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.).