The Concept of the Seal of Saints.

Sheikh ul Akbar Muhiyudin Ibn al Arabi has in his book Futuhat i Makkiya (The
Meccan Revelations) written about the concept of Khatm ul Awlia or the Seal of
Saints.  According to him all the Prophets and Saints are from the Light of the Spirit
of Muhammed and are its manifestations.  The Spirit of Muhammad is the
beginning andending of the entire Spiritual Hierarchy.  Adam (alai) was its first
manifestation and theProphet Muhammad (Sal) himself was the last and most
complete manifestation of theSpirit of Muhammad.  Prophet hood reached its
height and completion in the Prophet Mohammad (Sal) and therefore in the
hierarchy of the Prophets he was the most complete and greatest.

In the case of the Seal of Saints what distinguishes the Seal of Saints from all the
other Saints and Prophets is that the Spirit of Mohammed is completely and fully
manifested in the Seal of the Saints and that he is the final entity of the Spiritual
Hierarchy to whom the Spirit of Mohammad is directly passed.  Unlike the Seal of
Prophets where Prophet hood was sealed after the Seal of Prophets in the case of
the Seal of the Saints, sainthood shall continue after the Seal of Saints. Saints will
come after him.

Sheikh Muhiyudin Ibn al Arabi means by the Seal that only the Saintship which
comes from the Mohammadan heritage (Irth Muhammadi) has been sealed which
means that there will be other Saints after the Seal of Saints but that they will not
be the immediate Spiritual Inheritors of Mohammad instead they shall be the heirs
of the other Prophets or Saints through the channel or mediumship of the Seal of

Sheikh ul Akbar Muhiyudin Ibn al Arabi also says that the Seal of Saints like the
seal of Prophets was in existence from pre eternity when Adam (alai) was
between clay and water.  He also says that the internality or the inward aspect
(batin) of the Seal of Saints is the same as that of the Prophet Muhammad (sal) and
that all spiritual knowledge come to all other Prophets and Saints through the
channel and mediumship of the Seal of Saints.

The Identity of the Seal of Saints

The information that we have about our Grandsheikh Moulana Abdullah Faiz
Dhagistani is mainly from the lectures of his Grandsheikh who was Sheikh
Sharafuddeen Dhagistani (ral) who was also his uncle and also from the lectures
from Grandsheikh Abdullah Faiz Dagistani himself and Moulana Sheik Nazim.
Sheikh Sharafuddeen said that as soon as Sheikh Abdullah was born the eye of his
heart  was open and that Sheikh Abdullah was able to speak of the Heavens up to
the  Throne of Allah Almighty Himself which includes the knowledge of our Earth
and the  Seven Heavens as well.  This means that he can give the knowledge of all
of creation  which Allah Almighty opened for him and for Prophet Muhammad (sal)
and for all of  the Saints.

At the age of seven Sheikh Abdullah would effortlessly speak about the highest of
Spiritual knowledge so much so that when his Grandsheikh Sheikh Sharafuddeen
asked him as to how he could speak on these very high knowledge he answered
that  these words came to him from the Divine Presence itself like they were
written in front  of him and that he had only to look at those words and speak about
it.  Sheikh  Abdullah could at this age speak on Spiritual knowledge that had never
been opened  by anyone before him.  Sheikh Abdullah said regarding this that if he
was to reveal  the deep secrets and Divine Knowledge (ma’rifatullah) that he had in
his heart even  the Saints would misunderstand him and have him killed.

Sheikh Abdullah was ordered by his Sheikh to get married when he was fifteen
years  old.  Six months after this he was ordered into a seclusion by his
Grandsheikh for a  period of five years.  Such was the severity of the training that
Sheikh Abdullah  received.  All in all he is reported to have done at least twenty
seclusions during  which his spiritual rank increased to great heights never before
attained by any one  before him.

