This is a heartfelt entreaty seeking Divine Pardon. It has found a lofty place in many quarters of the Islamic world. The author of this work has not been decisively established. There are three variations to the origin and position of this ode:
- The Ottoman saint, Ahmad Ziya’uddin Gumushanevi, has attributed this work to the bosom friend of the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace), Sayyidina Abu Bakr ‘Abdullah al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him).
- The author of Al-Fuyudat Al-Rabbaniyya, Isma’il Muhammad Sa’id al-Qadiri, has catalogued this as “Al-Qasida Al-Ghawthiyya” and attributed it toSayyidina-sh Shaikh Muhyiddin ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah sanctify his secret).
- Shaykh Ahmad Rida Khan al-Qadiri of Bareilly, responded to a question about this work in the following terms: “The attribution [to Abu Bakr al-Siddiqi] is incorrect. Someone with a poetic name of Siddiqi and ignorant of Arabic grammar has composed this.”
Despite the outward issues with this composition, there is no denying that an innatebaraka exists therein. This has made it an integral part of the daily prescribed litany of many saints and savants. It is certainly an entreaty for the last days of Ramadan.
Success is from Allah.