By: Mir M.Hosseini
Hasan Sabbah, whose name has been associated in English with the word assassin gave up his administrative duties and started his own cult. He was a highly educated man who served at the court of the Seljuk empire for a while but could not stand injustice, corruption, invasion, aggression and violence that ruled the country. At the age of 35 he set off for Egypt and Syria where he got acquainted with Fatemiyeh version of Shiite faith. He accepted Ismailism and started to proselyte his faith in Isfahan. Then he continued his mission in different parts of Iran including Qazvin, Rhagae, Kerman, Yazd and Tabarestan. Hasan Sabbah set his headquarters in the castle of Alamout near Qazvin. Soon enough the number of his followers reached 70,000 stationed in 74 castles around Iran. These were ordinary peasants: male and female who were willing to sacrifice themselves for their master, that is Hasan Sabbah. Instead of using regular armies to overthrow enemies, he preferred creating fear by eliminating key figures one by one by stabbing, poisoning, or using other means. He once sent a message to Sultan Sanjar; a little note pierced with a dagger by his bedside while he was asleep gave the Sultan a clue on how far he had penetrated.
After his death on May, 23, 1124, his opinions continued spreading all around the world to this date evolving into small independent groups, inspiring the weak people who want to make a change in the world order.