Habib Abd al-Qadir al-Saqqaf and The Car Door

He sat in a car one day, and a student closed the door for Habib due to his love for him. Habib rode for a while until they were out of sight and suddenly told the driver to stop the car and open the door.

The driver saw tears coming down his eyes, his face was filled with pain, and he was sweating intensely. He rushed to the door and saw Habib’s fingers stuck in the door and they were filled with blood.

The driver said, ‘Sayyidi, why didn’t you tell us!’ He replied, ‘I didn’t want to upset the student because he harmed me. Who is ‘Abd al-Qadir to break the heart of someone from the Ummah of Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ?’


[I’ve heard two similar, but slightly different, variations of this story from two different people.]