Zuhd had overwhelmed him totally. He gave in the Path of Allah whatever he possessed. If he had to hold money in his hands to even give to others, he would wash his hands.
He is a student of the illustrious Refuge of the Fuqaha, viz. Imaam A’zam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh). Before becoming bay’t, he engaged in mujaahadaat for forty years. He is also the student of Hadhrat Hasan Basri in Uloom-e-Zaahiriyyah (Knowledge of the external dimension of the Shariah, e.g. Fiqh, Hadith, Tafseer). He was fortunate to be honoured with the companionship of Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu) as well.
His initiation into Sulook was occasioned by the following episode.
He had a slave whom he had exempted from him from night service on the condition of a payment of one dinar per night. Someone complained to him that the slave was stealing the kafans of dead bodies.
One night Abdul Wahid stealthily followed the slave who went into a qabrustaan. Here the slave engaged himself in Namaaz until Fajr time. Then he made dua and petitioned Allah Ta’ala:
“O my Great Master! Give the wage of my small master.”
A dinar miraculously appeared and settled in the slave’s hand. While the slave left, Abdul Wahid remained concealed.
After the departure of the slave, Hadhrat Abdul Wahid made wudhu, performed two raka’ts Salaatut Taubah and repented for the baseless suspicion he had entertained of his slave. He resolved to set the slave free.
A further astonishing revelation shocked Hadhrat Abdul Wahid in the morning. He was lost, searching for the direction of his home. When he enquired from the people around, they informed him that the place of his home (mentioned by him) was a two-year journey away. He sat down in bewilderment. A passing horse-rider soon stopped and asked: ‘Abdul Wahid, why are you sitting here?’ Abdul Wahid narrated his story. The horse-rider said:
“Don’t leave. With a swift horse it will take two years to reach your home. The same slave will come at night. Go with him.”
Abdul Wahid was left no option, but to wait.
During the night the slave appeared with a variety of food. He presented the food to Abdul Wahid, saying: “Eat and don’t ever do so again.” While Hadhrat Abdul Wahid was eating, the slave engaged himself in ibaadat. In the morning as usual, the dinar arrived. He presented both dinars to his master who walked only a few steps with the slave and miraculously reached home. The slave said: ‘You had intended to free me.’ Hadhrat Abdul Wahid immediately emancipated the slave who expressed his profound gratitude. In return for his freedom the slave gave Hadhrat Abdul Wahid a few pebbles and disappeared.
In the morning he discovered that the ‘pebbles’ were priceless gems which he sold and distributed the money to the fuqara. He thus commenced the journey of renouncing the world.
Shaikh Abdul Wahid said that once on account of pain in his leg, he experienced considerable difficulty in Salaat. One night when he woke up, the pain was intense and he performed Salaat with the greatest difficulty. After completing the Salaat, he went to sleep. In a dream he sees a girl in the company of other girls coming to him. She sat down close to him. The other girls sat behind her. She instructed one of the girls to lift me and warned: ‘Don’t wake him up.’ All the girls together lifted me. He continues:
“They placed me on the most luxurious and comfortable bed. Never in my life
had I seen such a beautiful bed. I was looking at her and listening to her
instructions. She instructed: ‘Put flowers around the bed.’
The girls complied with her order. She then approached me and placing her hand on my painful leg said: ‘Stand and perform Salaat. Allah Ta’ala has cured you.’
My eyes suddenly opened. The pain was gone. From that day until today I never became ill. To this day the sweetness of her instruction: ‘Stand and perform Salaat. Allah has cured you.’, is in my heart.”
He also narrates the following episode:
“One night I was overcome with sleep and I missed all my auraad and wazaa-if.
In a dream I saw the most beautiful girl approaching me. Never had I seen such
beauty. She was dressed in silk garments. Her shoes were reciting Tasbeeh and
her shoe laces Taqdees (proclaiming Allah’s holiness). She said to me:
‘O Ibn Zaid! Strive in my pursuit. I am in search of you.’
She then recited a verse, the translation of which is:
‘He who purchases me and becomes the comfort and rest of my heart, his trade is profitable.’
I asked: ‘What is your price?’
She said: ‘My price is love for Allah and along with love, obedience to Allah. And, my price is deep contemplation blended with sadness.’
