The Floating Apple

red apple floater

In Persia in a place called Naif in the district of Jilan, in the South of the Caspian Sea, there lived a pious and God fearing man. He was Hadrat Abu Saleh Jangi Dost. He used to spend most of his time in the contemplation and love of Allah (God).

Once he was sitting on the bank of a river in deep contemplation, when upon opening of his eyes, he saw an apple floating down the river. The apple, which reached him near the bank, was taken up and eaten by him. Soon after, his conscience questioned the propriety- whether the apple eaten by him was lawful. He got up and walked along the bank of the river towards the sides from where the apple had come, in order to find out the owner of the garden where from the apple had fallen into the river. Hadrat intended to pay him the price for the apple in order to make the energy derived from that apple lawful, since he had eaten it, without permission from whoever the owner may be.

After a long journey, he reached a spot where a large garden appeared over the bank of the river which convinced him that the apple had fallen from that garden. Upon inquiry, he learned that the garden belonged to Hadrat Abdullah Sumi. Hadrat Abu Saleh approached him and begged his pardon for eating the apple of his garden without his prior permission. Such approach made Hadrat Abdullah Sumi perceive that Hadrat Abu Saleh was a pious and a noble man. He therefore asked him to pay the price of the apple before his request for pardon was considered. The price was to serve under him as long as he desired. Hadrat Abu Saleh agreed to serve Hadrat Abdullah Sumi for as long a period as his service was considered necessary.

After a few years service, Hadrat Abu Saleh asked the owner of the garden to grant him pardon and release him. Hadrat Abdullah Sumi, before pardoning and allowing him to leave, asked Hadrat Abu Saleh to agree to marry his daughter who, he was told, was blind, deaf, lame and paralytic of hands. After marriage he was also to stay with them until a child was born to them. These were the qualifying conditions of his release.

In order to obtain his pardon, Hadrat Abu Saleh Jangi Dost agreed to the proposal and the marriage was accordingly fixed up. When he entered the chamber of the bride, he saw instead a beautiful and healthy lady. He turned his eyes from her assuming that he had entered a wrong chamber because the lady before him did not tally with the description given to him.

By his Kashf (Clairvoyance) Hadrat Abdullah Sumi understood the predicament of Hadrat Abu Saleh about his bride. He called him and explained to him that he had stated that his daughter was blind, because her eyes never saw any non-muhrim (outsider other than members of their family); she was said to be deaf, because she had never heard untruthful statements; she was supposedly lame, because she never undertook and stepped on towards committing acts alien to the laws of Islam.

Such a description of his wife enlightened Hadrat Abu Saleh with a new light and he began to live happily with his wife whose name was Umul Khair Fatima. She was the pious daughter of Hadrat Abdullah Sumi, who was himself a great Wali and Saint of his time and was a direct descendent of Hadrat Sayyidinah Imam al-Hussain.

In this Syed family of Walis, Hadrat Umul Khair Fatima gave birth to a son in 470 Hijri during the month of Rabi-ul-Akhir (Rabi at-Thani). The child was named Abu Muhammad Abdul Qadir. Abu Muhammad was his Kuniet- the name by which he was familiarly called by relatives, neighbors, and well- known to all of us in the spiritual world as Abdul Qadir Jilani as associated with his birthplace Jilan He was a Wali (Saint) by birth and king of all the Walis (Saints).

As-salaam ay Nur-e chashmay Anbiya
As-salaam ay Baadshah-e Awliya

Salaams to you, O fountain of the lights of the Prophets
Salaams to you, O Sultan of the saints (Awliya)