Some of the miracles and fulfillments of the prayers of Sayyidina Rasul-e-Akram
Posted by al Adaab on December 24, 2006
Some of the miracles and fulfillments of the prayers of
Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim
edited and revised by
Imam El-Sheikh Sayyid Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani El-Hashimi
Muhammad ibn Ishaq has a tradition that after Abul-‘Aas bin Rabi’ bin ‘Abdul-‘Uzza bin Shams, who was the son of the sister of Sayyidah Khadijah, the daughter of Khuwailid, had married her daughter Zainab, whom she begat with Rasulullah, and also after Ruqayyah, the step-sister of Zainab, had been married to ‘Utbah bin Abu Lahab, a feud had broken out between the Quraish and Rasulullah, in consequence whereof the flames of envy and rancor had commenced to blaze in the furnaces of their minds. Wishing to distress and to insult that prince, some of the Quraish said to Abul-‘Aas and to ‘Utbah “Both of you have wedded daughters of Muhammad, and have thereby relieved him of the trouble to take care of them. Now you must divorce his daughters in order to cause him grief and unhappiness; and we shall give you instead of them any of the daughters of the Quraish chieftains whom you may select.” Abul-’Aas replied, “I swear by Allah that I shall never separate from my wife, nor prefer any other woman to her.” ‘Utbah the licentious—curses be on him—however, said, “If you try to procure for me the daughter of Sa’id Abul-’Aas, I shall divorce the daughter of Muhammad.”
Accordingly the Quraish married the daughter of Sa’id to ‘Utbah, although at that time he had not yet had any true connection with Ruqayyah. ‘Urwah bin Al-Zubair says: “‘Utbah came to Rasulullah, and spoke the following words: ‘This son-in-law [of yours] does not believe in the crazy star which has come down, and does not acknowledge that Jibril is visiting you.’ Then he squirted the saliva of his impure mouth towards our Master (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim), divorced Ruqayyah, uttered a few more unbecoming words, and departed.” It is related that on the occasion when ‘Utbah—curses on him—perpetrated the above act, Rasulullah (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) pronounced the following invocation: “Ya Allah, appoint over him one of Thy dogs.” Abu Talib, who was present with Rasulullah, said to ‘Utbah, “O my nephew, what stratagem can save you from the sequel of this prayer?” According to another tradition, Abu Talib, being grieved at his Master’s wish, said to the Nabi, “Son of my brother, what will you gain by this evil wish?” In short, ‘Utbah returned to his house and communicated to his father, Abu Lahab, what had taken place; but the latter was, despite his idolatry and obstinacy, convinced that the wish of Rasulullah, the best of the servants of Allah, would be responded to and was grieved. Some time afterwards, Abu Lahab and ‘Utbah departed with a company of the Quraish to Syria for the purpose of trading. During their journey, however, they halted in a station where a monk informed them that many wild beasts were on the road, and advised them to be very careful. On that occasion Abu Lahab turned to his companions, and said, “Be prepared for a contest and aid each other, for I am not sure where the imprecation of Muhammad will not be responded to.” Afterwards they heaped together all of their baggage, and the couch of ‘Utbah happened to be on the top of it. When the night set in, ‘Utbah reclined on his couch, and the whole caravan reposed around the property of ‘Utbah. In the middle of the night, however, a roaring lion attacked the people of the caravan, all of whom were sleeping near their baggage; he snuffed at every person, but injured no one until he mounted the heap of the merchandise where ‘Utbah slept, and sent that impudent wretch to Hell by ripping up his abdomen, thus making him a loser in this and in the next world.
There is a tradition that a woman had a son, who was so sick that he had not a single hair on his head; therefore she took the little boy to Rasulullah (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim), and requested him to pray to Allah that he might recover his health. His lordship complied with the request of the poor woman, placed his hands on the head of the little boy and uttered a prayer, whereon the hair immediately sprouted on his head and he was cured of his disease. At the time when Musailamah the liar claimed to be a prophet, a woman brought her sick boy to him, and requested him to pray for his recovery. Musailamah placed his hands on the head of the child, but by the touch of his unhallowed hand the little boy lost every hair of his head.
There is a tradition that once some persons came to Sayyidina Rasulullah, complained that their water was brackish, and said “The sweet water is distant from us.” Accordingly Rasulullah rose, and went with a number of companions to the well, into which he threw some saliva from his blessed mouth, whereon the water immediately became sweet became sweet. The well is celebrated to this day, and was inherited by the members of that tribe from generation to generation, the people still boasting of the miracle worked in their favor. When the people of Musailamah the liar had heard of this miracle, they requested him to work a similar one in their favor, but as soon as Musailamah had thrown the saliva from his accursed mouth into their well the water became brackish, and had the taste of the urine of an ass.
In some books it is recorded that several persons came to his lordship the refuge of apostleship, to complain of the paucity of water in their well. Accordingly his lordship spat into it, and the water rose as high as they wished. During the time of Musailamah, some of his people who had heard of this miracle made the same request to him, and said, “Muhammad has done such a thing, and we beseech you in the same manner to spit into our well, for the increase of water thereof.” Musailamah complied with their petition, and when he squirted the water of his impure mouth into the well, the little water which was in it disappeared altogether, and the well became so dry that not a drop remained therein.
