My beloved brother! Practising complete Islaam is certainly the key to our success in this world and the Hereafter. Islaam has provided us with the solution to problems in every sphere of our lives. Without doubt, the road to saving ourselves is simple and as clear as daylight – and it is to keep ourselves far away from such grievous sins.
The following are some methods, the adoption of whom will enable and help you to do this:
1 Make tawbah (sincere repentance) to Allah and turn to Him submissively. Read more... (352 words, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Story No. 61: (Episode)
One of the saints relates: “I was once in great sorrow and distress. My whole being was overcome with fear. In this distressed state, I took the road to Mecca; with no animal for conveyance, and without food.
For three days I walked thus in the desert. On the fourth day I felt such extreme thirst that death seemed very near. There I was in the desert and nowhere around could a tree be seen where I could sit down in some shade. Feeling the approach of death I sat down in the direction of the Qibla.
As I sat there, sleep overtook me and in a dream I saw a man coming towards me with his hands stretched out to me, saying: “Here take my hand.” I stretched my hand and he shook hands with me. Then he spoke: “I have come to give you glad tidings; you shall perform Haj and return safe and sound, and you shall also visit the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am.”
I asked: “Who are you?”
He replied: “I am Khidhar.”
I said: “Pray for me.”
He replied: “Recite these words three times.”
“O You who are Most Gracious to His Creatures;
O You who knows the condition of His Creation;
O You who are Aware of His Creation; Be Gracious to me; O You who are Gracious; You who are All Knower; You who are Aware.”
Then Hazrat Khidhar A.S. said: “This is a present to you-a medicine that will always suffice and be of benefit. Whenever you are in any trouble, recite this and your trouble will depart.”
Having said this he disappeared. Just then a voice called out to me: “O Shaikh! O Shaikh.” When I heard this I woke up and saw someone on a camel. He asked me: “Did you not see a certain young man around here?”
I replied: “No I did not see anyone like that.”
He said: “A young man of ours has left home seven days ago. We heard that he went to perform Haj. But where are you going?”
I answered: “I go where Allah takes me.”
He made his camel sit. Then he gave me two pieces of bread with sweetmeat in between and some water. That filled me. We traveled for one day and two nights. Then we met a group of people traveling together. When we asked them about the young man we found that he was with them. My companions went to look for him and a short while later he came back with the youth he said to him; “Son, it is through the blessing of this man that I have found you.” Then I separated from them and followed the caravan. Not long after this I met the same man who gave me something wrapped in a piece of paper. He kissed my hand and departed. Inside I found five sovereigns with which I hired a camel and ate of it during the pilgrimage. After Haj I also visited Rasulullah Sal’am grave in Madina and then the grave of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S and whenever I met with any distress or difficulty I recited the duaa taught by hazrat Khidhar A.S. It proved to be very beneficial and for all this I am most grateful to Allah.” (Rowdh) Read more... (1269 words, estimated 5:05 mins reading time)
Story No. 31: (Episode)
Another saintly person says: “While I was in Madina, I saw a non-Arab person reciting the farewell salaam at the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am. As he left, I followed him. At Zul Hulayfah he performed salaah and donned the Ihraam. When he commenced his salaah I did the same and when he departed from there I again followed him. Later he looked towards me and said: “what is your aim?”
I said: “I wish to accompany you.” He refused my wish. I pleaded with all humility. Then he said to me: “If it is your aim to do so, then follow me step by step.” I said: “Very well.”
He went along an unknown route with me behind him. Having traveled for a small part of the night we saw a lamp shining in the dark. He said to me: ‘this is the mosque of Hazrat Aa’isha.R.A at Tan’eem (near Mecca). Now either you shall go ahead or me?”
I replied: “It shall be as you wish.”
He went ahead and I slept there. Early in the next morning before fajr I entered Mecca, to perform tawaaf and saee; and then I went to pay my respects to Hazrat Shaikh Abu Bakr Kattani R.A. around whom I found many saintly persons.
He asked me: “when did you arrive?”
I answered : “I have just arrived.”
He asked : “From where did you come?”
I answered : “From Madina.”
He asked : “when did you leave Madina?”
I answered : “Last night.”
When I said this, the people looked at me in disbelief and surprise. The Shaikh said: “with whom did you travel?” I replied that I had come with a certain saintly person and told the m the story of how I had come walking from Madina to Mecca in a portion of the night.
The Shaikh exclaimed: “That person is Abu Ja’far Hazrat Wamighani R.A. Whatever you have said about him shows that it must be him. For him to have come in that short period of time is a common and minor thing. Come, friends, let us go and search for Shaikh Hazrat Wamighani R.A.”
And to em he said: ‘It is not customary for you to arrive in such a short time. Therefore I had to ask in detail. How did the ground feel under you while you were walking? I replied: “It felt like rolling waves of the sea passing through under my feet.” (Rowdh) Read more... (1879 words, estimated 7:31 mins reading time)
In these stories just related we have come across many cases where Rasulullah Sal’am had been seen in a dream. Now it is my duty to bring to the notice of the readers, something important. It is that whenever Rasulullah Sal’am was seen in a dream, it must be believed that it was the Rasul Sal’am who was seen and no one else. For numerous are the authentic reports wherein is stated the Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Whoever sees me in a dream, has indeed seen none but me, for verily Shaytaan is not allowed to imitate me.” Read more... (690 words, estimated 2:46 mins reading time)
Story No. 31: (Episode)
A lady came to hazrat Aa’isha R.A. begging her to let her see the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am in the room where he is buried. Hazrat Aa’isha R.A. pulled away the curtain and when the lady saw the grave she cried so bitterly and continuously that she died there. (shifa) Read more... (2862 words, estimated 11:27 mins reading time)
Story No. 21: (Episode)
Hazrat Muhammad bin Munkadir Rah relates: “A man once left eighty gold coins in trust with my father before leaving for Jihaad. He said to him on leaving: “If you should be in need, you may use them. Then I shall reclaim the amount when I return.” After that Madina experienced great need with the result that my father spent the whole amount.
