Advice of Ghous-e-Azam’s Mother ( رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُمَا )

Abdul Qadir Jilani (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) was still studying in a Madrassa located in Baghdad shareef when his dearest father and grandfather sayedi Abu Saalaeh (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) and Hazrat Abdullah Soom’ee (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) migrated from this worldly life to the better Hereafter. After their demise the burden of his education fell on the holy shoulders of his sanctified mother (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا). With endurance, truthfulness and loyalty, she performed the duty which was appointed to her. When Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) was about 18 years old he wished for an approval to journey to Baghdad, so he may complete his education and strive for more & more divine knowledge. His loving mother (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا) permitted him without a 2nd thought agreed to this self-sacrificing appeal.

Sayyeda Um-mul Khair Fatima (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا) in here old age said: Good-bye to her son Abdul Qadir Jilani (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ). It was such a stage in her life, when parents generally hang on to their children for ethical and economical backing but this religious and clean servant of Almighty Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) desired just the liking of both Almighty Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) and his dearest prophet (صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ). Although she was very fond of Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) but she did not let her emotional spirits come afore the liking of Almighty Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ). She desired her son to become a man of true knowledge and wise wisdom.

Particularly in that time, people travelled a lot more over on foot by the means of horses & camels passing between thick forests and jungles. There was a real threat of voyagers being mugged and executed. Significant to all the circumstances she still braced his call and greeted well wishes by kissing his forehead. She said, “Dear Abdul Qadir I have grown very old and I can assume that will never ever see you again but my prayers and blessings will always be guiding you. May Almighty Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) award you with victory in your journey of achieving knowledge?” His loving mother advised him with a Pearl of wisdom, “I am stitching 40 dinar’s in your coat, for your expedition and Abdul Qadir my darling child Knot my advice and assume this as a key to a successful life. At all times say the truth! Do not even think of speaking lies”.

Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) replied “My beloved mother, I give you my word that I will permanently deed on your guidance”. Sayyeda Fatima (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا) then hugged the star of her eyes with affection and motherly tenderness for the last time and departed him with these praising words “May Almighty Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) guide you he who is your Defender and Helper”.

The expedition of Baghdad started

After saying good-bye to his loving mother, Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) merged into a convoy which was on its way to Baghdad shareef. In the early days travelers usually journeyed in figures for safety reasons. The convoy of Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) arrived in the city of Hamdaan without any occurrence. They travelled further which brought them into a thick jungle where they were assaulted by 60 robbers. The commander in chief of the gang of thieves was the most wanted outlaw named Ahmad Badawi. The travelers did not have the sources to shield themselves from the robbers and were strained to submit their things and treasures to them. After robbing the travelers, the thief’s collected all the wealth and started to divide it among themselves. While all this was accruing Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) was positioned very steadily among the travelers. He was not noticed, assuming him a young boy, none of the thief’s moved towards him. At last one of the thieves decided to question him; Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) answered that he had in his possession 40 dinar’s. On hearing this, thieves who had grouped began to joke about him but listening to the conversation; their chief asked them to bring the child to him. When the Boundless Saint was brought formerly the chief inquired, whether he had any money in his custody and the Saint replied firmly “I have 40 dinars in my possession when the chief heard this, he demanded for the 40 dinars. Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) revealed where the dinars were concealed. On tearing open the coat they were actually 40 dinars sewed beneath the arm of the coat. On witnessing this, all the thieves were astonished. The chief proclaimed: “Sacred young man, we did not know that you had money and after knowing that we are thieves why didn’t you lie to save your money.”

Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) stated: When I had left home for this voyage, I had made a promise to my virtuous mother that I would never ever be untruthful. How could I break a promise which I made to my mother only for saving 40 dinars?

After listening to the complete incident Ahmed Badawi (the leader of the gang) felt shameful and with tears sheading from his eyes said: Sacred young man, You were extremely loyal towards the promise you made with your mother Disgrace on me for an age I have been very disloyal towards my promises which I made with my Creator Almighty Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ).

After uttering these verses, the outlaw cried extremely and fell to the holy feet of Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) and asked for forgiveness true heartedly from his sins. When his assistants witnessed this scene, they too similarly apologized sincerely from all their sins. They refunded all the things of the travelers and guided them out of the forest. It has been stated that the apology of these thieves was so heartfelt, that they were sanctified with the level of Wilaayat, only because of Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ). Huzoor Ghous-e-Azam (رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ) stated: This was the first apology made by a number of Astray people by my very hands.

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