The First Shaykh of Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din Abu Muhammad ibn Abu Swalih ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.)


بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The first shaykh of Ghawts al-A’azham, Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din Abu Muhammad ibn Abu Swalih ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.), was Shaykh Abu Ya’qub Yusuf ibn Ayyub al-Hamdani (q.s.), who was the quthb of his time.  When Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir (q.s.) was a teenager, he visited Shaykh Yusuf al-Hamdani (q.s.) at Baghdad along with ibn as-Saqa’.

This is recorded by Imam Shibab ad-Din Abu al-ʿAbbas Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Hajr al-Haytsami (r.a.), in al-Fatawa al-Haditsiyyah.  It is also recorded that the first time he met the Naqshbandi shaykh, he was in the company of Imam Abu Sa’id ‘Abdullah ibn Abi ‘Asrun (q.s.).  Imam Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali ibn ‘Utsman al-Hujwiri (q.s.) also recorded this meeting, in his Kashf al-Mahjub, that Shaykh al-Hamdani (q.s.) made the du’a that the feet of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) would be on the necks of all awliya’.



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