Here is a compilation of a mini biography of this great wali of Allah swt. ..
Mawlana Sheikh Abdul Salam (qs) is a pure, hidden gem of Allah, from amongst the highest ranks of Awliya, the possessor and inheritor of many spiritual states and an embodiment of the noble Prophetic characteristics, ethics and morals.
Mawlana Shaikh Nazim Al-Haqqani (qs) said that Mawlana Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is a great Wali (friend) of Allah who has the support of the Heavens because of his high status. He said that Mawlana AbdasSalam (qs) is one of the Khulafa (authorized successors) appointed by Mawlana Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs). Mawlana AbdasSalam (qs) served Mawlana Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs) for many years as his helper and used to translate his religious talks from Turkish to Arabic for the murids.
On many occasions, on seeing him approaching, Shaikh Nazim (qs) used to say “Behold, Shaikh AbdasSalam has come.” There was great love between Shaikh Nazim (qs) and Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) and this was apparent when Shaikh Nazim (qs) used to speak about Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs) high manners and morals in front of the murids.
Shaikh Nazim (qs) used to say “Through 50 years of my friendship with AbdasSalam Effendi, he has never questioned me, never refused a request or order and I have never seen him angry. During this time, I have never heard him complain or grumble!”
In one of his suhba’s (gatherings) Shaikh Nazim (qs) once said “There is now no one on the face of this Earth that has the patience and tolerance that Shaikh AbdasSalam has!”
Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs) state is one of total humbleness, humility and respect of the highest order, with total acceptance, surrender and satisfaction with the Will of God and who is utterly devoted to serving his Shaikh. His love for his teachers and total absorption with them has led him to resemble them in physical appearance and anyone that sees his is testament to this. Whoever sees him it is as though they have seen Shaikh Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs)!
Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs) state with his Shaikh is similar to the encompassing state that Sayyidina Jafar bin Abi Talib (ra) had with the Prophet (saw), to the extent where the Prophet (saw) said to Sayyidina Jafar (ra) “You resemble me physically and in character!”
Despite the high rank and heavenly lights that Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) has been dressed with, he chooses a life of simplicity and asceticism so as not to take anything for granted, neither in this world nor in the hereafter. He does not turn to any of the creation for help and puts his total faith and reliance in the Will of Allah and seeks only Allah’s acceptance and pleasure.
He has chosen to be hidden and anonymous, away from the public light. He is in fact is a Wali of the highest order, a shining moon amongst the Awliya and a beacon of Prophetic light. No one knows his real rank and status except Shaikh Nazim (qs) who nurtured and delivered him to such a perfect level.
Shaikh Nazim (qs) said of him “Shaikh AbdasSalam is a perfect man (رجل كامل) and very few men have reached such a level in all of history. Blessed and fortunate are those who have seen the Qutb of the Levant (Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon) Shaikh AbdasSalam!”
Let us now get to know a little about the hidden Wali, the possessor of radiant lights and the exemplar of Prophetic characteristics.
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) was born in 1934 in a village called ‘Kafr kama’ in Palestine to a Circassian family (from the North Caucasus) known for their religiosity and piety. From a young age he was known for his piety as he used to fast and pray a lot with his heart being attached to Allah. He often used to flee to the wilderness and retreat from this world to be with Allah.
In 1956 after the aggressors left Palestine under Zionist control, he left the country when he was 22 years old and migrated for the sake of Allah. Under Allah’s direction and will, he went to Turkey. He spent seven years there working in fields and orchards. The wisdom behind this would become apparent later in translating the words of Mawlana Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs) from Turkish to Arabic. He sat for years in the company of Mawlana Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs) as a translator of his holy words to teach to anyone that came to listen, which transfused love, knowledge, heavenly outpourings and divine lights to those listening.
After the seven years he spent in Turkey, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) headed to Damascus, Syria after receiving an instruction in a dream. This dream was in reality Shaikh Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs) summoning him to Damascus to fulfil his destiny.
He made the intention to head for Syria as a student of knowledge and went by road. At that time, the Hizb Al Baath revolution was taking place and there were security checkpoints everywhere. He boarded a bus which was going to go Damascus, despite him not having any official papers or identification with him. He was sitting in the bus and suddenly an army soldier came onboard and started checking everyone’s identification. The soldier approached him and asked where his identity card was. He had total faith in Allah and by Allah’s will, there appeared a high ranking officer sitting next to him on the bus who said to the soldier “He has an invitation. No one talk to him!” He sat next to the officer for the entire trip who sympathized with his situation and gave him food to eat from what he had! This is one of the many miracles of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) which is all from Allah’s great provision for those close to Him.
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) reached Damascus and didn’t know anyone there. He spent two days in a hostel and went to the maqam (shrine) of Shaikh Muhiyiddin Ibn Al Arabi (qs). He sat in the Umayyad Mosque for an entire day, isolated, until he had read Salaat Naariyah 4444 times. Having completed this, a man from Aleppo approached him and told him that he was going to visit a great Wali whose name was Shaikh Abdallah (qs). He then experienced a spiritual state and felt his heart stir towards Shaikh Abdallah (qs) and felt the need to meet him. He asked the man if he could accompany him to visit Shaikh Abdallah (qs), which he did.
When Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) met with Shaikh Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs) and saw his glorious face, he was attracted by the overwhelming spiritual magnetism and light he possessed. Shaikh Abdasalam (qs) greeted Shaikh Abdallah (qs) to which he replied “Welcome my son, your place is here with me”. Shaikh Abdallah (qs) asked why he had come to Damascus to which Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) replied “I have come as a student of knowledge and want to learn Sharia from any of the Sharia institutes here.” Shaikh Abdallah (qs) replied “Oh my son, stay here with me as after a few days my son, Shaikh Nazim, will return from travel and he can assist you further in this matter.”
Thus, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) stayed at Shaikh Abdallah’s (qs) house for a number of days. During these days, his heart became more and more attached to Shaikh Abdallah (qs) until his only desire became to serve the Shaikh and keep his company.
Shaikh Nazim (qs) returned from his travel and met with Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) and told him “The grace of Allah has brought you to stay in the neighborhood of Shaikh Abdallah. You don’t need to join any Sharia institute, you have all the knowledge relating to this world and the next, here with Shaikh Abdallah!”
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) was overjoyed at hearing this and in this state passed on all his affairs to Shaikh Abdallah (qs)and became his loyal helper. Shaikh Abdallah (qs) loved Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) dearly for his manners and complete sincerity.
Shaikh Abdallah (qs) tested him numerous times and on one such occasion sent him to work in orchards which were far away for over a year during a difficult time. At that time he used to return to Shaikh Abdallah (qs) once a week to spend Friday with him. Even in such difficult conditions, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) never objected or grumbled, but rather, was dedicated and obedient to his Shaikh, complying with his every order, even if this was at the expense of his own health and comfort.
He was always silent in the presence of Shaikh Abdallah (qs), never talking except when the Shaikh directed a matter or question to him. Despite his apparent poverty, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) never asked nor took money from anyone, even if he was in need and even if this meant that he or his family would suffer.
He would welcome and honor all the murids, visitors and scholars that visited with Shaikh Abdallah (qs) with love and affection and seek to serve them all.
Shaikh Abdallah (qs) put Shaikh AbdasSalam into his first forty day seclusion when he was planning to go to Hajj with Shaikh Nazim (qs), where they stayed for six months in the Holy city of Medina. He told Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) to stay and undertake the seclusion at his house.
Shaikh AbdasSalam told me (Umm Maryam) that during this seclusion he saw Prophet Yahya (as) whose maqam (shrine) is in the Umayyad mosque. Prophet Yahya (as) appeared to Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) in his actual form with blood dripping from his neck and he looked at Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) directly. Prophet Yahya (as) represents purity, chastity, knowledge and tolerance and has a great secret with the Prophet Isa (as).
When Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) emerged from the seclusion he was shining like a full moon, radiating heavenly light and splendor, illuminated with the heavenly manifestations of the Beauty and Majesty.
After two years of staying with Shaikh Abdallah (qs), Shaikh Abdallah (qs) got Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) married and asked him to stay in the adjacent living quarters within the same home. From then on, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) served Shaikh Abdallah (qs) night and day, tending to him and the guests he received with the utmost effort, love, respect and humility.
Service to others is of paramount importance in the Naqshbandi way and whoever does not engage in serving and tending to others will not progress on the path. As was said by the Imam the Naqshbandi path is named by, Shaikh Shah Naqshband (qs) “Every person has a door through which he enters and I entered through the door of service.”
During times when Shaikh Nazim (qs) was not available, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) used to translate the words of Shaikh Abdallah (qs) from Turkish to Arabic. Scholars from all over Syria used to come to listen to Shaikh Abdallah (qs) words as he spoke from the deep oceans of knowledge and realization that he had been given. Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) used to simplify such deep outpourings in order for those attending to be able to digest and comprehend what was being said.
These suhbas (knowledge gatherings) sometimes extended for more than two hours at a time during which Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) would never look directly in the eyes of Shaikh Abdallah (qs)! This goes to show how spiritually heavy such gatherings were, with innumerable quantities of lights, heavenly knowledge and divine secrets being poured into Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs).
Much vast knowledge and many secrets are hidden away in his chest until permission comes for them to be revealed which will be during the appearance of Sayyidina Mahdi (as). It is for this that Shaikh Nazim (qs) used to say “Shaikh AbdasSalam is the repository of Shaikh Abdallah.” Shaikh Nazim (qs) also used to say on occasion that “Shaikh AbdasSalam IS Shaikh Abdallah!”
Once when we were having breakfast with Shaikh Nazim (qs) at his breakfast table, he turned to one of his guests (an English Lord) who used to visit him and said “After the passing of Shaikh Abdallah, Shaikh AbdasSalam became Shaikh Abdallah and for me he IS Shaikh Abdallah!” I heard this with my own ears (Umm Maryam). At hearing this Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs), who was sitting next to Shaikh Nazim (qs) started to stutter and tremble with tears in his eyes.
From the deep level of annihilation he had with his Shaikh, Shaikh AbdasSalam started to become like Shaikh Abdallah both inwardly and outwardly, in terms of his manners and his physical appearance! So, whoever has seen Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) has seen Shaikh Abdallah! Praise be to Allah!
