High Spiritual Rank of Abdl Qadr Jilani
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In the name of Allah the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful
Sheikh Junaid Al Baghdadi lived two hundred years before Sheikh Abdulqadir Jilani may Allah be well pleased with them, and foretold Jilani's coming in the following manner: while Sheikh Junaid al Baghdadi was in a state of spiritual ecstacy he stated: 'His foot is on my shoulders, his foot is on my shoulders.' After he had come out of this spiritual condition, his disciples questioned him concerning these words. He said, 'I have been informed that a great saint will be born towards the end of the fifth century. His name shall be Abdulqadir and his title will be Muhyiddin. He will be born in Jilan/Iran and he will reside in Baghdad. One day, on the command of Allah, he will say ‘My foot is on the shoulders of all the saints of Allah’. While in my spiritual condition, I saw his excellence and these words were uttered by me without my control.'
Sheikh Bahauddin Naqshiband was ordered by his master to keep the remembrance of Allah/dhikr, but there was no way to 'imprint' the holy name 'Allah' in his heart, and he was really worried about it. One day Sheikh Naqshiband -whose name was not yet known as 'Naqshiband'- was traveling in the desert and he met Khidr alaihi salaam peace be upon him who within seconds transported him to the spiritual presence of Sheikh Abdulqadir Jilani. Sheikh Bahauddin said, 'O one who holds hands in the universe, hold my hand so they will be you holder..' -when taking initiation, one holds the hand of the master to receive Almighty Allah's blessing and when someone needs to be rescued, he/she holds out master's hand-. Sheikh Abdulqadir Jilani put his hand on Sheikh Bahauddin's heart and said, 'O the holder of the adornment of the worlds, hold my adornment so that they can call you Naqshiband (the one who adorns). And then Sheikh Bahauddin recited the following poem, which is inscribed on both the tombs of Abdulqadir Jilani and Shah Bahauddin Naqshband:
'The King of this world and the hereafter is Shah Abdulqadir
The head of the children of Adam is Shah Abdulqadir.
Sun, moon, heavens, the throne and the pen,
They all get their light from the heart of Abdulqadir."
150 years after the death of Sheikh Abdulqadir Jilani people asked Shah Bahauddin Naqshiband may Allah be pleased with them, 'Sheikh Abdulqadir said, "My foot is on the shoulders of all the saints", what do you think about this?' Shah Naqshiband said 'May Sheikh Abdulqadir Jilani's foot be upon my eyes and my vision.'
The scholar Abulasan Ali Nadwi wrote in his book Rijal al-Fikr waddawah, Abdulqadir Jilani, the ghawth/helper of the sufi orders, Sheikh Muhyedden Al Arabi, and all the masters of the Naqshibandi Golden Chain, opened the door of initiation as wide as possible, for every individual who has good and true belief to find something that will be of value to him spiritually, and for everyone to renew his initiation/bayah with Allah Almighty and Exalted. These sufi masters of the Naqshibandi Golden Chain and all sufi orders lifted their followers to a station of Truthfulness, to feel the responsibility of their initiation and to renew their faith.'