Who was Habib Abd al-Qadir al-Saqqaf?

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) was asked:

Who was Habib `Abd al-Qadir al-Saqqaf?

He replied:

He was a complete and perfect heir of the Prophet ﷺ. His father and all his forefathers were representatives (khulafa’) of the Prophet and he inherited this khilafah from them.

He can be described as follows:

هم أقوام غذوا في المحبة من صغرهم

وعاشوا في مخافات و غابوا في فكرهم

They are people who were nourished with love from their infancy
They lived in fear of their Lord and were absorbed in reflection

Whenever he was wrongly treated he responded in the best of ways. Whenever people fell short in giving him his rights he overlooked it. He never found fault with anything or spoke badly about anything in his gatherings. However busy he was, he never neglected to recite and reflect upon the Qur’an. He never fell short in striving to benefit people. He said:

“If someone comes to me in need, I cannot relax until I have done everything I can to fulfill his need.”

Imam al-Haddad summarizes the attributes of people such as Habib `Abd al-Qadir as follows:

و قد درج الأسلاف من قبل هؤلاء و همتهم نيل المكارم و الفضل

لقد رفضوا الدنيا الغرور و ما سعوا لها و الذي يأتي يبادر بالبذل

فقيرهم حر و ذو المال منفق رجاء ثواب الله في صالح السبل

لباسهم التقوى و سيماهم الحيا و قصدهم الرحمن في القول و الفعل

Our predecessors travelled the path before them and their aim was attaining merit and noble character

They rejected the deceptive dunya and never strove to attain anything of it. Whatever came to them they quickly spent.

The poor among them were free and the wealthy spent their wealth in the best of ways hoping for Allah’s reward

Taqwa was their garment and shyness was their attribute and the Most Compassionate was the One they sought in their words and deeds.

May we live according to their way.