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) continued serving Shaikh Abdallah (qs) from 1963 until he passed on to the next life in 1973. During these years he served Shaikh Abdallah with the highest respect and manners, honoring and serving all visitors and murids, always preferring others to himself. Thus, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) became from amongst the closest and from amongst the most beloved to Shaikh Abdallah (qs), and up to the last minute stayed with Shaikh Abdallah (qs) in hospital until his last breath. Shaikh Abdallah (qs) gave him two rooms in a separate section of his house to live in with his family, which allowed him to serve the murids and the zawiya (sufi lodge).
Shaikh Abdallah (qs) passed away being well pleased with Shaikh AbdasSalam who strived to serve him for so long, thus raising him in rank and status. In sincerity to Shaikh Abdallah, Shaikh AbdasSalam continued serving after his passing. Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) submitted wholeheartedly to the successor of Shaikh Abdallah (qs), Shaikh Nazim (qs), pledged allegiance to him and took him as the rightful successor and his heavenly Guide. Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) worked to serve him with complete sincerity as he had done with Shaikh Abdallah (qs). Shaikh Nazim (qs) asked him to continue serving and appointed him the head of the brothers in zawiya and tasked him with managing and arranging the circles of dhikr (remembrance), the Khatm Al-Khawajagan (weekly group Naqshbandi dhikr).
This is how Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) lived, devoting his entire life to serving his Guides relentlessly, unceasingly with sincerity and love, not caring about his own situation or comfort and leaving all of his affairs in the hand of the Almighty. He lived completely detached from this world and from egotistical desires, leading a simple life in poverty, patient in face of calamities and steadfast in the remembrance of Allah in good times and bad. He was blessed with the birth of eight children, two boys and six girls, who lived patiently with him in poverty through every trial.
Despite envy that was directed towards Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) from some of his brothers that were jealous of his station with Shaikh Abdallah (qs) and despite countless problems and calamities he faced in his life from poverty to illness, he was always calm and submitted to the Will of Allah. He passed all of his affairs to his Lord and was always pleased with whatever his destiny was. His state with Allah was that of being pleased and satisfied with everything Allah gave him and his state with the creation was that of mercy and compassion.
This was so even to the extent where those brothers that were jealous of him and tried to expose him as ignorant, didn’t find anything except forbearance, forgiveness and kindness from him and in fact, found him asking for their forgiveness. He would say to such people who used to direct such abuse at him “You have a right over us brother, it’s our fault. We made a mistake so pray for us and forgive us!” This would make the person in front of him reflect and become embarrassed because of the Prophetic character and high manners he had displayed.
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) said that if every murid acted in this forgiving way, it wouldn’t leave any room for Satan to cause mischief between them and that problems and differences could be resolved by using such simple words. He said that the problem is that man’s ego always wants to overwhelm in an oppressive manner and doesn’t want to be subdued or apologize to ones brother.
Shaikh Nazim (qs) used to say “Shaikh AbdasSalam doesn’t have an ego! He has complete control over his ego and has in an inheritor of the maqam of As-Siddiqiyya (مقام الصديقية)” which is the station of truthfulness.
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) has been blessed by being such a beautiful, high ranking human being displaying patience and tolerance the likes of which have only been displayed by the Prophets.
No one knows his true station except a select few pure souls from the elite ranks of the Awliya (friends of Allah). His state may be one of being hidden but his Sainthood and majestic lights are clearly visible for all those to see except for those whose hearts are blind.
Shaikh Nazim (qs) said verbatim that Shaikh AbdasSalam is from amongst the five Aqtab (من الأقطاب الخمسة).
He also said that Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is from amongst the 7007 Naqshbandi Saints.
May Allah preserve him.
Accounts from the pious regarding Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs)
Many pious people from East to West have related their personal accounts of visions they have had of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) and his high rank.
Many of these pious people have seen (in visions or dreams) Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) with the Prophet (saw) and others have seen him serving the Prophet (s) personally at his noble and blessed sanctuary, the ‘Rawdah’ in Medina.
A pious lady from the holy lineage of Sayyidina Husayn who dreams of the Prophet(s) regularly, told me (Umm Maryam) that in one of her dreams she saw Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) wearing a green imamah (turban) and a green jubbah (cloak) with a magnificent presence and heavenly light pouring from him. She then heard a voice telling her ‘Shaikh AbdasSalam resembles the Prophet!’ What Prophetic manners he has inherited! The lady woke up from her dream trembling from the experience and magnificence she had witnessed, as though she had seen the Prophet (s) himself.
Another pious lady in Amman told me (Umm Maryam) that she saw the Prophet (s) in her dream enter their home with a beautiful, flowing white beard, wearing a green jubbah (cloak) and a green imamah (turban). She interpreted the dream to mean that a great Wali of Allah, following in the footsteps of the Prophet (s), would visit them. The next day, she heard someone knocking the door and entered Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) wearing his green imamah and green jubbah and flowing white beard, exactly as she had seen the Prophet (s) in her dream!
A pious man from Lebanon that sees the Prophet (s) often related to me (Umm Maryam) that he saw Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) standing at the ‘Gate of Salam’ (one of the traditional entrances to the Prophet (s) mosque in Medina) and told him that this servant (Shaikh AbdasSalam talking about himself) is the servant of the Prophets (s) ‘Gate of Salam’.
