Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin

Researcher of Political Science & Classical Islam. Initiated by the Khwajagan i-Naqshband.

Regarding the Power of Intercession of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (rad)

It is related from His Eminence Qudwat al-Awliya  Pir Sayyidina Tahir Alauddin al-Jilani (qad), the younger brother of Naqeeb al-Ashraaf Pir Sayed Ahmed al-Jilani (qad); the Custodian of the Mosque and Tomb of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (rad) regarding the power of intercession granted to Ghawth al-Adham over his followers:

“His (Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani) powers over the souls of this disciples extend beyond the grave. One day in Baghdad a man informed him that his deceased father appeared to him in a dream, and informed him he was being tortured in his grave, and therefore the son should appeal to the venerable Ghawth al-Adham to intercede for his soul.  The man approached the venerable Ghawth al-Adham and informed him his father was suffering from the punishment of the grave, and appealed to him to intercede on his behalf.  The venerable Ghawth al-Adham asked the visitor, “Did your father ever visit my Madrassah?” Yes he answered. The venerable Ghawth then remained silent for some time and referred no further on the matter.  A few days later, the man returned to the venerable Ghawth al-Adham saying that his father appeared again to him in a dream, this time, he was wearing a green robe, and informed him his punishment has been lifted due to the venerable Ghawth al-Adham‘s intercession” [].

Translation of Qasidah Ghawthiyya by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (rad):

The Tomb of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Baghdad, Iraq

The Tomb of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Baghdad, Iraq

“Love gave me the goblets of union to drink, so I said to my wine: “Come here toward me!” It came running and walking toward me in tumblers, so I experienced ecstasy in my drunkenness among the Masters. I said to all the Cardinal Poles: “Assemble at my tavern, and enter, for you are my men! Experience ecstasy, and drink, you are my soldiers!’ So the cupbearer of the [Lord’s] people was quick to bring me sufficient supply. You drank what I had left over after I got drunk, but you did not reach my exaltation and my state of connection. High is your station, each and all, and yet my station is above you, higher still. In the presence of nearness I am on my own; the Lord of Majesty disposes of me, and He is enough for me! I am the grey falcon of every Shaikh. And who among men has received the same as I! He clad me in a robe in honor’s style, and crowned me with perfection’s crowns. He made me aware of an ancient secret, invested me with rank and gave me all I asked. He has appointed me over all the Cardinal Poles, so my decision is effective in every case. Were I to cast my innermost being into the oceans they would all become a depression in the void. Were I to cast my innermost being upon the mountains, they would be leveled low and disappear among the sands. Were I to cast my innermost being upon a fire, it would die out and be extinguished by the secret of my state. Were I to cast my innermost being upon a corpse, it would rise up through the power of the Lord and walk for me. Neither months nor long ages of time pass and go by without my getting news. They inform me of what is to come and to happen, and let me know when to cease from debate. My disciple, experience ecstasy, have fun, relax, sing, do what you will, for the name is a high one. My disciple, do not fear! Allah, my Lord, has given me eminence; I have attained the heights.  Drums sounded in heaven and on the earth, and the sergeant of bliss appeared to me.  The lands of Allah are my kingdom under my rule, and my time before my transformation has been happy for me. I looked upon all the cities of Allah together as a mere mustard,seed compared to my connection [with Him]. I studied knowledge till I became a Cardinal Pole, and gained felicity from the Lord of lords. My men are fasting in the midday heat, like pearls in the darkness of the night.  Every saint has a precedent, and I am in the footstep of the Prophet, the full moon of perfection. A Makkan Hijazi Hashimi Prophet is my ancestor by whom I obtained friends/followers. Who is like me among the Awliya’ of Allah and like me in knowledge and action.   My disciple, do not fear a traitor, for I am a resolute slayer in the fray.  I am al-Jili Muhyi’d-din is my name, and my banners are on the mountain peaks.  I am al-Hasani and the inner chamber is my station,and my feet are on the necks of men.  Well am I known by the name of ‘Abd al-Qadir, and my forefather is the very master of perfection.”

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