Dr Syed Hussain Tabatabai was born on (10 Feb 1990), in the holy city of Qom, Iran. At the age of 2 he could recite the 30th sura of Quran by heart. At the age of 5 he became Quran Hafiz. In 1997 he was awarded a doctorate degree (Phd) from University of Coventry. (UK) He is not only a Quran Hafiz, he is the encyclopedia of the Holy Quran. He can tell precisely the sura, verse and ayat number of any ayat from the Holy Quran. He can translate the Holy Quran and explain each ayat in Persian and Arabic. He has memorised 80 Hadith of Imams and has full knowledge of Nahjul Balagha. He is now studying in Qom, specialising in Mantiq, the books he is now studying are used by Ulemas and Adults and are described to be extremely difficult. He is extremely intelligent, like a super human. His father is from the descendents of Hazarat Imam Hasan A.S. and his mother is from the descendents of Hazarat Imam Hussein A.S. Both Tabatabai's father and mother were Quran memorizers. He began to memorize Quran under the attention of his father when he was two and half years old. He was succeeded to memorize the entire of holy Quran when he was only five year and half. Dr Tabatabai first memorized 30th and 29th parts and then he began to memorize the suras of Quran. Since his father liked his son to memorize all the verses with their translations and complete meanings, applied a new method.
His method was: He showed a movement by his hand for each letter of Quran. When he pronounced that letter, he referred to its meaning by hand. The day after that day, father just referred and Hussain read the lesson of yesterday on the basis of his father's hint. His father's teaching was so sweet and attractive. The movement of his hands and fingers helped him to explain lesson, words' meanings for his son. "Alam al-Hoda" has interesting skills in memorizing Quran, like: *If you ask him about a word, a sentence, or a verse of holy Quran, Dr Hussain Tabatabai is able to say about its sura and its part. *If you ask him from the middle or end of the page, he can read from the beginning of the page, immediately. *He can recite each part of Quran, which is asked him by some movements of his father's hand, because he has memorized holy Quran by hint method. *If you ask him about a verse, which has some similarities in expression or pronunciation, he can mention those cases in different suras. *If the translation of a verse was read, he can recite the verse, which is related to that translation. So many Ulamas and authorities examined Hussain, and he passed all exams successfully. Hijaz University of Caventry City of England selected him for gaining Ph.D. degree on five subjects of Quranic sciences, after passing special tests of Ph.D. These subjects are as follow:
1.Complete memorizing of holy Quran with translation. 2. Subjective expression of holy Quran's verses. 3. Interpretation and explanation of verses by other holy Quran verses. 4. Conversation by Quran's verses. 5. Method of Quran expression on the basis of hint method