ḥakīm : n. a wise man; a physician of traditional Islamic medicine.
Ḥakīm Ilyās (Mīrzā Ilyās al-Kāshānī) was born in Tehran, Iran. He moved to the United States in 1979. His training in Traditional Islamic Healing & Medicine (TIHM) began at six years of age through his father, Mīrzā Muḥammad Ṣādiq al-Shīrāzī al-Kāshānī.
Ḥakīm Ilyās has been a student of sacred knowledge under several scholars since 1997, primarily with Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He is dedicated to the study, practice, and development of TIHM, the treatment of people in need, and teaching the next generation of physician-healers.
Ḥakīm Ilyās received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech in December 1994 and additionally completed a premedical curriculum. He has studied meditation, qigong, yoga, and the martial arts since 1990. This was a transformative period during which he chose a life of service as a healer.
Since 1990, Ḥakīm Ilyās has studied various traditional and modern holistic therapies, including Homeopathy, Japanese and Tibetan Reiki, Medical Qigong, Osteopathic manipulation, Tui Na, and Nutritional Science. In 1996, he began studying Chinese Medicine at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where he was awarded a Master of Acupuncture degree in January 1999 and national board certified (NCCAOM) soon after. In June 2004, he resumed his studies in Chinese Herbology at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale, FL and received a certification in August 2006.
Ḥakīm Ilyās was raised with a deep respect and reverence for all races, cultures, and religions of the world. In 2000, he founded the Circle of One –a 501c3 non-profit Center of Traditional Medicine– to serve people in need while staying true to the principle of never turning anyone away who asks for help, regardless of their circumstances. The Circle of One name serves as a reminder of our unity as a human family through the Oneness of God, the Sublime and Exalted.
Ḥakīm Ilyās also works closely with leaders, executives, teams and organizations to identify and heal obstacles to comprehensive success, to cultivate non-violent, altruistic perspectives and strategies, and to finally align and focus their efforts in service of the greater good. His clients include the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Constellation Energy.
Ḥakīm Ilyās was appointed as the Associate Executive Director of the Park 51 Wellness Center in January 2011. He is also working toward building the Ḥakīm Wellness Health, Education, and Retreat Center where traditional and modern medicine will be seamlessly integrated to offer a comprehensive program of support.
Ḥakīm Ilyās lectures publicly on various subjects relating to religion, spirituality, eastern philosophy, traditional healing and medicine, and personal development, and he occasionally serves as a khaṭīb at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC).