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Ghous ul Aazam > Departure for Baghdad

 

DEPARTURE FOR BAGHDAD

 

His mother gave him 40 dinaars, his share of patrimony. For safety purpose she had sewn the coins on the inside of his gown. Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him) joined a caravan destined for Baghdad. Hardly had they reached Hamdan when suddenly they were attacked by a band of dacoits. Every man was looted and deprived of their cash and belongings. One of the dacoits casually asked Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) if he had any money. Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him), remembering his promise to his mother, answered in the affirmative. He looked so simple and poor that nodody believed him and could not imagine that he could be so truthful in this situation. They took him to their leader who questioned him and who also received the same reply. The leader demanded to see and Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him) fearlessly indicated that the money was sewn under the gown. The dacoits and their leader were amazed at his courage and the leader inquired about the same. Young Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah’s mercy be on him) said that he had promised his mother that he would always speak the truth no matter what the circumstances were. He also said that how could he lie on the very first stage of his journey for acquiring real knowledge of religion? This impressed the leader so much that he repented for his misdeeds, asked Allah’s forgiveness and fell down at Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani's (Allah’s mercy be on him) feet and became his disciple. He then returned the money and goods to all the travellers and gave up his evil profession forever. This incident ranked him ‘as-Siddique’ by the Grace of Allah.

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