There is a tradition of ‘Ali the Commander of the Faithful, of Ibn Abbas, of Ibn Mas’ud, and of other noble companions—radiyallahu ‘anhum ajma’een—that once the Quraish idolaters assembled around Rasulullah, and said, “If your claim to prophecy be true, then divide the moon in half.” His lordship the refuge of termination said, “Will you believe if I do it?” They said: “Yes.” Then he pointed his finger at the moon, and it was immediately divided into two parts, one of which remained in its place and the other was concealed behind a mountain. His holy prophetic lordship (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) then exclaimed, “Ya such and such a one, and such and such a one, be ye witness.” According to another tradition the moon was divided in such a manner that Mount Hira intervened between the two halves. Some idolaters then said, “Muhammad has bewitched you,” and others exclaimed “What we have seen cannot possibly have been perceived by all the people; we must therefore ask travelers, and if they also have witnessed this strange phenomenon, you may be sure that Muhammad is a true Prophet, but if not, not.” Accordingly when strangers and travelers arrived from various regions in Makkah, the unbelievers and hypocrites examined them, and received the information that on a certain night the moon appeared divided into two halves.
It is related that an Arab who was a huntsman had caught a land-crocodile, which he was carrying to his house as food for his family and children. While he was on the way, he suddenly perceived a large gathering of people and asked for the cause of it. The people replied “Muhammad, the son of ‘Abdullah (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) is here and claims to be a prophet.” The Arab forcibly entered the crowd, went up to Muhammad, and said “Ya Muhammad, I shall not believe you until this crocodile believes,” and threw the land-crocodile at Rasulullah’s feet; but it wanted to run away; therefore his holy and prophetic lordship (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) exclaimed “Lizard, approach.” The animal obeyed, replying in eloquent and distinct language, “I await your commands with pleasure.” His lordship asked “Whom worshippest thou?” The animal replied “I worship Allah, whose throne is in heaven whose dominion is on earth, whose power is in the sea, whose mercy is in paradise, and whose punishment is in hell.” Rasulullah asked, “Who am I?” The animal said, “You are the Rasul of the Lord of both worlds and the Seal of Ambiya; blessings be on you! Whoever believes you will be saved, and whoever accuses you of falsehood will be damned.” When the huntsman heard these words of the crocodile he took the finger of astonishment between the teeth of meditation, and said: “After this I wish for no other proof of your veracity. I testify that there is no god but Allah, and I testify that you are His Servant and His Rasul. This profession I now make externally and internally. I swear by Allah that when I first approached you, there was no man on the face of the earth whom I hated more than you; now, however, I love you more than my own eyes, ears, father, mother, and children. His holy and prophetic lordship (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) replied, “Thanks and praises be to Allah, who has shown you the right way.”
There is a tradition attributed to Imam Hasan (Radhi Allahu Ta’ala ‘anhu) to the effect that one day a man said to his holy and prophetic lordship (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam), “I had a little daughter whom I threw some time ago into such and such a river—it being customary to with the Arabs during the time of ignorance to destroy their own daughters—and I requested his lordship to utter a prayer that my daughter might be resuscitated. The Holy Rasul complied, went to the bank of the river, hailed the little girl by her name, and exclaimed, “Return to life by the power of Allah, The Most High!” The Holy Nabi (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) then said, “You father and mother have become Muslims; are you willing to be restored to them?” The girl replied, “I have need neither of father nor mother, because I have found my Allah to be nearer to me than they.”
It is related, after Nu’man bin Basheer al-Ansari, that one of the professors of Islam had died at Madinah, that his body had been dressed and laid out in state, and that when the women assembled around him he uttered the following words in eloquent and distinct language, “Muhammad the Rasul of Allah is the Nabi-al-Ummiy. This was written down in the book.” Then he mentioned the names of some of the companions, and said, “Greeting to you, Ya Rasulullah! May the Blessing and Mercy of Allah be upon you!” After uttering these words he relapsed into his former state and expired.
‘Uthman bin Hanif relates that a blind man requested Rasulullah to pray that his sight might be restored, and his lordship said, “Go, perform your religious ablution; pray two rak’atayn, and then utter the following invocation, “Ya Allah Most High, I desire to make Your Rasul, who is the Nabi of Rahmah, my intercessor with Thee, that the veil of cecity may be uplifted from before my eyes. Ya Allah, accept the intercession of Muhammad for me.” The narrator states that the blind man obeyed the injunction, and his wish was fulfilled.
There is a tradition of Qutadah bin Nu’man that he said, “I prayed one night the dormitory prayers with his lordship, and although it was raining a little, and the night was very dark, I wished to return home. His lordship put a stick made of date-tree wood into my hand, saying, “Go with this because from this stick ten lights will be kindled in your front, and ten in your rear. When you enter your house, you will see something black; strike it till it goes our; for it is Shaytan [la’natullahi ‘alayh].” Qutadah says, “When I entered my house, I perceived a man, whom I struck, as his lordship had commanded me, till he went out.”