25. Dhul Qadah 1438  Jumu'ah
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  AL-HABIB ABDUL QADIR IBN AHMAD AL-SAGGAF

NOBLE DESENDANT OF RASULLULAH  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم

He is Al-Habib Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad bin Abdul Abdurrahman bin Ali bin Umar bin Segaf bin Muhammad whose lineage connects directly to the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. He was born in the town of Sewun, Hadramaut, in the month of Jumadil Akhir 1331 H ( May 1913).

He was raised by his virtuous parents even from childhood on spiritual guidance and piety. His father, Al-Habib Ahmad bin Abdurrahman Assaggaf, was an Imam of exemplary noble character imbued with comprehensive knowledge and righteous deeds. Al-Habib Ali bin Muhammad Alhabsyi once said that Al-Habib Ahmad bin Abdul-Rahman is the Imam of Hadramaut ( Wadil Ahqof ). 

His mother is Al-Syarifah Alawiyah binti Al-Habib Ahmad bin Muhammad Aljufri. She was a virtuous woman and extremely caring. When she was pregnant, she gave birth to a baby boy who was named Abdul Qadir, a sign indicated by Al-Habib Ali bin Muhammad Alhabsyi, but not long after the baby died.  When Al-Syarifah Alawiyah gave birth for the second time, Al-Habib Ali again indicated that the baby be named Abdul Qadir. He said that this baby would be a noble person whose life would be dedicated purely towards serving Allah and imbued with knowledge, practices and ehsan.(deep esoteric feeling on the unseen) 

Al-Habib Ahmad (father of Al-Habib Abdul Qadir) died on Saturday afternoon, 4 Muharram 1357 AH, after performing the Ashar prayer, at the age of 79. Al-Habib Abdul Qadir was then 25 year old. Syarifah Alawiyah died on 29 Rajab 1378 H ,the same date as the demise of Al-Habib Salim bin Hafidh Bin Sheikh Abubakar bin Salim.

CHILDHOOD PERIOD 

Since childhood, he grew up in an environment of scholarly knowledge, high religious and moral upbringing, having being tutored by his father who had the beacon light to show by example. This had been the traditional way of upbringing for most of the Hadramaut Alawiyin families at that time Parents became role model and with dedicated parenting within the ambit of prevailing scholarly environment did produce generation of scholars of high integrity. They were not influenced by the prevailing ethos of other communities, and thus preserved the purity of religion through transmission from generation to generation. 

When at an age ready to study outside the latitude of his parent’s guidance, Al-Habib Abdul Qadir continued his learning at `Ulmah Thoha, a learning cluster held in the mosque built by his grandfather Al-Habib Umar bin Thoha Assagaf at Sewun. Ulmah Thoha itself was a modest institution, founded on piety with cherish to attain Allah’s blessings. It had produced many distinct scholars during this period. It was here that together with other children, he diligently pursued in learning the rudiments of reading and writing including basic calligraphy and also other subjects which strengthened his knowledge base and acquiring skill in eloquent oral communication. Among Al Habib’s teacher was Al-Sheikh Abdullah bin Thoha Bahmed.

altFrom 'Ulmah Thoha, Al Habib continued his learning, back under the close supervision of his father and absorbing his knowledge to the extent that there was already indication of pre-eminence. Under the direction from his father, he went to further his study at the institution Al-`Nahdhoh Ilmiyah at Sewun, headed by  Al-Sheikh Ahmad Ali Al-Adib Baktsir Here, Habib Abdul Qadir began to study in depth a wide range of subjects including jurisprudence, etymology, Arabic language, grammar and literature and memorising of Al-Quran. It was at this institution which endowed comprehensive assimilation in enhancing inner-self purification (tazkiah), all embracing education including upbringing (tarbiyah) and in the ascending of personal attributes (tarqiyah). In addition Al-Habib Abdul Qadir also learned the seven varied reading of the Al-Quran (Qiroatus Sab'ah), tutored by As-Syaikh Hasan Abdullah Baraja’ who had just returned from Mecca after intensified study on the modus of reading the Al Quran (Qiroatul Qur'an).

