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The first poem of Ala Hadrat, Imam Ahmed Raza (radi Allahu anhu) written in praise of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu)
واہ کیا مرتبہ اے غوث ہے بالا تیرا
اونچے اونچوں کے سروں سے قدم اعلیٰ تیرا
Wah kya martabah heh Ghous heh baala tera
Un che un cho keh saro seh qadam alaa tera
Wah – This is normally used as a word which signifies amazement such as, “What can be said, Sub haanal, absolute wonderment”.
Martabah – Status or position.
Ghous – Someone who comes to one’s aid, a helper or someone who comes to one’s assistance. It is also the title or the name used to signify the most lofty and elevated state of sainthood.
Bala – most high.
Un che Un cho – the highest of the most high.
Qadam – feet.
Ala – most elevated.
Summery – O Ghousul Azam! What can be said! How lofty and elevated is your status and position that your feet is even more supreme in position than the heads of the greatest of saints. Who can actually understand or be able to truly analyse your magnificent position?
Comments – It must be understood from the beginning that this is not meant to degrade or insult any of the other saints but merely to highlight and to present the true position of Hadrat Ghousul Azam (radi Allahu anhu) in the ranks of the Awliya. It can also indicate to the lofty position of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) when on the night of Meraj he presented his head at the feet of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) so that using his head, the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) could step on the buraq. (Tafreehul Khaatir).
At that moment, in the world of souls or Aalime Arwah, his blessed feet became loftier than the heads of all the Awliya but virtue of this immense respect that he displayed for the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam). It is mentioned that when the buraq began to jump up in excitement because it was about to be used as a means of transport by the greatest of creation, the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam), at that moment, from the world of the souls, the soul of Hadrat Ghous Paak appeared and placed itself under the feet of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa salam) as a mark of servitude. By placing his head at the feet of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam), later on in the physical world, this was transformed into a state or as a favour by the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) wherein the heads of all the Awliya became the place where the feet of Hadrat Ghous Paak was placed.
This was also proven by the fact that all the Awliya at that moment lowered their heads as a mark of respect to this declaration wherein he declared “My feet is on the neck of all the Awliya). It is reported that some saints also took hold of this blessed feet and placed it on their heads. (Bahjatul Asraar – Safi natul Awliya).
A brief history of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu)
His name is Abdul Qadir. His appellation is Abu Mohammed and he has numerous titles such as, “Moh yudeen, Mehboobe Subhaani, Ghousus Saqalain, Ghousul Azam etc,” He was born in the year 470 hijri and passed away 561 hijri. He was born in a place called Jilan which was near Baghdad. A famous poem is summarized about his lofty status among the Awliya by a couplet written in his memory which describes that:
اِنَّ بَازَ اللّٰہِ سُلْطَانُ الرِّجَالٖ
جَاءَ فِیْ عِشْقِ تَوَفّٰی فِیْ کَمَالٖ
“Without doubt, the falcon of Allah, the leader of saints (and ordinary people) arrived in the state of Divine Love and Intoxication and departed in the state of Kamaal or greatness.”
The words “Kamal” is such that if all the words are added because all the letters of the Arabic language have a numerical value and if they are added together, it would add up to ninety one which is the number of years he lived in this universe.
سر بھلا کیا کوئی جانے کہ ہے کیسا تیرا
اولیا ملتے ہیں آنکھیں وہ ہے تلوا تیرا
Sar bhala kya koyi jaaneh keh heh kaysa tera
Awliya malteh heh aankhe wo heh talwa tera
Bhala- Again a word which signifies wonderment and questions the fact that who among people truly understand your status.
Kaysa – (You are indeed) possessor of so many amazing qualities.
Malteh or Malna – To touch or to rub.
Talwah – A lower or the middle position of a step.
Summery – O Ghous Paak! Truly, who will be able to understand your status because the status of your feet is such that the Awliya rub their heads and eyes at the lowest part of your feet!
His parental lineage is that he is a Hasani Syed on his fathers side and Husaini Syed on his mothers side. It is said about his maternal grandfather who was Hadrat Abdullah Su ma’i (rehmatullah alaihi), that he used to have amazing spiritual powers. Shaikh Abdullah Mohammed Qaz waini (rehmatullah alaihi) describes him as someone:
کَانَ یُخْبِرُنَا بِالْاَمْرِ قَبْلَ وَقُوْعِہٖ فَیَقَعُ کَمَا یُخْبِرُ
“Who used to reveal to us a certain thing and as he had described that occurrence, that is exactly how it unfolded”.
(Safi natul Awlia – Bahjatul Asraar).
His paternal aunt, Umme Mohammed Sayyidah Ayesha (rehmatullah alaihi) was also an eminent saint. (Nuzhatul Khaatir). It is mentioned that whenever there was drought in Baghdad shareef and people used to come complaining to her, she used to first sweep her verandah and then make dua, “O Allah! I have swept the area, to purify it further, (this is in) Your Power!”. As soon as she said these words, the rain began to pour and people left her house soaking in rain.
