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It is mentioned that one day, the great Saint, Hadrat Sayyiduna Shaikh Sayed Abdul Qaadir Jilani – may Allah be pleased with him – was travelling for Hajj with a large delegation. When he arrived at a small village called Hullah just outside Baghdad Shareef, he decided to camp for the evening. Hadrat Sayyiduna Shaikh Sayed Abdul Qaadir Jilani – may Allah be pleased with him – also asked his Mureeds to look for the poorest family in this area and also the oldest and most dilapidated house. He told them that he would like to stay in this house for the evening. At the same time, when the rich and powerful in the area came to know of his visit, all of them offered their pomp and expensive mansions for him to stay, yet the great Saint refused to accept their offer.
After looking around, the Mureeds found a very poor family in which there was an old man, an old lady and a little girl. Hadrat Sayyiduna Shaikh Sayed Abdul Qaadir Jilani – may Allah be pleased with him – asked them permission to stay in the house for the evening. Whatever gifts were given to him in the form of money, jewels, animals, etc, he handed over all of these things to this poor family. Everyone who came to visit him that night also handed their expensive gifts to this poor old man at the instruction of the great Saint. It is mentioned that this family became one of the richest families in that locality after this incident. (Akhbaarul Akhyaar, 46,47)
One day Hadrat Sayyiduna Shaikh Sayed Abdul Qaadir Jilani – may Allah be pleased with him – saw a poor person sitting on one side who was looking very depressed. When he asked the person the reason for this, the person replied that he had gone to the shore of the river to cross the river but did not have any money to pay the captain to take him across the river. Hadrat Sayyiduna Shaikh Sayed Abdul Qaadir Jilani – may Allah be pleased with him – then handed him thirty Ashrafis which someone had just given him and also ordered that the captain in future should take these people across the river. (Akhbaarul Akhyaar, 47)
Abul Hasan Nadwi explains the behaviour and manners of the great Saint in the following manner, “In fact the behaviour of the great Saint in taking care of the poor, the destitute and the down-trodden had reached such an eminent state that put most people in a state of shock. Allama Najaar in his Taarikh quotes from Jamaa’i the words of the great Saint in which the great Saint has stated that, ‘I have inspected all types of actions and deeds and never found something as noble as feeding people and good manners. Even if the entire world is in my hand, I would spend it in feeding people.’ He has stated that, ‘My palms are something which has a hole in it and nothing remains in it. If I receive a thousand Dinaars, by the evening there is not a single Dinaar which is saved.’”
The writer of “Qalaa’idul Jawaahir” records that, “He used to command the laying out of the eating cloth every evening. In this gathering, thousands of travellers and other Muslims used to sit together and eat. The great Saint used to also sit with these poor and destitute people. In fact, such was his kindness to these people that for that moment, they used to forget their poverty and destitution. Every person used to feel that he was the chosen one in the eminent court of the great Saint. If there was someone who was not present, he used to inquire about this person. He used to show love and respect for every person and if there were any faults displayed by anyone, he used to overlook these faults.” (Rijaalul Fikr wad Da’waat fil Islam, 225,226)