When the man returned and claimed his money, my father promised to return the sum the following day (not knowing where it was going to come from). My father then went to the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am where he made duaa for the whole night, sometimes at the grave and sometimes at the mimbar, begging for a way out of his predicament. In the latter part of the night he heard a voice coming to him from the darkness near the grave saying: “O Abu Muhammad, take this.”
My father stretched forth his hand and a bag was given to him. In it were eighty gold coins!” (Wafaa) Read more... (2390 words, estimated 9:34 mins reading time)
Due to my own weakness I could not fully write the proper aadaab of the presence at Madina. However these points should serve as guide and I appeal to readers to overlook shortcomings. In my humble manner have I tried to stress two things while remaining inside the circle of the Shari’ah.
Firstly, honor and respect and secondly keenness and enthusiasm. It is now my intention to end this chapter with some incidents and stories about visitors to the Holy Tomb of Rasulullah Sal’am so that these may serve as examples to intending visitors. The famous story of Hazrat Utbah Rah, and some others have already been mentioned. Read more... (1856 words, estimated 7:25 mins reading time)
41. Having completed the salaams proceed to the pillar of Abu Lubabah. (Ustuwana of Abu Lubabah). Perform two rakahs nafl salaah and make duaa. (See Zubdah) See also chapter 10 where detailed accounts are given of all the pillars of this mosque and their significance.
42. Thereafter return once again to the Rowdha for salaah and duaa. Read more... (1076 words, estimated 4:18 mins reading time)
31. Let it be noted that every care be taken that at the time of reciting salaam, no noise, shouting and loud voices be heard. The voice should be raised only sufficiently to reach inside the room. Hazrat Mulla Ali Qari Rah says: “The voice should not be unduly raised neither unduly lowered. Choose a tone between these two extremes. Let the heart be mindful of what is being read and be ashamed before the Rasul Sal’am for the wrong acts committed. It is related in a Hadith in the Bukhari Shareef: “Hazrat Saaib R.A. reports that he was in the mosque in Madina when someone threw a small stone at him. Looking around he saw Hazrat Umar R.A. who indicated him to come to him. He went and Hazrat Umar R.A. said: “Please bring those two people to me-those two talking over there.” Hazrat Saaib R.A. brought them. Hazrat Umara R.A. asked them where they were from and they said: ‘From Taif.’ Hazrat Umar R.A. said: “You two are conversing with each other in loudly raised voices. If you had been inhabitants of this city, I would have punished you.” Muhammad bin Maslama R.A. says: “NO one is allowed to raise hi voice in speech in this Mosque.” (Sharhi shifa). The story about Sayyidna Hazrat Umar R.A. as just quoted is reported by various writers. In some of the reports Hazrat Umar R.A. is supposed to have added: “I would have beat them with lashes causing immense pain (for conversing loudly).” However, being strangers to the city and being unaware of what is right and wrong, he excused them.
Whenever Hazrat Aa’isha R.A. used to hear any noise near the grave, she sent someone to beg them to be quite and to bear in mind the fact that those things disturb the Rasul Sal’am.
Hazrat Ali R.A. required a door to be made for his house. He asked the carpenter to kindly go and construct it at Baqi, so that the noise of constructing it does not reach the Rasul Sal’am.
In Mawahib Hazrat Allama Qastalani Rah writes: “The same respect should be shown to the Rasul Sal’am at this time as would have been shown to him in his lifetime, because he is indeed alive in his grave.” (Sharh Mawaahib)
Allah specially instructs in this direction in the Qur’aan when he says in Surah Hujuraat:
‘O You who believe, Raise not your voices above the voice of the Nabi, nor speak aloud to him in talk, as you speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds become vain and you perceive not.’
Hazrat Imaam Bukhari R.A. relates regarding this verse that once in the presence of Rasulullah Sal’am a discussion took place between Hazrat Abu Bakr R.A. and Hazrat Umar R.A. where these two had a difference of opinion. The conversation led to raised voices, whereupon this verse was revealed. When Allah warns the likes of Hazrat Abu Bakr R.A. and Hazrat Umar R.A. with such stern words, how much should we not fear that punishment? In another Hadith it is said that Hazrat Umar R.A. became so affected by this that thereafter he lowered his voice so much that whenever he spoke he had to be asked to repeat hi words. Hazrat Abu Bakr R.A said: “O Rasulullah Sal’am! From now I shall address you as if I am talking to you about something secret.” It is reported that Hazrat Thabit bin Qais Rah used to have a naturally loud voice. Since the above verse was revealed he became immensely sad and distressed saying: “I shall enter Jahannam for I always speak loudly.” Thereafter he confined himself to his house not setting foot from there. A few days later the Nabi Sal’am, on missing him, inquired about him and was informed of what happened. The Nabi Sal’am consoled him and gave him the glad tiding of his being one of the inmates of Jannah. (Durre Mansoor)
So whoever visits the grave of the Rasul Sal’am should take great precaution against making noise there. Read more... (2472 words, estimated 9:53 mins reading time)
The Sahaaba and the Taabi’een have practically illustrated that it is permissible to undertake a journey to visit the sacred tomb of Rasulullah Sal’am in Madina. Read more... (545 words, estimated 2:11 mins reading time)