Rifai Rathib Zikr

Rifai Rathib Zikr

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The history behind the ratib zikr

Sayyid Ahmed ar Rifai was born in the first half of Rajab in the Muslim
yeer of 512 A.H. (1119

A.D.) on a Thursday. His birthplace was in the town of Ummu Abeyde in the
township of Beta in the

province of Basra, Iraq. He passed to the other side on Thursday, Jamadi
al-Awwal 22, 578 A.H.

(1183 A.D.), in the town of Wasit, in Basra, Iraq.
His father was Sayyid Ali Abu’l Hasan. His mother was Fatima ul-Anseri bint
Yahya Nijjeri. His

Shaykh was Aleyyul Wasiti. His maternal uncle, who helped raise him, was
Shaykh Mansur Rabbani.
Ahmed ar Rifai was related to our Prophet (saws) from both his father’s and
mother’s sides by

blood. His paternal lineage was Sayyid Ahmed er Rufai, Ibni Sayyid Ali,
Ibni Sayyid Yahya, Ibni

Sayyid Sabit, Ibni Sayyid Hazim, Ibni Sayyid Ali, Ibni Sayyid Ebilmekerim
Rufael Hasanulmekki,

Ibni Elseyyit Mehdi, Ibni Esseyyit Mehmet Ebi Kasim, Ibni Esseyyit Elhasan,
Ibni Esseyyit

Elhuseyin, Ibni Esseyyit Ahmet, Ibni Esseyyit Musa ul-Sani, Ibni Esseyyit
Imam Ibrahimulmurtaza,

Ibni Imam Musa-ulkazim, Imam Jaferi Sadik, Ibni Imam Muhammad Bakir, Ibni
Imam Zeynelabidin, Ibni

Imam Elsehit Huseyin, Ibni Emirulmuminin Aliyelmurtaza.
Before Ahmed ar Rifai’s birth, his maternal uncle, a famous Shaykh, Mansur
Rabbani, had seen our

prophet Hz. Muhammad (saws) and was told that his sister would have a male
child who would be

famous and be known by the name “Rifa’i.” When the child reached the proper
age for Sufism, he

should be sent to Shaykh Aleyyul Vasiti for education and training.
Ahmed ar Rifai’s father passed away when his son was 7 years old. Sayyid
Ali died in 519 A.H.; he

is buried in Baghdad. So Ahmed er Rufai’s maternal uncle started taking
care of the little boy.

After a while he was sent to Shaykh Vasiti in accordance with his uncle’s
vision. Shaykh Mansur

has said that as long as Ahmed ar Rifai stayed with him, he saw many
miracles come through the

boy and that many blessings came through him for everyone.
Ahmed ar Rifai showed ability and wisdom beyond his age when he began his
education under Shaykh

Vasiti. He acquired a high maqam by explaining the book of the Shafi school
called “Tanbih.”
Many miracles occurred through Ahmed ar Rifai. One of the most widely known
is the one that give

him the name “Ebul alemeyin” (the Father of Two Banners). In the year 555
A.H., when he was 43

years old, Hz. Rifa’i went on hajj. He didn’t wear the usual traveling
clothes of sayyids (the

relatives of the Prophet, saws, could be recognized by their clothes).
There is a certain section

of the Prophet’s (saws) tomb in Medina that only blood relatives of the
Prophet (saws) may enter.

The guard at the door would not allow him in, as he wanted to know the
proof that Ahmed ar Rifai

was related to the Prophet (saws). Ahmed ar Rifai was sad and yelled
towards our Prophet’s (saws)

tomb, “As-salaamu alaykum, ya jeddi (Peace be on you, my ancestor).” Our
Prophet (saws) answered,

saying “Walaykum salaam, ya waladi (And peace be on you, my son).”
Muhammad’s (saws) hand came

out of the tomb and our Pir kissed the Prophet’s (saws) hand. When people
saw this miracle, they

went into a state of wajd (ecstasy) and began stabbing themselves with
their swords and knives.

