One Ramadan, Hadrat Shaykh Abd’al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi Allahu ta’ala anhu stayed in the town called Riyadha. LIke all Muslims he fasted by day; unlike them, he did not break his fast with food, but drank only water. Towards the twenty-seventh evening of that month, the sky above Shaykh Abd’al-Qadir Radi Allahu ta’ala anhu’s head suddenly split open. Through it an angel descended with a golden pitcher in one hand and a silver platter in the other, overflowing with delicious fruits from Paradise. Shaykh Abd’al-Qadir Radi Allahu ta’ala anhu asked the angel if the pitcher were made of gold. The angel answered, “Yes, the Generous One commanded me to bring you these, for you are His friend and servant.”
Shaykh Abd’al-Qadir Radi Allahu ta’ala anhu knew that this was a test, so he answered, “Please return these precious things; I have no use for gold or silver. The Most Beloved Prophet Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam, peace and blessings upon him, never ate from precious trays, and I will not indulge in luxuries rejected by the Beloved of Allah himself. I will follow his example.”
The angel vanished but returned after sunset with an earthenware pitcher and a wooden platter full of the fruits of Paradise. Shaykh Abd’ al-Qadir Radi Allahu ta’ala anhu accepted this and said: “Alhamdulillah! He graciously feeds all His creatures. he knows what they eat. We must never worry about our sustenance.” He invited his friends and neighbors to share in this gift. After performing the evening prayer, they began to eat, and the food lasted until all had eaten their fill.
Shayn Lillah Yaa Shaykh Sayyad Shah Abd ‘al-Qadir Al-Hasanii Al-Hussainii Al-Jilani Al-Baghdadi Al-Madad