The Reality of “Salaat al-Ghausthiyyah”

Pseudo-Sufis have attributed many lies to the great scholar Abdul Qadir Jilani (rahimahullah) one of them is a 2 rak’at prayer which involves invoking Abdul Qadir Jilani (rahimahullah) and facing his tomb in Iraq.

The following is taken from a book (Bajhat al-Asrar) where the method of this innovated prayer is described and following it is criticism from the classical scholars:

If a person in distress or hardships calls out to me, his hardship will be eradicated. If a person uses my name as a Wasila (medium) when he pleads to Allāh Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, his need will be fulfilled. One should perform two Rakats of Salah and in every Rak’at one should recite the Surah Fatiha eleven times, and thereafter, Surah Ikhlas eleven times. After completing the Salah, one must recite the Durood and Salam (Salawat or Durood Sharif) upon Sayyiduna Rasoolullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wasallam. Then remembering me one should take eleven steps towards the direction of Baghdad invoking my name in every step and also one’s need and wish. In this manner, (Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala willing), his need and wish will be granted. [Bahjat al Asrar]

Ibn Rajab al Hanbali (rahimahullah) said regarding this:

“Shatnoofi has written a three volume book on Shaykh Abdul Qaadir (rahimahullah) and in it he has compiled a mountain of lies. Whereas it is sufficient for a person be declared a liar for him to narrate everything he hears. I have seen some of the quotes in the book but my soul was not content in believing them because firstly the narrations have been taken from unknown people.

Secondly not only are their mountains of lies and allegations on Shaykh Abdul-Qaadir but it is also contrary to the status of the Shaykh if attributed to him. The statement of Shaykh al-Kamaal has also passed by me where he says the things Shatnoofi has mentioned in his book Bahjatul-Israar have caused him to be accused (of lying).”
[Dha’il Tabaqaat (1/293) of Ibn Rajab].

Ibn Hajr Asqalani al-Shafi’i (rahimahullah) mentioned from Shaykh al-Kamaal Ja’afar,

“Shatnoofi has mentioned very strange and odd things in this book (Bajhat ul Asrar) and the people have criticized most of the incidences he has mentioned and their chains.”
[ad-Durr al-Kaaminah (3/142].

Shirk in Salaat al-Ghauthiyyah

There are certain people who are very fond of an invented form of Salah (Namaz) called the Salat al Ghauthiyyah or the Salat al Asrar.

Some salient points about this “Salah” are as follows:

It is specially offered in the month of Rabi’ al Aakhir, probably because its proponents celebrate the ‘Urs of Shaykh ‘Abdil Qadir Jilani in this month. According to them, the prayer can be offered in other months as well.

According to them if one needs help and solutions for his problems then he should perform this ‘prayer’.

The method is as follows:

After the Fardh and Sunnah of Maghrib, one is supposed to offer two rakahs of prayer.

In each rakah, after Surah Faatiha, the person is supposed to read Surah Ikhlas eleven times.

After Surah Ikhlas the person is supposed to read the following “dua”: 

After reading the above supplication to the Prophet (saws), the person is supposed to take eleven steps towards Iraq.

On every step, the person is supposed to supplicate to Shaykh ‘Abdil Qadir Jilani in the following words:

After this the person is supposed to make dua’ using the wasila of Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam). The proponents of this prayer say that all needs will then be fulfilled.

May Allah guide all Muslims to Tawhid and Sunnah and save them from Shirk and Bid’ah.

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