The bestowing of the Spiritual Caliphate (Khilafah) by Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani to Shaykh Muhammad Mohsin Munawar Yousafi
Now I will mention the incidence of 3rd January, in the context of which the whole journey of Baghdad was revealed to you. Since the sole purpose of my visit to Baghdad was to visit the holy court of the King of Baghdad. Therefore during my stay in Baghdad, before going to any place, any shrine, I used to visit the court of my Beloved and the Master of the Saints, Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (May Allah be pleased with Him) and then visited any other place. On Monday, 3rd January, as I was reciting Darood (Salawat) 5000 times before visiting his court, as per His instructions, the mirror of my heart was reflecting the image of the glorious face of my Beloved Master in such a way that my body and soul were in an ecstatic state. After reciting Darood Sharif, I had breakfast in the hotel room and performed ablution and asked the taxi driver to go straight to the shrine of The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) . When I reached the court of The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) . I was in the state of respect and fear. At some moments, I wished to hug the shrine out of love and at others I considered even the sound of breathing as disrespect. My heart couldn’t believe and I was amazed that the court whose songs I had sung day and night for twenty years, whom I had praised and spent my nights remembering, whether it was for real that I was present in His court. I recited Khatam at Mawajeh Shareef and kept meditating for a long time with my head lowered. The incidence of Khawaja Bahauddin Naqshband (May Allah be pleased with Him) was also echoing in my heart. Khawaja Bahauddin Naqshband meditated on the grave of Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani, in Baghdad. The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) blessed him with his Spiritual attention (Tawajjuh), and He requested:
Oh! Holder of the hands of the entire world; take hold of my hand as well;
Whose hand you hold, becomes the holder of hands himself.
In response to this, in happiness, The Great Ghawth Al Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (May Allah be pleased with Him) Said from His Blessed Grave:
Oh! Naqshband you have kept the secrets of (the saints of) the whole world, keep my secret as well;
Keep my secret in such a manner that people may call you Naqshband (the keeper of the secret).
And the verses of Sultan Bahu were echoing somewhere in my heart :
“Listen to my plea O Master of the Masters,listen carefully;
My fleet is in so much troubled waters where even crocodiles fear to go;
O king of Jilaan,beloved of Allah,have a merciful look on me;
Only those manage to reach the bak safely, the Guide of whom is Meeraan”
When I opened my eyes, while having tears of love and listening to the voices of acceptance, I was swaying with happiness to see Ghawth ul Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani’s (May Allah be pleased with Him) Special attention and blessings as I was blessed with the biggest blessing of Ijazah (permission) and Khilafat (Representation) from the court of the great Ghawth.
“I saw in the state of meditation that The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) was sitting in front of me while resting against the net of the Mawajeh Sharif, outside the Shrine and he had an Iron Jug full of milk in his hand. He gave one glass of milk from it to my wife Uzma and gave the rest of the milk to this humble and when after some time I was able to connect again while meditating, I saw Him coming out of His shrine. He had a green shawl in his hand and with great affection he covered me with that shawl with his own hands. . After a short gap, when I was able to connect again in the state of meditation I saw that he had a five to six inches high wooden seat in his hands and he made me sit on that seat by placing that under me”.
I hinted about this blessing to the friends who were with me in Baghdad, but didn’t tell the actual story to anyone other than my wife Uzma.
As there are some rules and regulations of this physical world, like there are some established regulations and systems for communication and broadcasting, similarly there exists a system for communication in the spiritual world, the regulations of which are in accordance with the honour of the spiritual world. This system is not dependant on telegram, mail, email, print media or news agency etc. On contrary, when a circular is issued here, it is spread in all directions irrespective of the constraints of space and time in such a way that the sense of a man becomes stunned to know about it and sometimes sense doesn’t even believe this system and its regulations. It is called the spiritual world, the world of mysticism. And when it comes to the King of foreseeing, authorities and the King of the Saints Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (May Allah be pleased with Him) , Imam Abu Al Hassan Al Shatnufi Ash-Shafai (May Allah be pleased with Him) has written in Behja Tul Israr that he had witnessed Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani’s (May Allah be pleased with Him) using his authority in His (blessed Grave like used by the living Saints. Shah WaliUllah Muhaddith Dehlwi (May Allah be pleased with Him) says that His (May Allah be pleased with Him) Shrine is a living shrine and his spiritual blessings and authority exist today as it existed in His physical life.
Here, same sort of thing happened with this humble because this humble was stunned and quiet due to respect at this favour of Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (May Allah be pleased with Him) . But He who knew to bestow a favor also knew how to publicize it. Probably The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) might have said that why don’t you mention the favor, which I have done to you, to your friends as a gesture of mentioning the favor? If you won’t speak up yourself, I myself will publicize this news. If you don’t want to speak, that’s your wish, now people and their testimonials will speak. Perhaps that time had passed since long when Muhammad Nadeem Mughal s/o Abdul Majeed Mughal was blessed with the vision of The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) on the night of 11th and he asked The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) about his Spiritual Guide (Shaykh Muhammad Mohsin Munawar Yousafi) in response to his qustion, The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) said that what could He say about Him when He Himself had veiled Himself.
So, The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him) had publicized his favour before my arrival to Pakistan. The fact, which I couldn’t say due to respect or wanted to say but couldn’t, He Himself had told it to different friends through visions.
Well, when we returned to Pakistan, such people came to see me and for testimonials one after the other that I myself was astonished that what was the matter? The thing which I have been trying to hide and hesitant of telling, (a lot of)people were telling me the same thing with the reference of The Great Ghawth Al Azam (May Allah be pleased with Him).
(This Incident has been stated in the own words of Sultan Ul Awliyaa Shaykh Muhammad Mohsin Munawar Yousafi.)