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"verily my saints are under my domes,

and only I know them,"

 


Under the feet of a Wali of Allah

 

It is narrated that there was once a Wali of Allah, who used to pass by a group of people who would often sit together and have a discussion about Allah and religion, he would never sit with them or anyone else. One day as he was passing by them, he said to these groups of people sitting;

what you are looking for is under my foot

The people of the group got angry as they did not understand what he was telling them, they thought he was arrogant and has committed blasphemy, they decided that he should be sentence to death because from what they understood he was putting Allah under his feet, they went to see him and told him that he will be killed for what he said about Allah, The Wali of Allah replied;

if it is Allah's will then let it be so

Without any hesitation he let them take him and he was hanged to death. At the time when they were laying him on the ground to bury him they noticed something under his foot, it was written the name of “Allah” in Arabic, by then when they understood that Allah Subhana Wa Tala created his name under his foot, because he was a beloved of Allah Subhana Wa Tala, what the wali was trying to show them and tell them it was to late, the day this great wali was going to show these people a miracle by Allah they took his life away.
"And say not of those who are slain in the Way of God: 'They are dead.' Nay, they are living, Though you perceive it not." (Qur'an 2:154)

Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani

 

 

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jelani was a noted Hanbali preacher, Sufi sheikh and the eponymous founder of the Qadiri Sufi order (selsela). He was born in Ramadan AH 470 (about AD 1077) in the Persian province of Gilan (Iran) south of the Caspian sea. His contribution and renown in the sciences of Sufism and Sharia was so immense that he became known as the spiritual pole of his time, al-Gauth al Azam (the "Supreme Helper" or the "Mightiest Succor"). His writings were similar to those of al-Ghazali in that they dealt with both the fundamentals of Islam and the mystical experience of Sufism

His first Karamat was witnessed, when as an infant child during the month of Ramzan, he would take his mother s milk only at night and not during daytime. This fact has been proved on the evidence of his mother. Once the new moon of the month of fasting was not visible in the evening on account of clouds. In the morning people came to his mother to inquire whether the day was the first of Ramzan. She replied that her child did not take her milk during daytime, which indicated that the day was the first of Ramzan.

He spent his early life in the town of his birth. At the age of eighteen he went to Baghdad (1095), where he pursued the study of Hanbali law under several teachers. The Shaikh received lessons on Fiqh from Abu Ali al-Mukharrimi, Hadith from Abu-Bakar-bin-Muzaffar, and tafsir from the renowned commentator, Abu Muhammad Jafar. When he was on the way going to "BAGHDAD" with a large convoy (Qafila), a group of thieves attacked the convoy and took all of their precious belongings, one of the thieves came to him (Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani) and asked him "Boy, tell me what you have in your luggage". He replied 'I have 40 Dinar' The thief searched all of his luggage and couldn't find the dinars. He then took the boy to his sardar (master) and told him that this boy (Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani) claims he has 40 dinars, but after searching his belongings I could not find the dinars. The Sardar (master) then asked 'Boy, do you lie?', He replied "No I am not lying, the dinars were sewed by my mother into my shalwar". Then one of the thieves checked and found the money. The sardar then asked him. "Boy you could have lied to us and could have saved your money, why you didn't you lie? Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani replied 'Before I started my journey my mother advised me to tell the truth even if some one tries to kill me as ALLAH frowns upon those who do not speak the truth'. After listening to this the sardar began to cry, as this little boy has so much fear of ALLAH that he didn't lie in such a situation, and felt the guilt for all his wrongdoings and the fear of ALLAH, the sardar then gave back all of looted things to their owners.

"Once a trader invited Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) to dine at his house. Although he did not disclose his intention to Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) his main purpose was to gain blessings for his paralytic blind son. Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) accepted his invitation with some hesitation. When he reached the house of his host, many honoured guests were already present. Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) also joined them and when the host began to serve food he asked the host to bring his ailing son before him. The surprised host brought forth his son in front of Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) who placed his hand on his chest and said, ‘Get up by the Command of Allah". By the grace of Allah and the blessings of Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) the boy was cured of his disease. Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) then left without eating as the real mission was achieved. Shaikh Khizar Hussain of Mosul had said that Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (Allah's mercy be on him) was a great blessing to the sick and the needy."


 

HAZRAT BABA FARIDUDDIN GANJ-E-SHAKAR, R.A.

