Miracles (Karamaat)Number of visits: 500
Many miracles occurred through Ahmed Kabir Rifai. One of the most widely known is the one that give him the name “Abul alemeyin” (the Father of Two Banners). In the year 555 A.H., when he was 43 years old, Hz. Rifa’i went on hajj. He didn’t wear the usual traveling clothes of sayyids (the relatives of the Prophet, saws, could be recognized by their clothes). There is a certain section of the Prophet’s (saws) tomb in Medina that only blood relatives of the Prophet (saws) may enter. The guard at the door would not allow him in, as he wanted to know the proof that Ahmed Kabir Rifai was related to the Prophet (saws). Ahmed Kabir Rifai was sad and yelled towards our Prophet’s (saws) tomb, “As-salaamu alaykum, ya jeddi (Peace be on you, my ancestor).” Our Prophet (saws) answered, saying “Walaykum salaam, ya waladi (And peace be on you, my son).” Muhammad’s (saws) hand came out of the tomb and our Pir kissed the Prophet’s (saws) hand. When people saw this miracle, they went into a state of wajd (ecstasy) and began stabbing themselves with their swords and knives. When the ecstasy passed, there were people lying all over the floor covered with blood, so Ahmed Kabir Rifai returned them to their normal health. After that, our Pir was famous for possessing this gift.
Ahmed Kabir Rifai is known as one of the four major tariqat pirs (“Aktab-i erbaa,” a qutb of the time, not just of a local area). Another major qutb was Abdul Qadir al Jeelani.
One day somebody asked Abdul Qadir al Jeeylani (who was Ahmed Kabir Rifai’s cousin) “Ya Hazrat, what is love?” Hz. Gouse Pak told the person to go ask this question to Sayyid Ahmed Kabir Rifai. After sending Hz. Jeelani’s salaams to Hz. Rifa’i, he asked, “What is love?” When Ahmed Kabir Rifai heard this question, he stood up, saying, “Love is fire, love is fire.” He began whirling until he passed into the unseen and disappeared. When the person saw this, he was disturbed because he didn’t understand what was happening. At that moment, the spiritual presence of Abdul Qadir al Jeelani appeared and told him to look for the spot where his brother Ahmed Kabir Rifai had vanished, and to pour rosewater on that spot. The person did this and within a couple of moments, Sayyid Ahmed Kabir Rifai appeared, whirling in the exact same place. When the man went back to Baghdad, he visited Hz. Jeelani, who asked him, “Did you see love? My brother Sayyid Rifa’i has reached stations that many walis have not been able to reach.” Sayyid Ahmed Kabir Rifai also deeply loved and respected Abdul Qadir al Jeelani and told his students that whoever visited Baghdad without visiting Hz. Jeelani’s tomb would not be welcome by Allah or by them.
Abu Musa el-Haddadi said that in the town of Haddahiye there was a woman whose children were always stillborn. This lady said, if I have a child, I will give this child in the service of Ahmed Kabir Rifai. A few years later she had a daughter who was hunchbacked and lame. Because of this, the other children in the village always made fun of her. One day, Ahmed Kabir Rifai was visiting this town and all the people went to the road to see him. The little girl threw herself at Rifai’s feet and cried out, “You are my mother’s Shaykh; please heal me from these problems!” and wept. When Hz. Rifai saw her situation he cried as well, and praying over her, he placed his hands on her back and head. The girl’s back and leg were both healed. This is why Ahmed Kabir Rifai is called Beynennas (Abu’l Arca), the Father of the Lame.