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What is the meaning of Ghous Ul Azam or Ghaus-i-azam? Is it correct to call Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma Ghous ul Azam?


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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

The Arabic term ‘Ghous’ means helper and the term ‘Azam’ means greatest, so Ghous Ul Azam means the greatest helper.

Allah says in the glorious Quran: But Allah is your protector, and He is the best of helpers. Quran [3:150]

Allah is indeed the greatest helper and no one besides Allah has this attribute, if some people call someone other than Allah as the greatest helper then it is shirk and shirk is the greatest sin in the sight of Allah. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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