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Hatim al-Tai


Mawiya al Ghassaniyya

Hatim al-Tai

578 AD, Ha'il, Saudi Arabia

Abdellah ibn Sa'ad at-Ta'iy

Adi ibn Hatim, Abdellah ibn Hatim, Safana bint Hatem

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Hatim Tai Real Story in Urdu - History and Biography in Urdu

Hatim Altaaey (Arabic: حاتم الطائي‎‎; also Hatemtai i.e. Hatim of the Tayy tribe; died 578), formally Hatem ibn Abdellah ibn Sa'ad at-Ta'iy (Arabic: حاتم بن عبد الله بن سعد الطائي ‎‎) was a famous Arab poet who belonged to the Ta'i Arabian tribe, and the father of the Sahabi Adi ibn Hatim RadiAllahu 'Anhu. Stories about his extreme generosity have made him an icon to Arabs up till the present day, as in the proverbial phrase "more generous than Hatem" (Arabic: أكرم من حاتم).


Hatim al-Tai sitting on the floor while speaking with hand gestures and people around him are listening

Hatim Al Tai Legendary Generousity


Hatim al-Tai

Al-Taee lived in Ha'il (Arabian Peninsula). He was mentioned in some Hadiths by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He died in 578. He was buried in Towaren, Ha'il. The tomb is described in the Arabian Nights.

Hatim al-Tai's grave

He lived in the sixth century CE. He also figures in The Arabian Nights. The celebrated Persian poet Saadi, in his work Gulistan (1259 CE) writes: "Hatim Taï no longer exists but his exalted name will remain famous for virtue to eternity. Distribute the tithe of your wealth in alms; for when the husbandman lops off the exuberant branches from the vine, it produces an increase of grapes". He is also mentioned in Saadi's Bostan (1257 CE). According to legends in various books and stories, he was a famous personality in Tai (Ha'il province in the central part and of the Arabian Peninsula). He is also a well-known figure in the rest of the Middle East as well as India & Pakistan.

Hatim al-Tai

Many books have been written about him in different countries and languages. Several movies and TV Series have been produced about his adventures.


Rozat-ul-Sufa mentions that "In the eighth year after the birth of his eminence the Prophet, died Noushirwan the Just, and Hatem Tai the generous, both famous for their virtues.", around 579 CE. According to 17th-century Orientalist D'Herbelot, his tomb was located at a small village called Anwarz, in Arabia.



  • On Avarice by Hatem Taiy
  • Qissa-e-Hatem Taiy

    Qissa-e-Hatem Tai (The adventures of Hatim Tai) is very popular in South Asia. Multiple movies (see below) about Hatem Tai are based on this story.

    It consists of a short introduction describing his ancestors and his own virtues. In seven chapters, seven of his adventures are given.

    The stories are based on seven questions, asked by a beautiful and rich woman Husn Banu, who will marry only the person who will obtain answers to these questions:

    1. ' What I saw once, I long for a second time.'
    2. ' Do good, and cast it upon the waters.'
    3. ' Do no evil; if you do, such shall you meet with.'
    4. ' He who speaks the truth is always tranquil.'
    5. ' Let him bring an account of the mountain of Nida.'
    6. ' Let him produce a pearl of the size of a duck's egg'
    7. ' Let him bring an account of the bath of Bad-gard.'

    A king falls in love with her and wanders around, not knowing where to go or what to do. By chance he meets Hatem Tai, to whom he tells his story. Hatem undertakes to find the answers to the questions.


  • Hatim Tai (1956), directed by Homi Wadia
  • Hatim Tai (1990), directed by Babubhai Mistri
  • TV series

  • Dastaan-e-Hatimtai - An Indian TV Series aired on DD National.
  • Hatim - An Indian TV Series on Star Plus in 2003-4
  • The Adventures of Hatim - A 2013 Indian TV Series on Life OK
  • References

    Hatim al-Tai Wikipedia