Category Archives: Isti’ana

Saints of Singapore

Note: this article is a work-in-progress. Please do bookmark this page and return periodically to check for updates. Saints in Islam are known by the Koranic term Awliya’ Allah or “friends of God”. Allah Most High emphatically declares in the Koran: أَلَا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ – الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا […]

Asma Ghawth Al-Samadani

From amongst the effluences of Lordly Grace that illuminate the Qadiri path is this litany of appellations  and honorifics extolling the rank and virtues of Sayyidina-sh Shaikh Muhyi-d Din ‘Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah sanctify his secret). Each of these is a petal that makes up the sweet scented rose named, ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (may […]

Asma Al-‘Izam

This is a famous greeting upon the saint of Nagore, Al-Sayyid Shahu-l Hamid al-Qadiri al-Naguri, may Allah sanctify his secret. It was composed by our grand-shaikh, Imam al-‘Arus Sayyid Muhammad, may Allah be pleased with him. Together with the qasidatu-r ra’iyyah, this greeting is traditionally recited by the saint’s ardent lovers when they visit his […]

Qasidah Al-Ra’iyyah

The qasidatu-r ra’iyyah fi kanji sawa’iyyah is an ode of ten quatrains extolling the virtues and miraculous exploits of Al-Sayyid Shahu-l Hamid al-Qadiri al-Naguri, may Allah illuminate his mausoleum. He is widely acclaimed as the patron saint of the South Indian Muslims. The ode was composed by the eminent South Indian reviver [mujaddid] of the […]