I'm Looking At You


Imam al-Dhahabi in his Siyar (20/439-451) mentions a karamah of Sayyidi Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Gilani (Allah sanctify his secret) which reminded me of the title of this blog post.  Imam al-Dhahabi said:

Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Maratibi said, I heard Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Imad (Allah have mercy on him) say:

I studied Usul al-Din (belief), and there occurred a doubt in me so I said: I will go to the gathering of Shaykh Abd al-Qadir, it is said he speaks regarding peoples private thoughts.

I went and he was speaking, he said, ‘Our belief is that of the pious predecessors (salaf al-salih) and the companions’.

I said to myself:  ‘He said this by coincidence’.

He spoke [again] and then turned towards me and repeated it.

I said ‘A preacher does look around’.

He addressed me for the third time and said:  ‘O Abu Bakr!’ and he repeated his words and then said:  ‘Stand, your father has arrived’ and he had been absent.  I stood and went and found that my father had come.

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