 

Miraculous events surrounded Baba Faridudeen's birth.. He was born on the 29th Shabaan in 569 AH, the son of a pious alim and a waliah (female saint). As the night was cloudy, people did not know whether Ramadaan had begun or not. But a dervish told them that a wali had been born who would be the Qutb (spiritual monarch) of his time, and that they must look to the child for their answer. Sure enough, the one-day old Baba Faridudeen did not touch his mother's milk after sehri, indicating to all that Ramadaan had in fact begun. Baba Faridudeenwas a direct descendent of Hazrat Umar FarooqAt the age of 7 he memorised the Qur'an and later became an alim. When Khwaja Qutbudeen Kakivisited the city of Multan, where he was studying, he was so impressed by the child's spiritual prowess that he immediately accepted him as a mureed.

Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganj-e-Shakar r.a. was born on the 29th Sha'ban in 569 A.H. [April 4, 1179 C.E.] in Khotwal, a village near Lahore [Pakistan]. He was a direct descendant of Hazrat Umar Farooq r.a., the second Caliph of Islam.
It is narrated that a miracle occurred before his birth proving his Saintship. One day, during the pregnancy of his mother, she wanted to pluck some plums from her neighbour's tree without his permission, but the child in her womb (Hazrat Baba Farid) created a severe pain in her stomach that forced her to abandon the idea of plucking. After a few years after Hazrat Baba Farid’s r.a. birth, his mother lovingly expressed: “My dear son, during your confinement I never ate anything which was unlawful.” Hazrat Baba Farid r.a., however, smiled and said, “But, my dear mother, you wanted to pluck some plums from our neighbour's tree without his permission when I had created a severe pain in your stomach which saved you from this unlawful act.”

It is narrated that when Hazrat Baba Farid r.a.visited Medina Sharif he was spiritually commanded by the Holy Prophet s.a.w.s. to visit Baghdad Sharif and meet Hazrat Abdul Wahab, son of Hazrat Ghaus-al-Azam Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani r.a. He was to receive some sacred relics from him. Accordingly, when he reached Baghdad Sharif, he received a box from Hazrat Abdul Wahab r.a. which contained the following holy relics: Two flag-poles which were used by the Holy Prophet s.a.w.s. in some of the battles fought by him; one wooden bowl in which the Prophet s.a.w.s. used to eat from; one pair of scissors and one turban which was used by the holy Prophet s.a.w.s.

One day some poor people came from Arabia to see Hazrat Baba Farid r.a. and said that they were strangers to the land and that all their money was spent before the end of the journey. Hazrat Baba Farid r.a. gave them some dried dates which were lying in front of him at the moment and said, “Take them and go. Your journey shall be completed by the Grace of Allah.” Apparently, these persons were very disappointed with such a "cheap gift". After leaving the Khanqah, they wanted to throw away the dates, but just as they were about to do so, to their amazement, the dates turned into gold. Regretting their thoughts, these people left happily uttering their heartfelt gratitude and prayers for Hazrat Baba Farid r.a.

It is also narrated that once a trader was taking a caravan of camels laden with sugar from Multan to Delhi. When he was passing through Ajodhan (now Pakistan), Hadrat Baba Fareed-uddin (Rehmatullah Alai) enquired casually as to what he was carrying on his camels. The trader sarcastically replied, “It is salt.”
Hadrat Baba Fareed (Rehmatullah Alai) also affirmed, “Yes, it may be salt.” When the trader reached Delhi, he was awfully perturbed to find that all his bags of sugar had turned to salt. He immediately returned to Ajodhan and apologised before Hadrat Baba Fareed (Rehmatullah Alai). Hadrat Baba Fareed (Rehmatullah Alai) said: “If it is sugar then it shall be sugar.” The trader returned to Delhi and was pleased to find that the salt had turned back to sugar. This is how Hadrat Baba (Rehmatullah Alai) received the title of Ganj e Shakar.

One of the devotees of Hadrat Baba Fareed (Rehmatullah Alai) named Mohammed Neshapuri lived in Gujarat and was coming to Delhi with three other companions. On their way in the jungle, robbers encountered them. Mohammed Neshapuri and his companions had no arms to defend themselves. In such a helpless state, Mohammed Neshapuri remembered his Pir, Hadrat Baba Fareed (Rehmatullah Alai), and also offered prayers seeking Allah's help in their predicament. Suprisingly, the robbers threw away their arms and offered apology to the party and went away.

One day some poor people came from Arabia to see Hadrat Baba Fareed (Rehmatullah Alai) and said they were strangers to the land and that all their money was spent before the end of the journey. Hadrat Baba Fareed (Rehmatullah Alai) gave them some dried dates which were lying in front of him at the moment and said, “Take them and go. Your journey shall be completed by the Grace of Allah.” Apparently, these persons were very disappointed with such a “cheap gift”. After leaving the Khanqah, they wanted to throw away the dates, but just as they were about to do so, to their amazement, the dates turned into gold. Regretting their miscalculations, these people left happily uttering their heartfelt gratitude and prayers for Hadrat Baba Fareed (Rehmatullah Alai).