However, the role of Al Habib’s father, Al-Habib Ahmad, as a mentor in educating and nurturing par excellence attributes is far more reaching than the studies he made at learning institutions. He did mention that within a day and night after sitting with one or two sessions with him, he would have finished learning a whole book. It was a blessing and within a short period, he had acquired an all-embracing knowledge and endowed with noble personality.

TEACHING AT AL-NAHDHOH

Al-`Nahdhoh Institution usually select outstanding student to assist in teaching. It was an intensive exercise and Al-Habib Abdul Qodir was carefully chosen and given the permission to teach. Of course, this selecting exercise was not an easy one, extremely strict but with Al-Habib’s dedication in education together with in-house par excellence teaching by his father, he stood out among his peers.

Al-Habib Abdul Qadir was also been asked by his father to conduct just general teaching at the Thoha bin Umar Ash-Shofi mosque. However, during the discourse, Al-Habib Abdul Qadir began to expound knowledge which was not previously known. The public began then to realise that Al Habib was the successor to his father as well as the custodian of the esoteric knowledge from his noble predecessor. Through his teaching study circle, he began to attract excellent students who were grateful for having found an outstanding mentor.

DEMISE OF HIS FATHER

Al-Habib Ahmad bin Abdul-Rahman died in 1357 H, when Al- Habib Abdul Qadir was only 25 year old.  All the Alawiyyin and Masheikh recognised and acknowledged that he is the rightful successor to his father, after having seen his identical virtue and rectitude.  Hence, he continued all the work his father was doing and spent the greater part of his time in learning and teaching and fulfilling all other obligations. He had always a smiley countenance for all the persons he met and happy to extend warm hospitality for his guests and ever ready to help the destitute within his means. This poise was described in the book “At-Takhlis Asy-Syafi”.His house is an open house, where all guests were received warmly irrespective of their social status. He also maintained close affinity with all his kinship.

His high moral disposition became the focal influence drawing many to seek and acquire knowledge. Wherever he taught, it was always to a packed audience and his discourse was extraordinarily alluring and touching the heart.

Despite his tight schedule, Al Habib managed to sit with the elders, the scholars and the educationists to discuss especially on matter pertaining to knowledge and other issues and at the same time maintain a close, warm and affectionate rapport with them.

At home, he had a complete library with all the books that were read in front of his father. During his father's time, when Al-Habib Ahmad came to know or see a book which is not in the library, he would ask Al-Habib Abdul Qadir, to read and copy the manuscript and then preserve in the library. Like his father during his younger days, Al-Habib Abdul Qadir also loved to read literary books and became proficient in the art of poetry. 

EMIGRATION FROM HADRAMAUT

At this juncture, the Government of South Yemen began to adopt oppressive political dogma of eliminating the noble traditionalist learning of divine revelation and began to be repressive on the scholars. Notable person of influence was directed to report to the police twice daily, in the morning and the evening. There were a number of scholars being assassinated. , and as a result many of them had to migrate from Hadramaut. This exodus included Al-Habib Abdul Qadir, whose primordial role was to safe the sanctity of religion.

With the assistance of a person close to the regime, he received permission to migrate to Aden in 1393 H (1973). At Aden, his arrival was eagerly and ardently received by the community but he stayed for a month only. He was fully occupied with delivering religious discourse and attended the varied community functions.

With Allah’s blessing, he then set forth travelling to Singapore where he was warmly greeted by many people especially the Alawiyin, among them Al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim Al-Attas and Al Syed Ali Ridho Assaggaf.  Various functions were held to rejoice his arrival and every house where the gathering took place was unduly overflowing with guests. They came to take blessings and knowledge from him. 