کیا دبے جس پہ حمایت کا ہو پنجہ تیرا
شیر کو خطرے میں لاتا نہیں کتا تیرا
Kya dabeh jis peh himaayat ka ho panjah tera
Sher ko khatreh meh lata nahin kutta tera
Kya dabeh – How can it be defeated?
Himaayat – Your support and strength.
Panjah – hand
Khatrah – danger
Summery – O Hadrat Ghous Paak! no matter how weak someone might be, as long as that person enjoys your support, he will never be defeated. The reason is that even a dog sitting near your blessed court is able to defeat a powerful lion with merely its small paw. Therefore, if we have your spiritual support on our back, we have no concern for any enemy. Whichever enemy of Islam approaches us, we will be able to easily defeat and humiliate them. The great saint has declared that, “I was hidden in the Nur of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam). Such is his greatness that when he was born, he was in a state of fast the very same day. From the beginning, he was aware of his great spiritual state.
There was once a saint who used to travel around using a lion as his means of transport. His name was Shaikh Ahmed Zindah (rehmatullah). Wherever he arrived, the people there used to also present a cow for his lion to eat. One day he arrived in Baghdad shareef and became a guest of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu). The great saint ordered that a cow be also given to the lion. As the servants were bringing the cow, there was also a small dog following this cow. When it saw the lion, it attacked the lion and tore it to shreds. When Shaikh Ahmed Zindah (rehmatullah alaihi) saw this, he immediately kissed the hand of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) and made sincere Taubah. (Tafreehul Khaatir).
تو حسینی حسنی کیوں نہ محی الدین ہو
اے خضر مجمع بحرین ہے چشمہ تیرا
Tu Husaini Hasani kew na mohyudeen ho
Ai khidr! majma bahrain heh chash-mah tera
Moh yudeen – Someone who revitalises the religion. Someone who breathes new life.
Khidr – He is mentioned in Surah Ka’af. His story is famous where he travelled with Nabi Moosa (alaihis sallam). There are many reports about him. Some Ulama say that he is a Prophet and others say that he is a Wali. Some dispute whether he is alive etc.
Majmahul Bahrain – A place where two rivers or different dimensions meet.
Summery – O Ghous Paak! You are indeed a child from the family of Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (radi Allahu anhum) both of whom gave their lives to protect the dignity of Islam.
In like manner, the being of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) breathed new life into Islam and therefore he is Mohyudeen. The Shia do not believe that he is Syed from both sides of his parents. It is reported that during 511 hijri, he was travelling to Baghdad shareef barefoot when he met an old man. The story is quite famous where carried the old man and later on as he entered the masjid, everyone stood up, kissed his hands and started to address him as “Ya Sayyidi Mohyudeen.” (Bahjatul Asraar).
Islam in that period
If one inspects the Islamic environment in that period, it was indeed a very sorry tale even though Muslim governments were spread all the way from Spain to India. It was a time of great fitna and disunity. In Spain, the government of Ameer Abdur Rahman was nearing its end. The Christians had already captured Baitul Muqaddas and were preparing to attack Iraq and even the Hijaz. In the East, the Abbasi dynasty was merely present in name only. The Saljuqi and various other powers were fighting among themselves. Which ever Sultan found himself in power at that moment, his name was mentioned in the Juma khutbah.
In Afghanistan and India, the successors of Sultan Mahmud Ghanawi were nearing their end and the Hindu rajputs were constantly preparing to attack the Muslims. In Egypt, the despicable Ubaydiyyah dynasty began to spread its fitnah and un-Islamic teachings. Imam Jalaaludeen Suyutwi (rehmatullah alaihi) has termed this dynasty as “Daulat-e-Khabeesah”. It is said that there was a rich person in this period and there were many of them who had five hundred females kept with him and who were singers only. Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Shafi (radi Allahu anhu) explains that in Qurtabah, there was a rich person who had actually eight hundred females like this. There were constant debates and fitna and people fought over small and petty issues. It is in this environment that Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) arrived in this world. It was his effort and those who he sent around the Muslim world at that time that transformed it and revitalized this religion once again. It is no surprise therefore, that his title of Mohyudeen was well deserved.
قسمیں دے دے کے کھلاتا ہے پلاتا ہے تجھے
پیارا الله ترا چاہنے والا تیرا
Qasme deh deh kar kilaata heh pilaata heh tujhe
Piyaarah Allah tera chaa neh waala tera
As much as his miracles are famous, in like manner his spiritual penitence are also famous. He remained hungry and thirsty for many many days. He reports that one day, he was so hungry that he decided to go the bank of the river Dajlah to see whether he could find some vegetable laying around or some grass and when he arrived there, he saw there were other people already present there who were looking for the same thing. He returned to Baghdad shareef and sat down near the corner of a famous masjid. (Qalaa idul Jawaa hir). He further states that he did not spare any spiritual penitence against his nafs and remained steadfast on this. Many years, he spent on the outskirts of the town and in secluded and dilapidated buildings. He spend nearly twenty five years in this state. One year, he only consumed a little lintels and grass and never drank water. For one year, after this, he also drank water with this. For one year after this, he only drank water and consumed no food and the following year, he did not drink or eat anything. (Tabqaat Kubra).
