A dream wherein Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) boasted about Imam Ghazali

Question

Is there any mention that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once boasted about Imam Ghazali in a dream?

 

Answer

‘Allamah Subki (rahimahullah) has written the following in his Tabaqatush Shafi’iyyah:

“It has been reported and has become famous that Shaykh Shadhili who was the leader of his time that he saw Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in a dream and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was boasting to Musa and ‘Isa (‘alayhimas salam) about Imam Ghazali. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked, “In your ummah, do you have a learned man like this?” They replied, “No.”

(Tabaqatush Shafi’iyyah, vol. 6 pg. 257)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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