The Ocean of Saints

Sheikh Abdullah was the Ocean of the Saints so much so that the Light of
Prophecy  and the Light of Sainthood (wilaya) passed from the heart of Prophet
Muhammad  (sal) to the heart of Sheikh Abdullah and it was from the heart of
Sheikh Abdulla that  like a channel these Lights and knowledge came to all the
Saints who lived from the  time of Adam (alai) upto now and it shall continue in this
manner until the coming time  of the Day of Judgment. It was Sheikh Abdullah who
dressed all these Saints in all  their stations (maqams) and ranks.  No Light of
Sainthood was given by Prophet  Muhammad (sal) to any Saint except through the
heart of Sheikh Abdullah.  This was  the situation even before Sheikh Abdullah was
born into this world.

Sheikh Sharafuddeen also said that the spiritual reality of Sheikh Abdullah is like
the  reality of Seyyadina Abu Bakr Siddique (ral). Just as Seyyadina Abu Bakr
Siddique  (ral) was with Prophet Muhammad (sal) from pre eternal times so was
Sheikh  Abdullah with Prophet Muhammad (sal).  When Allah Almighty made the
Light of  Prophet Muhammad (sal) to appear and to manifest, the lights of
Seyyadina Abu Bakr  Siddique (ral) and the Light of Sheikh Abdullah also appeared
at the same time and  they accompanied Prophet Muhammad (sal) from the time
when no creation was yet  created. This was the time when everything was in the
Oceans of Knowledge of Allah  Almighty. This means that Sheikh Abdullah was
accompanying all the Prophets and  all the Saints during all the past centuries.

Sheikh Sharafuddeen said that as Prophet Muhammad (Sal) is the Seal of the
Prophets so is Sheikh Abdullah the Seal of the Saints.  This does not mean that no
Saints will come after Sheikh Abdullah.  There will be other Saints coming after
him.   Therefore what the Seal of Saints means is that all the Lights of all the Saints
before  and after must come through the heart of the Seal of the Saints who is
Sheikh  Abdullah.  All the Saints from the time of Adam (alai) up to the Day of
Judgment had  to have received their Lights through Sheikh Abdullah and it was
Sheikh Abdullah  who also dressed them in all their stations (maqam) and ranks.

Sheikh Sharafuddeen further said that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) has
made  Sheikh Abdullah to be in a station (maqam) and a rank in which not one of
the  children of Adam (alai) had the capability to step on and to put their foot in this
station  (maqam) or rank. Sheikh Abdullah was the one who dove deep into the
oceans of  wisdom, secrets and realities of the Divine Oceans of Unity of Allah
Almighty with the  help and support of Prophet Mohammad (sal) the Seal of

The Medium and the Channel

Sheikh Abdullah was the one who took these secrets, wisdom and realities and
gave  them to all the Saints past and present. Sheikh Abdullah is also the one who
was  teaching the secrets of the Holy Quran to Sahib uz Zaman Seyyadina
Muhammad  Mahdi (alai) on the orders of the Prophet Muhammad (sal) as Sheikh
Abdullah had  this promise given to him on the day of promises so as to be able to
reveal the  secrets of  the Holy Quran to all creation during the time of Mahdi (alai)
by his  spiritual reality.  The angels and jinns follow Sheikh Abdullah and
accompany him and  do what Sheikh Abdullah wants them to do.  They will do as he
wants by the order of  Allah Almighty and by the order of Prophet Muhammad (sal).

Sheikh Abdullah was so close to Allah Almighty and to the Prophet Muhammad
(sal)  that there were no veils between Sheikh Abdullah and the Prophet
Mohammad (sal)  and also no veils between Sheikh Abdullah and Allah Almighty. If
he was to ask  anything from Allah Almighty then it would be granted to him as
Allah Almighty will say  “what is it that you wish for my sincere servant, I will give it
to you.”