 

HAZRAT Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 - 3 April 1325)

Hazrat Nizamuddin, is a famous Sufi saint his dargah is the most visited one in the world. . At the age of twenty, in the year 1269, Nizāmuddīn went to Ajodhan and became a disciple of the Sufi saint Fariduddin Ganj-i-Shakkar, commonly known as Baba Farid. Nizamuddin Auliya was legendary for his generosity, humanitarianism, wit, and personal frugality. At the langar of his residence, the dargah, excellent food was served each day to all visitors. His compassion was reflected in the khanqah's rules, which preserved the dignity of all who ate there. Hazrat Nizamuddin Awlia remained a bachelor all his life. Once his kamarband (a rope used to fasten a pair of trousers) got away from his hand. Baba Farid then said: "Tighten the kamarband properly." Hazrat Nizamuddin asked: "How should I do it? Baba Sahib answered: "Tighten it in such a way that except the houris of heaven, nobody is capable of opening it." Hearing that Hazrat Nizamuddin Awlia put his head on the floor and did not marry .

sayings of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia:

1. The wilayat (domain) of gnosis and faith can suffer decay. The wilayat of compassion can not.

2. The love of Aulia (saints) is stronger than their reason.

3. The lock of spiritual perfection has very many keys. All those keys are to be possessed. If one does not open it, others can.

4. He who has knowledge, reason, and love, is deserving to become a caliph of the Sufi sheikhs.

5. So long as is possible, give relief to your heart, because the heart of a good Muslim is the palace of the manifestations of Allah.

 

The Waliullah Habib Noh bin Muhammad Al-Habshee
"The Grand Saint of Singapore"




Not much is known about the early life of this famous 19th century saint except that he came from the northern Malaysian state of Kedah and lived for a while in Penang an island off the coast of Kedah. He was a direct descendant of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). He was an Arab from Hadramaut, the area of southern Arabia that is now known as Yemen.

He made his appearance in Singapore after the island became a British colony in 1819. He came into prominence because being a majdhub he did things that are out of the ordinary. He loved children who liked to accompany him everywhere he went. Among his honorable habits was to distribute food to the poor. Often, he would enter a shop, take out all the money from the cash drawer and throw it to the waiting children. Those shopkeepers who were aware of his holy state did not make any attempt to stop him and were rewarded by Allah with prosperity in their business thereafter..

Such activities however, were frowned upon by the British colonial masters who tried to put him in jail a number of times. However, after doing this many times, they finally gave up and left him alone. The reason? Each time he was arrested, and put in jail, he mysteriously disappeared from his cell and was seen outside walking free. This is one of the signs of Awliya, their service to God has set them free from man.

People in those days flocked to see him and sought the blessings of his sincere invocation. Since those were the days of sailing ships, traveling by ship was often hazardous and it took a few months to sail from Singapore to Jeddah, Arabia. Muslims planning to sail back to Indonesia, India and Arabia made it their practice to come and ask him to pray for their safe journey.

Stories on Habib Noh often revolve around his miracles--especially his incredible ability to appear in a number of places at the same time. He had been seen in Mecca when it was known that he has not left Singapore. He has been known to say farewell to travellers leaving Singapore with the words 'I will be there when you arrive'. When the traveler reached his destination months later, Habib Noh would be there to welcome him at the harbor.

He frequently gave advice to the community. He urged his companions to always show compassion, to increase their religious knowledge and to be consistent in learning the Al-Quran. Among his advice was:
"Let there not be any spite or ill-will among you and let there not be even a bit of greediness among you."

Habib Noh often woke up at night to perform prayers till dawn. He often visited the graves of the Muslims in the middle of the night to read Quranic verses till dawn. Habib Noh later moved to Marang Road, near Masjid Temenggong. He would often khalwat (remain in solitude for zikrullah) atop Mount Palmer, which was then a thick jungle facing the vast sea. The peaceful setting was perhaps a way for him to get closer to Allah.


Karamat of Waliullah Habib Noh

Story 1

Once a prominent Singapore businessman was about to set sail before lunch-time on a certain day. He received word that Habib Noh wanted to have lunch with him in his house that very day. Because of his love for this great wali, he did not depart on the ship that day but stayed behind to have lunch with Habib Noh.He did not know at that time that Habib Noh--who was also known for his gift of knowing about events to come and his state of unveiling (kashf)--had come to lunch with a purpose. That was to prevent him from sailing on a ship that was doomed to be shipwrecked near Penang a few days later, going down with most of its passengers.

