Abdul-Qadir Gilani

Abdul-Qadir Gilani


Abdul Qadir, Al Jilani, Muhyi'd-Diin, Sultaan al-Awliyaa

Ghaus-e-Aazam [1]
Tomb Of Sheikh Abdul Qadir, Baghdad, Iraq.
Full Name Al-Sayyid Muhiyudin Abu Muhammad Abdal Qadir Al-Jilani Al-Hasani Wal-Hussaini
Born 2nd Ramadan 470 AH[2] or Mar. 19, 1078[3]
Jurisprudence Hanbali[4][5]
Died 8th Rabi al-Awwal 561 AH
Jan. 12, 1166 CE[6][7]
Birthplace Gilan, Tabarestan, Persia[8]
Place of Burial Tomb Of Abdul Qadir, Baghdad, Iraq
Father Abu Salih Musa al-Hasani
Mother Ummul Khair Fatima
• • Madina
• Sadiqa
• Mu'minah
• Mahboobah
Son(s) • Saifuddin
• Sharfuddin
• Abu Bakr
• Sirajuddin
• Musa
• Muhammad
• Ibrahim
• Abdullah
• Abdul Wahab
• Abu Naser Musa
Descendants Sheikh
Other Titles Shaykh
Abd al-Qadir
("Servant of the All-Powerful")
("One Who Is from Gilan")
("Reviver of the Religion")
Abu Muhammad
("Father of Muhammad")
Al-Ghawth al-A'zam
• ("The Supreme Helper")
Sultan al-Awliya
("The King of the Saints")
Al-Hasani Al-Husaini
("The descendant of both Imam al-Hasan and Imam al-Husain)

Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (Arabic: عبد القادر الجيلاني‎), (Persian: عبد القادر گیلانی‎, Turkish: Abdülkâdir Geylânî, Kurdish: Evdilqadirê Geylanî, Urdu: عبد القادر گیلانیAbdolqāder Gilāni,(Tamil: அப்துல் காதிர் ஜிலானி ரலியல்லாஹூ அன்ஹூ), Bengali: আব্দুল কাদের জিলানী (রহ.))[9] Al-Sayyid Muhiyudin Abu Muhammad Abdal Qadir Al-Jilani Al-Hasani Wal-Hussaini (born 11 Rabi al-Thani, 470 Hijri, in the town of Na'if, district of Gilan, Ilam Province Or Amol of Tabarestan, Persia,oar Gilan Al-Mada'in , Iraq died 8 Rabi al-Awwal 561 AH, in Baghdad,[10] (1077–1166 CE), was a Persian[11] Hanbali[4][5] jurist and Sufi based in Baghdad. Qadiriyya was his patronym.


  • Family 1
  • Name 2
    • Paternal heritage 2.1
  • Education 3
  • Later life and Miracles 4
  • The chain of Spiritual masters of Qadiriyya order 5
  • Blessed Successors (Khalifa) 6
  • Death and burial 7
  • Books 8
  • See also 9
  • Bibliography 10
  • Notes 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


Al-Gilani was born around 1077 in Persia.[nb 1][12] His family was part of the Hanbali school, one of the schools of religious law within Sunni Islam. Al-Gilani's father, Abu Salih Musa al-Hasani, was a descendant of Hasan ibn Ali, (Imam Hasan). Hasan was the eldest son of Ali and Fatimah. Ali was Muhammad's son-in-law and also cousin and Fatima was Muhammad's daughter. Al-Gilani's mother was the daughter of Abdullah Sawmai, a descendant of Husayn ibn Ali, the younger son of Ali and Fatima. Thus, Al-Gilani was both a Hasani and Hussaini Sayyid.


Within Al-Gilani's full name, al-Sayyid Muhiyudin Abu Muhammad Abdal Qadir al-Jilani al-Hasani wal-Hussaini, the word Sayyid denotes his descent from Muhammad.[13] The name Muhiyudin describes him as a "reviver of religion".[14] The phrase, al-Jilani refers to Al Gilani's place of birth.[15][16] However, Al-Gilani also carried the epithet, al-Baghdadi.[17][18][19] referring to his residence and burial in Baghdad. The phrase al-Hasani wal-Hussaini affirms his lineal descent from both Hasan ibn Ali and Hussein ibn Ali, the grandsons of Muhammad.[20][21] Describing Al Gilani with the phrase 'Najib al-tarafayn Sayyid' indicates that both his mother and father were of apostolic lineage.[22]

Paternal heritage

Al Gilani's father was a [25][26][27]