From Singapore, Al Habib continued his journey to Indonesia before returning to his place of residence in Hijaz. His effort to spread religion and knowledge took him to far places with sojourns in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Nairobi, Kenya, Comoros and Tanzania. At Hijaz, he sustained the incessant learning circles majlis ta’lim at Mekah, Medina and Jeddah.

Al-Habib Abdul Qadir acquired knowledge from many teachers. Every time he visited a place, he would take the opportunity to seek knowledge from the resident scholars and also from righteous persons.

HIS TEACHERS

Al-Habib Ahmad bin Abdurrahman Assaggaf (his father),

Al-Habib Umar bin Hamid bin Umar Assaggaf,

Al-Habib Umar bin Ahmad bin Abdul Qodir Assaggaf,

Al-Habib bin Sheikh Abdul Bari Al-Aidrus,

Al-Habib Muhammad bin Hadi Assaggaf,

Al-Habib Sholeh bin Muhsin Alhamid (Tanggul)

Al-Habib Ja'far bin Ahmad Al-Aidrus,

HIS STUDENTS

Al-Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah Alhaddar,

Al-Habib Zein bin Ibrahim bin Sumaith,

Al-Habib Salim bin Abdullah bin Umar asy-Syathiry,

Al-Habib Abubakar Al-'Adany bin Ali Al-famous,

Al-Sayyid Muhammad bin Alwi al-Maliki

Al-Habib Abubakar bin Hasan Al-Atthas 

 

HIS MAGNANIMOUS CHARACTER

 

Apart from being a distinguished learned person, Al-Habib Abdul Qadir was also recognised as having exemplary personality traits endowed with piety, humbleness towards Allah and with par excellence moral disposition immediately creates loving compassion with individuals. His far reaching width and depth in knowledge coupled with innate piety and wisdom in its delivery inadvertently made him revered and loved. In brief, he inherited the noble character of his forefather Sayidina Rasullulah  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم

 

Al-Habib Abdul Qadir passed away at dawn, on Sunday 19 Rabi Thani 1431 (4 April 2010 M) at the age of 100. His life had been in complete service to Allah in all its total manifestation. He was buried at Ma'la, at Mekah Al Mukarammah.

 

اللهم انشرنفحات الرضوان عليه وإمدنا بالأسرار التي أودعتهالديه

. اللهم صل وسلم على جده النبي الأمين سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين

 الفاتحة إلى حضرة النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم وإلى روح سيدنا الحبيب عبد القادر بن أحمد السقاف وأصوله وفروعه وتلامذته والمنتسبين إليه أجمعين، أن الله يعلي درجاتهم في الجنة ويكثر من مثوباتهم ويضاعف حسناتهم ويحفظنا بجاههم وينفعنابهم ويعيد علينا من بركاتهم وأسرارهم وأنوارهم وعلومهم ونفحاتهم في الدين والدنيا والآخرة - الفاتحة

 

Abridged translation from posting by Ust.Muhammad bin Ahmad

 (http://bisyarah.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/manaqib-al-habib-abdul-qodir-bin-ahmad-assaggaf-4/)

& from http://al-fanshuri-kenaliulama.blogspot.com/

 

THE END OF A LEGACY: AL-HABIB 'ABD AL-QADIR AL-SAQQAF

A GREAT SCHOLAR, SAINT AND ACTIVIST

by Irfan Al-Alawi

http://www.islamicpluralism.org/1532/the-end-of-a-legacy-al-habib-abd-al-qadir-al

As Imam al-Haddad said: "Let us truly take the knowledge of their path from hand to hand until the station of Prophethood."

The whole of the Muslim world has joined in grieving over the death of a Qutb of this nation, an Imam of this Qibla: Al-Habib 'Abd al-Qadir bin Ahmad bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf, who was a month short of 100 years old. The appointed hour met him before Fajr on Sunday, 19th Rabi' Thani 1431/4th April 2010. From his home in Jeddah, thousands escorted his body to his residence in Mecca, where prayers were said for him, and he was then taken to the holy sanctuary, the Al Haraam Mosque, where his bier was laid in front of the majestic Ka'ba for janazah, the funeral prayers after the Maghrib prayer, may Allah sheath him with His ample mercy.