When the ecstasy passed, there were people lying all over the floor covered
with blood, so Ahmed

ar Rifai returned them to their normal health. After that, our Pir was
famous for possessing this

Ahmed ar Rifai is known as one of the four major tariqat pirs (“Aktab-i
erbaa,” a qutb of the

time, not just of a local area). Another major qutb was Abdul Qadir al
One day somebody asked Abdul Qadir al Geylani (who was Ahmed ar Rifai’s
cousin) “Ya Hazret, what

is love?” Hz. Geylani told the person to go ask this question to Sayyid
Ahmed ar Rifai. After

sending Hz. Geylani’s salaams to Hz. Rifa’i, he asked, “What is love?” When
Ahmed ar Rifai heard

this question, he stood up, saying, “Love is fire, love is fire.” He began
whirling until he

passed into the unseen and disappeared. When the person saw this, he was
disturbed because he

didn’t understand what was happening. At that moment, the spiritual
presence of Abdul Qadir al

Geylani appeared and told him to look for the spot where his brother Ahmed
ar Rifai had vanished,

and to pour rosewater on that spot. The person did this and within a couple
of moments, Sayyid

Ahmed ar Rifai appeared, whirling in the exact same place. When the man
went back to Baghdad, he

visited Hz. Geylani, who asked him, “Did you see love? My brother Sayyid
Rifa’i has reached

stations that many walis have not been able to reach.” Sayyid Ahmed ar
Rifai also deeply loved

and respected Abdul Qadir al Geylani and told his students that whoever
visited Baghdad without

visiting Hz. Geylani’s tomb would not be welcome by Allah or by them.
Ebu Musa el-Haddadi said that in the town of Haddahiye there was a woman
whose children were

always stillborn. This lady said, if I have a child, I will give this child
in the service of

Ahmed ar Rifai. A few years later she had a daughter who was hunchbacked
and lame. Because of

this, the other children in the village always made fun of her. One day,
Ahmed ar Rifai was

visiting this town and all the people went to the road to see him. The
little girl threw herself

at Rifai’s feet and cried out, “You are my mother’s Shaykh; please heal me
from these problems!”

and wept. When Hz. Rifai saw her situation he cried as well, and praying
over her, he placed his

hands on her back and head. The girl’s back and leg were both healed. This
is why Ahmed ar Rifai

is called Beynennas (Ebu’l Arca), the Father of the Lame.
One Friday, Hz. Rifa’i was sleeping and woke to find that it was time for
prayer. However, there

was a cat asleep on his robe. He asked his wife for some scissors, cut off
the part of his robe

where the cat lay, stood up and went to prayers. When he returned, the cat
had awakened and left,

so he asked his wife for thread to sew the robe back together. When he saw
his wife’s displeasure

at what he had done to his robe, he said “Do not worry, nothing but
goodness happened and I did

not suffer because of this; this was a good thing.”
Once, Ahmed ar Rifai spent forty days caring for a dog with leprosy in the
wilderness. When he

returned and was asked why he had spent so much time caring for an unclean
beast, he replied,

“When I die and meet my Maker, what would I have said if He asked me why I
hadn’t helped one of

His creatures?”
Ahmed er Rrif possessed many virtuous traits. He was a paragon of the
humility and empathy. He

always forgave bad deeds, fed the hungry, dressed the naked, visited the
sick and attended all

prayers for the dead. Hz Rifai often stayed and talked with the poor. He
gave good advice even to

his enemies and greeted them when he met them. When he talked to people,
young or old, he always

spoke with great respect. He treated orphans as if he were their own
father. If his murids (Sufi

students) had needs, he took care of them. He wore a patched robe out of
humility and cleaned the

mosque with his own hands. Although he is known mostly for his love,
compassion and healing

power, he also authored at least three books on spiritual topics.

Author Ashik Firoza ( ago)

Author Tawheed Sunnah Channel ( ago)
May Allaah guide you to the Sunnah

Author Asif Quadri ( ago)
beautiful way of zikar love ever parts of it 

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