Monday, 3 September 2012

From One Quthb to Another

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh al-‘Arabi (q.s.) of Spain had no children.  Whilst in a state of majzub, he approached the Ghawts al-A'azham, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) for his blessings and prayers for a son.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “I have one more son yet unborn in my destiny.  I give it to you.  Rub your back against Mine and name him when born, ‘Muhammad Muhyi ad-Din.’  He would rise up to be a quthb of his time.”

The child was eventually born and was named accordingly.  He became a great philosopher and attained an elevated spiritual status. He gained the title of ‘Shaykh al-Akbar’ and is commonly known as Shaykh Muhammad Muhyi ad-Din ibn 'Arabi (q.s.).


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