The Sultans of the Saints -  Hazrat Shaikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani

The Sultans of the Saints - Hazrat Shaikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani

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Author: Muhammad Riaz Qadiri
Publisher: Adam Publishers
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 338
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174355758


In the book the reader is made to understand the real meanings of Islamic mysticism whose fountainhead and wellspring is the Holy Prophet himself. It attempts to cover daily life, metaphysical aspects of the Shaikh, examines his ineffable rank, homage paid by the renowned Gnostics. It exposes radiant order in the spread of Islam and dissemination of Islamic spirituality across the world. The dialogues of the greet Ghaus with God unveil secrets of Wahadatul-Wujud and the relationship of man with his Creator. His veridical speeches are inspiring and thought provoking.

The book basically addresses itself to the lovers of Ghaus-e-Azam, the travelers of Sufi path, the students of Islamic theology and mysticism and is the best source of inspiration and happiness for the people of mystical quest and Qadiri disciples, may they be beginners or consummates.

Islamic mysticism is misinterpreted and misunderstood in the West thinking it as something alien, adulterated, and superimposed on Islam whereas it is an unalloyed and purest spiritual dimension of Islam entirely based on the holy Quran, sunnah, and saintship of the Rasulullah . It is ever shining and illuminating the worlds through unbroken chain of transmission back to the Apostle.

In the domain of saintship, Ghaus-e-Azam, who is the Royal Falcon of mystic way, is occupying the office of Ghausiyyat-Kubra (the greatest succourer) since eternity. The most fascinating and luminary figure, better known in the world as “Sultan of the Saints”, is the Chishti celestial winebearer saturating all the Sufi Orders with that wine of Divine Unity since centuries together. His beneficiaries i.e., the top ranking auliya Allah who are accruing spiritual benedictions inwardly have been praising him all the times ceaselessly. There is no stoppage.

Based on his own writings, speeches, discourses and that of the elect mystics of Islam, it as a full-length study of the life, teachings and experience of the great Ghaus elucidating the complete spectrum of Sufism (Tasawwuf) in true sense of the term.

The Sufis are they whose souls have become free from the defilement of humanity and pure from the taint of the self and have obtained release from lust, so that they are at rest with God in the first rank and in the highest degree, and having fled from all besides Him, they are neither masters nor slave. (Abual-Hasan Nuri)

Sufi is like the earth which is trodden by the pious and the wicked. Like the clouds which cast a shadow over everything and like the rain which waters everything. Also he is like the earth on which every foul thing is thrown and from which fair things come forth. (Junayd Baghdadi)

Tasawwuf is glory in wretchedness and riches in poverty and lordship in servitude and satiety in hunger and clothedness in nakedness and freedom in slavery and life in death and sweetness in bitterness. The sufi is he who is pleased with all that God does, in order that God may be pleased with all that he does. (Abu Said Abi-I-Khair)

How great is the difference between knowing the definition, causes and conditions of drunkenness, and actually being drunk! The drunken man knows nothing about the definition and theory of drunkenness, but he is drunk, while the sober man, knowing the definition and the principles of drunkenness, is not drunk at all. (Ghazali)

The Holy Prophet Muhammad himself is the Chief celestial winebearer, the origin, the fountainhead of Sufism, Ali, the ocean of Islamic esotericism and Ghaus-e-Azam, the tavern keeper after him, feeding the lovers with the wine of Divine union, and the tavern being the sanctuary of the Lord Himself.

First exhort yourself than to others. Being patient before Divine Decree, sleep peacefully under the spout of destiny. When you are accustomed to it, Divine bounty and munificence shall be restored to you in a way you could never yearn or expect of it. He who got cognizance of Allah Most High, the World, the Hereafter, and all the alterities (aghyar) disappeared from his heart. (Ghaus-e-Azam)

Always fear God and don’t be afraid of anyone else. Commit all of your needs to Allah and beg everything of Him and trust in Him. When the man is afflicted, he tries to come out of it by his own efforts. When fails, he seeks help of the creature. When he is disappointed from all sides then he recourses to Allah. At that time he is certain that only Almighty is the Master of every good and evil, profit and loss, life and death. Heart is the Locus of Allah the Most High. Don’t let others enter into it. (Ghaus-e-Azam)


1. Parentage, Birth and Childhood
Genealogical Detail
Prophecies and Happy Tidings
World Fame Prior to Birth
Childhood and Basic Education
Knowledge of Sainthood
2. Times of Ghaus-e-Azam
Early Period
Persian Influence
Reign of Turkish Bodyguard
Qaramatians Reign of Terror
Buwayhid Supremacy
Fatimids Achievements
Baghdad Under Seljuks
Khawarizm Shah
Mongol Holocaust
Note on Cultural Activities
Spread of Islam
Islamic Mysticism
Qadiriyya order