Eventually, he was lifted by the throng on a wooden bier covered in a green banner. The crowd surged towards the Masa carrying Al-Habib 'Abd al-Qadir aloft and reciting thetahlil with increasing force. Ten thousand people had arrived to say their final farewell to Al-Habib, and as one looked ahead, one could see the green banner of Al-Habib 'Abd al-Qadir. It seemed as if in all his splendour, he was leading these thousands of people. He was taken to Hejoun Al Malaa cemetery, his final resting place, near his grandmother Sayyidah Khadijah, and laid to rest in one of the oldest areas of the cemetery.

Born in the city of Seyun (Yemen) in Jumadul Akhir of the year 1331 Hijriyyah, he was brought up in the bosom of 'ilm and taqwa and righteousness. His was an absolutely religious upbringing which left a deep mark on his youth and adulthood. His mother was the noble Sayyidah Alawiya, from the family of al-Haddad. His father was the virtuous Sayyid Habib Ahmad bin Abdur Rahman Al Saqqaf, the Imam of his time, the noble Sayyid, the generous scholar, the worshipper who had reached the ranks of suluk and ascension to the highest levels of spirituality. Like their forefathers, the As Saadtil al Alawiyyin family has followed a Sufi spiritual path leading to Allah Almighty as shown by the blessed descendants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him) in the Ba'Alawi family from Hadhramaut in Yemen and Hijaz in Saudi Arabia . The noble teachings of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him) contained in the Holy Qur'an and Hadith have been handed down from generation to generation, in a link from one spiritual master to another, until they have reached us.

The Qutb and Gauth (spiritual pillar) of this Sufi order is al-Faqih al-Muqaddam Muhammad ibn 'Ali Ba'Alawi, a direct descendant of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him). Its great luminaries include Qutb Al-Irshad Sayyidina al-Imam 'Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad and our own Sheikhs Al-Qutb Al-Habib Ahmad Mash-hur bin Taha al-Haddad, Al-Habib 'Abd al-Qadir Al-Saqqaf, and Al-Sayyid Muhammed bin Alawi Al-Maliki (Allah be pleased with them). The last was a student of Habib Ahmad Mash-hur and Habib 'Abd al-Qadir Saqqaf. The 'ulama (learned) and the awliyya (saints) in this family have spread Islam in many parts of the world, including the Arab countries, North and East Africa, India and as far as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Burma.

"There will always be a group from my Community that fight for truth and remain victorious until Judgment Day." – Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him)

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah observed: "There have come the people of Yemen; they are tender of hearts, the belief is that of the Yemenites, the understanding (of the faith) is that of the Yemenites and sagacity is that of the Yemenites."

It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas'ud that the Apostle of Allah(May peace and blessings be upon him) "pointed towards Yemen with his hand and said: Verily Iman [faith] is towards this side."

Sayyidina Abd Allah ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (May peace and blessings be upon him) said: "O Allah! Bless our Sham and our Yemen ."

News of the death of Al-Habib 'Abd al-Qadir reverberated in the Islamic world in general, but in the Far East in particular, trailing grief and sadness in its wake. In Indonesia he was its rising moon, indeed the pillar and support of its people. After the passing away of Al-Habib 'Abd al-Qadir's close friend, my Sheikh Murshid Sayyid Al-Habib Ahmad Mash-hur bin Taha al-Haddad, the Alawi teachers and students all took their guidance from Habib 'Abd al-Qadir, as he was the Umeed Al Alawiyyin, their hope and Master.