He further declares, “I survived such severe penitence and tests upon myself that if this was placed on a mountain it would explode. (Tabqaat Kubra).
In one day, he performed over a thousand rakah of nafil salah. (Tafreehul Khaatir).
Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) reveals that, “One day while I was sleeping, a voice from the unseen informed me, “You have not been created to sleep (or rest).” He further explains that the fruits of all of these strict and severe penitence and Mujaahidah upon himself resulted in the fact that, “Every night, the Almighty (azza wa jall) reveals to me, “O (Abdul Qadir) I have chosen you and this happens nearly seventy times during the night and day. I also never consumed anything either food or drink until and unless I was not commanded by the Almighty (azza wa jall) to do so.”
مصطفی کے تن بے سایہ کا سایہ دیکھا
جس نے دیکھا مری جاں جلوہٴ زیبا تیرا
Mustafa keh tan beh saayah ka saayah deka
jis neh deka meri jaan jalwaa’i zaiba tera
Tan be sayaah – A body without shadow.
Jalwa – vision
zaiba – beautiful
O Ghous Paak! whosoever has seen you, it is as if they say the shadow of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa salam) in your being, even though the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) had no shadow. Your being and your behaviour and habits resembled perfectly the teachings of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam). One of the miracles of Hadrat Ghous Paas (radi Allahu anhu) was that there was a sweet smell of musk which used to emanate from his body and flies also never sat on his body. Once in a state of spiritual ecstasy, he remarked that:
ھٰذَا وَجُوْدُ جَدِّیْ مُحَمَّدٍ ﷺ وَلَا وَجُوْدُ عَبْدِالْقَادِرِ
“This body or being (does not belong) to Abdul Qadir, (it actually belongs) to his grandfather Rasoolullah (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam)”.
At another juncture, he was sitting in front of the blessed grave of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) and again in spiritual ecstasy and as a mark of pure humbleness, he declared,
ذُنُوْبِیْ کَمَوْجِ الْبَحْرِ بَلْ ھِیَ اَکْبَرُ
کَمِثْلِ الْجِبَالِ الشَّمِّ بَلْ ھِیَ اَکْبَرُ
وَلٰکِنْ عِنْدَ الْکَرِیْمِ اِذَا عَفَا
جُنَاحٌ مِنَ الْبَعُوْضِ بَلْ ھِیَ اَصْغَرُ
“My sins are even more than the foam in the ocean and even bigger than a mountain. However, if the Almighty (azza wa jall) forgives me, then too, I would be less than a mosquito.”
Suddenly the Holy Prophets hand appeared from the Qabr shareef and Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) was blessed by kissing the hands of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam).
ابن زہرا کو مبارک ہو عروس قدرت
قادری پائیں تصدق مرے دولہا تیرا
Ibn Zahra ko mubaarak ho uroos-e-qudrat
Qaderi paa’i tasad duq mereh dolah tera
Zahra – most beautiful most lovely. This is also the title of Hadrat Sayyidah Fatima (radi Allah anha). Ibn Zahra would mean Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu).
Uroos – bride bridegroom.
Qaderi – Those who are in the spiritual order of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu). Those who have taken Ba’it in his order and those who walk on his spiritual path or order.
O the son of the Hadrat Sayyidah Fatima (radi Allahu anha), congratulations to you who have been married to spiritual elevation and status and eminence. (Or someone who has been blessed by Qudrat, meaning the Almighty (azza wa jall) by spiritual elevation, status and power. Even those who are in your spiritual order are those blessed people who have achieved your grace”.
His rule and Dua also changed history!
Those who are blessed by Hadrat Ghous Passk (radi Allahu anhu) were not only people that ruled the spiritual domain but also people that changed Islamic history and became world renowned figures. Hadrat Shaikh Ahmed Rifaa’i (rehmatullah alaihi) narrates that once at the request of a Christian, the great saint made a dead person come alive. When this Christian saw this miracle, he immediately accepted Islam. This person was among the children of the Kurdish tribe. Later in history, a famous son was born from this tribe called Sultan Salaahudeen Ayyubi (rehmatullah alaihi). His father was a mureed of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu). At that time, Sultan Salaahudeen Ayyubi was only ten and he accompanied his father on this occasion to visit Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu). The father requested Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) to make Dua and placing his blessed hands on the head of the young Salaahudeen, he declared that this boy would one day be a great warrior of Islam. The rest is history.
Salam – For your ease, I have also sent this in a pdf format so that you dont muck up on the sequence of the couplets.
کیوں نہ قاسم ہو کہ تو ابن ابی القاسم ہے
کیوں نہ قادر ہو کہ مختار ہے بابا تیرا
Kyo nah qaasim hoh keh tu ibne Abil Qasim heh
Kyo nah qaadir ho keh Mukhtaar heh Baba tera
Abil Qasim – This is one of the titles of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) because this was the name of one of his sons namely Hadrat Qasim.
