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Muḥyī-al-Dīn Abū Muḥammad b. Abū Sāleh ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Gīlānī (Persian: عبدالقادر گیلانی‎, Arabic: عبدالقادر الجيلاني‎, Turkish: Abdülkâdir Geylânî, Kurdish: Evdilqadirê Geylanî‎, Sorani Kurdish: عه‌بدوالقادری گه‌یلانی‎),[3] known as ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī for short or reverently as Shaykh ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī by Sunni
Muslims, was a notable Sunni
Hanbali preacher, orator, ascetic, mystic, jurist, and theologian[3] who became famous for being the eponymous founder of the Qadiriyya spiritual order of Sunni
Sufism.[3] Born 29 Shaban 470 AH (around 1077) in the town of Na'if, district of Gilan-e Gharb, Gilan, Iran[4][nb 1][5] and died Monday, February 14, 1166 (11 Rabi' al-thani 561 AH), in Baghdad,[6] (1077–1166 CE), was a Persian[4] Hanbali
Sunni[1][2] jurist and sufi based in Baghdad. The Qadiriyya
tariqa (Sufi order) is named after him.[7]


1 Name

1.1 Paternal heritage

2 Education

2.1 Education in Baghdad

3 Later life 4 Death and burial 5 Birthday & Death Anniversary celebration 6 Books 7 See also 8 Bibliography 9 Notes 10 References 11 External links

Name[edit] Gilani is granted the title Sayyid
to indicate his descent from Muhammad.[8] The name Muhiyudin describes him as a "reviver of religion".[9] Gilan ( Arabic
al-Jilani) refers to his place of birth, Gilan.[10][11] However, Gilani also carried the epithet Baghdadi.[12][13][14] referring to his residence and burial in Baghdad. He is also called al-Hasani wa'l-Husayni, which indicates a claim to lineal descent from both Hasan ibn Ali and Husayn ibn Ali, the sons of Ali and grandsons of Muhammad.[15][16] Paternal heritage[edit] Gilani's father was from Sayyid
lineage.[17][18] He was respected as a saint by the people of his day, and was known as Jangi Dost "who loves God", thus "Jangidost" was his sobriquet.[19][20][21] Education[edit] Gilani spent his early life in Gilan, the town of his birth. In 1095, at the age of eighteen years, he went to Baghdad. There, he pursued the study of Hanbali
law [22] under Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi
Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi
and ibn Aqil.[23] He was given lessons on Hadith
by Abu Muhammad Ja'far al-Sarraj.[23] His Sufi spiritual instructor was Abu'l-Khair Hammad ibn Muslim al-Dabbas.[24] (A detailed description of his various teachers and subjects are included below). After completing his education, Gilani left Baghdad. He spent twenty-five years as a reclusive wanderer in the desert regions of Iraq.[25] Education in Baghdad[edit] At the age of 18, Gilani went to Baghdad
to study the Hanbali
school of fiqh.

Subject Shaykh (Teacher)

(Islamic Jurisprudence) Ibn Aqil

(Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Al Hasan Muhammad ibn Qazi Abu Yali

(Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Al Khatab Mahfuz Hanbali

(Islamic Jurisprudence) Muhammad ibn Al Husnayn

(Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi

Tasawwuf (Sufism) Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi Abu'l-Khair Hammad ibn Muslim al-Dabbas Abu Zakariay ibn Yahya ibn Ali Al Tabrezi

Hadith Abu Bakr ibn Muzaffar

Hadith Muhammad Ibn Al Hasan Baqalai Abu Sayeed Muhammad ibn Abdul Kareem

Hadith Abu Al Ghanaem Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Ali Ibn Maymoon Al Farsi

Hadith Abu Bakr Ahmad Ibn Al Muzaffar

Hadith Abu Jafer Ibn Ahmad Ibn Al Hussain Al Qari

Hadith Abu Al Qasim Ali Ibn Muhammad Ibn Banaan Al Karkhi

Hadith Abu Talib Abdul Qadri Ibn Muhammad Yusuf

Hadith Abdul Rahman Ibn Ahmad Abu Al Barkat Hibtaallah Ibn Al Mubarak

Hadith Abu Al Nasr Ibn Il Mukhtar

Hadith Abu Nasr Muhammad

Hadith Abu Ghalib Ahmad

Hadith Abu Abdullah Aulad Ali Al Bana

Hadith Abu Al Hasan Al Mubarak Ibn Al Teyvari

Hadith Abu Mansur Abdurahman Al Taqrar

[26] Later life[edit] In 1127, Gilani returned to Baghdad
and began to preach to the public.[5] He joined the teaching staff of the school belonging to his own teacher, al-Mazkhzoomi, and was popular with students. 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. He was said to have been a convincing preacher and converted numerous Jews
and Christians. His strength came in the reconciling of the mystical nature of Sufism
and strict nature of the Quran.[5] Death and burial[edit]

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani
Abdul Qadir Gilani
Mosque in Baghdad

Gilani died in the evening of Tuesday, February 21, 1166 (11th Rabi' al-thani 561 AH) at the age of ninety one years according to the Islamic calendar.[6] His body was entombed in a shrine within his madrasa in Babul-Sheikh, Rusafa on the east bank of the Tigris
in Baghdad, Iraq.[27][28][29] During the reign of the Safavid Shah Ismail I, Gilani's shrine was destroyed.[30] However, in 1535, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Suleiman the Magnificent
had a turba (dome) built over the shrine, which exists to this day.[31] Birthday & Death Anniversary celebration[edit] 1 Ramadan
is celebrated as the birthday of Abdul Qadir Gilani
Abdul Qadir Gilani
while the death anniversary is on 11 Rabi us Thani. The later is called in the Subcontinent as Giyarwee Shareef or Honoured Day of 11th.[32]

Tomb Of Sheikh Abdul Qadir, Baghdad, Iraq.


