Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘Alameen wa afdhal ul salaato wa attammu tasleem ‘ala Sayyiduna Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam
Sayyidil Mursaleen, Khaatamin Nabiyeen, Rehmatalil ‘Alameen, Shafee’il Mudhnibeen wa ‘ala Aalihee wa Sahbihee ‘Ajma’een wa man tabi’hum bi ihsaaanin ila Yawm il Deen
InshaAllah, this note seeks to clarify the existence of the Abdāl that exist in al Shaam al Shareef [Syria] contrary to the belief of some people who seek to deny that which has been proven by many of our pious predecessors and our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The Abdāl are from the Awliyah, the spiritual heirs of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. They are hidden and hold high positions in the spiritual hierarchy. Many of us have been to Syria, we know that there is a mountain named Arba’een [Forty] which is named after the forty Abdāl who escaped there from persecution in centuries gone by.
Our beloved master, Sayyiduna al Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi Hafidhahullah has mentioned the Abdāl of Shaam on many occasions. They say there is a great saying amongst the rijaalAllah, that whenever there is a gathering of forty Muslims, there is a Wali amongst them. The number forty is of great significance here, not only constituting the number of Abdāl but for other reasons also. Sayyiduna al Shaykh Ibraheem al Yaqoubi raheemahullah [the father of our master] was known to be the Qutb [amongst the highest ranks in the spiritual hierarchy] of Shaam.
The true adherents of Islam in its purity are the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah. In their ranks the truthful saints [Siddiqeen], the martyrs [Shuhadaa], and the righteous [Saaliheen] are to be found. Among them are the great men of guidance and illumination, of recorded integrity and celebrated virtue. The substitutes [Abdāl] and leaders [Imam] are to be found among them and the Muslims are in full accord concerning their guidance. This is the victorious group about whom Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “A group within my community manifestly continues to be in the truth. Neither those who oppose them nor those who abandon them can do them harm, from now on until the Day of Resurrection.” Read the rest of this entry »