Once, many years ago, I accompanied my Sheikh Habib Ahmad Mash-hur bin Taha al-Haddad to the residence of Al Saqqaf, for a religious gathering. I still remember the moment I took ijaza from Habib 'Abd al-Qadir, as he was one of the greatest awliyya of the age and yet he was so humble and modest, as befits the Prophetic character. I have witnessed Karamat [miracles] of these awliyya which helped me and my family through this difficult world, but which I keep to myself as they are very precious. During my last visit, I sat beside him, and kissed his hand. His eyes were closed; he had aged, he was very weak and he could no longer speak. I remember the magnificent, gentle, patient, vigorous and wise man I had known and I wept, because I did not know if this was my last visit with him.

One story about Habib 'Abd al-Qadir involves his Adaab or etiquette; he never said no to people, and should anyone invite him, he would accept the invitation. Once he went to a wedding, and the host walked back to the car with him and he sat in his car and closed the door, as his host kept speaking to him for a while. Then they drove off, and Habib spoke to one of the young Sheikhs in the car, saying, "My finger is caught in the door, can you get out and open the door?" This young Sheikh said, "Habib, why did you not tell me before?" Habib said, "I could not say anything to the host, because he would not have forgiven himself, realising he had closed the door on my finger," and yet Habib kept talking to the host and bearing the pain.

On another occasion he was conducting his regular Dars [religious gathering] with the study circle in his house. There were people in his locality who would say ignorant things about him, while he had a regular class that people would attend. Once at the beginning of the class, as he was about to deliver his discourse, a person stood up and started shouting at him, calling him names and otherwise insulting him. Then Habib 'Abd al-Qadir started to make du'a, as if that was the lesson for the day, and he finished the class. He said the Fateh'a and the duas and there was no further response; no anger, no defense of himself. He just left it at that, and said "jazak'Allah khayr that you came and gave us a lesson today, thank you." The person who insulted him was so affected by that, the next time Habib had a class he came back and apologised and kissed Habib's hand, and became one of his students. This is the way these great men of Allah work.

In his call to Allah, he became the target of much abuse and harm, but in every situation he only responded by doing that what Allah loved. He harmed and abused nobody in response. He re-lived the way of Imam al-Bukhari, who said: "I hope to leave this life without Allah taking me to account for back-biting a single Muslim." Those who had harmed him in the past would visit him in Jeddah and be treated in the same way as old friends and brothers. He would honour them and fulfil their needs.

He said, "If someone comes to me in need I cannot relax until I have done everything I can to fulfil his need. "

People known for their hatred of Habib 'Abd al-Qadir and his methodology could not help loving him and becoming his staunch supporters. On numerous occasions, people openly abused him, but never once did he respond or defend himself. He would fulfil the right of every single person; the only right he would ignore was his own. As Allah says: "Repel (evil) with that which is better. Then he who was an enemy to you will be like an intimate friend."

Another time, a very rich businessman gave Habib 'Abd al-Qadir a million Saudi riyals, and as soon as he gave it to him, Habib went to his driver and told him to go to a particular apartment where lived a group of widows, to give them this money. He knew exactly the areas and houses where people were poor and needed money. Within a few hours he had distributed it all. He shook the bag to make sure that it was empty and then said: "O Allah, bear witness." He did not go home until he had given away every single riyal.

These are the true inheritors of the Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him). Their Ahlaq was incredible; the amount of zikr they would make is incredible. Habib 'Abd al-Qadir was a hafiz of the Qur'an as were his father and his grandfather, every one of his forebears back to the Prophet Muhammad(May peace and blessings be upon him). They all memorised the Qur'an at a young age, and they were all scholars and deeply spiritual masters. They were awliyya. Habib 'Abd al-Qadir had studied 500 books with his father and once someone came into his presence and found so many students around him that the person said, "Habib, I just want one hair, just want one atom of your nur, of the light you have." He said to him, "you cannot bear it; if you get it you will taraq [burn up]." This is the nur of ilm – he had memorised all the books of Hadith of the Prophet; he spent all his life calling people to Allah. When people like this leave this world who can replace them? His was the last generation of masters who never grew up with the internet, television, or movies; they had a level of purity unlike what we have today.

