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Monday, 13 February 2017 09:21

‘Aqeeqah and Naming – Part One

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On the seventh day after the birth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), ‘Abdul Muttalib performed the ‘Aqeeqah and invited all the Quraish for this occasion. He then kept the child’s name Muhammad. On hearing this name, the Quraish asked, “O Abul Haarith! (This was the title of ‘Abdul Muttalib) Why did you keep such a name that was certainly not kept by your forefathers or any of your family members?” ‘Abdul Muttalib replied, “I propose to name him Muhammad (the praised one) because I want the one in the sky, Allah Ta‘ala , and His creation on the earth, to praise him.”

‘Abdul Maseeh returned to Chosroes and informed him of what had transpired. Upon hearing this, Chosroes exclaimed, “The elapse of fourteen kingdoms takes a period of time, but it does not take long for time to pass.”

Ten out of the fourteen kingdoms ceased to exist in just four years and the remaining four came to an end by the time Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became the Khalifah.

Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was born circumcised and furthermore, his navel was cut. When his grandfather ‘Abdul Muttalib, caught sight of this, he was amazed and remarked, “Verily, this son is bound to become a man of lofty status.” This is exactly what transpired.

Ishaaq bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) narrates from Hazrat Aaminah that when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was born, he was exceptionally clean and dirt-free. He did not have the normal effects of after-birth or any form of dirt on his blessed body.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/57-61)

Nu’maan bin Munzir promptly despatched a well travelled scholar by the name of ‘Abdul Maseeh Ghassaani to Chosroes. When ‘Abdul Maseeh Ghassaani appeared in the court, Chosroes asked, “Do you have any knowledge of whatever I wish to ask of you?” ‘Abdul Maseeh replied, “You may ask me your question. If I have any knowledge, I will assist you. Otherwise, I will direct you to someone more knowledgeable than I am.” Chosroes then informed him of all the events that had recently occurred. ‘Abdul Maseeh advised him, “Perhaps my mother’s brother, Sateeh, who presently resides in Shaam, will have some knowledge on this matter.”

Hearing this, Chosroes commanded ‘Abdul Maseeh to personally go to his uncle so that he may find out and return with the answers of the questions he had. When ‘Abdul Maseeh reached his uncle, Sateeh, his uncle was already in the final stages of his life, about to leave this world. However, he was still conscious and in his senses. ‘Abdul Maseeh greeted him and recited a few couplets to him.

On the night of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)’s birth, a tremor struck the palace of Chosroes causing all fourteen towers of the palace to collapse. The fire that had perpetually blazed in the Persian fire-temple for a thousand years was abruptly extinguished. Lake Saawah also unexpectedly dried up. Chosroes was in a state of anxiety and distress the following morning. However, his royal dignity prevented him from revealing his despair. He eventually convened court by assembling his ministers and other pillars of state.

During the course of this assembly, he was informed that the fire in the fire-temple had extinguished. This fuelled the anguish of Chosroes even further. One of the Zoroastrian priests thereafter stood before him in court and said, “I saw a dream last night in which powerful camels were dragging some Arabian horses. I then witnessed them crossing over the Tigris River and fanning out to each and every country in the world.” “What is the interpretation of this dream?” asked Chosroes. The priest replied, “Perhaps a momentous incident is about to occur from the direction of Arabia.”

In order to investigate further and to put his mind at ease, Chosroes sent a message to Nu’maan bin Munzir instructing him to send him an eminent scholar who would be able to answer all his questions adequately.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/55)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:51

The Auspicious Birth – Part Two

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It is reported on the authority of Ka’b Ahbaar (rahimahullah) that the previous scriptures describe the honoured personality of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the following words:

محمد رسول اللّٰه مولده بمكة ومهاجره بيثرب وملكه بالشام

“Muhammed, the Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam); his birthplace will be Makkah Mukarramah and his migration will be towards Yathrib (Madinah Munawwarah) and his rule will be over Shaam.”

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:34

The Auspicious Birth – Part One

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The greatest of humans, the leader of the children of Aadam (‘alaihis salaam), Muhammad Mustafaa Ahmed Mujtabaa (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was born into this world fifty or fifty five days after the incident of the elephants, at the time of dawn on Monday 8th Rabee’-ul-Awwal, corresponding to April 570 A.D. in Makkah Mukarramah, in the house of Abu Taalib.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:36

The Incident of the People of the Elephants - Part Four

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‘Abdul Muttalib thereafter took a few people with him and proceeded to the Ka‘bah so that they could all implore and beg Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa. At this juncture, ‘Abdul Muttalib recited the following poetic couplets of du‘aa:

لاهمّ إن المرء يمنع رحله فامنع رحالك

“O Allah! A man takes care of his house, You take care of Your house.

وانصر على آل الصليب وعابديه اليوم آلك

And assist Your people against the people of the cross and its worshippers.

لايغلبن صليبهم ومحالهم أبدا محالك

Their cross and their schemes can never overcome that which You have planned.

جرّوا جميع بلادهم والفيل كي يسبوا عيالك

They dragged (and brought) all their forces and their elephants to capture Your dependants.

عمدوا حماك بكيدهم جهلا وما رقبوا جلالك

Out of ignorance, they have plotted to destroy your haram, and they failed to consider Your greatness.”

Monday, 09 January 2017 14:27

The Incident of the People of the Elephants - Part Three

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Accompanied by a few leaders of Quraish, ‘Abdul Muttalib set out to meet Abrahah. Upon reaching, he sent a message to Abrahah informing him of his arrival. When ‘Abdul Muttalib arrived, Abrahah gave him a grand welcome.

Allah Ta’ala had blessed ‘Abdul Muttalib with unparalleled handsomeness, remarkable eminence, imposing awe, remarkable dignity and arresting majesty that left all who came into contact with him awestruck. Hence, Abrahah was also overwhelmed and awestruck by the personality of ‘Abdul Muttalib. He thus welcomed ‘Abdul Muttalib with absolute respect and honour. Abrahah found it inappropriate to seat anyone on or in line with his throne. So instead, he descended from the throne out of respect for ‘Abdul Muttalib and sat with him on the ground.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 08:45

The Incident of the People of the Elephants - Part Two

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When the Arabs heard of the church that Abrahah erected, a member of the Kinaanah tribe defaced the building by passing stool within its precincts and thereafter fleeing. Some are of the opinion that a few Arab youngsters lit a fire in the vicinity of the church. A gust of wind carried an ember onto the church, setting it ablaze and reducing it to ashes. This infuriated Abrahah and he vowed that he would not rest until he had reduced the Ka‘bah to ruins. With this evil intention, he set out to attack Makkah Mukarramah. En route to Makkah Mukarramah, the tribes who put up resistance were subdued with the might of the sword. Together with his army of men, he was also accompanied by a herd of elephants.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:08

The Incident of the People of the Elephants - Part One

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Fifty or fifty five days before the birth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the incident of the people of the elephants occurred, which is well known and recorded in the kitaabs of history and Seerat. The Holy Qur’aan also devotes a specific Surah to this particular incident. A comprehensive account of this incident is recorded in the kitaabs of Tafseer. Below follows a summary of this incident:

Abrahah was the governor of Yemen, appointed by Najaashi (Negus), the emperor of Abyssinia. When he noticed all the Arabs travelling to Makkah Mukarramah to perform Tawaaf of the Baitullah, he decided to erect a magnificent, highly decorated structure in the name of Christianity so that the Arabs would abandon the simple Ka‘bah and make Tawaaf of his fake Ka‘bah. He therefore erected a beautiful church in the capital city of San‘aa.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/46)

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