'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani

Abdul Qadir Gilani
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TitleShaykh al-Islam
Personal
BornMarch 23, 1078 CE
(1 Ramadan, 470 AH)
DiedFebruary 21, 1166 CE
(11 Rabi' al-Thani, 561 AH)
(aged 87).
Resting placeBaghdad, Iraq
ReligionIslam
ChildrenAbdul Razzaq Gilani
EraIslamic Golden Age
RegionBaghdad
DenominationSunni
JurisprudenceHanbali[1][2]
CreedTraditionalist (Athari)
Main interest(s)Fiqh, Sufism, aqidah
TariqaQadiriyya (founder)
Muslim leader

ʿAbdul Qādir Gīlānī, (Persian: عبدالقادر گیلانی‎, Arabic: عبدالقادر الجيلاني‎, Turkish: Abdülkâdir Geylânî, Kurdish: ,Evdilqadirê Geylanî عه‌بدوالقادری گه‌یلانی‎), known by admirers as Muḥyī l-Dīn Abū Muḥammad b. Abū Sāliḥ ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Gīlānī al-Ḥasanī wa'l-Ḥusaynī, was a Hanbali Sunni Muslim preacher, ascetic, mystic, jurist, and theologian, who was known for being the eponymous founder of the Qadiriyya tariqa (Sufi order) of Sufism.[3]

He was born on 29 Sha'ban 470 AH (March 23, 1078) in the town of Na'if, district of Gilan-e Gharb, Gilan, Iran, and died on Monday, February 21, 1166 (11 Rabi' al-Thani 561 AH), in Baghdad. [4][nb 1][5] He was a Persian Hanbali Sunni jurist and Sufi based in Baghdad.[4][1][2] The Qadiriyya tariqa is named after him.[6]

Name[]

The honorific Muhiyudin denotes his status with many Sufis as a "reviver of religion".[7] Gilani (Arabic al-Jilani) refers to his place of birth, Gilan.[8][9] However, Gilani also carried the epithet Baghdadi, referring to his residence and burial in Baghdad.[10][11][12]

Family background[]

Gilani's father, Abu Saleh, was from a Sayyid lineage, tracing his descent from Hasan ibn Ali, a grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.[13][14][3] Abu Saleh was respected as a saint by the people of his day, and was known as Jangi Dost (meaning "fight-lover" in Persian) "who loves God", thus "Jangidost" was his sobriquet.[15][16][17] Gilani's mother, Ummul Khair Fatima, was also a Sayyid, having been a descendant of Muhammad al-Jawad, himself descended from Husayn ibn Ali, the younger brother of Hasan.[18]

Education[]

Gilani spent his early life in Gilan, the province of his birth. In 1095, at the age of eighteen, he went to Baghdad. There, he pursued the study of Hanbali law under Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi and ibn Aqil. [19][20] He studied Hadith with Abu Muhammad Ja'far al-Sarraj.[20] His Sufi spiritual instructor was Abu'l-Khair Hammad ibn Muslim al-Dabbas.[21] (A detailed description of his various teachers and subjects are included below). After completing his education, Gilani left Baghdad. He spent twenty-five years wandering in the deserts of Iraq.[22]

Later life[]

In 1127, Gilani returned to Baghdad and began to preach to the public.[23] He joined the teaching staff of the school belonging to his own teacher, al-Mazkhzoomi, and was popular with students.[citation needed] In the morning he taught hadith and tafsir, and in the afternoon he held discourse on the science of the heart and the virtues of the Quran.[citation needed] He was said to have been a convincing preacher and converted numerous Jews and Christians. He was able to reconcile the mystical nature of Sufism with the sober demands of Islamic Law.[23]

Death and burial[]

Gilani died on 21 February 1166 (11 Rabi' al-Thani 561 AH) at the age of 87.[5] His body was entombed in a shrine within his madrasa in Babul-Sheikh, Rusafa on the east bank of the Tigris in Baghdad, Iraq.[24][25][26]

During the reign of the Safavid Shah Ismail I, Gilani's shrine was destroyed.[27] However, in 1535, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent had a dome built over the shrine, which still exists.[28]

Birthday and death anniversary celebration[]

1 Ramadan is celebrated as Gilani’s birthday while his death anniversary is on 11 Rabi' al-Thani, although some scholars[who?] give 29 Sha'ban and 17 Rabi' al-Thani as his birth and death days. In the Indian subcontinent, his ‘urs, or death anniversary, is called Giyarwee Shareef, or Honoured Day.[29]

Tomb of Sheikh Abdul Qadir, Baghdad, Iraq.