The secrets of the Holy Quran are only to be recited now and not to be revealed
except during the time of Seyyadina Mahdi (alai) and Esa (alai).  It shall be revealed
at the end of time during the period of Mahdi (alai) and Esa (alai) before the day of
judgment and this shall take place through the channel of the Seal of Saints who is
Sheikh Abdu

Seyyadina Muhiyudin Ibn al Arabi in his book Futuhat i Makkiya says that at last
Allah  Almighty will change the blessings and inspirations of the whole world by His
greatest  name which is the name which will be opened so that Allah Almighty
makes the earth  to carry this burden of Allah Almighty.  He will open the secret of
His greatest name at  that time. Allah Almighty is going to appoint and to send the
Ghauz or the Qutb who’s  name is Abdullah to settle in Damascus and he will be
like a pillar when Allah Almighty  inspires him and looks at him.  The Prophet
Muhammad’s spirituality will be with him at  that time. He will be accompanied by
this spirituality.  He shall only speak by  translating with the spirituality of the
Prophet Muhammad (sal) to anyone who is  around or beside him.  After the
passing away of Sheik Abdullah this ‘trust’ (amana)  was dressed on Moulana
Sheikh Nazim to carry this trust till the coming of Seyyadina  Mahdi (alai) and Esa
(alai) when the spirituality of Sheikh Abdullah will appear again  and will reveal all
these secrets.

Sheikh Abdullah said that he is the one who is serving Allah Almighty and Prophet
Muhammad (sal) through the Naqshabandi way. He was serving all the children of
Adam (alai) up to the time of death and all what he gained during his lifetime as
good  deeds he has promised to the  Prophet Muhammad (sal) that they be
distributed to  his nation who are all the children of Adam (alai).

The Sultan ul Ad-dhikr

There is a manner in which the Holy Quran is recited that is known as Sultan ul
adh-  dhikr.  This type of recital of the Holy Quran is only done by the highest
ranking  Saints. This recital of the Holy Quran is done with all the secrets of the
Quran and its  inner realities which mean that the person reciting the Holy Quran in
this manner is  reciting it with the secrets of everything in existence from the very
beginning to the  very end.

The number of times that the Holy Quran was recited in this manner by the Saints
also defers according to the rank and power of the saint reciting it.  Shah
Bahauddin  Naqshaband was able to complete the recital of the Holy Quran in this
manner nine  hundred and ninety nine (999) times during his entire life.  Sheikh
Ahmed Faruq  Sirhindi did this nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine (9,999)
times during his  life time.  Sheikh Sharafuddin was able to do it nineteen thousand
nine hundred and  ninety nine (19,999) times.

Sheikh Nazim said that with every inhalation Sheikh Abdullah recited the Holy
Quran  in this manner and also with every exhalation in this manner which means
that he  used to complete the recitation of the Holy Quran in this manner twice in
every  breath.  Such was the spiritual rank and power of Sheikh Abdullah.

The Supreme Sacrifice

Six months before Sheikh Abdullah passed away which was during the Islamic
month  of Muharam in the year of 1973 which was on a Friday he came to the
mosque where  he is buried now and he made the kathm ul khawajagan or the
Naqshbandi group  zikr. While doing this Zikr he was crying profusely.  He then
gave a lecture in which he  said that on that night the Prophet Muhammad (sal) told
him that the children of Adam  (alai) and his nation specially this last nation are
going to be so weak in their Iman  (faith) and so weak in their worshipping. That
they will be following their desires and  their egos and that they will love this world
and this life. That they will not be following  Allah Almighty and the Prophet
Muhammad (sal) and they will not be following the  Saints.

The Prophet Muhammad (sal) said   “So there is no way that they will be saved
from  hell except and unless an Awlia (saint) of the highest rank sacrifices himself
and takes  upon himself all their badness and all their sins. They are running away
from Allah  Almighty and from me and they are cursing all kinds of religions.  If
such a saint who  belongs to this highest rank sacrifices himself on behalf of them
Allah Almighty has  given me a promise that he will save all of them and all their
unbelief, rejection, sins  and badness will be taken over by this high ranking saint.”

