The great titles of Ghaus-e-Azam speak of his glory (seerat e ghous e azam). He is so perfect and comprehensive that thousands and thousands of books can be written on any of his titles. Even these books cannot explain his grandeur. His lovers also remember him as ghaus azam, ghaus pak, ghous e pak, ghouse e azam etc.
Mystic Way of Ghaus-e-Azam:
Ghaus-e-Azam belongs to Qadri way. Later on, Sultan Bahoo reformed the real Qadri way. Sultan Bahoo renamed Qadri way as ‘Sarwari Qadri’.
Blessing of Spiritual way of Ghaus-ul-Azam:
The spiritual way of Ghaus-ul-Azam (Ghaus Pak) is so perfect that the station of his devotees keep elevating spiritually. In all other spiritual ways the disciple has to perform hard mystic exercises on his demotion from any spiritual station. Unlike others, if a Sarwari Qadri disciple gets demoted from his spiritual rank and he seeks forgiveness from the core of his heart, then he regains the same spiritual rank without any struggle. It is just by the grace of perfect spiritual guide of Sarwari Qadri order. That is why it is the grandeur of Sarwari Qadri disciple that he gains eternal presence in Mohammadan Assembly and Divine vision.
Blessings of Ghaus-e-Azam
During his life, Ghaus-ul-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, the beloved of Allah, used to grant spiritual beneficence and Divine benedictions to his five thousand disciples and seekers everyday by elevating them to the level of immortal Mystic after purifying from infidelity and misbelief. He blessed three thousand among them with the Divine presence drowning in the observation of Oneness of “None but Allah” such that these three thousand seekers reached the level of:
Meaning: When Faqr is accomplished that is Allah.
While he blessed the remaining two thousand with presence in the Mohammadan Assembly. This kind of spiritual beneficence is found only in the Qadri way in which the perfect spiritual guide blesses the seeker with the Divine presence by his spiritual attention and through the invocation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Islamic creed. Such passion, generosity, contemplation and authority are found only in the Qadri way. It will be transferred from one Qadri spiritual guide to another and will never stop until the Doomsday. It is like the brightest sun which benefits and enlightens the whole world.
Ghaus-e-Azam says in Qaseeda Ghausia:
Meaning: O my disciple! Do not afraid of anyone. Allah is with me and He has blessed me with such status that no one can reach there.
Disciples of Ghaus-ul-Azam
Shaikh Abdul Razaq and Abu al-Hasan relate that Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra) said, “Once I got a page whose length was infinite. It had names of my devotees and friends till Doomsday. I heard a voice from the court of Allah: ‘I have forgiven them because of you.’ Afterwards I asked the angel of hell ‘Malik’ whether he had any name of my disciple or friends in his list. The angel replied, ‘No’.”
Maulana Jameel-ur-Rehman Qadri saying about Ghaus-e-Azam:
He narrates the grandeur of Ghaus-e-Azam in these words:
“Ghaus-e-Azam has encouraged his disciples ‘not be afraid of anyone’. Therefore, the servant of Ghaus-e-Azam has no fear till Doomsday.”
Saying of Ghaus-ul-Azam about his disciples
Ghaus-ul-Azam says, “I am the lord of my disciple and his disciple. I am responsible for all of his affairs. If my disciple faces trouble in the East, surely I’ll help him even if I am in the West.”
Ghaus-e-Azam and Mansur al-Hallaj
Ghaus-e-Azam says, “Mansur al-Hallaj made a mistake because there was no one to guide him. If I would have been there, I would have guided him. I’ll guide my disciples and friends till Doomsday.”
Grandeur of Ghaus-e-Azam’s Mystic Way
All Saints acknowledge the superiority of mystic way of Ghaus-e-Azam in every era. Shaikh Adi ibn Musafir says, “If anyone wants to travel the path of Faqr, I can guide him. But I am unable to guide the disciples of Ghaus-e-Azam as they are already equipped with Divine favour (of Ghaus-e-Azam). Therefore, they are needless and they do not seek help of anyone else as no one prefers ponds over an ocean.”
Shaikh Abdur Rehman saying about Ghaus-e-Azam
Shaikh Abdur Rehman relates that Hazoor Ghaus-e-Azam said, “It is talk of the town when asked about my disciple, ‘My disciples who have not yet born are superior to one thousand people. The one who acknowledges superiority of my medium, is like a pearl and precious treasure’.”