Another lady from Lebanon that didn’t know Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) saw in a dream that Dajjal had appeared and that everyone was in panic, danger and fear. She then heard from an unseen voice ‘Whosoever has entered the house of Shaikh AbdasSalam shall be safe from the trials of Dajjal’. The same incident was seen in a dream by a small circassian girl related to Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) from the Palestinian village of Kafr Kama. She heard the same thing in her dream, ‘Whosoever has entered the house of Shaikh AbdasSalam shall be safe from the trial of Dajjal’.
The interpretation of the house of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is the zawiyah or the Naqshbandi group. The house represents refuge, safety and shelter and whosoever flees to the Awliyah (Friends) of Allah with be protected by Divine safety.
This servant of Allah (Umm Maryam) who serves Shaikh AbdasSalam, saw in a dream that Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) was wearing the clothes of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) and was sitting, talking to the murids of the great rank of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs). He then went silent and couldn’t talk and started crying with tears streaming down his face. I have had many dreams similar to this. In a saying of the Prophet (s) he said ‘Prophecy has gone and what remains now are good signs. It was asked of him ‘O Prophet, what are those good signs?’ He (s) replied ‘A blessed vision that is seen by a believer’.
Another lady from the lineage of the Prophet (s) always used to see the Prophet (s) in her dreams. She took bayah from Shaikh AbdaSalam (qs) in the Great Naqshbandi way and started to see the Prophet (s) in the form of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs)! She called me (Umm Maryam) one day saying that once she was sick in her bed heard in a dream a voice saying ‘The Prophet (s) is now coming to bless you and rid you of this illness by reciting over your head’. A hand then passed over her head to bless her. She turned to see who it was and saw the glowing face of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs), like a full moon beaming with light! For the following three consecutive nights she had the same dream!
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is from amongst the purest, most beloved and most highly dedicated in servitude to the Prophet (s) and the Divine message. And with all his lofty ranks, heavenly manifestations and prophetic lights that encompass him, visible for all to see, he doesn’t like to refer himself to anything that a servant of his Shaikh.
In fact, he does not consider himself a Shaikh, but rather calls himself a murid (follower) and servant of Shaikh Abdallah (qs) and Shaikh Nazim (qs). He has total love and dedication towards his teachers and is completely annihilated in love for them, seeking nothing of worldly gains, prestige or riches for himself, with his only purpose being to seek their pleasure, love, satisfaction and to be under their due care.
He has reached the pinnacle of humility and humbleness and lives in such a state undeterred. No one reaches such lofty states except a few highly righteous individuals such as Shaikh Ahmad Al Rifai (qs) who reached such a high station that the heavens and the earth were like anklets on his feet.
Even being advanced in his age, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) still serves the young and old, such that many who visit the zawiya in Amman are surprised to see him holding the tea tray serving guests!
People say they have never seen a Shaikh do such thing, nor seen anyone who is so dedicated to serving the murids despite his age.
And from such humility, those that try to kiss his hand, find that he manages to kiss theirs first!
Many have witnessed him organizing the shoes of those who attend the zawiyah with his blessed hands, wanting to serve them personally, giving them what he has even if this means he and his family go without.
Where in the World today can you find such a divine personality such as Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs), who can lifts the veils of darkness with the prophetic lights he has been given?
Although Shaikh AbdasSalam has always tried to hide his high rank of wilayah (Sainthood) with his humbleness, the Prophetic lights that he has inherited are apparent to those that look at him. All that see him are attracted to him and have great love for him due to the Prophetic character and Divine purity he has been blessed with.
Through these years of serving him, I (Umm Maryam) have had the great honor of being close to him and accompanying him. During this time I have seen Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) in great spiritual states and displaying such impeccably gracious manners, that such could not come except from one that is a very close Wali (friend) of Allah. Such great levels of these qualities are very rarely found in any human today. In fact, you cannot find such qualities except in those who are from the As-Siddiqiyyeen (the truthful ones).
There is no doubt that he is a Siddeeq (a truthful one) and the people of Allah say that his name is from amongst the names in the Divine presence, which is Yusuf As-Siddeeq (يوسف الصدّيق) and that he is one of the seven Ministers of Imam Mahdi (as).
As I am writing this biography of his life, I can see great similarities between his life and the life of the Prophet Yusuf As-Siddeeq (as). Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) lived in exile like Prophet Yusuf (as) for 40 years and met his family in Palestine only once through this period. Through this time he was trialed with many things including exile from his homeland, poverty, family issues and was even afflicted with envy from certain brothers in the Naqshbandi order that were envious of his high rank with his Shaikh and tried to remove him from it by using any means. They tried to rid him of his high rank, causing immense problems for him with the law, and tried to create distance between him and his Shaikh and not accepting him leading the Khatm Al-Khwajagan in the zawiya, despite the fact the Mawlana Shaikh Nazim had appointed him to do so.
Regardless of the harassment and the many trials he faced, he was steadfast in his patience and was satisfied with his destiny, never displaying anger nor complaining. He never held any ill feelings towards, nor offended those that had shown him animosity. He would say that these are all tests from Mawlana and may praise be to Allah!
I used to get sad and angry when seeing poor manners and abuse being directed towards Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs). He would turn to me smiling and say “Your duty is to see everything as a test from the Shaikh who is testing us to see how much patience and love and respect we have for him and everything linked to him, even if others exceed their limits with us.”