The Prophet (sal) further said that he could not say about the future of this high
ranking saint and that therefore he could not guarantee what would be the
condition  of this high ranking Waliullah who sacrifices himself thereafter.  Allah
Almighty may  send him to hell or paradise as the Prophet Muhammad (sal) said
that he did not  know what the condition of this great saint is going to be after he so
sacrifices himself.

The Prophet (Sal) also said that there is no saint who is of that required highest
ranks  the present except sheik Abdullah who could make that sacrifice. The
Prophet (sal)  said that he is not in a position to ask any one to do this sacrifice as
he could not  guarantee to him as to what Allah Almighty would do to this saint.
Immediately Sheikh  Abdullah said, “As you like my beloved Seal of Prophets, I am
going to sacrifice  myself for your nation”.  Two or three months after this incident
Sheikh Abdullah  passed away from this life.

The Merciful Pleader

Sheikh Abdullah was one of the most generous of people.  He loved the poor and
orphans.  He not only served the nation of the Prophet Muhammad (sal) but he
served all the children of Adam (alai). He said that he is serving all the children of
Adam (alai) and that he will act as their lawyer and pleader on the Day of Judgment
when Allah Almighty will be the Highest Judge and hold His Court. On that day the
Prophet Muhammad (sal) will act as the intercessor and Sheik Abdullah shall act
as  their lawyer or pleader and plead with Allah Almighty on their behalf.

Allah Almighty appointed Sheikh Abdullah to be the lawyer in the court of Allah
Almighty not only for the Muslims but for all the children of Adam (alai) as well.  He
will  be with them in the Divine Presence of Allah Almighty and his spirituality will
be  following every one of the children of Adam (alai). Especially during their time o
death when their souls come up from their hearts to their throats Sheikh Abdullah
will  spiritually appear to them and make them to except Islam and make them
recite the  Shahada Kaleema.  He will change all of them to depart from this life
with the  blessings of Allah Almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (sal) and he will
give them  the good tidings of this.  Their end will not be as people now believe.
These are  secrets that cannot be revealed  until the coming of Seyyadina Mahdi
(alai) and Esa  (alai).

The Returning by Realities

Insha Allah Sheikh Abdullah will be returning.  He has this promise from the
Prophet  (sal) that he shall return in his reality.  The realities of the Prophet (Sal)
and the  realties of all the Prophets and Saints shall return by their realities during
the time of  Mahdi (alai) and Esa (alai). They shall be returning by their realities
which are by their  Lights.  The reality of Sheikh Abdullah too shall be
accompanying the realities of  Seyyadina Abu Bakr Siddique and Prophet
Mohammad (Sal) till the end of time so as  to be with Seyyadina Mahdi (alai) and
Esa (alai).  Sheikh Abdullah said that on the  Day of Judgment when Allah Almighty
is going to fold the heavens and to take the  earth by His hands that Sheikh
Abdullah would be the one who would present all this  into the hands of Allah
Almighty. This would be when the Angel Israfil blows his horn.

The First Death

Sheikh Abdullah said that he had already passed away before during the time of
Sultan Abdul Hameed who was the last Caliph of the Ottoman Empire.  During this
time they were conscripting soldiers for the army. It fell to Sheikh Sharafuddin the
Grandsheik of Sheikh Abdullah to also join the army.  Sheikh Abdullah was
however  exempt from joining the army as he was the only son in his family.  These
were the  rules at that time. Sheikh Abdullah however said that on behalf of his
Grandsheikh  Sheikh Sharafuddin that he would sacrifice himself and join the army
instead.  This  meant that Sheik Abdullah would go on behalf of his Grandsheikh
Sheikh Sharafuddin  to fight on behalf of the Ottoman Empire.  When Sheikh
Abdullah was in the battle  field in the front lines a bullet struck his heart and
settled in it.  He passed aw

Sheikh Abdullah later said about this incident that he saw the Angel of Death and
that  he died and went to the heavens and that he saw everything over there.  He
said that  he saw the Prophet Muhammad (sal) bowing during the night journey
when he was  ascending to the Divine Presence of Allah Almighty.  He said that he
also made a  sajda (prostration) with the Prophet Muhammad (sal) at that place.