Ibn Abul Qasim – This refers to Hadrat Ghous Paask (radi Allahu anhu).
Mukhtar – refers to that person who has command and command to change.
Baba- This is used to refer to ones father or ancestors.
O Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) why should you not be a river or ocean of spirituality and sainthood? After all, you are the son of who? You are indeed the son of that Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) who was sent as Al Qasim and Al Mukhtaar. It is also said that a son is the shadow of his father. From this we can understand the status of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu).
It is reported that the spiritual dynasty of sainthood began with Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali (radi Allahu anhu) and remained with eleven A’immah of the Ahle Bait (the blessed household). After Imam Hasan Askari, this eminent state passed to Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu). It will remain with him until the appearance of Imam Mehdi. When Imam Mehdi appears, this position and status would be transferred to him. (Qadi Thanaullah Panipatti).
نبوی مینھ ‘ علوی فصل ‘ بتولی گلشن
حسنی پھول حسینی ہے مہکنا تیرا
Nabawi minah, alawi fasl, butooli ghul shan,
Hasani phul, Husaini heh mehek na tera
Nabawi- Those who are related to the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) as family.
Minah – rain.
Alawi – Those who are related to Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali (radi Allahu anhu).
Fasl – season or it could mean spring.
Butooli- This would imply to the children of Hadrat Sayyidah Fatima (radi Allahu anha). The word “Butool” is also one of the titles of Hadrat Sayyidah Fatima (radi Allahu anha) and signifies someone who divorces themselves completely from everyone and only concentrates on the Almighty (azza wa jall).
Gulshan – garden or orchard.
Hasani – a beloved son or offspring of Imam Hasan (radi Allahu anhu)
Husain – a beloved son or offspring of Imam Husain (radi Allahu anhu).
Mehek – to give a sweet fragrance
O Ghous Paak! You are indeed a result of the merciful Prophetic rain and grace of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam). A (season of) spring of Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali (radi Alllahu anhu). A garden of Hadrat Sayyidah Fatima (radi Allahu anha). A flower of Hadrat Sayyiduna Hasan (radi Allahu anhu) and one who retains the sweet fragrance of the beloved who was (sacrificed) at Karbala, Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Husain (radi Allahu anhu).
Some of the amazing occurrences which appeared at the time of birth of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) and at the time of birth of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu. His grandfather is Sultanul Ambiya, his son is Sultanul Awliya. He is Rasool-e-Azam, Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) is Ghous-e-Azam. At his birth, during the entire year, only boys were born. When Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allah anhu) was born, on that night, only boys were born. The Prophets foot is on the neck of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) and the foot of Hadrat Ghous Paak is on the neck of all the Awliya. From his seal, all Prophets were born and from his seal every saint and his status is established. He was born in the first season of spring (Rabi ul Awal) and his son was born in the second season of spring (Rabius Thaani). No Prophet has been written more about in the world than the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) and no saint has been written more about than Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu). Before his blessed birth, the blessed mother of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) was given glad tidings of his arrival and before he was born, his father was giving glad tidings of his arrival.
The Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) and many of his esteemed companions appeared in a dream to inform Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Saleh (radi Allahu anhu) of the blessed birth of his son. The Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) also informed him, “O Aba Saleh! Congratulations to you! The Almighty (azza wa jall) will bless you with such a son who is my friend and beloved and also the beloved of the Almighty (azza wa jall). His greatness and status among the Awliya and Qutub will be like my greatness and status among the Prophets.
نبوی ظل علوی برج بتولی منزل
حسنی چاند حسینی ہے اجالا تیرا
Nabawi zill Alawi Burj Butooli manzil
Hasani chand Husaini ujaala tera
Zill – shadow
Burj – famous star or a constellation
Manzil -a place where one disembarks.
O Ghous Paak! You are indeed the (spiritual) shadow of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam), a bastion of Hadrat Ali (radi Allahu anhu) a result of the pure and pristine milk of Sayyidah Fatima (radi Allahu anha), a brilliant moon of Imam Hasan (radi Allahu anhu) whose brightness is that of Imam Husain (radi Allahu anhu).
The father of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu).
He was among the eminent saints of Jilan. His name was Syed Moosa, appellation Abu Saleh and title Jangi Dost.
The reason for this title:
One day while walking, he saw some servants of the then ruler of the region carrying caskets of wine. As a conscious Muslim, he made them throw all of this on the ground with the result that all the wine was destroyed. These people then reported it to the King who angrily called Hadrat Syed Moosa to his court and questioned him about his action.
King: “Why did you destroy my effort?”
Syed Moosa: “I am someone who is accountable (for my actions) and therefore, I had only done what was my duty”.
King: “Who made you accountable?”
Syed Moosa: “The same Being that made you a leader, the same Allah (azza wa jall) has made me accountable.”