In his later years in Jeddah, in spite of his immense amount of work, he would never allow the week to pass without completing a khatm of the Qur'an. This was because the love of the Qur'an had been so deeply infused in him from his childhood.

The Ummah is protected by this inheritance, not by the knowledge of modern science. We have no pride in aeroplanes or in technology. Our pride is in men such as this, whose speech, actions, appearance and character point people to Allah. Through taqwa they have the most magnificent of adornment and upon meeting them tranquillity descends.

We long for them after they have gone, and our longing for them is in reality longing for Allah, the One who apportions noble character amongst His slaves, just as He apportions material provision. This was how the Companions were, and likewise the Prophets who longed for those who came before them. Allah calls upon His Prophet to remember the previous Prophets, to recall in the Book Ibrahim, to recall in the Book Maryam. Their remembrance is worship. It is a means of approaching Allah and purifying and making firm our hearts: With all that we relate to you of the stories of the Messengers, we make firm your heart.

These ties of love and longing reveal the reality of our connection to Allah, built upon our connection to His Prophets, Angels and His chosen ones: Your true protecting friends are only Allah and His Messenger and those that believe, those who establish the prayer and give the Zakat while in a state of submission. The one who takes Allah and His Messenger and those who believe as his protecting friends belongs to the Party of Allah that will certainly triumph. The Ummah is in need to return to this path of connection because by leaving it, the Ummah has been cut off from Allah.

Imam Abdallah bin 'Alawi al-Haddad has said: "Fame is not the pattern of Sadat Abi-'Alawi. If any of them likes it, then he is small, i.e. in rank; he will, however, change and dislike it, for this is how Allah educates and refines them. Those among them who are perfect neither seek nor want it.

"The more they were raised in (spiritual) ranks and stations, the more they felt that they were the most insignificant of Allah's creation. They took on the best and purest of moral qualities, established themselves in sciences of the outward, and became such that whenever one of them is seen Allah is immediately remembered."

The majority of them prefer isolation and dislike prominence and fame. This was indicated by our master Sheikh Abu Bakr Al-'Aydarus, one of the most illustrious and famous, when he said: "Would that we never had known anyone and that none had ever known us, would that we never were, would that we were never born." Some of them preferred humility and an ascetic life, they were those whom "the ignorant thinks wealthy because of their integrity," content with what little they got from dunya (the world), hidden and unknown, their state veiled to the extent of being almost totally imperceptible.

Naf'anAllahu bihim: may Allah, The Glorified and the Exalted, make us benefit from all the spiritual masters of the Sadat Abi-'Alawi [Family of the Bani Alawi] and may He raise their high ranks amongst His chosen ones. Ameen.

 

AL-HABIB `ABD AL-QADIR AL-SAQQAF 

 THE PASSING OF A GREAT SCHOLAR, CALLER, AND SAINT

Posted with permission of ustadh amin buxton

http://seekersguidance.org/blog/2010/04/al-habib-abd-al-qadir-al-saqqaf-the-passing-of-a-great-scholar-caller-and-saint/

 Al-Habib `Abd al-Qadir bin Ahmad bin `Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf was born in Seiyun, Hadramawt in 1331. The great Imam, al-Habib `Ali bin Muhammad al-Habshi, in the final years of his life, named him and gave good tidings of the future that was awaiting this child. He was given the best of upbringings by his father, the great scholar and caller to Allah, al-Habib Ahmad. He memorized the Qur’an in his early years and began the pursuit of knowledge at the hands of his father and the Mufti of Hadramawt, al-Habib `Abd al-Rahman bin `Ubaydullah al-Saqqaf, as well as al-Habib Muhammad bin Hadi al-Saqqaf. Amongst his teachers were the Imams of his time, al-Habib `Alawi bin `Abdullah Bin Shihab, al-Habib Ja`far bin Ahmad al-`Aydarus and al-Habib `Abdullah bin `Umar al-Shatiri.

