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Eleven Stanzas on the Blessed Life History of
Ghawth al-A`zam Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani


Qaddas Allahu Sirrahu'l `Aziz


From good and righteous parents came a rose without a thorn
Signs of sainthood were evident in him when he was born
Fasting from his mother's milk in the days of Ramadan
Al-Hasani wal Husayni Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


In search of sacred knowledge, his provisions on the quest:
The coat of truthfulness - a heart of gold hid in his chest
Thus the robbers repented at his hands at Hamadan
Reviver of the Religion Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


Through Allah's Grace he arrived in the city of Baghdad
Receiving from Qadi Abu Sa`id and Shaykh Hammad
He took from many masters and this marked a blessed dawn
The Hanbali authority Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


At his feet beneficial knowledge could be acquired
Seekers flocked to his sessions and became awe-inspired
You would not hear one clear their throat, sniffle their nose or yawn
The Shafi`i authority Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


He'll turn your focus to Allah, and cleanse your heart from rust
Content with his Lord's Decree, and in Him he placed his trust
In following the Prophet he's the perfect paragon
The bless'd son of the sweet belov'd Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


He preached taqwa of Allah, Whom he faithfully obeyed
Followed the Qur'an and Sunnah from which he never strayed
He spread the remembrance of Allah, thwarting the shaytan
He's the Grey Falcon flying high Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


Majestic and unique in his spiritual oration
Courageously against heretical innovation
Respecting the sacred he was one of Allah's swords drawn
The axis stablished by the Lord Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


His foot, on the necks of the saints, all of whom he's vested
Across the lands to this proclamation they attested
Fortunate for the friends of Allah, he is their sultan!
He is the sultan of the saints Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


"He was born in love, grew in perfection, and met his Lord
in the perfection of love", may God increase his reward
"To the realm of Divine Beauty the noble Shaykh passed on"
The supreme spiritual helper Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


In eulogies esteem for him is lovingly expressed
His spiritual path has spread far and wide from east to west
Still faithfully followed though from this worldly life he's gone
Our leader Abu Muhammad Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


O Allah on Your Chosen One, confer blessings and peace
On his Family and Companions, grant them all increase
On the Followers and the Friends of Allah and upon
All of those who love our master Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan

Naf`anAllahu bih!


Al-Hamdu Lillah!


Composed by Irshaad Ahmad Rashid
Jumada al-Awwal, 1438 A.H. Toronto, Canada




Notes:

good: Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani's mother's kunya was Umm al-Khayr, and Khayr means "good" (may Allah be pleased with them)

righteous: Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani's father's kunya was Abu Salih and Salih means "righteous" (may Allah be pleased with them)

al-Hasani - Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani's father was a descendent of the Holy Prophet's grandson Imam al-Hasan (may Allah be pleased with them)

al-Husayni - Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani's mother was a descendent of the Holy Prophet's grandson Imam al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with them)

Naf`anAllahu bih: may Allah spread his benefit, in Arabic

truthfulness: sidq, in Arabic

reviver of the religion: Muhyiddin, in Arabic

the Hanbali authority: Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani was an authority in the school of Islamic Law named after Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allah be pleased with them)

the Shafi`i authority: Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani was an authority in the school of Islamic Law named after Imam Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi`i (may Allah be pleased with them)

the bless'd son of the sweet belov'd: putar mithe mahbub jo , in Sindhi

the sweet belov'd: i.e. the Holy Prophet Muhammad

Taqwa: reverential awe of Allah the Most High

the grey falcon: al-baz al-ashhab, in Arabic

the axis stablished by the Lord: Qutb Rabbani, in Arabic

heretical innovation: bid`a, in Arabic

sultan of the saints: sultan al-awliya, in Arabic

"He was born in love, grew in perfection, and met his Lord in the perfection of love": this quote appears at the back of the Al-Baz publications of translations related to Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al Jilani (may Allah be pleased with him), quoted from Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak Efendi, in Ziynet-ul-Kulub. Many wise words of Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani have been translated into English by Sidi Muhtar Holland (may Allah the Most High grant them mercy)

"To the realm of Divine Beauty the noble Shaykh passed on": this quote appears at the back of the Al-Baz publications of translations related to Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al Jilani (may Allah be pleased with him), quoted from Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak Efendi, in Ziynet-ul-Kulub, except that the word "venerable" is used instead of "noble". Many wise words of Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani have been translated into English by Sidi Muhtar Holland (may Allah the Most High grant them mercy) the supreme spiritual helper: ghawth al-a`zam, in Arabic

our leader: imamuna, in Arabic

Abu Muhammad: the kunya of Shaykh `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah be pleased with him)

Allah's Chosen One: i.e. Prophet Muhammad

Those who love: muhibbin, in Arabic

our master: sayyiduna, in Arabic








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