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The Creed of Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani

The Creed of Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani

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This is the Creed [‘aqidah] of the Lordly Cardinal Pole, Muhyiddin ‘Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani, may Allah be pleased with him and sanctify his secret.
This is the Creed [‘aqidah] of the Lordly Cardinal Pole, Muhyiddin ‘Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani, may Allah be pleased with him and sanctify his secret.

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The Creed
This is the Creed [‘
aq
ī 
dah
] of the Lordly Cardinal Pole,
Muhyidd
ī 
n
‘Abdu-l Q 
ā
dir al-J
ī
lan
ī
 
, asespoused beautifully in his sublime work, “Revelations of the Unseen” [
futu
al-ghaib
]
 
In the name of Allah, the Universally Merciful, the Singularly CompassionatePraise be to Allah, the One who modeled the mode [
kayyafa ’l kaif 
], though He is completely freefrom modality [
kaifiyya
]; and has localized locality [
ayyana ‘l-ain
], though He utterly transcendslocation [
ainiyya
]; and exists [
wujida
] in every place, though He is far removed fromcircumstantiality [
zarfiyya
]; and makes Himself present with everything [
hadara ‘inda
], though Heis far exalted above “with-ness” [
‘indiyya
].He is the First of everything, and there is no posteriority [
akhiriyya
] applicable to Him. If you say
where
[
aina
]?”, you are imposing location [
ainiyya
] on Him. If you say: “
how
[
kaifa
]?”, you seekHim through modality [
kaifiyya
]. If you say: “
when
[
mataa
]?”, you are besetting Him withtemporality [
waqtiyya
].If you say “He is
not
[
laisa
],” you are excluding Him from being [
kawniyya
]. If you say “
if 
[
law
]”,you are confronting Him with deficiency [
naqsiyya
]. If you say “
why
[lima]?”, you are disputingwith Him over sovereignty [
malakutiyya
]. Glory be to Him and Exalted is He!He is not preceded by
precedence
[
qabliyya
]. He is not superseded by
subsequence
[
ba’diyya
]. Hecannot be compared by
likeness
[
mithliyya
]. He cannot be matched by
comparability
[
shakliyya
].He is not flawed by matrimonial
conjugality
[
zawjiyya
]. He is not known by
corporeality
 [
jismiyya
]. Glory be to Him and Exalted is He!If He were a tangible object [
shakhs
], He would be known in terms of quantity [
kammiyya
]. If Hewere a physical body [
jism
], He would consist of elements combined in structure [
binya
], but He isSingular [
Wahid
], in refutation of structurality [
banawiyya
]. He is Eternal [
Samad
], in refutation of idolatry [
wathaniyya
].There is nothing similar to Him, in rejection of [the anthropomorphism] of the
Hashwiyya
. Thereis nothing comparable to Him, in refutation of those who maintain the heresy of characterization[
wasfiyya
]. No mover moves, in good or evil, in private or in public, on land or at sea, except byHis Will, in refutation of the
Qadariyya
.His Power [
Qudra
] admits no comparison, and His Wisdom [
Hikma
] has no final limit, in denial of the
Hudhaliyya
. His rights are those that are obligatory [
huququ-hu ‘l wajiba
], and His proof is thatwhich is effective [
hujjatu-hu ‘l baligha
]. No one is entitled to claim any right over Him, contrary tothe precept of the
Nazzamiyya
.He is Just [
‘Adil
] and does no injustice in His judgments. He is Truthful [
Ṣā
diq
] and does noinjustice in His Judgments. He is Truthful [
Ṣā
diq
] and does not go back on what He makes known.He is a Speaker [
Mutakallim
] who utters a speech that is infinitely pre-existent, sempiternal[
kalam qadim azali
], not as one who creates his speech.He has sent down the Qur’an and He has made it impossible for the eloquent linguists torearrange it, thereby disproving the arguments of the
Muradiyya
.
 
The Creed © 2000. Al-Baz Publishing, Inc.Reproduced by TAQWA.sg 2
Our Lord condones faults and forgives sins, for those who repent. Even if a man returns to his sin,that which is past will absolutely not return to the human being. Our Lord is completely freefrom falsity [
zaif 
] and far removed from tyranny [
haif 
].We also believe that He has reconciled the hearts of the believers and that He has caused theunbelievers to go astray, in refutation of the
Hishamiyya
.We also believe that the sinners [
fussaq
] of this Community [
Umma
] are better than the Jews, theChristians and the Magians, in refutation of the
Ja’fariyya
.We affirm that He sees Himself, and sees what is other than Himself and that He is One who hears[
Sami’ 
] every call, One who sees [
Basir 
] every secrecy, in refutation of the
Ka’biyya
.He has created His creatures in a most excellent natural constitution [
fitra
], and, after He hasreturned them through extinction in the darkness of the grave, He will restore them to thecondition He first produced them, in refutation of the
Dahriyya
.Then, when He has gathered them for the Day of His Reckoning, He will manifest Himself to Hisdear friends, so they will witness Him directly with the faculty of sight. He will be visible like themoon, and He will be veiled from none but those who deny the vision [of Him], such as the
Mu’tazila
. How could He be veiled from His dear friends, or make them stop before His Screen,when His sempiternal, infinitely pre-existent promises have already been set forth?O self now at peaceYa ayyathu’n-nafsu’l-mutma’innaReturn unto your Lord, well pleased, well pleasing!Irji’I ila Rabbi-ki radiyatan mardiyya. (89:28,29)Can you see yourself content with the roses of the Gardens of Paradise, or satisfied with thesilken garments of the Orchard? How could Majnun be happy with anything less than Layla in fullbloom? How could the lovers relax in comfort, without the fragrant scents of ambergris?Bodies have been melted in the realization of worshipful servitude. How could they not rejoice inthe seats of togetherness [
‘indiyya
]? Eyes have stayed sleepless through the gloomy nights. Howcould they not delight in the witnessing of intimate friendship? Hearts have been tormented byamorous yearnings. How could they fail to drink from the pure juicy wine? Spirits have beenimprisoned in sensory forms. How could they not roam freely in the sacred meadows, graze intheir lofty pastures, drink from their refreshing springs, and put an end to any lingering trace of longing for relief from that cause of complaint? The judge of the ardent lovers will make a publicappearance, and settle that case.When they are addressed at the meeting with their Master [
Mawla
], He will begin by offeringthem the greeting [
tahiyya
], then He will instruct them to enter the Gardens of Eden, but they willreject them with disdain. They will swear that they looked for nothing apart from Him, that theyhad no intention of seeking anything apart from Him, and that they would not be content withanything existing in the universe. They will swear that their objectives were not inferior, so theyhad not forsaken the pleasure of life except to advance therefrom, through the link that is utterlysuperior.The wine-director will offer them a cup, chosen from his very best, containing a salutary drink.As it passed around among the intimate companions, it will be welcomed in the early morning

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