Syed Hamidul Hasan

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Ayatullah Hamidul Hasan

Ayatullah Syed Hamidul Hasan [1] is a Shia alim of Lucknow, India. He has been giving religious lectures in India and abroad, especially during the Muslim month of Muharram, for the last 50 years (the longest by any living Shia cleric). He is also the current principal of Jamia Nazmia.

He holds numerous other posts including President, Majlis-e-Ulema, Board of Trustees, Shia PG College, Lucknow, and Member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board.


He completed his education from Jamia Nazmia up to Mumtaz-ul-Afazil and was taught by Mufti Syed Ahmad Ali (son of Allama Mufti Mohammad Abbas) along with other learned teachers. After finishing his studies at Madrasatul Waizeen and completing different oriental courses from Lucknow University, Shia Arabic College and Aligarh Muslim University, he went to Najaf-e-Ashraf, Iraq, for higher education. There his teachers included the likes of Ayatullah al-Uzma Syed Muhsin al-Hakim and Ayatullah al-Uzma Syed Abul Qasim al-Khoei.[2]

Thereafter he travelled all over the globe for social services and spreading the knowledge and message of Ahl-ul-Bayt.

He became the principal of Jamia Nazmia in 1969.[2]

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Ayatullah Hamidul Hasan with Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun and Maulana Syed Faridul Hasan

He is an authority on Shia theology [3] in India today. His lectures on the teachings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his Ahl-ul-Bayt have been very popular both within the community and the media.

He has always been a big proponent of non-violence.[4][1][5][6][7] He has also strived hard over the years to bridge the gap between the two main communities of India viz., the Hindus and Muslims.[2][8][9][10][11]

He played a prominent role in resolving the century old Shia-Sunni conflict in Lucknow in 1998. His efforts in maintaining peace in the city by reaching out to other communities have been acknowledged by the media and administration alike.

The government of Iran issued him a letter of appreciation in 2007 for his role in promoting Indo-Iran relations.


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