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Ghous ul Aazam > Acquiring Knowledge And Baghdad




Young Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him), after his depature from Jilan, arrived in Baghdad during the reign of Abbasid Caliphate in 488 AH (1095 AD).Due to diverse sects and interest and lust for power there was a choas and disunity in the Islamic world. The Muslim rules had lost all sense of duty and paid no heed to Islamic teachings. But there remained many learned scholars in different fields who imparted knowledge to students coming from all over the world.

Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him ) was a complete stranger in the city of Bagdad and after few days of wandering he met Hazrat Shaikh Qazi Abu Saeed Mubarak bin Ali Mukharruni (Allah’s mercy be on him ).Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him ) became his disciple and was admitted in his master’s Jamia – College of Islamic Jurisprudence.Here were also many eminent scholars and teachers with mastery over their respective subjects. Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy on him ) received guidiance from them and acquired proficiency in many different topics and proved himself a worthy student of renowned teachers.

Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him ) had a great interest in Hadis and he attented the classes of Hazrat Abu Muhammed Jafar al Siraj, Hazrat Abdul Gani Muhammed bin Ali Manoon al Farasi ,Hazrat Abu Usman Ismail bin Muhammed Ali Ashabani , Hazrat Abdul Barkat Talha al Aquib (Allah’s mercy be on them) and many more. He was efficient in Tafseer, qirat (rectation of Qur’aan) and skilled in philosophy, logic (montiq) and lughat (vocabulary). He perfected himself in shariyat (islamic law) and tariqat (spiritual and moral path) and philosophy, from Hazrat Abu Zakria al Tabrezi (Allah’s mercy be on him). He mastered Jurisprudence in Hambali and Shafaee Fiqh from :

  1. Hazrat Abu Saeed Mubarak al Mukharruni.
  2. Hazrat Abul wafa Ibne Aquil.
  3. Hazrat Shaikh Abul Khattab Mehfooz al Kalawani.
  4. Abul Hasan Muhammad bin Qazi Abul Ula.
  5. Hazrat Muhammed bin Husain (Allah's mercy be on them).His other teachers were Hazrat Abu Bakr Bin Muzaffar , Hazrat Abu Ghalib Baklani, Hazrat Abu Saeed bin Habish and Hazrat Abu Talim bin Yusuf (Allah's mercy be on them).

Every student at the institution had to make an effort to study as well as provide oneself with the necessities of life.Education, knowledge, struggle, hardship became the aim of Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’smercy be on him).He was blessed by Allah with great forbearance and thirst for knowledge. Due to his natural talents and devotion he became a master of all the subjects and his efficiency and respectful nature made him very popular. He was very truthful and charitable and also had to endure great hardship. Together with his studies he used to practice Mujaheda (to conquer the self). He fasted very often and perferred to go without food rather than ask for it. He practised all that he  had learnt in the books.

His teachers Hazrat Abu Saeed Mubarak Mukharruni was very fond of him and blessed him. He said that Hazrat Abul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him) would bring in a new era in the Islamic religion and all will benefit from him. At the graduation ceremony the master congratulated Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him) and praised him as being a genius. His mastery over the subjects was profound and on several occasions they had benefited from Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani ‘s (Allah's mercy be on him) interpretation of Hadis. After completing his education he started teaching in his master’s school. Even as a teacher he became very famous and many students from all over the world came to attend his classes. Eight long years of spiritual training and Islamic education, and contact with elevated personalities filled his heart with the love of Allah and by the age of 26 years, he had received inspiration by the Grace of Allah.

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