He has also told me “Your duty is to respect all the murids with the same respect that you have towards Mawlana Shaikh Nazim”.
This is the caliber of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs), a vast ocean of Mercy for all.
I have never seen anyone like Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) in my life, in purity or manners. I don’t think that there is anyone on the face of this Earth today that can match his status.
Praise be to Allah who has honored us to know him and blessed us to serve and accompany him.
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) lived in Damascus in neighboring living quarters to Mawlana Sheikh Abdullah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs) until his demise. He then went into the service of Shaikh Nazim (qs) who sent him to Amman, Jordan. Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) lived in an area of Amman called Sweileh and then moved to Shafa Badran. He stayed for a period of ten years which was a type of seclusion for him in which he didn’t go out except to attend Friday prayers. These ten years were a difficult test that Shaikh Nazim (qs) put him through during which he encountered immense hardship, which he faced with patience and without complaint.
n 1999, Mawlana AbdasSalam (qs) went to Palestine after forty years of absence and visited Jerusalem and Kafr Kama, his birth village. In honor of his return, the village arranged a feast and he was warmly welcomed by all his relatives and admirers who were rightly proud of him and hadn’t seen him for forty years. During this visit, he opened a Naqshbandi zawiyah (sufi lodge)in the village, informing the people of the virtues of the noble Naqshbandi path and the benefits of dhikr.
As a result of this, many took the Naqshbandi path from him and started to hold the large Khatm Al-Khawjagan in the zawiya (nowadays the zawiya is only open for women). The large Khatm is the original group remembrance in the path, initiated by Shaikh Abdal Khaliq Al-Gujdawani (qs) which has great secrets associated with it.
Subsequent to this visit, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) visited Palestine many times during these ten years, after which he returned to Damascus after this great test. He spent three months in Damascus and then went to visit Shaikh Nazim (qs) in Cyprus, as he used to do often in order to receive blessings and divine lights.
I (Umm Maryam) have seen with my own eyes the love that Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) had for Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) and the great happiness, kindness and ease he displayed when meeting him which was apparent for all to see. There is no doubt that Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs) resemblance, both physically and spiritually to Shaikh Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs), is due to the long years of close, loyal, dedicated service to him and due to the great service which he gave to Shaikh Nazim (qs) in Damascus, happily and willingly.
This is in addition to the spiritual closeness and moral harmony that was between Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) and his teachers, in addition to divine matters they shared with him which we cannot possibly understand. All of this led to Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) having a very intimate place in the hearts of his teachers and receiving special status and affection from them.
I (Umm Maryam) have seen many examples of this rich love and close brotherhood during the many times we went to visit Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs). I remember once that there was a period of drought in Cyprus where not even a drop of rain had fallen for a long time. In response to this, the murids had gotten together in the zawiya and were getting ready to pray the prayer for rain (Salatul Istisqa). Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) was taking ablution and I was waiting near the door to give him a towel. At that very moment, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) arrived from Damascus and came to wait with me near the door. Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) exited with water dripping from his blessed beard and was delighted to see Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs). Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) elevated his hands to the heavens and said (pointing to Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs)) “Oh Allah, bless us with water for the sake of his virtue with you.” The next day, we saw the sky which was clear and bare become filled with clouds and it rained profusely from the blessings of this prayer.
This is the lofty status of the close Wali (friend) of Allah, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) whose real status with his Lord is only known by his teachers, for he is hidden on the Earth but well known in the heavens!
On many occasions, I saw Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) take blessings from Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs) beard, wiping his hands on it out of love and respect. When Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) was ill, he used to say “O blessed one, put your hands on my chest and recite over me”. To this, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) would cry and kiss the feet and shoes of Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs).
Many used to speak in the presence of Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) about petty matters, especially at the dinner table and many would laugh loudly and raise their voices in speech. Some would interrupt Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) when he would be talking, delivering heavenly guidance and some would even object to what he was saying! Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) would always remain sitting quietly, motionlessly, listening attentively, with his head lowered in the presence of his Shaikh, as though a bird was perched on his head, just like the Sahabeh (companions) would be in the presence of the Prophet (saw).
Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) used to say “Learn adab (manners) from Shaikh AbdasSalam” and would often praise him which would be accompanied by a subha on manners and virtues. These words from Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) would not affect Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) except in increasing his modesty, humility and admonition of himself, which would make him shiver and cry and make him fall into a deep spiritual state.
Very few from amongst men have reached such a high state of perfection and Sainthood. The one that has been utterly overtaken by the Divine Beauty sees only peace, mercy and forgiveness and smiles in every situation. This is indeed the state of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs).
The son of a well-known Shadhili Shaikh in Amman, Jordan related that he heard in a dream “Shaikh AbdasSalam is a manifestation of happiness tranquility and peace.” Upon hearing this, he named his newly born son “AbdasSalam” to receive blessings and in respect and honor of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs).
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is most certainly a great Wali (friend) of Allah whose name is known amongst the heavens. He is a spiritual link to the Divine for those in the East and the West, for those far and near, whose actual Divine reality is only known to a few chosen ones…. the Masters of hearts.
