The story of Hallaj


‘An-al-Haq’ (I am the truth) – this statement would be the death of Mansur Al-Hallaj.

A Sufi poet, teacher and philosopher, Hallaj was executed on the orders of an Abbasside caliph for uttering these words, taken to mean Hallaj as claiming himself to be God. After more than a decade of imprisonment, Hallaj was eventually executed publically in Baghdad in the year 922.

He is seen by many as a revolutionary writer and teacher of his time, when practices of mysticism were not meant to be shared publically. Yet he remains a controversial figure, revered by Rumi, hated by many, he was labeled an intoxicated Sufi and is still read today.

Soon, Modern Times Stage Company in Toronto will be presenting the last night Hallaj spends in prison.

The play is written by Peter Farbridge and Soheil Parsa and directed by the latter. “He is given a choice to recant his beliefs or be executed. We try to work out his dilemma,” explains Farbridge.

The play will explore Hallaj’s quest. “Was he inspired by a spiritual notion or was he more of a mad man?” asks Farbridge, a question he says is never answered in the play. – Video by Modern Times Stage Company.


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Shahid Ashraf
Nov 10, 2011 01:23pm
Nice. I would love to watch it... will it be shown in Karachi/Pakistan?
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Nov 10, 2011 03:04pm
The play seems quite fascinating.
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Nov 10, 2011 11:08pm
Wow what is happening? I am astonished and pleasantly surprised! Pakistan has a side that can be sublime ? This needs to be made into a movie please (or maybe they will begin rioting if they do). Did the audience know that Hallaj was crucified for that?
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Umer Hasan
Nov 11, 2011 05:29am
Mansoor AlHallaj was in Such a state which is called "Fana Fillah". In Sufism the first stage is Fana Fi Shaykh, Fana Fi Rasool and eventuallay Fana Fillah; dissolvation of one self, in this state one is not aware of himself. That is why mystical practices are ought to be kept secret, but even if one says it in Public he has done it without being aware of it. How ever Shariah Jurisdictions do apply to such people. Therefore Nor the Abassids or Hallaj himself should be accountable for what happened. Cases of Both side are well presentable and are not baseless in the Court of Allah Subhanahu Watala.
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Nov 11, 2011 09:14am
‘An-al-Haq’ (I am the truth) – this statement would be the death of "Mansur Al-Hallaj"....... The man who claimed 'An-al-Haq " was Hussain not Mansur .Mansur was the father of Hussain who by profession was HALLAJ.
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