Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | December 2, 2012

Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Mabood al-Jilani and King Abdul Aziz al-Saud

Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Mabood al-Jilani

A Rare photo of al-Arif Billah Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Mabood al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma!

al-Arif Billah Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Mabood al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma passed away at the age of 165, and the photo above was take in 1985. He was a student of Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan al-Qadri Alayhi Rahma and he was The khalifa of Hazrat Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki Alayhi Rahma and he is Buried in Islamabad (Pakistan).

Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Mabood al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma said: “When I visited Bareilly Sharif, Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Alayhi Rahma was writ­ing the eleventh stanza of his famous Naaths ‘Woh Kamal-e-Husne Huzoor hai, ke Gumaan Naqs Jahaa Nahi’. As I was from the lineage of Ghaus E Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma I took this to be a good sign for me. ”

Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Mabood al-Jilani and King Abdul Aziz al-Saud:

Shaykh Abdul Mabood’s wife invited me one night for dinner. It was the first time I had the opportunity to visit and chat with his wife and the rest of his family in a less formal way. That evening I noticed that there was a plaque on the wall, written in Arabic, and sealed with a wax impression that appeared to be the standard of the royal family of Saud. I asked about it and this is what I was told.

After he had performed his pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, Shaykh Abdul Mabood remained in the Hijaz, teaching. King Abdul Aziz bin Saud had just recently taken control of the country and was under tremendous pressure from the Wahhabi scholars in Ryadh to control the emerging influence of the Sufis in the Hijaz, as well as the Shias and their interests in the shrines of the members of the Prophet’s family. Succumbing to their threats, King Abdul Aziz launched a campaign against these two groups, by destroying the shrines of the awliya’.

Shaykh Abdul Mabood after having petitioning the King on many occasions to stop these activities met with treachery. The king had put a warrant for the Shaykh’s arrest. The Shaykh banded together with others wanting to preserve these holy places, and waged battles against any army that attempted to hurt or destroy these shrines. The conflict raged on for many months. The warrant for the Shaykh’s arrest had become a bounty hunt as the king placed a large sum of gold on Shaykh Abdul Mabood’s head.  After some time the Shaykh was arrested and brought to stand trial in the court of King Abdul Aziz. The trial lasted for but a few minutes, the charges were read and the sentence handed out.

The Shaykh was brought in front of King Abdul Aziz. Shaykh Abdul Mabood’s head had already been wrapped in clothe and the axe and chopping block were already in the courtyard of the palace. The king leaned over to the Shaykh and asked if there were any last words. The Shaykh began to recite several poems about the qualities of the Prophet’s family and how they should be remembered and cherished for all times. The king was moved to tears. For not only were the words of the Shaykh overwhelmingly beautiful but the king recognized those poems as having been written by his grandfather and recited to him almost every night.

King Abdul Aziz al-Saud ordered the clothe to be removed from the Shaykh’s head and for him to be set free. The king approached Shaykh Abdul Mabood and humbly requested his forgiveness. . As a personal show of gratitude to the Shaykh, the King decreed that from that day forward, Shaykh Abdul Mabood would be the guest of the kingdom on the pilgrimage to Hajj.  The kingdom of Saudi Arabia would cover all of his travel expenses and costs to stay in Mecca and Medina. The Shaykh was given an official plaque with this decree. It was this plaque, I asked about on the wall.

Prior to receiving this gift, the Shaykh had already performed the Hajj for many years. When I had met him in 1983, he had already completed over 100 pilgrimages to Hajj. As far as we know, he holds the record for attending the pilgrimage.

His wife went on to tell me that Shaykh Abdul Mabood remains in bed most of the year. A few weeks before Hajj, he starts to move around more and a few days before he sets off to Hajj, he walks around, full of energy. She said that his hair turns from white to gray and even turns black as the Hajj approaches. In her time as wife of the Shaykh, he had lost and grown another set of teeth. As a junior wife, she remembered coming into a household of two other senior wives that the Shaykh had several sets of teeth come in and fall over his lifetime.

The Burial Place of Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Mabood al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma

The Blessed Burial Place of al-Arif Billah Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Mabood al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma!

Woh Kamaal-e-Husn-e-Huzur hai kay Gumaan-e-Naqs Jahaan nhi:


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