Shamsīyeh Sufi Order, from whom he received spiritual guidance.
He was about 22 when he had a significant meeting with the Safī ‘Alī Shāhī Sufi Master Hazrat Nūr ‘Alī Shāh Shīrazī. Consequently he became his murīd.
In 1943 he performed pilgrimage to Mecca, which made his heart even more enlightened and passionate.
In 1968, after many years of hard work under the guidance of Hazrat Nūr ‘Alī Shāh, he was formally appointed as Shaykh of the order, even though the order counted other great Sufis eligible for the office of Shaykh. For many years he remained active as a Sufi Master in Isfahan, teaching and helping other dervishes.
Although he was formally entitled to the name and position of Pīr of the order, in all his humility, he never claimed this supreme title and office of Mastership.
Despite his many responsibilities as a Sufi Master he was still also fully capable of running his business in fabrics.
Hazrat Mūnes ‘Alī Shāh was a prominent and highly esteemed figure among Sufis and other people in Isfahan and regularly organized spiritual gatherings.
Hazrat Mūnes ‘Alī Shāh also had a great passion for art and literature. Among his best friends were Isfahan’s famous artists and poets like Shakibe Isfahani, Hussein Saghir Isfahani and Abbas Qazi, who occasionally gathered at his house for artistic events.
He was a meritorious calligrapher and wrote elegant poems as well. The Mathnawī of Hazrat Moulānā Jalāluddīn Rūmī was his greatest source of inspiration. He had memorized innumerable of its verses, which gave him joy and spiritual power.
After the Islamic Revolution in Iran he withdrew from public life and remained in seclusion until 1994.
In that year, at the insistence of a number of Sufis, he again began to attend the Sufi ceremonies and rituals in Safī ‘Alī Shāh’s Khāneghāh and at his house in Isfahan.
He passed away on 13th January 2008.
May his soul rest in peace.