When the king heard this, he began to tremble and immediately changing his tone of voice, he asked Hadrat Syed Moosa (radi Allahu anhu) what was the reason to have physically destroyed the caskets, could he have not merely advised these people of doing good and prohibiting evil by word. Hadrat Syed Moosa (radi Allahu anhu) replied that he had done this to save the King from disgrace in this world and the next. The King also offered him a royal decree to work for him from that day which he refused and made it clear to the King that he only worked for the Almighty (azza wa jall). This is one of the incidents which made him famously be known as “Jangi Dost”. In brief, he was someone who displayed no fear when speaking the truth no matter who the person was.
نبوی خور علوی کوہ بتولی معدن
حسنی لعل حسینی ہے تجلا تیرا
Nabawi khur, alawi ku butooli ma’dan
Hasani la’al Husaini heh tajallah tera
Khur – abridged for khursheed which signifies the sun.
la’al – a ruby
tajallah – brightness or light.
O Ghous Paak! You are a sun of guidance for the Ummah of the Leader of the Prophets. You are the mountain of steadfastness and bravery like Ali Murtaza. You are like the ear of Fatima Zahra in giving benediction. You are the richness of Imam Hasan and a true reflection of Iman Husain. In brief, you are a true reflection of Pang-e-tan paak.
بحر و بر شہر و قری سہل و حزن دشت و چمن
کون سے چک پہ پہنچتا نہیں دعویٰ تیرا
Behr wa bar, sher wa qurra, sahl wa huzn, dasht wa chaman
kon seh chak peh phunch ta nahin dawah tera
Bahr and Bar – wet and dry or land and sea.
Qurra – town
Sahl – a flat piece of land
Huzn – a strong mountain
Dahst – jungle
Chaman – orchard
Chak – any part of the earth. (This is also a Sanskrit word which clearly shows that the great Imam also understood and could write this language).
Dawah – to proclaim ones dominion.
O Ghous Paak! Whether it is the land or sea, a village or a town, a flat land or a mountain, a jungle or an orchard, which of these are beyond your control or beyond your dominion?
حسن نیت ہو خطا پھر کبھی کرتا ہی نہیں
آزمایا ہے یگانہ ہے دوگانہ تیرا
Husn niyat ho khata phir kabi karta hi nahin
az maaya heh ya ghaana heh do ghaana tera
Husn niyat – good and noble intention
khata – mistake
ya ghaana – without match without answer.
do ghaana – two rakah of salah.
O Ghous Paak! If there is no badness in the niyat, then I have tested it many times by performing the two rakah of salaatul ghousiyah and presenting its reward in your court.
What is this special two rakah of salah?
There are many people who consider this salah as shirk. Yet, there are many eminent scholars who has spoken about the immense benefit of this salah such as Imam Abul Hasan Noorudeen Ali, Mulla Ali Qari, Shaikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehliwi etc. It is also mentioned in Bahaareh Shariah and Akh baarul Akh yaar.
The method of this salah (which is read when one is in great need or has major problems)!
After completing the Maghrib salah, one should perform two rakah of nafil salah. In each rakah, after the Surah Faatiha, one should recite Surah Ikhlaas eleven times. When this is completed, one should praise the Almighty (azza wa jall) by reading as much Tasbeeh as possible. After this one should read Durood shareef eleven times and then read this:
یَا رَسُوْلَ اللّٰہِ یَا نَبِیَّ اللّٰہِ اَغِثْنِیْ وَامْدُدْنِیْ فِیْ قَضَاءِ حَاجَاتِیْ یَا قَاضِیَ الْحَاجَاتِ
“Ya Rasoolullah, Ya Nabi yallah, wa aghis ni wam dud ni fi qadaa’i haa jaa ti ya qaadi yal haa jaat.”
This should be read eleven times. One should then face the direction of Baghdad shareef and take eleven steps all the while reciting:
یَا غَوْثَ الثَّقَلَیْنِ وَیَاکَرِیْمَ الطَّرَفَیْنِ اَغِثْنِیْ وَامْدُدْنِیْ فِیْ قَضَاءِ حَاجَاتِیْ یَا قَاضِیَ الْحَاجَاتِ
“Ya Ghousas saqalain, ya kareemat tarafain, aghis ni wam dud ni fi qadaa’i haa jaati ya qaadi yal haa jaat.”
This is also known as “Salaatul Asraar”. It is also among the wazaaif performed by eminent Mashaaikh and is known to be an amazing cure and remedy for many diverse problems.
عرض احوال کی پیاسوں میں کہاں تاب مگر
آنکھیں اے ابر کرم تکتی ہیں رستا تیرا
Arz ahwaal ki piyaa so me kaha taab magar
Aan kheh ae abar karam takti he rastah tera
Arz ahwaal- my condition.
Taab – forbearance or personal power.
Takna or takti – to see.
O Ghous Paak! in thirst of seeing you, how can I explain or have the power to explain my inner condition to you. Through the Divine Mercy of Allah (azza wa jall) you are aware of everything. We are merely sitting with our eyes on the path waiting for you to arrive so that our thirst can be quenched.
