Here are some beautiful verses  I came across recently in praise of our master Sayyidna Abdal Qadir Jaylani, may Allah be well pleased with him.

From Qasida Raiyya of Imam Abdullah bin Alawi al-Haddad (ra)

Wa bi sibtihim wa hafidihim wa salilihim
Ash-Shaykh Muhyiddin-i Abdul Qadiri

Al-Jiliyyil mash-huri fardu zamanihi
Shaykh ush shuyukhi bi-batinin wa bi-zahiri

Ghawth ul bilaadi wa Ghaythuha wa Mughithuha
‘An idhn Sayyidi-hil Maliki
l Qahiri

Tawdush-shari’a wa
t tariqa wal hudaa
Bahrul Haqiqal Khadmiz zakhiri

For the sake of his (The Prophet’s) grandson, his descendant,
The Reviver of the faith, Shaykh Abdul Qadir

The famous Jilani, unmatched in his time
The master of the spiritual masters, hidden as well as manifest

The helper of the country and its refreshing rain and succour
With the permission of his Lord, Allah, who is The King, The Supreme

A towering peak of sacred law, the spiritual path and guidance
A vast overflowing ocean of spiritual realities

(Ad-Durr u’l Manzum li-Dhawi’l Uqul wa’l Fuhum)

Shaykh Afifuddin al-Yafi’i al-Yamani also has some nice verses:

abduka fawqal ma’ali rutbatan
wa lahul mahasinu wal fakhar al-afkharu

wa lahul haqaiqu wat taraiqu fil mada
wa lahul ma’arifu kal kawakibi tazharu

wa lahul fadailu wal makarimu wan nida
wa lahul manaqibu fil mahafili tunsharu

wa lahut taqaddumu wal ma’ali fil ‘alaa
wa lahul maratibu fin nihayati takthuru

ghawthul waraa gaithun nada nurul huda
badr ud duja shams ud duha bal anwaru

qata’al ‘uluma ma’al ‘uquli fa-asbahat
atwaruha min dunihi tatahayyaru

ma fee ‘ulahu maqalatun li-mukhalifin
fa-masailul ijma’i feehi tusattaru

Your servant is above the highest heights in rank
and his are all the virtues and the finest glory

The realities and the paths are his to the fullest extent
and the intimate forms of knowledge shine for him like stars

His are all the merits, the graces and the call
and in his gatherings, his marvels are renowned

Preeminence is his and the high points in nobility
and many are his degrees in ultimate achievement

The helper of mankind, the rain of generosity, the light of guidance
the full moon of the night, the sun of the fore-noon – nay, even brighter

He traversed all the sciences with the faculties of reason
so their mountain peaks are in confusion far below him

No one can bring an argument, disputing his high standing
for consensus of opinion on the matter has duly been recorded

(Transliteration and translation by Shaykh Muhtar Holland, in Qalaid al-Jawahir).

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