Thursday, 18 May 2017
Hafizh Imad ad-Din ibn Katsir (q.s.) on Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Hafizh Imad ad-Din ibn Katsir (q.s.) described the admonitions of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) in his tarikh, al-Bidayah wa an-Nihayah, saying, “He enjoined the people to do what is good and abstain from what is evil. His admonitions addressed caliphs, ministers, people in authority, judges, companions and the masses. Standing on the pulpits of the mosques, he reprimanded them in the presence of witnesses as well as during his public addresses. He disavowed the civil appointment of any unjust person, chose Allah’s (s.w.t.) Blessings over anyone else’s wrath, and was not affected by any reproach.” This was quoted by Shaykh Muhammad al-Akili (q.s.) in the preface to his translation of al-Fath ar-Rabbani.