I asked: ‘Girl! Who is your master?’
She said: ‘My Master is He Who does not refuse my price offered by one who desires me.’ (i.e. Allah is the Master.)
Hearing this answer, Shaikh Abdul Wahid (rahmatullah alayh) woke up and took an oath that he would never again sleep. Thus, he performed Fajr Salaat with Isha’s wudhu for forty years.
He narrates the following episode:
“I arrived at the monastery of a monk in Chi???. I called out: ‘O Raahib (monk)! O Raahib!’ But he did not respond. I called a second time. Again there was no response. After I called him the third time, he appeared and said:
“I am not a Raahib. A Raahib is one who fears The Allah Who is in the
heavens; he honours His greatness; he has patience in the calamities of Allah,
he is contented with Allah’s decree; he praises Allah for His forgiveness; he
expresses gratitude for His bounties; he is humble in the presence of His Glory;
he accepts His Power; he fasts during the day; he performs Salaat at night; the
mention of Jahannum keeps him awake. Such a person is a Raahib. On the contrary,
I am a wild dog which preys on other animals. I have imprisoned myself here for
fear of devouring people with my tongue.”
I asked: ‘O Raahib! What has misled people from Allah Ta’ala?’
He said: ‘O brother! After having recognised Allah, it is
the love of the world which has led people away from Allah. Love of the world is the root of transgression. An intelligent person is he who expels this love from his heart and repents for his sins. He focuses his attention on things which bring about nearness to Allah.”
Narrating another episode, Hadhrat Abdul Wahid (rahmatullah alayh) said:
“Ayْb Sakhtiyani and myself were journeying along the road leading to the land of Shaam. We met a Habshi man carrying a load of wood on his head. We asked: ‘O Habshi! Who is your Rabb?’ He said: ‘You ask a man like me.’ He placed his load on the ground and turning his face towards the heaven said:
“O Allah! Transform this load into gold.”
The load turned into gold. He said to us: ‘Watch it.’ He again supplicated:
‘O Allah! Transform it into wood.’
The gold became wood. Then he added:
‘You may ask the Aarifeen. Their wonders will not cease.’
Hadhrat Ayْb says that he was astonished and dumbstruck by the condition of the Habshi. I felt greatly ashamed. We then asked if he had some food. The Habshi made a sign with his hand and a dish of honey appeared. The honey was clearer than ice and its fragrance sweeter than musk. He told us to eat it, adding that it is not the honey of bees. There was nothing more delicious than this honey. When he saw our surprise and bewilderment, he said:
“A person who is surprised by such miracles is not an Aarif. He who expresses surprise is far from Allah. He who worships after seeing miracles is ignorant of Allah Ta’ala.”
He had displayed numerous karaamaat (miracles). Once he was at the river bank. The boatman allowed only those onto the boat who could pay the fee. Those unable to pay were not allowed onto the boat. Addressing the fuqara, he said: ‘Convey to the river from Abdul Wahid the message: ‘Become dry!’
The fuqara conveyed this message to the river. Consequently, the water decreased so much, that the fuqara crossed with ease.
Once a group of fuqara was seated by him. He had nothing to offer. Hunger
forced them to make a request to Hadhrat Abdul Wahid. He made dua and dinars
began to shower down on them. Food was bought. Everyone except Shaikh Abdul
Once the boat in which he was, was driven to a remote island by strong winds. There he found an idol-worshipper. When Hadhrat Abdul Wahid asked: ‘Who do you worship?’, the idolater showed the idol. Hadhrat Abdul Wahid invited him to accept Islam, saying that only the Creator of all things deserves to be worshipped.
Idolater: ‘How does one know of the existence of such a Creator?’
Abdul Wahid: ‘By the news conveyed by the Rasool.’
Idolater: ‘Where is the Rasool?’
Abdul Wahid: ‘After delivering his message and completing his mission he has departed from this world.’
Idolater: ‘Did he leave any sign of his truth with you?’
Abdul Wahid: ‘The Book of Allah.’
After Hadhrat Abdul Wahid recited the Qur’aan to him, the idolater
‘Truly, this is the speech of a Being Who cannot be disobeyed.’
He then accepted Islam with a sincere heart. When Shaikh Abdul Wahid left, this person also left