Necklaces of Gems
by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Yahya at-Tadifi (d. A.H. 963) -
Translated into English by Muhtar Holland.
Paperback 603 pages
Published by Al-Baz Publishing Florida
A Biography of Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (may
Allah be well pleased with him); on the Marvelous Exploits of the
Crown of the Saints, the Treasure-trove of the Pure, the Sultan of the Awliya',
the Sublime Qutb, Shaikh Muhyi'd-din 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani.
This is the life story of the man who has been called the Sultan of the Saints (awliya')
of Allah. In the history of the Saints of Islam, Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir stands out
as being unique, in the broad scope of perfection that includes his lineage, his
complete development, piety, knowledge of the religion and adherence to the
Sacred Law (Shari'a), his intimate and direct knowledge of the Divine, and his
establishment by the Lord of All the Worlds at the level of Reality (Haqiqa).
In this extensive biography we are given
vivid glimpses of his charismatic exploits (karamat), many of which seem to defy
the ordinary rules of nature. The book is also a small history of more than
forty of the Shaikhs of his time, his companions of that day and age, as well as
a description of his children, grandchildren and descendants.
A little about Shaikh Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani,
In A.H. 488H, 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 'Iraaq. 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.,
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