After returning and staying in Damascus for a period of time, Shaikh Nazim (qs) ordered Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) to return to Amman, but this time with the intention of opening a Naqshbandi zawiya (sufi lodge) in Jabal Amman, sending him as a fully authorized deputy and leader. At that time, Shaikh Nazim (qs) spoke to some pious descendants from the noble family of the Prophet (Ash-shurafa) in Amman known for their love and manners and told them “I am sending you a leader so follow him!”
Shaikh Nazim (qs) asked me (Umm Maryam) to emigrate to Jordan in order to serve Mawlana AbdasSalam (qs) and the zawiya. I complied with this order and considered it a huge honor to accompany Mawlana AbdasSalam (qs). Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) opened the zawiya under a mosque which also served as his residence where he had a small room for his family. Even though the family room was underground in which no natural light or air would enter, he was completely satisfied with Allah’s provision. we stayed there for six years during which there wasn’t a day that past where we didn’t happily serve for the sake of Allah.
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) started the holding the Khatm Al-Khawjagan at the zawiya and started to accept pledges of allegiance (bayah) on behalf of Shaikh Nazim (qs) in order for lovers to start their spiritual journey. This has continued until today where the zawiya has become a spiritual refuge, an oasis of divine light for the seekers of Allah and a melting pot of lovers from different nationalities, backgrounds and spiritual paths to congregate at. Shaikh AbdasSalam(qs) has always shown complete humility and total sincerity to his teachers and has never considered himself to hold any rank or place of authority, to the extent where he has said to those pledging allegiance “I only link your heart to Shaikh Nazim’s (qs) heart and I am nothing more than a murid who has been given this task by him.”
After the passing of Shaikh Nazim (qs), may Allah raise his rank and benefit us from his divine openings, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) hurried to pledge allegiance to the authorized successor of Shaikh Nazim (qs), Shaikh Mehmet Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani (qs), asking all murids to do the same and announced:
“Our Shaikh now is Shaikh Mehmet (qs) and we renew our allegiance to him in order to fall under his spiritual blessings in order to continue in the line of Shaikh Nazim (qs). We will be with him like we were with his father Shaikh Nazim (qs). Shaikh Mehmet (qs) is the only true successor of Shaikh Nazim (qs) and there is no successor other than him.”
Before the demise of Shaikh Nazim (qs), he clearly announced that his son, Shaikh Mehmet (qs) was his authorized successor, to whom Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) hurriedly pledged his totally loyalty. Look at the absolute humility, sheer dedication, great sincerity and utter loyalty displayed by Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) in complying with Shaikh Nazim’s (qs) order.
Until today, the Naqshbandi zawiya in Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is a spiritual haven for lovers of the divine to quench their spiritual thirst, attracting all lovers to attend circles of dhikr and remembrances of the Prophet(s), regardless of background, culture or social status. Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is certainly an authorized spiritual guide and an illuminated beacon of light for wayfarers on the spiritual path to Allah. He is an example for all lovers of Allah to follow, based on the way of his teachers, in order for lovers to attain eternal, divine felicity.
During all this time he has remained in poverty, living a life of asceticism and obscurity, purely in the service of Allah. If he ever received any money from anyone, he would be in a hurry to distribute it to those less fortunate. Even with all the trials and tribulations he has faced, he is still absolute in his resolve, as sturdy as a mountain in maintaining his principles, especially in this age of moral and religious degradation.
Nowadays, he spends most of his time in seclusion and doesn’t leave the house except very rarely. You don’t see him except that his tongue is always moist with the remembrance of Allah or with the remembrance of the Prophet(s). The dhikr beads do not leave his hands except when he either goes to the restroom or when he sleeps. He may sit physically with people in this world, but in actuality he is in the presence of his teachers in the veiled world.
As a result of his unadulterated, pure love for his teachers, he often starts crying especially when anyone mentions the name of Shaikh Nazim (qs). He misses his teachers dearly and for him life is no longer sweet due to this separation. It is as though he is counting the days that he has left until he reunites with them. His physical body has now become weak due to him taking on great spiritual burdens of many, making them pure and clean.
This great Wali (friend) of Allah, a pure, holy one, is one of very few left in the World today. This is indeed Shaikh Abdasalam (qs), the Qutb of the Levant, the great helper and possessor of Divine, Majestic lights and Heavenly secrets. He is a hidden Wali whose true status will be revealed in all its glory during the time of Imam Mahdi (as) as he is one of the Mahdi’s (as) ministers, as was clearly mentioned by Shaikh Nazim (qs).
May peace and blessings be upon the seal of prophets, our beloved Master Prophet Muhammad (s), the beloved of the Divine who brought Heavenly lights and Honor to the entire creation. May peace and blessings also be upon his family, his companions, his followers, his lovers and all those who are attributed or associated with him.
Mawlana Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is indeed a deep ocean that encompasses everything with his noble manners and morals. He has perfected manners the likes of which cannot be found in anyone of his time. He is a sign from Allah exemplifying forbearance, tolerance and patience and is most certainly a role model in generosity and absolute humility. His pure inner self, hidden secrets and Divine illuminations manifest themselves on his physical form. Majestic lights of his Sainthood are apparent on his noble face, attracting those who see him. His pure features are testament to the hidden mysterious he has within.
No matter how hard he tries to hide under the cloak of humility, his spiritual state speaks for itself without the need for words for those with open hearts, as he is a Wali (friend) of Allah who has reached the highest levels amongst the people of perfection. His true status is only known by Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) who just before his demise used to speak about Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) with tears in his eyes.