Al Gilani spent his early life in Na'if, 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 [28] under Qadi Abu Sa'd al-Mubarak al-Mukharrimi and Ibn Aqil.[29] He was given lessons on Hadith by Abu Muhammad Ja'far al-Sarraj.[29] In Tasawwuf, his spiritual instructor was Abu'l-Khair Hammad ibn Muslim al-Dabbas.[30] (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.[31]

Subject Shaykh (Teacher)
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Al Wafae Ali ibn Aqeel Hanafi
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Al Hasan Mohd. ibn Qazi Abu Yali
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Al Khatab Mahfuz Hanafi
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Muhammad ibn Al Husnayn
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Qazi Abu Saeed Mubarak ibn Ali al-Mukharrami
Tasawwuf (Sufism) Abu'l-Khair Hammad ibn Muslim al-Dabbas
Tasawwuf (Sufism) Abu Zakariay ibn Yahya ibn Ali Al Tabrezi
Hadith Abu Bakr ibn Muzaffar
Hadith Mohd. Ibn Al Hasan Baqalai Abu Sayeed Mohd. ibn Abdul Kareem
Hadith Abu Al Ghanaem Mohd. Ibn Mohd 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 Mohd. Ibn Banaan Al Karkhi
Hadith Abu Talib Abdul Qadri Ibn Mohd. 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


Later life and Miracles

In 1127, Al Gilani returned to Baghdad and began to preach to the public.[12] He joined the teaching staff of the school belonging to his own teacher, al-Mukharrimii, 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 Qur'an. 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 the Sufi and strict nature of the Qur'an.[12]

The chain of Spiritual masters of Qadiriyya order

  • Shaikh Habib Ajami
  • Shaikh sayyed Abdul-Qadir Gilani

Blessed Successors (Khalifa)

Besides his sons his other famous successors (khalifas) are :

(1) Khwaja Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi

(2) Hazrat Abu Madyan Shuaib ibn Husain al-Ansari (Tlemcen, Algeria)

(3) Shah Abu Umar Qureshi Marzook

(4) Shaikh Qareeb Alban Mosali

(5) Shaikh Ahmad bin Mubarak

(6) Shaikh Abu Saeed Shibli

(7) Shaikh Ali Haddad

Death and burial

Al Gilani died in the evening of Saturday 1166 (8 Rabi' al-Awwal 561AH) at the age of eighty nine years (by the Islamic calendar).[10] His body was entombed in a shrine within his madrassa in Babul-Sheikh, Resafa (East bank of the Tigris) in Baghdad, Iraq.[33][34][35] During the reign of the Safavid Shah Ismail I, Gilani's shrine was destroyed,[36] however in 1535 the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman had a turba (dome) built over the shrine, which exists to this day.[37]


  • Futuh al-Ghaib (Revelations of the Unseen) – 78 discourses, fairly short and to the point but very powerful.
  • Al-Fath ar-Rabbani (The Sublime Revelation) – 62 discourses, definitely longer, given in the Ribaat and Madrasa in Baghdad AH 545–546.
  • Jala' al-Khawatir (The Removal of Cares) – 45 discourses, also in the same locations, given in the year AH 546.
  • Malfuzat (Utterances of Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir) – This is a collection of quotes from the Shaikh. Generally, it is found at the end of the hand-copied, Arabic manuscripts of Fath ar-Rabbani.
  • Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq (Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth, also known in the Indian sub-continent as Al-Ghunya li-Talibin). These five volumes, written by the Shaikh at the request of one of his murids, is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of Islam, both the inward and the outward.
  • Khamsata 'Ashara Maktuban (Fifteen Letters) – These are 15 letters originally written in Persian by Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir to one of his murids.
  • Al-Fuyudat al-Rabbaniyya (Emanations of Lordly Grace)
  • Bashair al-Khairat (Glad Tidings of Good Things) – A Salawat by Shaykh Abd al-Qadir by way of inspiration from Allah.
  • Kitab Sirr al-Asrar wa Mazhar al-Anwar (The Book of the Secret of Secrets and the Manifestation of Light

See also


  • Sayings of Shaikh Abd al-Qadir al-Jīlānī Malfūzāt, Holland, Mutah (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, Mutah (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.


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


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External links

  • "160 names and titles of 'Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani".
  • "Shaikh Muhyi'din 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani" website.
  • "Al-Baz publications." website.
  • "Abdul Qadir Jilani" Lists of works and excerpts.
  • "Purification of the Mind (Jila' Al-Khatir)" complete work.