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ABDULQÂDÎR-I-GEILÂNÎ ‘rahmatullâh ta’âlâ ’alaih’

Muhyiddîn Abû Muhammad bin Abû Sâlih bin Mûsâ Jengî Dost Abdulqâdîr-i-Geilânî ‘rahmatullâh ta’âlâ ’alaih’ (471 [1078], Geilan, Iran - 561 [1166], Baghdâd, Iraq) a great Walî and a great expert in Tasawwuf, a mujtahid in the Islamic branches of knowledge termed Fiqh and Hadîth. Through a paternal chain of ancestry, he was related to the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’ both through hadrat Hasan ‘radiy-Allâhu ’anh’ and through Huseyn ‘radiy- Allâhu ’anh’, the two blessed grandsons of the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’. His blessed mother, Fâtima binti Abû Abdullah, was again one of the granddaughters of hadrat Huseyn ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anh’, Rasûlullah’s younger grandson.


To perform namâz is to realize one’s inferiority before Allahu ta’âlâ, thinking of His greatness. A person who realizes this always does what is good. He can never do evil. The namâz which is performed by a person who follows his nafs is fruitless, even if it may be accepted. The heart of a person who intends that he is in the Audience of his Rabb five times each day gets filled with ikhlâs. Every action that one has been commanded to do in namâz provides uses for one’s heart and body. Performing namâz in jamâ’at in mosques attaches Muslims’ hearts to one another. It provides love between them. Thus they realize that they are brethren. The elder become merciful towards the younger. And the younger become respectful towards the elder. The rich become helpers for the poor and the powerful for the weak. The healthy, not seeing the sick in the mosque, visit them in their homes. They race with one another for attaining the glad tidings in the hadith, ‘Allahu ta’âlâ is the helper of a person who runs to the aid of his brother in Islam’. ”