There are numerous miracles mentioned in many manuscripts about him coming to the aid of people. The precondition is to have sincere intention. In the hadith shareef, it is also mentioned that when one is lost in some remote area, one should call out to the servants of Allah (azza wa jall):
اَعِیْنُوْنِیْ یَا عِبَادَ اللّٰہِ
“Help me, O Allah’s servants!”
They will immediately come to the aid of the person.
Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) has mentioned that:
اَنَا لِمُرِیْدِیْ حَافِظٌ مَا یَخَافُہُ وَ اَحْرَسُہُ مِنْ کُلِّ شَرٍّ وَّ فِتْنَۃٍ
“I will protect my mureed from all fear and from all fitna and mischief.”
مُرِیْدِیْ اِذَا مَا کَانَ شَرْقًا وَّ غَرْبًا
اَغِثُہُ اِذَا مَا سَارَ فِیْ اَیِّ بَلْدَۃٍ
“Whether my mureed is in the East or West and in any city, I will assist him”. (Futhul Ghaib).”
وَلَوِ انْکَشَفَتْ عَوْرَۃُ مُرِیْدِیْ بِالْمَشْرِقِ وَاَنَا بِالْمَغْرِبِ اَسْتَرْتُھَا
“If my mureed becomes naked even in the East, while I am in the West, I will be able to conceal him (or protect him).” (Bahjatul Asraar).
موت نزدیک گناہوں کی تہیں میل کے خول
آ برس جا کہ نہا دھولے یہ پیاسا تیرا
Maut nas deek gonaa ho keh thehi mel keh khol
Aa baras jaa keh nihaad dho leh yeh piyaasa tera
Thehi – continuous
khol – cover or covered
O Ghous Paak! the days of our lives are fast dwindling. Death is on our heads while the darkness of our sins have made our hearts black. Please come to our aid and shower us with your rain of mercy so that those who love you can wipe away the blackness of these sins and become bright and pure and be able to quench their spiritual thirst by seeing you.
Among his famous titles is also “Ghousus Saqalain”. In other words, that being who is also able to help and assist both jinn and man. There are numerous jinn which used to attend his court and he used to also guide them. Whenever there was someone that was troubled by a jinn, all you had to do was mention his blessed name in the ear of the affected person and immediately the jinn used to run away. Some of these amazing incidents are mentioned in “Bahjatul Asraar, Nuzhatul Khaatir, Qalaa idul Jawaa hir, Safee natul Awliya etc.).
Even today, if a jinn is troubling someone, we are advised to say the following words at the four corners of the house:
“Do not trouble us, we are the mureeds and followers of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. If you continue to trouble us, we will complain to Hadrat Ghous Paak”. Insha Allah, the jinn will immediately move away from there like the shaytaan runs away when one recites “La hawla”
In the above couplet, the great Mujaddid has also presented a form of seeking help or Isti ghaasah which has always being a practice of the great Awliya.
آب آمد وہ کہے اور میں تیمم برخاست
مشت خاک اپنی ہو اور نور کا اہلا تیرا
Aab aamad wo keheh aur meh tayammum bar khaa sat
mush te khaak apni hu aur nur ka ahle tera
Aap aamad – arrival of water
Tayammum bar khaasat – Tayammum has become nullified. In other words, its quite logical that the minute water appears, then the Tayammum no longer remains valid.
wo ka heh – He declares. In other words, I am declaring to water that when you arrive, my tayyamum is over.
Mushe te khak – sand upon sand which signifies man.
Ahle – flood. In other words a flood light.
O Ghous Paak! When you declare that water has arrived, I will say that Tayammum has gone. For my little existence, the flood of your spiritual light is sufficient.
جان تو جاتے ہی جائیگی قیامت یہ ہے
کہ یہاں مرنے پہ ٹھہرا ہے نظارا تیرا
Jaan tu jaateh hi jaa’ighi qiyaamat yeh heh
keh yahaa marneh peh thera heh nazaara tera
qiyaamat – in this context it would mean calamity or problem.
nazaara – vision
O Ghous Paak! Death will certainly come in its allotted time and after this, we will be blessed with your vision. But (at this moment) where can I take this restless heart which is in turmoil in this chest of mine and which is restless for your vision. If only, I could see you before Qiyaamat.
تجھ سے در در سے سگ اور سگ سے ہے مجھ کو نسبت
میری گردن میں بھی ہے دور کا ڈورا تیرا
Tugh seh dar dar seh sag aur sag seh heh mujh ko nisbat
meri ghardan me bi heh dor ka doora tera
dar – door or door step
sag – dog
nisbat – connection or relationship
doora – rope or string
O Ghous Paak! That dog which was lucky enough to sit at your door or door step, we have (even) a connection with that dog. In like manner, we are servants of yours (standing) at your door or entrance. I am also your servant. And even though, many years have passed, I still have the rope or string (around my neck which signifies that I belong to you and that I am your servant).
