11 - On pages 216, 220 and 224, he quotes the ayat al-karima, "You cannot guide to the faith those whom you love, but Allahu ta'ala makes anyone He wishes attain the faith," which was descended for Abu Talib, the Prophet's uncle, and, after stating that Allahu ta'ala is the only one to convert the hearts from disbelief and sins to belief and obedience, he says:
"Those who say that great men of tasawwuf can penetrate and see into their disciples' hearts, know what is in their hearts and direct their hearts to wherever they wish are liars. And those who believe them are, in fact, disbelievers in Allah and prophets. Anything worshiped other than Allah is called 'wasan.' Graves or tombs, too, are wasans. For example, the greatest idol of Egyptians is Ahmad al-Badawi. Just as his name is not well-known, so there is no superiority, knowledge or 'ibada of him that is well-known. As-Sahawi reports from Ibn Hayyan that once he [Ahmad al-Badawi] entered and urinated in a mosque and went out without performing salat. People think of this man as capable of disposition in both worlds and of extinguishing conflagrations and saving ships in storms. They think of him to be a deity, a god, and say that he knew the secret, could hear from far away and make wishes fulfilled. They prostrate on the soil of his tomb. Likewise, people in Amman and Iraq worship 'Abd al-Qadir al-Geilani . Muhyiddin ibn al-'Arabi was the greatest disbeliever on the earth."
The superiors of tasawwuf recognize those for whom Allahu ta'ala has willed guidance and bliss and whom He has determined to save from torture. They will act as wasitas for their enlightenment. Meeting the awliya', knowing those distinguished, great men and imploring them are also by Allahu ta'ala's preordaining and favor. Allahu ta'ala endows bliss and intercession on those Muslims to whom He willed guidance in the eternal pasts, by giving them the lot of reading the books written by the scholars of Ahl as-Sunnat and great leaders of tasawwuf. And He makes those for whom He has wished heresy and perdition fall into the Wahhabi trap; by reading their misleading books and vile lies, they will be led into Hell. The Wahhabite book attacks Muslims with filthy slander about Allahu ta'ala's above-mentioned beloved 'ulama' and great awliya'. Even if there might be some vile words and actions incongruous with Islam among a few ignorant, heretical people who make their faith a means for worldly advantages, it does not justify his attempt to calumniate all Ahl as-Sunnat by pointing to such people; it is like blaming Prophet 'Isa ('alaihi 's-salam) because Christians worship him.
Ahmad al-Badawi (rahimah-Allahu ta'ala) was one of the great awliya' and was the Khalifa to Shaikh Baree, who was one of the superiors of tasawwuf and the Khalifa to 'Ali ibn Nuaym al-Baghdadi, who was a great wali educated by Ahmad ar-Rifai (rahimahum-Allahu ta'ala), a possessor of karamat and a Sharif. Ahmad al-Badawi, who was a Sharif, too, passed away in Egypt in 675 A.H. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have attained faid by visiting his tomb in Tanta every year, and nothing incongruous with Islam has happened during the visits. [Mir'at al-Madina, p.1049.] As to 'Abd al-Qadir al-Geilani and Muhyiddin ibn al-'Arabi (rahimah-Allahu ta'ala), their high status has been comprehended and explained in hundreds of books only by Islamic scholars who were talented like them. Al-Imam ar-Rabbani's (rahimah-Allahu ta'ala) work Maktubat is full of eulogy and praise for these great walis. And great scholar 'Abd al-Ghani an-Nabulusi (rahimah-Allahu ta'ala) wrote about their high honor in detail in Al-Hadiqa.
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