In the Name of Allah the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

The Detached Soul [The Reality of Gnosis and the Identity of a Gnostic]

Collected Works of The Muslim Shiite Scholar and Thinker: Allāma Hājj Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husaynī Tihrānī



The end of man’s journey in the Realm of Being is the vision of Allah.


Subject of the Book : Commemoration of the perfect mystic, the late Hāj Sayyid Hashim Haddad (may his soul be sanctified)


What is Gnosis and what does it say?

Who is a perfect man?

What is the status of wilāyat?

What is meant by pantheism?

What is the reason for deviation in spiritual wayfaring?

How to achieve perfection?


Excerpts from the book:

• What is meant by ma‘rifat, intuition, and vision is annihilation (fanā’) in His Essence.

• What is meant by fanā’ is not mere extinction; rather, it is breaking through drawbacks and ego-centric tendencies.    

• Perfection means no veil existing between man and God and man’s feeling God’s infinite Knowledge, Might, and Everlastingness.   

• Hāj Sayyid Hāshim was beyond people’s comprehension; he had passed through partiality and achieved universality.

• It is only the power of love of God that can take man to universality and annihilation in Him.

• Spiritual wayfaring toward Allah without having a master, guarding over the heart, remembering of God, and reflection is but an illusion.

• Commitment to obligations and avoidance of sins irrespective of God is Magianism.

• People’s requirements are oftentimes materialistic; they wish to add patches to their already existing patches.

• Why do people wish for intuitions? The world over is replete with intuitions.

• In order to fare the way toward God, ‘Unwān al-Basrī’s tradition is to be acted on.

• Lessons on practical Gnosis are to be taught in seminaries.

• Natural disasters are aftermaths of ingratitude and disrespect toward realities of Faith.   

• Non-Shī‘a mystics throughout the history were either not mystics or practiced dissimulation.

• Faring the Path of God is impossible without sacrifices, giving alms, and tolerances.

• In our modern society, such figures as Allama Tabātabā’ī and Sayyid Jamāl Gulpāyigānī are not known, let alone knowing the like of Hadād.

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