Sufism: Origin and Development
Origin of Sufism
Views of Some Western Orientalists
Some Definitions
General Traits and Characteristics of Auliya Allah
Enviable Achievements
Invisible Hierarchy
Historical Development
Sufi orders
4. Journey to Baghdad
Repentance by a Band of Robbers
Entrance in Baghdad
Plight of Educational Institutions
Era of Hardships
Destiny of Three Saints
Meeting with Shaikh Hammad Al-Dabbas
5. Higher Education
6. Era of Austerities and Asceticism
Fight with the Satans
Satan Failed to Beguile Shaikh
7. Initiation and Succession
Spiritual lineage of Ghaus-e-Azam
8. At the Jamia of Shaikh Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi
Fatwas (As Jurist)
9. Spiritual Guides of Ghaus-e-Azam
i Shaikh Hammad al-Dabbas
ii Shaikh Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi

The Glory of Ghaus-e-Azam
Knower of the Divine Secrets
Spiritual Poverty
Primordial Union
Homage by the Great Saints
11. “My Foot is on the Neck of All the Saints”
The Sphere of This Proclamation
Awais Qarni Prostrates His Head
Meanings of The Proclamation
12. Radiant Qadiriyya Order
Initiation of Ibn Arabi
13. Poetry in the Honour of Ghaus-e-Azam
Shaikh Nuruddin Shattanufi
Khwaja Mueenuddin Chishti
Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtyar Oshi
Hazrat Ali Ahmad Sabir Kalyari
Shaikh Bahauddin Naqshband
Imam Muhammad bin Saeed
Syed Muhammad Gisu Daraz
Maulana Abdur Rahman Jami
Shaikh Abdul Haqq Muhaddith Dihlawi
Shah Abu al-Maali Qadiri
Bahauddin Zakariya Multani
Sultan Bahu
Shaikh Nurullah Soorti
Mian Muhammad Bakhsh
Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan Brelwi
Khwaja M. Karimullah Abbasi Qadiri
Sahibzada Shabbir Ahmad Kamal Abbasi
Maulana Ghanimat Kunjahee
Shah Niaz Brelwi Chishti Nizami
Syed Naseeruddin Naseer
Maulana Ghulam Qadir Grami
Maulana Faiz Ahmad Faiz
14. Qasa’id Ghaus-e-Azam
Qasidah Ghausia
Other Qasaid
Praising the Lord in Persian Language
15. Divine Communication (Ilhamaat Ghaus-e-Azam)
16. Illuminative and Inspiring Sermons
17. Teachings of Ghaus-e-Azam
Reality of Faqr
Qualities of a True Guide
Need for Spiritual Guide
Faqr, Faqir
Lovers of God
The Chosen Ones
Company of the Saints
Kinds of Knowledge
Degrees of Knowledge
Patience and Thankfulness
Acquiescence in Divine Apportionment
Fear and Hope
Contraction and Expansion
Resignation and Acquiescence
The Characteristics of Ascetics
Obligatorty Duties and Sunnah
Good Manners
Life which Has no Death
Dominion of Heart
Longing and Yearning
Four Kinds of World
Divine Manifestation
Kinds of Soul
Types of Mankind
Pretender Mystics
Pseudo Savant
Conception of Allah
Lover of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)
Selections From His Aphorisms
18. Karamat
How and why Karamat
Book on Philosophy
Visit to the Tomb of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal
Visit to the Tomb of Maruf Karkhi
Visit to the Tomb of Holy Prophet (PBUH)
Reviving of Life
The Chicken Bones
The Naughty Birds
Birds Make Noise
Priest is Defeated
Ailing Son
Crippled Restored to Health
Muhyiuddin Ibn Arabi
Mustenjid Billah Desired Karamat
Tigris in Flood
Famine in Baghdad
Breaking Fast at 70 Places
Help During Sermon
From Thief to Qutb
Change of Gender
Radiant Staff
Talk with Snake
Trading Carvan Saved
Dog Kills the Lion
The Lost Camels
Date-trees Fructified
The Radiant Finger
The Abducted Girl Recovered
The Lunatic Woman Cured
A Young Girl is Attacked
Spiritual Benedictions
19. Domestic Life, Daily Routine, Traits and Habits
Domestic Life
Daily Routine
Traits and Habits
Fascinating Personality
Illustrous Sons
20. Passing Away of Ghaus-e-Azam
Literary Heritage
21. Reality of Giarhwin Shareef
Recompense in the Hereafter
22. Qadiriyya Order : A Brief Survey
Western Views
Services of Qadiriyya Order
West Africa
Other Regions
Mongol in the Lap of Islam
Indian Scene
Qadiriyya Order in India
Hazrat Mian Mir and His Legacy
Qadiriyya Order in Gujranwala
Qadiriyya Centres in Other Parts of India
23. References