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Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani

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Ahle sunnah vs wahabi/deobandi/kharjee/Rafzee/shia
Ahle sunnah vs wahabi/deobandi/kharjee/Rafzee/shia

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 
In the name of 
 Allah
, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
Sheikh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani
(ra)
 
The Rose of Baghdad 
 
by Adam Hani Walker, UK 
 
 
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani (ra)
‘’Some natures have a spiritual affinity with others. In this way my soul has an affinity with the soul of Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani and I have been made aware of it through clear spiritual visions. About thirty years back one night God informed me that He had chosen me for His own. By a strange coincidence an old woman who was about eighty years of age saw a dream the same night and related it to me the next morning that she had seen Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani (may Allah be pleased with him) in her dream. He was accompanied by another eminent personage both wearing  green dresses. The second person was somewhat younger than Syed Abdul Qadir.First they offered prayer in our Jum'a Masjid and then they emerged into the courtyard of the mosque. The woman stood near them and presently a bright star appeared in the East. Syed Abdul Qadir was very happy at its appearance and addressing it greeted it with: Peace be on you. His companion also offered the greeting of peace. That star was my self. She saw this in the latter part of the night. As has been said: A believer see visions him-self and visions about him are vouchsafed toothers‘’ 
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 Here the Promised Messiah (as) talks of the magnificent friend and lover of Allah (swt)Hadhrat Sayyed Muhyidin Abu Mohammad Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (ra). Anyone who hasthe fortune to come across the life and works of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra) will be inno doubt as to why the soul of the Promised Messiah (as) had such a close affinity withthat of Sheikh Abdul Qadir (ra). His every pour yearned to serve Allah (swt) and he isindeed to be counted from amongst the greatest of the Awliyaa Allah
(friends of Allah)
.Commenting on his complete subservience to the will of Allah (swt), Hadhrat KhalifatulMasih II (ra) writes
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‘’Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani in one of his books says: ‘‘There is a time when I do not eat until God is pleased to say: Abdul Qadir, get up and eat for My sake, or wear these robes to please Me.’ It is men like him who would do even their daily chores only when God wants them to; of course, not for their own sake but for the sake of God, for whatever they do, they do it to please Him.’’ 
 
Both the Promised Messiah (as) and Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani wereconsumed with the love of the Holy Prophet (saw) and it is the great blessing of Allah (swt) that both of these great champions of humanity shared both aspiritual and blood affinity. For they are related to each other through the lineof the Holy Prophet’s (saw) beloved daughter, Sayyeda of the women of the worlds, Hadhrat Fatima Az-Zahra (ra)
3
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1
Zameem, Braheen Ahmadiyya part V p. 65 footnote
2
Way of the Seekers, Ch.14
3
See. Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Al-Tadhkirah. Pg.59, Ft.1.
 
By way of introduction, this great personage of Islam, Sheikh Abdul Qadir (ra) wasborn in 470
 A.H.
(1077-78
C.E.
 ) and of Persian descent (coming from the area of Jilan).One of his many titles (kunya) is
‘al-Hasani wal Husseini’ 
because he was blessed withdirect lineage to the Holy Prophet (saw) through his father Hadhrat Abu Saleh ZangiDost (ra) who was a direct descendant of Imam Hassan (ra); and also through hismother Hadhrat Bibi Ummul Khair Fatima (ra) who was a direct descendant of Imam Hussein (ra). The circumstances surrounding the blessed marriage of Hadhrat Abu Saleh (ra) and Hadhrat Bibi Ummul Khair (ra) were quite miraculous to say theleast. It is said that one day Hadhrat Abu Saleh (ra), who was renowned for his greatpiety, was walking along a riverbank when he came across an apple which he pickedup and ate. Upon reflection, he became extremely worried as he feared that in eating the apple he may have taken something that was not rightfully his to take. Perhaps his worry was ignited by the following incident involving the Holy Prophet (saw)
4
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The Prophet passed a date fallen on the way and said, ‘’Were I not afraid that it may be  from a Sadaqa (charitable gifts), I would have eaten it.’’ 
In order to rectify the situation he searched for the owner of the apple until he cameto a garden filled with apples which was owned by a man called Hadhrat AbdullahSawmai Az-Zahid (ra). Hadhrat Abu Saleh (ra) offered his sincere apology whichHadhrat Abdullah (ra) said he would accept on the condition that Hadhrat Abu Saleh(ra) spent some time maintaining his garden
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. Hadhrat Abu Saleh (ra) agreed andobediently tended to the upkeep of the garden. After some time had passed Hadhrat Abu Saleh (ra) was released from his obligation but with the final condition that heshould marry the daughter of Hadhrat Abdullah (ra) who was said to be blind, deaf,and handicapped in both the arms and legs. With great obedience and humility Hadhrat Abu Saleh (ra) accepted this condition and married the daughter of Hadhrat Abdullah (ra). On the wedding night he met his new wife for the first time and foundthat the lady in front of him was blessed with great beauty and seemed very ablebodied. Her appearance was so far from the description he had originally been giventhat he immediately exited thinking that he had entered the wrong room. Hadhrat Abdullah (ra) approached him and explained, to the astonishment of Hadhrat AbuSaleh (ra), that his original words were far from a deception saying,
‘’O Prince, this is your wife and whatever I had said about her is true. She is blind in that she has never lifted her eyes towards a non-Mahram (non-marriageable relative). She is deain that she has never heard anything against the Shariah. She is handicapped in the hand in that she has never touched anything against the Shariah with them, and she is handicapped in the legs in that she has never stepped out of the house against the Shariah.’’ 
4
Sahih Al-Bukhari. Vol.3, Bk.42, No.612.
5
Some narrations say that this agreement was made on the basis that Hadhrat Abu Saleh (ra) would serveHadhrat Abdullah (ra) for twelve years.

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