Pearls of the Heart – Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani A collection of 18 of the Shaikh’s Sermons compiled by Sayyid Muhammad Saif ad-Din al-Jilani
PEARLS OF THE HEART
Although the author of the Turkish introduction expresses doubts about the matter, it is very much consistent with the historical facts that Shaikh “Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani descended from both of the grandsons of the Holy Prophet, upon whom be peace;
on his father’s side from Sayyid al-Hasan as-Sibt, the son of our patron, the Commander of the Believers, Abu’l -Husain “Ali ibn Abi Talib and on his mother’s side from Imam al-Humam Husain, the martyr of Karbala, may Allah be pleased with them all.
Numerous genealogies collected from different sources attest to this fact. Next, in the list of literary works of the Shaikh, the author of the Turkish introduction attributes a work named Bhajat al-Asrar to Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir, whereas this work is, in fact, a well-known biography of the Shaikh, authored by Shaikh Abu’l Hasan ‘Ali Shat- tanawfi of Egypt (d. A.H. 713/1314 C.E.).
There is something so uplifting in the sermons of Shaikh “Abd al-Qadir that the reader cannot help but find himself or herself inspired, strengthened and renewed in pursuit of the spiritual path.