Islamic and historical books are full of karāmas that involve the Companions of the Prophet (ṣallā Allah ʿalaihi wa sallam) and Walīs. We have already seen, for instance, the karāma of caliph ʿUmar bin al-Khaṭṭāb when the leader of the Muslim army in Persia heard ʿUmar’s call from the mosque’s pulpit in Medina. Historical writings also inform us about the many karāmas of Imam ʿAlī bin Abī Ṭālib. One example is that one day before dawn, he said to his son Imam Ḥasan:

O Son! I saw the Prophet (ṣallā Allah ʿalaihi wa sallam) tonight in my dream. I told him: “O Messenger of Allah! How much misconduct and sworn enmity I have received from your nation!” He said: “Pray to Allah to harm them!” I said: “O Lord, replace them for me with better people, and replace me for them with a worse man!”

When Imam ʿAlī’s muezzin came to give the call to prayer, the assassin came out and struck Imam ʿAlī on the head with a poisoned sword. Imam ʿAlī died three days later.[1]

One of the Shaikhs with numerous karāmas is the Greatest Ghawth Shaikh ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Gaylānī. A large number of people witnessed his paranormal feats at his school and elsewhere. These karāmas helped the Ṭarīqa spread Islam throughout the world and guide countless people.

Most people today do not believe in karāmas. Many of those who do, think of them mainly as narratives whose characters are righteous men and women who lived in the past. But the karāmas that this book has compiled show that these paranormal feats will be present as long as Islam is present, and that they will never stop happening. A karāma is one fruit of worshipping Allah and being sincere to Him. The world will never be without Walīs, and Allah’s honouring of them with paranormal feats is an unchangeable divine law, hence karāmas will continue to take place.

The karāmas in this book show the blessings that Allah has conferred on the Shaikhs of Ṭarīqa Kasnazāniyya and prove that they follow the way of the Qur’an and the tradition of its Prophet (ṣallā Allah ʿalaihi wa sallam). These also confirm that such spiritual experiences are available to anyone who sincerely follows the way to Allah. This is what ḥaḍrat Shaikh ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Gaylānī had to say about the spiritual experiences and paranormal feats that the true seeker of the way of the Prophet (ṣallā Allah ʿalaihi wa sallam) tastes:

The true servant continues to respond to the favours with thankfulness and to the affliction with compliance, admitting his crimes and sins and blaming the lower self, until the footsteps of his heart lead him to his Lord (mighty and glorified is He). He keeps on walking with the steps of good works and repentance from bad deeds until he arrives at the door of his Lord (mighty and glorified is He). He continues to step forward with thankfulness for the favours, and with patience on the afflictions, until he arrives at the door of his Lord (mighty and glorified is He). Once he is there, he will face what no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, and has never occurred to any human being.[2]

There is no better way to end this enjoyable journey with testimonies to the spiritual power of the Prophet’s Ṭarīqa, which the Shaikhs of Ṭarīqa Kasnazāniyya inherited from their great Master and grandfather (ṣallā Allah ʿalaihi wa sallam), than the good tidings that Allah has for His Walīs:

Those who say “Allah is our Lord” and then follow the straight path will have angels descend on them [saying]: “Do not fear and do not grieve, but have the good news of paradise, which you have been promised. We are your allies in this world and the hereafter. You will have in it whatever your souls desire and you will have in it whatever you request — a gift sent down from One who is forgiving, merciful” (Qur’an, 41.30-32)


[1] Hibatu Allah al-Lālkā’ī, Karāmāt al-Awliyā’, p. 126, edited by A. Ḥamdān, Riyadh: Dār Ṭība, 1992.

[2] Shaikh ʿAbd Al-Qādir Al-Gaylānī, Purification of the Mind (Jilā’ al-Khāṭir), Chapter “The Knowledge of Walīs,” pp. 80-81, Birmingham, 2008.

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