Al-Sayyid Muhammad Sa'id al-Habbubi
Al-Sayyid Muḥammad Saʿīd al-Ḥabbūbī (Arabic: السَیِّد محمد سَعید الحَبّوبی) (b. 1266/1850 - d. 1333/1915), known as Habbubi the Great, was a twelver faqih, poet, and one of the leaders of Iraq's struggle against Britain. He was the first person who issued fatwa on legitimacy of establishment of new schools in Baghdad for teaching foreign languages.
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|Religious Affiliation||Twelver Shi'a|
|Lineage||Imam al-Hasan (a)|
|Place of Birth||Najaf|
|Burial Place||Holy Shrine of Imam 'Ali (a)|
|Professors||Mulla Husayn Quli Hamadani, Mirza Habib Allah Rashti, Muhammad Husayn Kazimi etc.|
|Students||Sayyid Muhsin Hakim, Sayyid Mahmud Hakim etc.|
|Permission for Hadith|
|Muhammad Taha Najaf, Mulla Husayn Quli Hamadani, and Sayyid Murtada Radawi Kashmiri|
|Permission for Hadith|
|Sayyid Shahab al-Din Mar'ashi Najafi|
|Leading congregational prayer in the Holy Shrine of Imam 'Ali (a)|
|He played a critical role in the Islamic uprising of Iraqi people against British occupiers in 1332/1914.|
Mulla Husayn Quli Hamadani, Mirza Habib Allah Rashti, and Sayyid Murtada Radawi Kishmiri were among his famous teachers. Sayyid Shahab al-Din Mar'ashi Najafi, Sayyid Muhsin Hakim were among his students. He also had a close relationship with Sayyid Jamal al-Din Asadabadi during the time he lived in Najaf.
His Birth and Lineage
After trading in Hijaz for a while, he returned to Najaf. Through attending literary forums, in which great poets of Najaf such as Sayyid Musa Taliqani and Sayyid Ja'far Hilli attended, he demonstrated his literary talent.
He acquired his fiqh knowledge mostly from Shaykh Muhammad Taha Najaf. He did not attend any classes after the demise of Shaykh Muhammad Taha Najaf in 1323/1905 and began to write and teach fiqh and usul.
He had gained permission from Muhammad Taha Najaf, Mulla Husayn Quli Hamadani, and Sayyid Murtada Radawi Kashmiri to narrate hadith and had given permission to Sayyid Shahab al-Din Mar'ashi Najafi to narrate hadith.
His Teaching and Students
His method of teaching was similar to Akhund Khurasani's and many scholars attended his classes.
Leadership of the Jihad
He also played a critical role in the Islamic uprising of Iraqi people against British occupiers in 1332/1914. In the big gathering of the people of Najaf in the Hindi Grand Mosque, he invited people to jihad and indicated that it was obligatory for Muslims to force the infidels leave their country.
In addition to issuing a fatwa, together with Sayyid Mustafa Kashani, about the obligation of preserving Iraq's integrity of the land, he was the first person who accepted leadership of the religious fighters and sent them to fight against enemies. He then, together with several Islamic scholars, went to Nasiriyya on Dhu l-Hijja 1332/1914 and in order to encourage nomads to jihad, stayed there until Muharram 1333/1915.
On Rabi' II 1333/1915, together with thousands of nomads who had joined him in Nasiriyya, he left Nasiriyya and went to Shu'ayba (a region located about 15 km southeastern of Basra). He did not accept financial aids of Osmani government and spent the profits made from the mortgage of his properties for jihad.
In the war that started between Iraqis and Osmani army on one side and British forces on the other side, many fighters were martyred and their army withdrew to Nasiriyya. For this reason, his statue has been put up in the main square of Nasiriyya.
Habbubi was well-known for his piety, good disposition, benignity, humility, intelligence, and patience. He led congregation prayers in the courtyard of Imam Ali's (a) holy shrine. Muhammad Sa'id Habbubi was the first person who issued a fatwa that the establishment of new schools in Baghdad for teaching foreign languages was permissible. He had a close relationship with Sayyid Jamal al-Din Asadabadi while he lived in Najaf.
In Nasiriyya, Sayyid Muhammad Habbubi got sick due to the pressure of failure in Shu'ayba and passed away in 1333/1915. He was buried in the courtyard of the Holy Shrine of Imam 'Ali (a) after funeral procession to Najaf.
- The material for writing this article has been mainly taken from سید محمد سعید حبوبی in Farsi wikishia.