Even the Quran has advised Muslims to adopt and sit in the company of those who are the true servants of Allah (azza wa jall). On the night of Meraj, the nalain of the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) was above the head of Jibraeel Ameen (alaihis salaam) due to its connection with the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam)! The clothes he wore on his blessed body was above while the Buraq and Raf Raf was below it. There are two pieces of paper, one which is found on the street and no one takes notice and another on which the Quran is written, merely a connection to the Quran makes one paper different from the other.
The same slave from Abyssinia who was called “Bilal” by the early Muslims is now even called “Sayyiduna Bilal” by eminent people like Hadrat Sayyiduna Umar (radi Allahu anhu). A time came when this same slave stood on the Kaba and gave azaan and people around him declared, “O Bilal! at first you were our slave, however, because of your connection with the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam), we are now your slaves and you have become our master.”
That dog which was connected to the door of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) even over-powered a lion! On the day of Judgement, the dog of the Ashaabe Ka’af will also follow them into Jannah, yet, there will be many people who spent their lives reading salah but they will end up in hell! Why, because they thought nothing of this important concept of having a connection with someone close to Allah (azza wa jall). If connection was not important why is the dog always mentioned with the people of Ashaabe Ka’af and that nearly three times in one verse. The word used in the Quran is “their dog” in other words, not any dog, but “their” dog.
اس نشانی کے جو سگ ہیں نہیں مارے جاتے
حشر تک میرے گلے میں رہے پٹا تیرا
Iss nishaani keh jo sag he nahin maareh jaateh
Hashr tak mereh galleh meh raheh patta tera
Nishaani – sign or a type of indicator.
Galleh – neck.
Patta – A leather ban which is placed around the neck of a dog so that it proves that this is not a stray dog but that it actually has an owner. Hence, if this dog attacks someone, the owner of the dog would be held responsible.
O Ghous Paak! If there is a collar around the neck of a dog, nobody says anything to that dog. Around my neck is the collar which belongs to you which signifies that I am your servant and your dog. Hence, until the day of judgement, if you have this around my neck, why would I be concerned or even worried?
میری قسمت کی قسم کھائیں سگان بغداد
ہند میں بھی ہوں تو دیتا رہوں پہرا تیرا
Meri qismit ki qasm kaa’i sagaa ne baghdad
hind me bi ho to deta rahon pherah tera
qismit – destiny
sagaane baghdad – a dog of Baghdad shareef.
Hind- Indo-pak sub continent.
pherah dena – to look after or to guard.
O Ghous Paak! Even though I am far from Baghdad shareef and live in the Indo-pak sub continent, I will continue to spread your mission and would continue to shut the mouths of those who are your enemies. This is such a destiny that even the dogs in Baghdad shareef will bear testimony to this.
تیری عزت کے نثار اے مرے غیرت والے
آہ صد آہ کہ یوں خوار ہو بردا تیرا
Teri izzat keh nisaar a’i mereh gayrat waaleh
Ah sid ah keh yu khawr ho barda tera
Teri izza peh nisaar – May I be sacrificed for you greatness.
Khawr – despicable person.
barda – It signifies someone who is a prisoner or someone that is imprisoned.
O Ghous Paak! May I be sacrificed for your greatness and your awe, It would indeed be a tragedy that in spite of being your servant, I am disgraced and humiliated.
However, if we look at the life of Ala Hadrat (rehmatullah alaihi) we will see that even though, his enemies or shall we say that the enemies of the Ahle Sunnah wa Jamaah tried their level best to disgrace and humiliate Ala Hadrat (rehmatullah alaihi) they never managed to achieve this. They wrote dozens of manuscripts trying to insult him, but most of them are dead, while the books and teachings of Ala Hadrat (rehmatullah alaihi) continue to printed and published all over the world. This is a clear indication that he was a true servant of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) and was never allowed by Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) to be humiliated or disgraced by anyone. We even see that the Salaam written by him is being read all over the world. His books and manuscripts are reprinted on a daily basis and distributed. This is all because of the grace and kindness of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) on those who truly serve him and serve his mission.
بد سہی‘ چور سہی‘ مجرم و ناکارہ سہی
اے وہ کیسا ہی سہی ہے تو کریما تیرا
Badd sahi, chor sahi, mujrim naa kaarah sahi
Ae wo kaysa sahi heh to kareema tera
O Ghous Paak! I admit that I am a thief, a despicable person, an incomplete person etc. (Please bear in mind that these words used by Ala Hadrat (radi Allahu anhu) was a way of him displaying his humility in the court of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu). However, O Ghous Paak! whatever I am, I still belong to you. You are that person who made a thief and a low down type person into a great saint!
This couplet is also indicating to those many instances in the life of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) whereby he turned ordinary people into great spiritual luminaries and even the Qutb of their era.
Seven hundred men and women became instant saints!