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References[]

  1. ^ a b John Renard, The A to Z of Sufism. p 142. ISBN 081086343X
  2. ^ a b Juan Eduardo Campo, Encyclopedia of Islam, p. 288. ISBN 1438126964
  3. ^ a b Abdul Qadir Gilani at Encyclopædia Iranica
  4. ^ a b W. Braune, Abd al-Kadir al-Djilani, The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Vol. I, ed. H.A.R Gibb, J.H.Kramers, E. Levi-Provencal, J. Schacht, (Brill, 1986), 69;"authorities are unanimous in stating that he was a Persian from Nayf (Nif) in Djilan, south of the Caspian Sea."
  5. ^ a b The works of Shaykh Umar Eli of Somalia of al-Tariqat al-Qadiriyyah.
  6. ^ "Sufism, Sufis, and Sufi Orders: Sufism's Many Paths". islam.uga.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  7. ^ Mihr-e-munīr: biography of Hadrat Syed Pīr Meher Alī Shāh pg 21, Muhammad Fādil Khān, Faid Ahmad. Sajjadah Nashinan of Golra Sharif, Islamabad (1998).
  8. ^ Encyclopaedia of religion and ethics: volume 1. (A – Art). Part 1. (A – Algonquins) pg 10. Hastings, James and Selbie, John A. Adamant Media corporation. (2001), "and he was probably of Persian origin."
  9. ^ The Sufi orders in Islam, 2nd ion, pg 32. Triingham, J. Spencer and Voll, John O. Oxford University Press US, (1998), "The Hanafi Qadirriya is also included since 'Abd al-Qadir, of Persian origin was contemporary of the other two."
  10. ^ Devotional Islam and politics in British India: Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and his movement, 1870–1920, pg 144, Sanyal, Usha Oxford University Press US, 19 August 1999. ISBN 0-19-564862-5 ISBN 978-0-19-564862-1.
  11. ^ Cultural and religious heritage of India: Islam pg 321. Sharma, Suresh K. (2004)
  12. ^ Indo-iranica pg 7. The Iran Society, Calcutta, India. (1985).
  13. ^ Historical and political who's who of Afghanistan. p 177. Adamec, Ludwig W. (1975)
  14. ^ Qādrī, Muḥammad Riyāz̤ (2000-01-01). The Sultan of the Saints: Mystical Life and Teaching of Shaikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani. Abbasi Pablications. p. 19. ISBN 9789698510169.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  15. ^ "Sulook organisation website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  16. ^ Mihr-e-munīr: biography of Hadrat Syed Pīr Meher Alī Shāh pg 27, Khān, Muhammad Fādil and Ahmad, Faid. Sajjadah Nashinan of Golra Sharif, Islamabad. (1997)
  17. ^ Encyclopaedia of Sufism, volume 1, Kahn, Masood Ali and Ram, S.
  18. ^ Qādrī (2000, p. 21)
  19. ^ Campo, Juan Eduardo (2009-01-01). Encyclopedia of Islam. Infobase Publishing. p. 4. ISBN 9781438126968.
  20. ^ a b Gibb, H.A.R.; Kramers, J.H.; Levi-Provencal, E.; Schacht, J. (1986) [1st. pub. 1960]. Encyclopaedia of Islam (New Edition). Volume I (A-B). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. p. 69. ISBN 978-9004081147.
  21. ^ Malise Ruthven, Islam in the World, p 243. ISBN 0195305035
  22. ^ Esposito J. L. The Oxford dictionary of Islam. p160. ISBN 0199757267
  23. ^ a b 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani at the Encyclopædia Britannica
  24. ^ Al-Ghunya li-talibi tariq al-haqq wa al-din (Sufficient provision for seekers of the path of truth and religion), parts one and two in Arabic, Al-Qadir, Abd and Al-Gilani. Dar Al-Hurya, Baghdad, Iraq, (1988).
  25. ^ Al-Ghunya li-talibi tariq al-haqq wa al-din (Sufficient provision for seekers of the path of truth and religion) with introduction by Al-Kilani, Majid Irsan. Al-Kilani, Majid, al-Tariqat, 'Ursan, and al-Qadiriyah, Nash'at
  26. ^ "The Qadirya Mausoleum" (PDF).
  27. ^ A.A. Duri, Baghdad, The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Vol. I, 903.
  28. ^ W. Braune, Abd al-Kadir al-Djilani, The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Vol. I, 70.
  29. ^ "Ghousia".
  30. ^ "Sirr-ul-Asrar". www.nafseislam.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.

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