During our last visit to Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) he said with tears in his eyes “Oh Abdasalam Effendi, Mashallah Shaikh AbdasSalam!” expressing thankfulness and joy at his presence. Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) would stroke Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) blessed beard and ask him to place his hand on his chest and ask him to read Al Fatiha for him.
In all honesty, I (Umm Maryam) have never seen anyone like Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) who has displayed so much forbearance, humility, manners and patience, may Allah give him a long, healthy life.
From his impeccable manners he would completely cover the faults of others and not expose or reprehend them, not with the slightest word, even if they were deeply entrenched in moral filth or displaying vile character. He would do his utmost to conceal such behavior, showing only their good side in order to bring out the best in them, thus teaching by example. When the names of those that tried to inflict harm or displayed bad manners towards him were mentioned, he would try to find excuses for them and would not speak against them,
saying that they are from the people associated to Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) and needed to be respected and loved.
There was one such individual who tried to offend Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) with his words, mocking him, trying to sideline him and lower his status. Even with this behavior, when Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) met him, he shook his hand and showed him tolerance and respect, bending to kiss his hand. The individual was taken aback in surprise by this and shaikh said to me “our path is certainly the path of servitude, humility and abasement of the ego. This is the only way to reach the Almighty.” He went onto say that he would honor anyone connected to Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs) and that there was no room for ones ego in such a presence!
I (Umm Maryam) do not recall any occasion where Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) confronted anyone about the wrong they may have committed, dishonorable conduct they may have displayed, nor reprimand for anything wrong they may have done. He certainly never exposed any flaws of anyone. I never heard him say to anyone “Why did you say this or do this?” Instead, he would ignore what was done against him and would make out as though he didn’t know so that the one in front of him would not feel embarrassed.
If he ever saw a person committing something wrong, he would still have a good opinion of him and try to find a legal Islamic excuse for his action. If he was told “So and so said this”, he would reply smiling and say “Maybe he was joking with you”. Acting like this, he would not leave room for any person to have a bad opinion of another and he would always say “Verily Allah the Almighty is Al Ghaffar (the Forgiver), Al Sattar (the Veiler of sins) who loves to veil his servants sins.”
He often reminds us of the Prophetic saying “Two traits that are beloved to Allah and His Prophet (s) are having a good opinion of Allah and having a good opinion of people. Two traits that are detested by them are having a bad opinion of Allah and having a bad opinion of people.”
He often reminds people “Allah is not as you think. He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful with His servants. No matter how disobedient the servant is, His Lord finds a way to excuse and forgive him for verily His Mercy covers everything. He forgives His servant who exceeds the limits, so it is better for you to withhold your hands and your tongues from His servants. Rather pray for them and invite them to their Lord, the Most Forgiving, Most Merciful, the Most Generous of Veilers. Allah’s Mercy does not have any limits, His Oceans of Mercy are limitless, never ending!”
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) told me (Umm Maryam) something wondrous about the Almighty’s unlimited, encompassing Mercy for His servants and His “Oceans of Mercy”, from what he had heard directly from Mawlana Shaikh Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs) in one of his subhas (gatherings). He then whispered to me, don’t tell anyone what I have told you as most people will not understand these words in this time and will accuse us of going against what is written in the Holy Quran regarding the torment of hell fire.
He told me “Do not judge people by their external actions for verily Allah knows their true intentions. Do not judge any person as what he dies upon is unknown to you and only known to your Lord. Even if you see a funeral procession, do not say this is the funeral of an unbeliever or of a Christian or of a Jew, rather say that unbelievers, Christians or Jews are the ones conducting the funeral. You do not know in which state that person died upon, as it could be that in his very last moment on this Earth, Allah created faith in his heart and he died as a believer. It is from the Mercy of Allah that he can rectify a servant during his last seven breaths on this Earth, with His Mercy falling to change that person from an unbeliever to a believer, changing a bad ending to a prosperous one.”
This is from amongst the secrets that none can understand fully, except the Awliya (friends) of Allah who are embodiments of Divine Mercy. During this age, there are people whose hearts are indeed hardened and are denied such understanding, who go to the extent of labelling believers as unbelievers!
This is Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs), an Ocean of Mercy encompassing all things. His way is one of utter humility and total respect for all humans as they are honored by their Lord, as stated in the Holy Quran:
“And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference.”
Sayyidina Omar bin Al-Khattab (ra) said “Be inviters to Allah through your silence” It was asked “How can we do that?” He replied “Through your manners.”
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is from amongst such people, silently inviting people through his Prophetic manners. Mawlana Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is certainly not the best preacher nor trained in the art of articulate speech, but his Prophetic manners, morals and etiquette speak volumes which allure and captivate the hearts of people, pointing to his Sainthood. His manners and character profoundly affect all those who meet him, even if they have only met him once. The fragrance of such purity emanates from him and his face is brilliant with heavenly lights which manifest in his words and actions.
