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Wednesday, 07 April 2021 07:21

Incident of a Khurasaani

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There was once a man from Khurasaan who used to perform Haj annually. After performing Haj, he would visit Madinah Munawwarah. On coming to Madinah Munwwarah, it was his habit to visit Hazrat Sayyid Taahir ‘Alawi (rahimahullah) and present him with gifts.

Once, someone from Madinah Munawwarah said to the Khurasaani, “Whatever you give to Sayyid Taahir (rahimahullah) is being wasted by him and is being spent for sinful purposes.” For this reason, when he came to Madinah Munawwarah the following year, he did not give him any gifts. Likewise, when he came the next year as well, he again gave him nothing and instead distributed his gifts among the poor of Madinah Munawwarah.

Wednesday, 07 April 2021 07:05

The Incident of Abul Wafaa (rahimahullah)

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A pious person says:

While living in Makkah Mukarramah, a friend of mine once came to me saying, “I have brought you a present.” He then said to one of his friends present, “Tell this man your story.” His friend then narrated the following incident:

When I left my home to perform Haj, a large group of friends and well-wishers came to bid me farewell, and many of them accompanied me to the outskirts of the village. From this group of people, one person requested me to convey his salaams to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his two companions, Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) in Madinah Munawwarah. However, when I went to the Holy City of Madinah Munawwarah, I forgot to convey his salaams, and only remembered when we had departed from Madinah and had arrived at the first stop, Zul Hulaifah, to put on our Ihraam.

Wednesday, 07 April 2021 07:00

The Incident of ‘Allaamah Qastallaani (rahimahullah)

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‘Allaamah Qastallaani (rahimahullah) mentions the following incident:

Once, I became so ill that the doctors lost all hope of my recovery. This condition of sickness remained for many years.

One day, on 28th Jumadaa Oolaa 893 A.H., while in Makkah Mukarramah, I made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala through the waseelah (blessed name) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and begged Allah Ta‘ala to cure me of my sickness. Thereafter, while asleep, I had a dream in which I saw a man with a piece of paper in his hand. On the paper, the following words were written:

“Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has commanded that this medicine be given to Ahmed bin Qastallaani.”

When I awoke, I was completely cured.


On one occasion, a villager visited the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Standing before the blessed grave, he said, “O Allah! You have commanded that slaves must be set free. Here lies Your most beloved Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and here stands Your slave at the final resting place of Your Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I beg You to free this humble slave from the fire of Jahannum.”

After making this du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala, he suddenly heard a voice calling out, “Why did you only ask for freedom from Jahannum for yourself? Why did you not ask for all of mankind? We have freed you from Jahannum.”


Hazrat Uwais Qarni (rahimahullah) was a famous Taabi’ee who was well known to be the best of Taabi‘een (i.e. those who met the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), the companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)).

He lived during the era of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), but because he had to take care of his mother, he could not meet Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself mentioned that Hazrat Uwais Qarni (rahimahullah) was the best of Taabi’een. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also mentioned that if Hazrat Uwais Qarni (rahimahullah) had to take an oath that something would happen, then Allah Ta‘ala would make sure that it happened, and if anyone had the chance of meeting him, then he should ask him to make du‘aa for his forgiveness

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 04:59

The First Migration to Abyssinia

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When the disbelievers observed that day-by-day, more and more people were entering the fold of Islam, and the reach of Islam was expanding, they unanimously resolved to increase their persecution of the Muslims. In this manner, they began to subject the Muslims to different forms of torture and persecution in order to force them to renounce Islam.

At that time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) advised the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) saying:

تفرقوا في الأرض فإن الله سيجمعكم قالوا إلى أين نذهب قال إلى هنا وأشار بيده إلى أرض الحبشة

“Spread out in the earth, for certainly Allah Ta‘ala will soon assemble all of you.” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) enquired, “Where should we go to?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) indicated with his blessed hand towards the land of Abyssinia and said, “Go in this direction.”

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 04:54

The Miracle of the Halting of the Sun

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The miracle of the halting of the sun occurred in Makkah Mukarramah. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned from the journey of mi’raaj and informed the Quraish of this journey, they demanded that he inform them of a few specific details of Bayt-ul-Maqdis.

They also asked him regarding one of their trade caravans which had journeyed to Syria and when it was expected to return to Makkah Mukarramah (as Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had informed them that he had went to Syria during the mi’raaj).

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 04:49

The Miracle of the Return of the Sun

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Among the well-known miracles of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the miracle of the returning of the sun (i.e. making the sun re-emerge after sunset).

Hazrat Asmaa bin ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anhha) reports the following:

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was in a place near Khaibar named Sahbaa and was resting with his blessed head on the lap of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 04:37

The Miracle of the Splitting of the Moon

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اِقۡتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَۃُ وَ انۡشَقَّ الۡقَمَرُ ﴿۱﴾

The hour (of judgement) has drawn close and the moon has split asunder (Surah Qamar v. 1)

On one occasion, approximately five years before the hijrah to Madinah Munawwarah, the disbelievers of Makkah approached Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Among them were Waleed bin Mugheerah, Abu Jahal, ‘Aas bin Waa’il, ‘Aas bin Hishaam, Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth, Aswad bin Muttalib, Zam‘ah bin Aswad, Nadhr bin Haarith and others.

They said to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “If you are the true Nabi of Allah, then show us a special sign that will prove your prophethood.” According to one narration, they demanded that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) split the moon into two parts.

It was night and the fourteenth moon was shining in the sky. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to them, “Very well, if I display this miracle before you, will you all embrace Islam?” They replied, “Yes, we will bring imaan.”

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 04:20

The Relentless Persecution of The Quraish

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The Quraish left no stone unturned in in their persecution of the Muslims. At times, they suspended them from trees, and at times, they tied their feet and dragged them around. They even placed heated iron bars on their backs and stomachs. The disbelievers did all sorts of vile things to the Muslims, but not one of them wavered from the true deen. They died tolerating these hardships but they did not turn away from Islam. May Allah Ta‘ala be pleased with them and may they be pleased with Him.