Sharh Futuh al-Ghaib
Commentary on Revelations of the Unseen, Futuh al-Ghaib: Abd Al Qadir al-Jilani
Concerning the Discourses of Shaykh Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani
Imam Abu 'l-Abbas Ahmad ibn Taimiyya
Translated From the Arabic By Muhtar Holland
Published By Al- Baz Publishing Florida USA
Futuh al-Ghaib of Abd Al Qadir al-Jilani Perhaps
the most well known collection of Shaykh
Abd Al Qadir Al-Jilani's ,discourses.
These short and powerful discourses cover topics of interest to every seeker of
the spiritual path. A glimpse at the some of the topics covered will reassure
the reader that the Shaykh is addressing issues that are as pertinent in this
day and age as the day he spoke about them so many hundreds of years ago
This book is a commentary by Ibn Taymiyya on the Futuh al-Ghaib
of Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. In it is to be found the clear approval
that the Imam had for the Sufi path, provided that the commandments of the
Sacred Law (Shari'a) are faithfully observed. In it Ibn Taimiyya extols several
of the great Sufi saints (awliya'), and elucidates many of the discourses of
Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir. This may surprise those who have been informed that Imam
ibn Taimiyya was opposed to Sufism and was hostile to it. It is a fact that the
Imam himself was a sufi, haven taken the cloak (khirqa) of the Qadiris from Imam
Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani
Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani In
A.H. 488, at the age of eighteen, left his native province to become a student
in the great capital city of Baghdaad, the hub of political, commercial and
cultural activity, and the center of religious learning in the world of Islaam.
After studying traditional sciences under such teachers as the prominent
Hanbalii jurist [faqiih], Abuu Sa'd 'Alii al-Mukharrimii, he encountered a more
spiritually oriented instructor in the saintly person of Abu'l-Khair Hammaad ad-Dabbaas.
Then, instead of embarking on his own
professorial career, he abandoned the city and spent twenty-five years as a
wanderer in the desert regions of 'Iraq. He was over fifty years old by the
time he returned to Baghdaad, in A.H. 521/1127 C.E., and began to preach in
public. His hearers were profoundly affected by the style and content of his
lectures, and his reputation grew and spread through all sections of society.
He moved into the school [madrasa] belonging to his old teacher al-Mukharrimii,
but the premises eventually proved inadequate.
In the words of Shaikh Muzaffer Ozak Efendi: 'The venerable 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani
passed on to the Realm of Divine Beauty in A.H. 561/1166 C.E.,
Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyah
Shaykh al-Islam Taqi ud-Din Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad
Ibn al-Halim ibn Abd al-Salam Ibn Taymiyah al-Hanbali was born in , 661 AH (1263
AC) in Haran, which is now in Eastern Turkey, near the border of northern Iraq..
His family had long been renowned for its learning , among his teachers, was
Shams ud-Din Al-Maqdisi, first Hanbali Chief Justice of Syria following the
reform of the judiciary by Baibars. The number of Ibn Taimiyah's teachers
exceeds two hundred. Ibn Taimiyah was barely seventeen, when Qadi Al-Maqdisi
authorized him to issue Fatwa (legal verdict). Qadi remembered with pride that
it was he who had first permitted an intelligent and learned man like Ibn
Taimiyah to give Fatwa. At the same age, he started delivering lectures. When he
was thirty, he was offered the office of Chief Justice, but refused, as he could
not persuade himself to follow the limitations imposed by the authorities.
Imam Ibn Taimiyah's education was essentially that of a Hanbali theologian and
jurisconsult. But to his knowledge of early and classical Hanbalism, he added
not only that of the other schools of jurisprudence but also that of other
He had an extensive knowledge of Quran, Sunnah, Greek philosophy, Islamic
history, and religious books of others, as is evident from the variety of the
books he wrote.
Muhtar Hollandwas born in 1935, in the ancient city of Durham in the
North East of England. This statement may be considered anachronistic, however,
since he did not bear the name Muhtar until 1969, when he was moved-by powerful
experiences in the latihan kejiwaan of Subud-to embrace the religion of Islam.
This Fresh translation should be a welcome addition to the library resources of
the scholar and layman alike, and a great interest to students, teachers, and
seekers of spiritual knowledge and understanding everywhere
Some of his translations Include the following: Reviews