Salat Al Gawthiya exposed.

Salat Al Gawthiya exposed.

Some sufis often use following narration to ask help from Shaykh Jeylani rahimahullah.

Abul Hasan Ali bin Yusuf Al Shatnoofi narrated from Abul Ma’ali  who narrated from Abul Hasan Ali Jabbar who narrated this story and said I heard from Abul Qasim Bazzar who heard from Shaikh Muhi-ud-Din Abdul Qadir Jilani saying:

من استغاث بي في كر بة كشفت عنه و من نادى باسمي في شدة فرجت عنه و من توسل بي الى الله عز و جل في حاجته قضيت له و من صلى ركعتين يقرء في كل ركعة بعد الفاتحة سورة الاخلاص احدى عشرة مرة ثم يصلى على رسول الله صلى الله تعالى عليه و سلم بعد السلام و يسلم عليه ثم يخطوا الى جهة العراق احدى عشرة خطوة يذكر فيها اسمي و يذكر حاجتي فانها تقضي

“If a person in distress or hardships calls out to me, his hardship will be eradicated. If a person uses my name as a Wasila (medium) when he pleads to Allāh Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, his need will be fulfilled. One should perform two Rakats of Salah and in every Rak’at one should recite the Surah Fatiha eleven times, and thereafter, Surah Ikhlas eleven times. After completing the Salah, one must recite the Durood and Salam (Salawat or Durood Sharif) upon Sayyiduna Rasoolullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wasallam THEN WALKS A DISTANCE OF ELEVEN STEPS TOWARDS BAGHDAD AND CALLS OUT MY NAME AND PRESENTS HIS NEED, ALLAH WILLING, THAT NEED WILL BE FULFILLED’.

[Bahjat al Asrar page :102، فضل ذكر أصحابه وبشراھم، طبع مصر ]

Above narration is also mentioned in Talkhees of Bahjat al Asrar by the name of Zubdatul Athaar Talkhees Bahjat al Asrar by Abdul Haq Dehalwi.

This is a clear fabrication due to three reasons.

  1. Who is teacher of Shatnoofi, Abul Ma’ali.

We don’t know anything about him.

  1. Abul Qasim Al Bazzar.

We don’t have clear trustworthiness of Abul Qasim Al Bazzar.

  1. Shatnoofi the author of the book himself was a liar even though he was a beautiful Qari.

a) The great scholar of ilm Al Rijal, the great Hafidh ad-Dhahabi said regarding him and his book.

جمع الشيخ نور الدين الشطنوفي المقري كتابا حافلا في سيرته وأخباره في ثلاث مجلدات، أتى فيه بالبرة وأذن الجرة، وبالصحيح والواهي والمكذوب، فإنه كتب فيه حكايات عن قوم لا صدق لهم.

Shaykh Noor al Din Shatnoofi Al Muqri wrote a three volume book on the life (of Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jeylani Rahimaullah) in which he gathered everything good, bad, authentic, too weak and fabrications. He took narrations from those who were not truthful at all. [Tareekh al Islam 12/252]

b) Ibn Hajar al Asqalani said:

PEOPLE used to respect and venerate him, and attributed him among the good people, and a group benefited from his qira’at. He gathered a biography of Shaykh jeylani by the name of Bahjat (Al Asrar) Shaykh al-Kamaal Ja’afar said

وذكر فيها غرائب وعجائب وطعن الناس في كثير من حكاياته ومن أسانيده فيها وكان عالما تقيا مشكور السيرة

“He (Shatnoofi) has mentioned very strange and odd things in this book (Bajhat ul Asrar) and the people have criticized most of the incidences he has mentioned and their chains. (Ibn Hajar said) He was a Taqi scholar who had mashkoor seerah.

[ad-Durr al-Kaaminah 3/142]

c) Ibn Rajab al Hanbali (rahimahullah) said regarding him.

ولكن قد جمع المقرئ أبو الحسن الشطنوفي المصري، في أخبار الشيخ عبد القادر ومناقبه ثلاث مجلدات، وكَتَبَ فيها الطم والرم، وكفى بالمرء كذباً أن يحدث بكل ما سمع. وقد رأيتُ بعض هذا الكتاب، ولا يطيب على قلبي أن أعتمد على شيء مما فيه، فأنقل منه إلا ما كان مشهوراً معروفاً من غير هذا الكتاب، وذلك لكثرة ما فيه من الرواية عن المجهولين، وفيه،من الشطح، والطامات، والدعاوى، والكلام الباطل، ما لا يحصى، ولا يليق نسبة مثل ذلك إلى الشيخ عبدالقادر رحمه الله، ثم وجدت الكمال جعفر الأدفوني، قد ذكر أن الشطنوفي نفسه كان متهماً فيما يحكيه في هذا الكتاب بعينه.

“Shatnoofi has written a three volume book on Shaykh Abdul Qaadir (rahimahullah) and in it he has compiled a mountain of lies. Whereas it is sufficient for a person be declared a liar for him to narrate everything he hears. I have seen some of the quotes in the book but my soul was not content in believing them because firstly the narrations have been taken from unknown people.

Secondly not only are their mountains of lies and allegations on Shaykh Abdul-Qaadir but it is also contrary to the status of the Shaykh if attributed to him. The statement of Shaykh al-Kamaal has also passed by me where he says the things Shatnoofi has mentioned in his book Bahjatul-Israar have caused him to be accused (of lying).”

[Dha’il Tabaqaat 2/194-195].

Conclusion.

The chain is dark as it has unknown people and the author himself is disputed. Ibn Hajar praised his self as he was a good qari due to that people used to venerate him. But as for the book even Ibn Hajar mentioned the criticism which is the main point of discussion. Whereas, Ibn Rajab considered him a liar and ad Dhahabi also rejected his book as it has everything.

The religion is not taken from Bahjatul asrar rather it is taken from Quran and Sunnah. Tomorrow if we make salat Al wahabiya or salat Al Raza Khaniya. Would you start praying if the sufis accept those as well?

Note: The translations are already done by Islam reigns WordPress apart from the quote by ad-Dhahabi and the quote by Ibn Hajar without arabic.