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Fazaa'il-e-Madinah (18)

Abu Muhammed, Abdus Salaam bin Abdir Rahmaan Husaini (rahimahullah), who was a Sayyid (a descendent of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)), once mentioned the following incident:

On one occasion, I was in the blessed city of Madinah Munawwarah, and a period of three days passed in which I had nothing to eat. Eventually, I went to the mimbar of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and performed two rakaats of nafl salaah. Thereafter, I addressed Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O my grandfather (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I am experiencing hunger, and I express my desire before you to eat thareed (a dish comprising of pieces of bread, gravy and meat).”

Sayyid Ahmed Rifaa’ee (rahimahullah) is well known as one of the greatest saints of Islam. He passed away in the year 578 AH.

In the year 555 AH, Sayyid Ahmed Rifaa’ee (rahimahullah) was blessed to go to Makkah Mukarramah to perform haj. After completing his haj, he visited the blessed city of Madinah Munawwarah to visit the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). While standing before the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he recited the following couplets:

في حالة البعد روحي كنت أرسلها     تقبل الأرض عني وهي نائبتي

وهذه دولة الأشباح قد حضرت     فامدد يمينك كي تحظى بها شفتي

When I was far away, I would send my soul to you as my representative, kissing the ground (at the Rowdhah Mubaarak) on my behalf

Now the time has come for me to physically present myself with my body, so (now that I have come in person,) please extend your blessed hand so that my lips may acquire the honor of kissing it

As he recited these couplets, the blessed hand of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) extended from the Rowdhah Mubaarak, and Sayyid Ahmed Rifaa’ee (rahimahullah) then kissed it. This event occurred in the presence of approximately ninety-thousand people who witnessed it.

(Al-Haawee 2/314 , Fazaa’il-e-Haj (Urdu) pg. 789 and Wafayaat-ul-A’yaan 1/172 )

Faqeeh Abu Muhammed Ishbeeli (rahimahullah) has recorded the following incident in his kitaab on the virtues of haj:

Once, a man from the city of Granada became so ill that the doctors were unable to treat him and gave up hope of his recovery. At that time, the governor, Abu ‘Abdillah, Muhammed bin Abil Khisaal, wrote a letter addressed to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) which he gave to the Haajis to be read at the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). In the letter, the governor also included some verses of poetry.

Sufi Abu ‘Abdillah, Muhammed bin Abi Zar’ah (rahimahullah), mentions:

I once traveled to Makkah Mukarramah with my father and with Abu ‘Abdillah Khafif (rahimahullah). While in the Holy City, we suffered great hunger. Thereafter, in that poor condition, we traveled to Madinah Munawwarah. We slept without any food, on empty stomachs.

Sayyid Abu Muhammed Abdus Salaam Husaini (rahimahullah) mentions:

Once, for three days, I could not find anything to eat in Madinah Munawwarah. I went close to the mimbar to perform two rakaats of salaah. Thereafter, I turned to the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O my grandfather (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I am hungry and my heart desires to eat thareed (a type of Arab dish).” Saying this, I went to sleep.

Saturday, 28 August 2021 10:11

The Incident of Hazrat Abul Khair Al-Aqta (rahimahullah)

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Hazrat Sheikh Abul Khair Al-Aqta’ (rahimahullah) said:

Once, on a visit to Madinah Munawwarah, I suffered such hunger that for five days, I had absolutely nothing to eat. I went to the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and after making salaam to him and his two companions, Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), I said to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! It is my wish to be your guest tonight!

Saturday, 14 August 2021 10:43

The Incident of Hazrat Haatim Asamm (rahimahullah)

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Hazrat Haatim Asamm Balkhi (rahimahullah) was a pious saint who secluded himself in a room for thirty years (i.e he only left the room to perform salaah in the musjid and fulfil other deeni obligations). He did not speak to anyone except when it was absolutely necessary.

When he visited the holy grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in Madinah Munawwarah, he said, “O Allah! We have come to the grave of Your beloved (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Do not send us away from here without being forgiven!”

Hazrat Muhammed bin Munakdir (rahimahullah) relates:

Once, a man left eighty gold coins in trust with my father before leaving for jihaad. Before leaving, the man said to my father, “If you have a need to use this money then you may do so. I will reclaim the amount from you when I return.” Thereafter, Madinah Munawwarah experienced great difficulty due to which my father spent the entire amount on the people.

Saturday, 26 June 2021 11:49

The Incident of Hazrat Ibnu Thaabit (rahimahullah)

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In Makkah Mukarramah, there once lived a man named Ibnu Thaabit (rahimahullah). He used to perform haj every year, and thereafter used to travel to Madinah Munawwarah to present salaam at the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He did this for seventy years consecutively.

Once, it so happened that for some reason, he could not go to Madinah Munawwarah to visit the grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). While remaining at home, seated in his room, he was overcome by sleep. While asleep, he saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying to him in a dream, “O Ibnu Thaabit! This year, you did not come to meet me. For this reason, I have now come to meet you.”

(Fazaa’il-e-Madinah)

Hazrat Thaabit bin Ahmed, Abul Qaasim Baghdadi (rahimahullah), relates that he once saw a mu’azzin calling out the azaan for fajr salaah in Musjid-un-Nabawi.

When the mu’azzin called out, “Assalaatu khairum minan nowm” (indeed salaah is better than sleep), a person came up to him and gave him a hard slap. The mu’azzin began to weep and exclaimed, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Look at what is being done to me in your mubaarak presence!”

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