He began teaching publicly in Seiyun at a young age and students of knowledge flocked to benefit from him. However, when the Socialist regime in South Yemen began persecuting scholars he left Yemen in 1393, going first to Singapore and then Indonesia. He then headed to the Hijaz, where he was to settle in Jeddah. He established gatherings of knowledge and remembrance in his house in Jeddah attended by numerous scholars and visitors.

He made trips to various countries calling to Allah and visiting the scholars and Muslims in those places. Amongst the places he visited were Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Comoros Islands (where he visited al-Habib `Umar bin Ahmad bin Sumayt in the company of al-Habib Ahmad Mashur al-Haddad) and East Africa. He visited North Yemen and returned to visit Hadramawt after the unification of North and South Yemen but did not resettle there.

He was loved by all those that came into contact with him. He had immense concern for every member of this Umma, regardless of their race or rank and he would stop at nothing to attend to people’s needs and deal with their requests. Countless people benefitted from his knowledge and from his gatherings, which were gatherings of connection to Allah, His Messenger and the Imams of this deen.

When al-Sayyid Salim bin Abdullah al-Hamid requested counsel from Habib `Abd al-Qadir he wrote the following:

After praising Allah and sending blessings upon the Messenger of Allah he advised him to hold fast to taqwa of Allah. He said that the people of taqwa are of varying levels and taqwa itself has no end, since it is in reality a divine outpouring which people receive according to the readiness of their hearts. Those who have attained these stations are with the people with their physical bodies but with Allah with their hearts and souls.

So be avid, my brother, to reach these realms in which you witness the greatness of Allah’s signs. This is to be achieved through inward and outward purity and protecting one’s limbs from committing acts of disobedience. If the slave uses his limbs in the service of his Lord, Allah will protect him from Shaytan: truly you (Iblis) have no power over My slaves.

Fulfil the rights of your parents, your relatives, your spouse, your children, your neighbours and all the people of la ilaha ill’Allah. Observe the prayer, for in the prayer you give greetings to all the pious slaves of Allah. Thus whoever neglects the prayer neglects the rights of all the people of la ilaha ill’Allah. Perform the sunnas and the adhkar pertaining to the prayer, because every pious action entails a specific reward and a specific divine gift and connection. Whoever pleases his lord through serving Him, seeks to draw close to Him by obeying His commands and realises that he is a slave whose role it is to stand at the door, Allah will enshroud him with the cloak of His love and bring him close until “I become the hearing with which he hears, the vision with which he sees…

”Seek constantly the descent of Allah’s mercy through calling upon Him in a state of brokenness and lowliness, as nothing is more conducive to bringing forth His mercy than the slave’s recognition of His own weakness, and Allah is more merciful to His slaves than a mother is to her child.

You are required to fulfil the rights of Allah and the rights of His slaves and this is only possible firstly by seeking the assistance of Allah and secondly by organising your time so that you give every individual his or her right. Fulfil the rights of the people of la ilaha ill’Allah by attending funerals, visiting the sick and assisting the helpless. Treat them in the best possible way, as you would love to be treated, because mercy entails mercy and “those who show mercy are shown mercy by the All-Merciful.”

Al-Habib `Abd al-Qadir continued his da’wa in the Hijaz, travelling between Jeddah and the Sacred Sanctuaries, spreading the knowledge and mercy that he had inherited from his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. Towards the end of his die illness confined him to his house but did not prevent him from receiving numerous visitors.

He finally responded to the call of His Lord before Fajr on 19th Rabi’ Thani 1431/4th April 2010. The funeral prayer was the same night in the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. May Allah shower him in mercy and raise him to the highest of ranks in Paradise. May we continue to benefit by this great Imam.