Kitab Sirr al-Asrar wa Mazhar al-Anwar[33] (The Book of the Secret of Secrets and the Manifestation of Light)

See also[edit]

Jilala Moinuddin Chishti


Sayings of Shaikh Abd al-Qadir al-Jīlānī Malfūzāt, Holland, Muhtar (translator). S. Abdul Majeed & Co, Kuala Lumpur (1994) ISBN 1-882216-03-2. Fifteen letters, khamsata ashara maktūban / Shaikh Abd Al-Qādir Al-Jīlānī. Translated from Persian to Arabic
by Alī usāmu ́D-Dīn Al-Muttaqī. Translated from Arabic
into English by Muhtar Holland. Kamsata ašara maktūban. First edition. ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn, ʿAlī B., ʿAbd al-Malik al- Muttaqī al-Hindī (about 1480–1567) and Muhtar Holland (1935–). Al-Baz publications, Hollywood, Florida. (1997) ISBN 1-882216-16-4. Jalā Al-Khawātir: a collection of forty-five discourses of Shaikh Abd Al-Qādir Al-Jīlānī, the removal of cares. Chapter 23, pg 308. Jalā al-Khawātir, Holland, Muhtar (1935–) (translator). Al-Baz publications, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (1997) ISBN 1-882216-13-X. The sultan of the saints: mystical life and teachings of Shaikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani / Muhammad Riaz Qadiri Qadiri, Muhammad Riyaz. Gujranwala, Abbasi publications. (2000) ISBN 969-8510-16-8. The sublime revelation: al-Fath ar-Rabbānī, a collection of sixty-two discourses / Abd al-Qādir al- Jīlānī, Second edition. al-Rabbānī, al-Fath. Al-Baz publications, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (1998). ISBN 1-882216-02-4. 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, Al-Gaylani. Dar Al-Hurya, Baghdad, Iraq, (1988). Al-Ghunya li-talibi tariq al-haqq wa al-din, (Sufficient provision for seekers of the path of truth and religion.) in Arabic. Introduced by Al-Kilani, Majid Irsan. Dar Al-Khair, Damascus, Bairut, (2005). Encyclopædia Iranica, Bibliotheca Persica PresS, ISBN 1-56859-050-4.


^ There is uncertainty as to the year of his birth; some sources say 1077, others 1078.


^ a b John Renard, The A to Z of Sufism. p 142. ISBN 081086343X ^ a b Juan Eduardo Campo, Encyclopedia of Islam, p. 288. ISBN 1438126964 ^ a b c B. Lawrence, “'Abd-Al-Qader Jilani,” Encyclopædia Iranica, I/2, pp. 132-133 ^ 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;".. all authorities are unanimous in stating that he was a Persian from Nayf (Nif) in Djilan, south of the Caspian Sea." ^ a b c "'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani". Encyclopædia Britannica. I: A-Ak – Bayes (15th ed.). Chicago, Illinois: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2010. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-59339-837-8.  ^ a b The works of Shaykh Umar Eli of Somalia of al-Tariqat al-Qadiriyyah. ^ "Sufism, Sufis, and Sufi Orders: Sufism's Many Paths". islam.uga.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-21.  ^ Abun-Nasr, Jamil M. (2007-01-01). Muslim Communities of Grace: The Sufi Brotherhoods in Islamic Religious Life. Columbia University Press. p. 94. ISBN 9780231143301.  ^ 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). ^ 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." ^ The Sufi orders in Islam, 2nd edition, 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." ^ 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. ^ Cultural and religious heritage of India: Islam
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(New Edition). Volume I (A-B). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. p. 69. ISBN 9004081143.  ^ Malise Ruthven, Islam
in the World, p 243. ISBN 0195305035 ^ Esposito J. L. The Oxford dictionary of Islam. p160. ISBN 0199757267 ^ Akbar, pg.11 Al Haqq, Abd. and Ghunyat al-talibeen (Wealth for Seekers) pg. 12 Urdu version ^ 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). ^ 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 ^ "The Qadirya Mausoleum" (PDF).  ^ A.A. Duri, Baghdad, The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Vol. I, 903. ^ W. Braune, Abd al-Kadir al-Djilani, The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Vol. I, 70. ^ "Ghousia".  ^ "Sirr-ul-Asrar". www.nafseislam.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 

External links[edit]

Revelations of the Unseen Translation of Futuh al-Ghaib, at archive.org. Sufficient Provision For Seekers Of The Path Of Truth Translation of parts of Al-Ghunya Li Talibi Tariq Al-Haqq, at archive.org. Openings from the Lord Translation of excerpts from Al-Fath Al-Rabbani, at archive.org. Utterances Translation of Malfuzat, at archive.org.

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