Qadiriyyah (syeikh Abdul Qadir Jilani)

Qadiriyyah (Arabic: القادريه) (also transliterated Kadri, Elkadry, Kadray, Qadiri or Qadri), is one of the oldest Sufi tariqas. It derives its name from Abdul Qadir Jilani (also transliterated as “Jil lani” or “Jailani” and “Jilali” in the Maghreb) (1077-1166), a native of the Iranian province of Gilan. In 1134 he was made principal of a Sunni Hanbalite school in Baghdad.

The Order is the most widespread of the Sufi Orders in the Islamic world and can be found in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, the Balkans as well as much of the East and West Africa.[citation needed] There are even small groups in Europe and the Americas. The famous traveller and writer Isabelle Eberhardt also belonged to the Qadiri order.

[edit] Spiritual Chain

This is the spiritual chain (silsilah) of the Qadiriyyah:

Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani’s silsilah also goes back to the Muhammad through the following chain (silsila):

  • Islamic Prophet Muhammad
  • Caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • Shaikh Hasan Basri
  • Shaikh Habib Ajami
  • Shaikh Dawood Taiee
  • Shaikh Ma’ruf Karkhi
  • Shaikh Sari Saqati
  • Shaikh Junayd al-Baghdadi
  • Shaikh Sheikh Abu Bakr Shibli
  • Shaikh Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Tamīmī
  • Shaikh Abu al-Fadl Abu al-Wahid al-Tamīmī
  • Shaikh Abu al-Farah Tartusi
  • Shaikh Abu al-Hasan Farshi
  • Shaikh Abu Sa’id al-Mubarak Mukharrami
  • Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani
  • Shaikh Muhammed Rabbicudin
  • Abdul-Qadir Gilani

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    Shaikh Sayyid ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (Persian/Urdu: عبد القادرگیلانی, Arabic: عبد القادر الجيلانى) (also spelled Abdelkader, Abdul Qadir, Abdul Khadir – Jilani, Jeelani, Jilali, Gailani, Gillani, Gilani) (10771166) was a noted Sunni Hanbali preacher, Sufi sheikh and the figurehead of the Qadiri Sufi order. He was born during Ramadan in 1078, in the Persian province of Gilan (Iran) south of the Caspian Sea. It is also called Kilan, thus, Abdul-Qadir al-Kilani is also another of his names. Gilani belongs to the spiritual chain of Junayd Baghdadi. His contribution to thought in the Muslim world earned him the title al-Gauth al Azam (the “Supreme Helper”)



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    [edit] Biography

    Raised by his mother and grandfather after his father’s passing, Jilani was a descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad from both of his parents – his father was descended from Hasan while his mother was descended from Husayn.[1][2][3] At the age of eighteen he went to Baghdad (1095), where he pursued the study of Hanbali law under several teachers. Abdul Qadir received lessons on Fiqh from Abu Said Ali al-Mukharrimi, Hadith from Abu-Bakar-bin-Muzaffar, and tafsir from the renowned commentator, Abu Muhammad Jafar.

    In Sufism, his spiritual instructor was Shaikh Abu’l-Khair Hammad bin Muslim al-Dabbas. From him, he received his basic training, and with his help he set out on the spiritual journey.

    After completion of education, Abdul Qadir Jilani abandoned the city of Baghdad, and spent twenty-five years as a wanderer in the desert regions of Iraq as a recluse.[4] He was over fifty years old by the time he returned to Baghdad in 1127, and began to preach in public. He moved into the school belonging to his old teacher al-Mukharrimii, there he engaged himself in teaching. Soon he became popular with his pupils. In the morning he taught hadith and tafsir, and in the afternoon held discourse on mysticism and the virtues of the Qur’an.

    He busied himself for forty years in the service of Islam from 521 to 561 AH. During this period hundreds of people converted to Islam because of him and organized several teams to go abroad for missionary purposes. He arrived in Indian sub-continent in 1128, and stayed at Multan, Pakistan.

    He died on Saturday night 1166 (8th Rabi’ al-Awwal 561AH on the Islamic calendar) at the age of eighty-nine years, and was entombed in a shrine within his Madrassa in Baghdad. [5][6]

    [edit] Acts & Miracles

    It has been said that when al-Gauth al Azam went to Kurdistan and the people accepted him, a little boy was presented before him. And what Gauth al Azam did was stroke his head and said this boy will defend Islam. The Boy was Saladin Ayyubi the founder of Ayyubid dynasty a true ruler and defender

    [edit] Works

    Some of Jilani’s more well known works include:

  • Al-Ghunya li-talibi tariq al-haqq wa al-din (Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth and Religion)
  • Al-Fath ar-Rabbani (The Sublime Revelation)
  • Malfuzat (Utterances)
  • Futuh al-Ghaib (Revelations of the Unseen)
  • Jala’ al-Khatir (The Removal of Care)

[edit] References

  1. ^ Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani, Purification of the Mind (Jila’ Al-Khatir), Second Edition, (Luna Plena Publishing: 2008), p.v
  2. ^ Khondakar G. Mowla, The Election of Caliph/Khalifah and World Peace, 1 edition, (Universal Publishers: 1998), p.180
  3. ^ Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani
  4. ^ Abd-al-Haqq, Akbar, p.11
  5. ^ Majid ‘Ursan al-Kilani, Nash’at al-Tariqat al-Qadiriyah
  6. ^ The Qadirya Shrine, Baghdad (PDF)