It is reported that once he received command to qualify seven hundred men and women to reach the Divine Court of Almighty (radi Allahu anhu). He then made seven hundred men and women sit in front of him and with one single spiritual vision, he cleaned their hearts and made all of them into instant saints. (Tafreehul Khaatir).
The story of his journey to Baghdad shareef is also quiet famous where he managed to make seven thieves make Taubah and after making dua for them, they also joined the ranks of the saints. (Qalaa idul Jawaa hir, Nafa’aatul Uns, Safeenatul Awliya, Nuzhatul Khaatir).
مجھ کو رسوا بھی اگر کوئی کہے گا تو یوہیں
کہ وہی نا وہ رضا بندہ رسوا تیرا
Mujh ko rus wa bhi agar ko’i keheh gha to yu heh,
Keh wahi naa wo Raza bandaheh ruswa tera
O Ghous Paak! If anyone tries to disgrace or dishonour me, then people will say, “is this not that person who calls himself the servant of Ghous Paak?”. Therefore O Ghous Paak! my respect and safety is in your hands, therefore, do not give them the opportunity to point a finger at you.”
The manner is which Ala Hadrat (radi Allahu anhu) has presented his servitude and humility in the court of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) is hard to describe and explain in words. This is the reason that in his entire life, he was protected by the king of the Awliya and has become one of the greatest known Sunni scholars in the world.
ہیں رضا یوں نہ بلک تو نہیں جید تو نہ ہو
سید جید ہر دہر ہے مولا تیرا
Heh Raza! yu nah bilak tu nahin jayed to nah ho
Syed -e- jayed hah dher heh moula tera
Heh – a word which signifies surprise.
yu – like this or in this way.
bilak – to weep in pain and agony all the time.
jayed – amazing, unmatched without answer.
Syed – Leader
Dher – time or period.
Moula – Master
“O Raza! Why do you continue to weep and anguish in this manner, it does not matter, even though there maybe nothing good or exemplary in you, yet, your Master is the leader of all those who are exemplary and distinguished and honoured.
This is the exact meaning of the great words of Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) wherein he mentioned that:
اِنْ لَّمْ یَکُنْ مُرِیْدِ جَیِّداً فَاَنَا جَیِّدٌ
“Even if my mureed is not exemplary, I am exemplary”. In other words, do not look at my mureed, look at who he is attached and affiliated to!
The greatness of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allah anhu) can be determined from the following incident. He narrates, “One day, I was sitting on the mimbar when I was blessed with seeing the Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam). Nabi Moosa (alaihis sallam) was also in his blessed company. The Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) then asked pointing at me, “O Moosa! was a person of this grandeur in your Ummah?” Nabi Moosa (alaihis salaam) replied, “No, O Prophet of Allah!”. The Holy Prophet (salal laahu alaihi wa sallam) then blessed me with a special gown.” (Qalaaidul Jawaahir).
Those people who dispute the status and esteem of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) should take some time and understand his greatness and rank. Hadrat Mujaddid Alif Thani (radi Allahu anhu) has explained that, “These people are the close servants of the Almighty (azza wa jall). Those who have recognized them, have recognised their Creator. As for those who have recognised them, they indeed will explain and fully describe these saints” (Maktubaat – part 2 – page 53).
فخر آقا میں رضا اور بھی اک نظم رفیع
چل لکھا لائیں ثنا خوانوں میں چہرا تیرا
Fakre aqaa me Raza aur bhi ek nazm rafee’e
chal lekhaa laa’ye thana khaw no me chera tera.
Fakhre – piety, holiness, greatness.
Rafee’e – high status.
Thana kwano – someone who praises someone.
O Raza! write another manqabat in praise of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allah anhu) who is your master and leader and about his greatness and status. And by presenting this in his respected court, you will also have the opportunity of including your name among those who have praised him so that his spiritual blessing and grace may descend upon you.
Who is unaware of his greatness? It is reported that once a person came crying in his court and said, “My father has died and is receiving punishment in his grave. When I saw him in a dream, he informed me that I should visit Hadrat Ghous Paak and request him to make Dua.” Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) asked him, “Has you father ever passed by the door of my madressah?” The person replied that yes, he had indeed done so. Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu) then remained silent. The next day, the same person arrived and declared, “I have seen my father in a dream and he was wearing green clothing and he said to me in the dream, “With the blessing of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu), Almighty Allah (azza wa jall) has removed the punishment.”
This is the reason that whenever people came to Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu), he used to inform them:
اِنَّ رَبِّیْ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ قَدْ وَعَدَنِیْ اَنْ یُخَفِّفَ الْعَذَابَ عَنْ کُلِّ مَنْ عَبَّرَ عَلٰی بَابِ الْمَدْرَسَۃِ مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِیْنَ
“The Almighty (azza wa jall) has promised me that whosoever among the Muslims pass by the door of your Madressah, his punishment would be removed.” (Bahjatul Asraar, Qalaaidul Jawaahir, Safinatul Awliya).
This also proves the benefit and significance of having a madressah which continues with the mission of Hadrat Ghous Paak (radi Allahu anhu).