After seven days the Prophet Muhammad (sal) told Sheikh Abdullah that he must
now  return back to his body.  He said that his soul must enter into his body again
as he  had plenty of time of his life left to serve. To this Sheikh Abdullah replied “Oh
Rasoolullah, please forgive me, I am in these highest stations and I don’t like to
return  back to this life.” Sheik Abdullah said, “At the time before my death I was in
the station  of annihilating myself in my Sheikh. Then the Prophet Muhammad (sal)
ordered my  Grandsheikh Sheikh Sharafuddin . Sheikh Sharafuddin then ordered
me to enter into  my body.”

Sheikh Abdullah described how his soul entered into his body which was in a
swollen  state.  When his soul entered into his body he started to cry out “Allah,
Allah”.  At this  time some doctors belonging to the Ottoman Empire were passing
by the body of  Sheikh Abdullah which was lying there with thousands of other
bodies.  They saw  Sheikh Abdullah and said, “This person is not breathing well but
his heart sounds as  if it is beating”.  So they kept their ears on the heart of
Grandsheikh and saw that it  was beating weakly. Then they him carried away from
the battle field and put him into  a hospital.  The Doctors could not perform an
operation as it was not possible to go  into the place where the bullet was
embedded and remove the bullet. Due to this they  had to make a cover like a
cocoon over it near the heart.

The Death of a Martyr

This is why Grandsheikh said that he will be meeting Allah Almighty on the day of
judgment with something that gave evidence of and witnessed that Sheik Abdullah
had performed Jihad and died a martyr.  That he had fought for the sake of Allah
Almighty and Rasoolullah (sal) and for the sake of “La ilaha illallah” to be raised all
over the world.  Allah Almighty then blessed Sheikh Abdullah and gave him good
tidings that he shall remain till the end of time up to the time of Seyyadina Esa
(alai).   But for the reason mentioned earlier due to Sheikh Abdullah sacrificing
himself on  behalf of the nation of the Prophet Muhammad (sal) he had to pass
away. He shall  return by his reality and not by his physical body during the end of
time because he  must accompany the Prophet (sal) by his reality until the Day of
Judgment.  So Sheikh  Abdullah shall return by his reality.

The Most Pleasing Return to Allah Almighty

Sheikh Abdullah said that when he passes away from this life physically and when
his  Sheikh orders him to leave this life, Allah Almighty shall take his soul with his
own  hands and such lights will shine over his body which can never be described.
When  his body shall be placed in the grave Allah Almighty shall return his soul and
he shall  go to the Prophet Muhammad (sal).  This is why Moulana Sheikh Nazim
buried his  Grandsheikh Sheikh Abdulla with his own hands and after the burial he
ordered  everyone to go out of that place.  Only Moulana Sheikh Nazim remained
with him.   Moulana Sheikh Nazim said later that he saw Allah Almighty and Prophet
Muhammad  (sal) returning the soul of Sheikh Abdullah to his body.  He said that all
the one  hundred and twenty four thousand Prophets, and the Sahaba (the
companions of the  Prophet) and all the Saints (Awliya) came to his grave and
thereafter the Prophet  Muhammad (sal) took him to his Spiritual Station (maqam) .

These are the secrets that Sheikh Sharafuddeen gave us through his lectures and
also the Prophet Muhammad (Sal) gave as good tidings in the Holy Assembly of
Prophet Muhammad (Sal) to the Saints about the last Sultan ul Awlia who is the
Seal  of Saints. After Sheikh Abdullah passed away we were given Moulana Sheikh
Nazim  who inherited the secrets and the maqams of Sheikh Abdullah and no one
is also  able to reach to the rank and maqam of Moulana Sheikh Nazim.

May Allah Almighty Bless Our Grandsheikh Abdullah.