Lectures of Shykh Abdul_Qadir_Jelani
SHAIKH 'ABD AL-QADIR STRUGGLES WITH DEVIL ARMIES, WITH IBLIS HIMSELF, AND WITH HIS OWNLOWER SELF [NAFS].
It was Shaikh 'Uthman as-Sirafini who said: "I once heardour master, Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir (may Allah be well pleasedwith him), say:"'I used to sit in the ruined areas by night and by day, and Idid not take a lodging in Baghdad. The devils used to come tome in ranks, in the guise of men bearing weapons of variouskinds, and assuming the most alarming shapes and forms.They would engage me in combat, pelting me with fire. Yeteven in the face of these terrifying assaults, I would findwithin my heart an inexpressible sense of reassurance. Iwould hear a voice saying, from somewhere deep inside:"Stand up and attack them, O 'Abd al-Qadir, for We havealready reinforced your strength, and We have come to yoursupport with Our invincible assistance!" Sure enough, as soonas I launched a resolute attack against them, they would fleeaway to right and left, returning to wherever they had comefrom."'Then a single devil [shaitan] would come to me fromamongst them, all by himself, and he would say to me: "Goaway from here, or else I shall do this, and I shall do that." Hewould warn me of many dreadful consequences, so I wouldslap him with my hand, and he would flee away from me. Iwould then say: "There is no might and no strength, exceptwith Allah, the All-High, the All-Glorious [la hawla wa laquwwata illa bi'llahi 'l-'Aliyyi 'l-'Azim]," and he would beconsumed by fire, as I watched him burn."'On one occasion, I was approached by figure whoseappearance was utterly repugnant, and who had a disgustingstench about him. "I am Iblis," said he, "and I have come toyou in order to act as your servant, for you have thwarted all