Mansur Al-Hallaj

Mansur al-HallajAl Hallaj  was a Persian mystic, revolutionary writer and teacher of Sufism, most famous for his poetry, accusation of heresy and for his execution at the orders of the Abbasid Caliph Al-Muqtadir.
Mansur believed in union with the Divine, that God was within him, and that he and God had become one and the same. Mansur was cut into many pieces because in the state of ecstasy he exclaimed Ana Abrar-al Haq “I am the Abrar of truth”. He was executed in public in Baghdad. They cut him into pieces and then they burnt his remains. He kept repeating “I am the Truth” as they kept cutting his arms, legs, tongue and finally his head. He was smiling, even as they chopped off his head.
I chose one of his rhymes, which reflects his thoughts,and I drew this illustration
رَأَيـتُ رَبّـي بِـعَينِ قَلبي فَـقُلتُ مَـن أَنتَ قالَ أَنت
I saw my god through my heart`s eyes, and asked him “who are you” he said “you”
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