Once a group of females at the zawiya (sufi lodge) in Amman wanted to renew their allegiance to the Naqshbandi Path and requested that Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) be present to bless the gathering. He kept delaying this for around two months out of humility, modesty and shyness. He finally agreed to come to the zawiya after the ladies dhikr which was held on Thursday afternoons. He entered the zawiya with his head lowered and was greeted by the ladies with “Oh the white moon rose over us..” (طلع البدر علينا) ode to the Prophet (s). At hearing this, his humility increased even more and he started to cry, his eyes flowing with tears. He then sat for many minutes, silently, not saying a single word. The blessings, peace and mercy in that gathering were palpable, falling upon all those who were attending. All of those present were crying from the sweetness of the heavenly manifestations and lights that they were being showered upon us through Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs). Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs) silence was far more efficacious than any speech, with the heavenly manifestations emanating from that gathering being far stronger than anything we could have experienced listening to mere words.
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) is a silent caller to Allah, calling people through his state, teaching people manners, tolerance and civility towards Allah, His Prophet (s), His Awliya and His creation. Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs) state encompasses Divine Mercy, Love and Wisdom. When he does speak, he speaks from the Divine repository of Treasures he acquired from Shaikh Abdallah Faiz Ad-Dagestani (qs) during the ten years he was in his service as his helper and translator. Sometimes Shaikh Abdallah’s (qs) talks would last for more than two hours in which he would stare into the eyes of his especial murid Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs), pouring heavenly knowledge, lights and secrets from the unlimited treasures of the Divine into his chest.
Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) told me (Umm Maryam) repeatedly that there is no permission to open these Heavenly treasures today. They will only be opened when Mahdi (as) arrives, during which many great secrets shall be revealed to those of understanding, who have been stripped of everything and have linked their hearts and souls to Mawlana Shaikh Nazim (qs).
On some occasions before going to bed, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) has shared with me (Umm Maryam) many wondrous matters relating to the totally encompassing and endless Mercy of Allah towards His servants and explanation of certain verses which he had heard from Shaikh Abdallah (qs). On hearing such explanations I (Umm Maryam) would be amazed by what he told me and would not sleep from the Heavenly manifestations that my heart would be flooded by. One day, I decided to write about these matters and author a book called “From the jewels of Shaikh AbdasSalam”. I started writing and relayed what I had written to Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs). He took what I had written from my hands and said “Have you gone mad? It is not allowed for us to spread or even mention this knowledge at this time where people are far from the true reality of the Holy Quran and cannot comprehend the knowledge contained within such Heavenly Gardens. If people are informed of such Heavenly knowledge, they will be quick to deny it and call us unbelievers for what we have said!” Since then, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) speaks little of such realities and only provides brief glimpses into such Heavenly knowledge from time to time in order to reinvigorate our hearts.
When he gives those that have true love (who are very few) from such knowledge, he speaks in accordance to their ability to receive and accept such information and as such, may remain silent for long periods. For those that show true love and sincerity, he talks to them from the beautiful Heavenly knowledge that attracts hearts and fills them with tranquility, contentment and peace, despite him getting physically tired when doing so.
Guests that have entered Shaikh AbdasSalam’s (qs) presence and tasted such knowledge but did not benefit, could well have entered his presence without manners or love or with a fault in their intention when visiting. From my humble place as a servant to guests, I would ask Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) at times to share from the jewels he had shared with me previously or shared with previous guests. He would look at me and I would understand that the people present were not ready to understand from such deep oceans of Heavenly knowledge.
nce I prompted Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) to give guests that had arrived from afar, a rich, heavy talk so that they would be happy. Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) remained silent in their presence, as though his tongue was knotted and then started to speak very generally. I understood from this that the guests’ reason for visiting was for worldly reasons and not out of love for the Shaikh. After they had left, Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) asked me not to request such a thing as the permission to disclose such knowledge was not in his hands as it is divinely inspired on his tongue.
I also asked him to give talks to the murids in the zawiyah after the weekly dhikr from the deep oceans he possesses. He smiled and replied “Am I good at speaking?” He also said “Is there anyone there that will be able to grasp these words? And to whom will I be talking to? Mashallah, we have many Shuyukh that attend who are excellent speakers and everyone is knowledgeable and have certificates in Islamic Sciences and ijazas (permission to teach) from various scholars”.
I once asked him to give just a small suhba in order to rejuvenate the hearts of those present at the weekly dhikr and to share with those that were unaware of his lofty status and the knowledge he had inherited. He then said to me (probably to please me) “Ok, I will see tonight”. I was attentively listening behind the door that separates the women’s from the men’s section of the zawiya to hear what he was going to say in the suhba. After the dhikr ended, some of those present started to discuss some matters which turned into an argument in which their voices became raised. Mawlana Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) sat quietly with patience and tolerance, listening to all that was being said. He then got up and entered through the door separating the two sections (which also doubled up as his accommodation for many years) and said to me laughing “Did you hear the suhba!” The voices became louder to which he said “Give me all the sweets you have so that we can keep them busy with eating instead of arguing and engaging in useless talk!”
After taking full permission of Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) I have published some of his talks(suhba) for his lovers, for those who are true and sincere and want to benefit from his manners and treasures, for those that come from afar just to see Shaikh AbdasSalam(qs) in order to see his blessed face and to obtain his blessings.
It is for all these pure, sincere individuals that such words have been written, including those in the Hashemite family, may Allah protect their honor and raise their ranks and status, who visit Shaikh AbdasSalam (qs) out of their sincere love and respect for