Story 2

A gentleman by the name of Tok Mat, who owned a horse carriage, used to take Habib Noh on rides in his carriage. One night Tok Mat was returning home alone in his carriage felt quite frightened, as Singapore, one-hundred years ago, was not a safe place as it is now. Robbers and bandits were everywhere, waiting to take unwitting travelers by surprise. Tok Mat felt fearful and wished Habib Noh was there to protect him. He turned around and was shocked to see Habib Noh sitting in his carriage and smiling at him.

Story 3

One night, Habib Noh RA was resting when he heard the continuous cries of a child, from his neighbour's house. Habib Noh RA got up and went to his neighbour's house. He gave Salaam and entered the neighbour's house, upon which, he saw the father of the child crying. He asked the mother of the child about this. The mother answered, "Habib, my child is crying because he wants to drink milk but I do not have the money to buy it. My husband is crying because he's too overwhelmed when he heard the child crying." Habib Noh RA then requested for some drinking water. The mother gave him some water in a coconut husk. Habib Noh RA read a few verses and a while later, the water turned into milk and the milk was given to the child.

Story 4

One day, a group of people visited Habib Noh RA. They waited for him as he prayed Asar. Soon, Habib Noh RA came out to meet his visitors. While he was greeting the second person in the group, he observed the man's face and said, "It's better for you to leave now because your mom is facing her last moments, and is dying." The man rushed home accompanied by Habib Noh RA. When they arrived, the man's mother had just died.

Story 5

Once there was an Arab trader who was a follower of Habib Noh RA. One day, he invited the Habib RA to his home for a farewell supplications (du'a selamat) as he was going back to Yemen on some business. The trader made preparations for his journey. According to his plans, he would leave immediately after the farewell supplications, and would head down to Keppel where a ship was awaiting. At that time, there would only be a few ships which set sail to Yemen in one week.

Something strange happened. When the Habib RA arrived, he sat on the trader's luggage while making the farewell supplications. This had never happened before. Habib Noh RA made a very long supplication, until even the trader became restless, as his ship was set to sail soon. As a sign of respect to the Habib RA, nobody dared say anything. Finally, the Habib RA ended his supplication. By then, the ship on which the trader was supposed to be in, had already left the port. The guests started eating but nobody said anything or questioned the Habib RA. The trader had missed his ship. A week later, they heard the news that the ship on which the trader was supposed to be in had sunk at the Indian Ocean, and everyone on the ship died. That's when they realized the reason behind the Habib's behavior.

Story 6

During World War II, a Japanese plane dropped a bomb which landed on the roof of the maqam. The building surrounding the maqam was completely ruined, even the entrance to the maqam was shattered. Habib AlKhair (the entrusted caretaker) was slightly hurt. By Allah's Will, the maqam remained untouched.

Numerous stories like these are still talked about till this very day in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and even in far away India and Yemen, among people who accept the miracles of awliya as commonplace. Speak to the present caretaker of the Habib Noh shrine, 51 year old Hassan Al-Khatib, and he will share with you his rich repertoire of stories on the life of Habib Noh. He will also tell you of unsuccessful attempts by local Wahabis and their Saudi friends to stop people from visiting this maqam.

Habib Noh died peacefully on Friday 14 Rabi`ul Awal 1283 Hijra (1866 CE ) and was buried on the hill at his own prior request. As with the martyrs and great saints, his spirit lives on and many miracles are still happening to those who have strong certainty and ask Allah for help with the baraka of this Saint of Singapore

Even after his physical demise, Habib Noh is still held in high esteem. Whenever he meets visitors from Singapore, Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani, Mufti of Cyprus and world leader of the Nasqshbandi-Haqqani order, requests that they convey his salaams to Habib Noh. He also makes it a point to visit Habib Noh whenever he is in Singapore.

A measure of the high respect given to this saint can be seen in the action of Shaykh Hisham Kabbani Chairman of The Islamic Supreme Council of America and a Sufi Shaykh from the Naqshbandi Haqqani sufi Order during this visit to the maqam. Shaykh Hisham took off his shoes at the bottom of the hill on which the maqam is situated and walked barefooted up the 47 steps leading to the tomb as a sign of respect, although he was told that normally visitors take off their shoes at the top of the steps.



Peace upon The Waliullah Habib Noh bin Muhammad Al-Habshee an all Awliya Allah

 

Link to www.aulia-e-hind.com - The Waliullah Maqam Habib Nuh Singapore


MAKAM HABIB NOH - Early life of a famous 19th century saint


Keramat Habib Noh