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Saturday, 08 June 2024 14:35

The Erection of Musjid-un-Nabawi – Part Two

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After purchasing the land to construct the musjid, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to cut down the date palms and level the graves of some disbelievers that were on the land. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then instructed them to produce unbaked bricks, and he himself joined the Muhaajireen and Ansaar in the production of these bricks as well.

Saturday, 01 June 2024 10:44

The Erection of Musjid-un-Nabawi – Part One

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At the time when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered Madinah Munawwarah on the occasion of the hijrah, he was riding his camel. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) left the reins of the camel loose as the camel was being divinely directed by Allah Ta‘ala.

The camel went to the locality of the Banu Najjaar clan and sat down at a certain place. It then stood and came to the home of Hazrat Abu Ayyoob Ansaari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), indicating that Allah Ta‘ala had selected his home to be blessed with the honour of hosting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Thereafter, the camel again stood and returned to the first place where it had sat down.

(Continuing the Incident of Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi [radhiyallahu ‘anhu])

Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, “O Salmaan! Make a deal of kitaabat with your master (i.e. an agreement where the slave will earn his freedom if he pays a certain fixed amount of wealth to his master).”

When I spoke to my master (and proposed the kitaabat), he said, “If you pay me forty ooqiyah of gold, and plant three hundred date palms for me, then when the date palms begin bearing fruit, you will be free.”

(Continuing the Incident of Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] embracing Islam)

Hazrat Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) continues:

After climbing down from the date palm, I began to ask the arriving Jew, “Tell me! What were you just talking about? Tell me the news as well!” On seeing this, my master became angry, delivered a hard slap to my face and said, “What business is it of yours? Do your work!”

When the evening arrived and I had completed my work, I gathered whatever wealth I possessed and presented myself before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). At that time, he was residing in Quba.

(Continuing the Incident of Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] embracing Islam)

Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) continues:

I continued living with this Jewish master in Madinah Munawwarah, attending to his date palms in Banu Quraizah. In the meantime, Allah bestowed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with nubuwwah in Makkah Mukarramah. However, since I was a slave and remained engaged in the service of my master, I had absolutely no knowledge of this.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) performed hijrah, coming to Madinah Munawwarah, then on arriving in Quba, he began to stay at the Banu Amr bin Auf clan. At that time, I was at the top of a date palm, engaged in some work, while my master was seated beneath it. It was then that another Jew, who was my master’s cousin (father’s brother’s son) came and began to say to him, “May Allah destroy the Qaylah (the Ansaar)! They are gathering around a man in Quba who has come from Makkah, and they are saying that he is a Nabi and Messenger of Allah.”

(Continuing the Incident of Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] embracing Islam)

Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) continues:

As we reached the valley of Qura, the caravan I was traveling with betrayed me by enslaving me and selling me to a Jew. After coming with him (to his house), I saw a number of date palms and thought to myself that this was perhaps the same land (i.e. the same land of date palms which the aalim of Umooriyyah had mentioned will be the place to which the final Nabi will perform hijrah).

(Continuing the Incident of Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] embracing Islam)

Hazrat Salmaan Faarsi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions:

On arriving in Shaam, I asked the people, “Who is the greatest priest among the Christians?” The people told me the name of a certain priest, and hence I went to him and informed him of my entire incident.

I also said to him, “I wish to remain in your company to learn about your religion. I am interested in your religion and it appeals to me. If you permit, I will remain in your service, study this religion, and perform prayers with you.”

The name of this Sahaabi was Salmaan, while his kunyah (filial title) was Abu Abdillah. He was popularly known by the title “Salmaan Al-Khair” (Salmaan – the person of goodness), as though Hazrat Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was an embodiment of goodness.

He hailed from the town of Jayy in the region of Raamhurmuz in Persia. He was a descendant of the Persian emperors, however when anyone asked him, “Whose son are you?” he would reply, “I am Salmaan, the son of Islam.” 

Maymoon bin Yaameen was one of the leaders of the Jews. He embraced Islam the moment he set eyes upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). His conversion to Islam is similar to that of Hazrat Abdullah bin Salaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Maymoon bin Yaameen came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Summon the Jews and appoint me as a mediator, they will refer to me.”

Hazrat Abdullah bin Salaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) continues the incident of his embracing Islam:

I then said to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasul of Allah! Before my people (the Jews) find out that I have embraced Islam, conceal me in a room, summon the Jews and ask them about me, as the Jews are a very slanderous nation (and I fear that if they come to know that I have embraced Islam before you ask them about me, they will accuse me of things which I am not guilty of).”

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