Shaikh Hammad ibn Dabbas observation about Ghaus-e-Azam
Shaikh Hammad ibn Dabbas was among the teachers of Ghaus-e-Azam. Someone informed Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani that people hear honey bee sound in the house of Shaikh Hammad ibn Dabbas. Once Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani went to him and inquired about this. He replied, “There are my twelve thousand disciples. Therefore, every night I remember them and pray to Allah to fulfill their desires. When someone commits a sin, I pray to Allah that either to forgive him in this month or to take his life so that he may not remain indulged in sins”
Then Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani said, “If Allah blessed me, I’ll pray in the court of Allah that my disciple may not die without His forgiveness till Doomsday. Moreover, I’ll be their guarantor”. Shaikh Hammad ibn Dabbas says that he observed his grand status.
Lovers of Ghaus-e-Azam
These are the stations of lovers of Ghaus-e-Azam. Thus, one can imagine the grand status of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. His medium makes a person superior to lakhs of people.
Shaikh Imran relates that once he asked Ghaus ul Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, “If someone claims to be your disciple but in reality he has not pledged allegiance at your hand. Will he be included amongst your disciples?” He replied, “Yes, whoever seeks my medium, Allah accepts it and forgives his sins. He becomes my disciple no matter who he is”.
Pir Bahadur Ali Shah and Ghaus-e-Azam
All the Saints, Sufis and Fakirs love Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. Pir Bahadur Ali Shah says in his poetry:
Explanation: Allah has given you authority, therefore bless me with truth of certainty. For God’s sake listen to my request and bless me with eternal salvation.
On another occasion he says:
Explanation: I am your seeker, therefore please bless me as no one can reject your command. Allah loves you.
Sultan Bahoo’s love for Ghawth al-Azam
Sultan Bahoo has unmatchable love for Ghaus-e-Azam. Thus, he praises Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. He says in Abyat-e-Bahoo:
Explanation: The disciples of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani have no worry. Those who have a bit of love, they remain restless for Divine vision. They face troubles of this path happily. Only they are lucky ones who invocate and contemplate Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
Moreover he says:
- Spiritual guide should have spiritual insight like my spiritual guide Shaikh Ghaus-e-Azam who can lead thousands of seekers to the level of absorption in the gnosis of Allah and bless thousands of them with presence in Mohammadan Assembly. (Shams-ul-Arifeen)
- Only he knows the reality of gnosis of Faqr, annihilation, immortality, inward purity and the Truth who has left falsehood and attained the Divine Reality. However, only one out of thousand disciples and spiritual guides is true Sarwari Qadri who remains immersed in Divine Oneness and present in the Mohammadan Assembly and is an obedient slave of Ghaus-ul-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)
Sultan Bahoo says:
Explanation: I do not sleep during night because of ardent Divine love whereas during day I remain astonished. Only a mystic can understand the teachings of other mystics. Whereas, worldly people cannot understand their teachings. Therefore, one must seek gnosis in young age otherwise he will repent. Only those gain the Divine presence who are disciples of Ghaus-e-Azam.
Ghawth al-Azam helps his disciples
He helps his disciples in all of his affairs. In fact, he assists his every seeker esoterically and exoterically. If any seeker entangles anywhere on the path of Faqr and he seeks help from Ghawth al-Azam, he surely helps him.
Allah may help us to understand and acknowledge the grandeur of Ghaus-ul-Azam and may include us among his disciples.
Present Imam of Ghawth al-Azam
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is the present Imam of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. Ghawth al-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani has blessed Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen with title of Shabeeh e Ghaus e Azam. It is because he has revived the teachings of Islam and spread Faqr all over the world. Just like Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen blesses his disciples with eternal presence in Mohammadan Assembly and Divine vision. Moreover, he is blessing his lovers with gnosis of Allah. It is an observation that people who have a bit of love for Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen, they die with faith.
It is an Urdu article of the magazine “Mahnama Sultan-ul-Faqr Lahore” for the month of December 2019. Originally penned by Faiza Gulzar Sarwari Qadri and presently translated in English by Mohammad Abdullah Sarwari Qadri exclusively for the website. Do not forget to visit the original article to which you only have to click the link.
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