Did Abdulqadir Ghaylani revive the dead with the permission of Allah? Does it exist in Islam?

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Did Abdulqadir Ghaylani revive the dead with the permission of Allah? Does it exist in Islam?

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- We know very well that even a leaf will not fall without the permission, knowledge and power of Allah. After believing this, it is possible that Allah gives spirit to the dead through the hand of some people. There are statements emphasizing this fact in the following verses:

“When Abraham said: "Show me, Lord, how You will raise the dead, " He replied: "Have you no faith?" He said "Yes, but just to reassure my heart." Allah said, "Take four birds, draw them to you, and cut their bodies to pieces. Scatter them over the mountain-tops, then call them back. They will come swiftly to you. Know that Allah is Mighty, Wise" (al-Baqara, 2/260).

“He (Moses) said: "He (Allah) says: A heifer not trained to till the soil or water the fields; sound and without blemish." They said: "Now hast thou brought the truth." Then they offered her in sacrifice, but not with good-will. Remember ye slew a man and fell into a dispute among yourselves as to the crime: But Allah was to bring forth what ye did hide. So We said: "Strike the (body) with a piece of the (heifer)." Thus Allah bringeth the dead to life and showeth you His Signs: Perchance ye may understand." (Bakara, 2/71-73).

“When the angels talked to Maryam about Hz. Isa, they also mention the following qualifications of his:  ‘And (Allah will appoint him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, (with this message): ‘I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah´s leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by Allah´s leave; and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe.’" (Al-i İmran, 3/49)

- According to Islamic scholars, the things that are miracles for prophets can be karamah for saints.

Let us listen to the issue related to this karamah of Abdulqadir Ghaylani from Badiuzzman Said Nursi:

- “At one time, being instructed by Ghawth al-A‘zam, Shaykh Ghaylani (May his mystery be sanctified), was the only son of an aged and anxious woman. This esteemed lady had gone to her son’s cell and seen that he had nothing to eat but a piece of dry, black bread. Her maternal compassion was aroused by his emaciated condition resulting from his asceticism. She felt sorry for him. Later she went to Ghawth al-A‘zam in order to complain, and saw the Shaykh was tucking into roast chicken. Out of her concern, she declared:

“O Master! My son is dying of hunger while you are eating chicken!”

Whereupon Ghawth al-A‘zam said to the chicken: “Rise up, with Allah’s permission!” At this, the cooked chicken bones assembled and were thrown out of the dish as an entire live chicken. This has been related unanimously through many reliable and documented channels as a marvel of someone whose extraordinary wonder-working is world-famous. Ghawth al-A‘zam said to her: “When your son reaches this level, then he too can eat chicken.” (see Ghaylani, Ghunyatut-Talibin p. 502; Nabhani, Jamiu Karamatul-Awliya 2:203)

Thus, the meaning of Ghawth al-A‘zam’s words is this: whenever your son’s spirit rules his body, and his heart rules the desires of his soul, and his reason rules his stomach, and he wants pleasure for the sake of offering thanks, then he may eat delicious things.” (see Lemalar, On Dokuzuncu Lem'a)

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