Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly traveling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.
We have written a short article on a meeting between Shaykh Ibn al-Jawzi and Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani Rahimahullah in Baghdad Sharif:
” Once Shaykh Ibn Jawzi attended a gathering of Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani Rahimahullah and one of his friends came with him, Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani realized that Ibn al-Jawzi was a great scholar, so Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani started speaking about the different Tafsir’s of the Quran because he wanted to change the views of Ibn al-Jawzi about Tasawwuf so he put the real image of Tasawwuf in the mind of Ibn Jawzi.
A verse was recited he gave one explanation to it the friend of Shaykh Ibn Jawzi said do you know this Tafsir ? he said yes this is a famous Tafsir of the verse for the same verse Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani gave a Second Tafsir then a Third Tafsir, Fourth Tafsir, Fifth Tafsir sixth , seventh , eighth , ninth he gave Eleven Tafsir’s to one verse every time he gave a Tafsir the companion of Ibn al-Jawzi asked him do you know these Tafsir’s, Eleven Tafsir’s he knew, The twelfth Tafsir that Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani gave Ibn al-Jawzi had never heard of it Thirteenth Tafsir, Fourteenth Tafsir, Fifteenth Tafsir, Forty Tafsirs Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani gave to one verse, they say the State of Ibn al-Jawzi had changed he was so impacted, this took him back, they say he stood up in Haal in Wajd (ecstasy) he said ‘La illah ila Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah’ and Ibn al-Jawzi ripped his clothes!”
Ibn al-Jawzi ripped his clothes because, he understood the true meaning of ‘Faqir’. May Allah grant us barakah in understandings as he has granted Ibn al-Jawzi .
– This incident is mentioned in Qala’id al-Jawahir (Necklaces of Gems) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Tadifi al-Hanbali Rahimahullah