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Mansur Al-Hallaj''' ( c. 858 - March 26, 922) was a Persian [[Mysticism|mystic]], writer and teacher of [[Sufism]]. His full name was ''Abu al- Mughith al- Husayn ibn Mansur al-Hallaj''. |+|
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|−|He was born around 858 in Tur, Iran to a wool seller. Al-Hallaj's grandfather may have been a [[ Zoroastrianism| Zoroastrian]]. His father lived a simple life, and this form of lifestyle greatly interested the young al-Hallaj. As a youngster he memorized the [[Qur'an]] and would often retreat from worldly pursuits to join other mystics in study. |+|
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|−|Al- Hallaj would later marry and make a [[Pilgrimage|pilgrimage]] to [[Mecca]]. After his trip to the holy city, he traveled extensively and wrote and taught along the way. He travelled as far as [[India]] and Central [[Asia]] gaining many followers, many of which accompanied him on his second and third trips to Mecca. After this period of travel, he settled down in the Abbasid capital of [[Baghdad]]. |+|
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|−|Among other Sufis, Al-Hallaj was an anomaly, many sufi masters felt that it was inappropriate to share mysticism with the masses, yet Al-Hallaj openly did so in his writings and through his teachings. He would begin to make enemies, and the rulers saw him as a threat. This was exacerbated by times when he would fall into trances which he attributed to being in the presence of [[ Islamic Godforms|God]] . During one of these trances, he would utter ''Ana al-Haqq'', meaning "I am the Truth" and also, "In my turban is wrapped nothing but God?" which was taken to mean that he was claiming to be [[ Islamic Godforms|God]] , as Al-Haqq is one of the [[ 99 names of God|Ninety Nine Names of Allah]]. [[Al Hallaj|'''more...''']] | |
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