Visitors to the Holy Tomb Part 4

Chapter 09 - The Aadaab for the Ziyaarat, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj) / Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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)

Story No. 32: (Episode)
Abdah the daughter of Khalid bin Hazrat Ma’dan R.A. says: “Whenever my father used to lie down to sleep at night he used to become very restless and impatient to see Rasulullah Sal’am. Then he used to call out the names of the Hazrat Muhajireen R.A. and Hazrat Ansar R.A. and say: “O Allah these men are my predecessors and indeed does my heart long to meet them and my longing and yearning for them knows no bounds. O Allah let death overtake me quickly that I may meet them. ” This he used to say until he fell asleep.” (shifa)

Story No. 33: (Episode)
Hazrat Uthman bin Haneef R.A. reports: “A certain man came to see Hazrat Uthman R.A. on more than one occasion for some need but found that the Khalifa paid no attention to him and neither did he try to assist him in his need. This man then complained to Hazrat Ibn Haneef R.A. who advised him thus: “Perform wudhu and go to pray two rakaahs in the mosque of Rasulullah Sal’am. Then recite this duaa:
“O Allah I beseech Thee and I turn to Thee through Our Nabi Muhammad Sal’am, The Prophet of Mercy. O Muhammad, through thee I turn to thy Lord that my need be fulfilled.
Then having read this put your need before Allah.”
The man did as he was advised. Thereafter he went to Hazrat Uthman R.A. when he reached there he was surprised to seethe gate keeper coming out to meet him and guide him into the presence of Hazrat Uthman R.A. who met him with great honor and respectfully begged his pardon for not having been able to assist him. Hazrat Uthman R.A. then asked him about his needs and very quickly settled and assisted him saying: “And if there is any further need for my help in future then inform me thereof without any hesitation.”
The man left and returned to Hazrat Ibn Haneef R.A. to thank him for his advice and said: ‘Through your intercession and pleading, my problem is settled.” Hazrat Ibn Haneef R.A. replied: “I never did any pleading on your behalf. The truth of the matter is that I was once in the presence of Rasulullah Sal’am when a blind man came to complain of his blindness. Rasulullah Sal’am said: “If you so wish, then have patience and if you so wish, I shall pray to Allah for your sight.” The man said: “O Rasulullah Sal’am, I even have no guide to lead me: and suffer great discomfort.” Thereupon Rasulullah Sal’am told him to make wudhu, perform two rak’ahs and then recite this same prayer; thereafter problem to Allah. It was not long afterwards that the same man came along healed of his blindness with no loss of sight at all.” (The story of the blind man already passed under number thirty two of ‘Adaab of Ziyaart’)

Story No. 34: (Episode)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Mubaarak R.A. says: “I heard Imaam Abu Haneefa say: “When Hazrat Ayyub Sakhi’tiyani R.A. was in Madina, I also was present and I watched to see how he was gong to pay his respects to Rasulullah Sal’am. I saw him standing facing the grave and with his back to the Qiblah. Standing there without saying any words he just cried and cried.” (Wafaa)

Story No. 35: (Episode)
Abu Mihammad Ash’baily says: “Once a man from Granada become so seriously ill that doctors gave up al hope for him. The Vazir, Hazrat Abu Abdullah Muhammad R.A. wrote a letter addressed to Rasulullah Sal’am, which he gave to the Haajis to be read at the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am. In it he also wrote a few lines of poetry, which are mentioned in ‘Wafaa’. In the letter he wrote a prayer asking for the return of good health of the sick one. The caravan reached Madina where the letter was read before the grave. When the reader returned from Haj and met his former sick brother he was surprised to see him in such excellent health as if he had never been ill at all (Wafaa)

Story No. 36: (Episode)
Hazrat Aa’isha R.A. relates that when her father, Hazrat Abu Bakr R.A. fell ill, he said: “When I pass away bring my body to the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am and inform him that this is Abu Bakr whose heart-felt desire is to be buried next to you, if from the grave permission is granted bury me there: otherwise let me be buried in the Baqi.”
Thus when he died his body was taken to the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am and permission was requested, to which a voice from the grave replied: “Let him enter with honor and respect.”
Hazrat Ali R.A says: “That when the end came near for hazrat Abu Bakr R.A. he made me sit near him and said: “O Hazrat Ali R.A. when I die, wash me with those same hands with which you washed Rasulullah Sal’am and having put scent over me take my body to the room wherein lies Rasulullah Sal’am. Beg his permission for me to be buried there. If permission is granted, let me be buried there; otherwise let me lie with the Muslims in their graveyard; -Baqi.”
Hazrat Ali R.A. continues: “When the body was ready for burial and placed before the grave, I came forward and said: “O Rasulullah Sal’am, this is Abu Bakr who begs permission to be buried next to you.” Hazrat Ali R.A. says: “I saw wit my own eyes the flap of the door opening and a voice was heard saying: “Bring the friend to his friend.”
(In his book Hazrat Khassa’is-e Kubraa Allama Suyuti R.A. discussed these reports and considered them both weak and rejected. However that is looking at it from the eyes of a Muhad’dith. The historical aspect is not denied.)

Story No. 37: (Episode)
Hazrat Sa’eed bin Musayyib R.A. is one of the most noted Taabi’een, about whom many wondrous tales are told regarding his great asceticism, fear of Allah and fearlessly speaking the truth in the face of adversity. For fifty years he did not miss any salaah with jama’ah, and for forty years he heard the Azaan for salaah while already in the Masjid; awaiting salaah at all times. For fifty years he performed Fajr salaah with the same wudhu with which he performed Isha salaah.
In the well-known battle of Harrah in the year 63 A.H. between the forces of Yazid and the people of Madina, the people of Madina were so filled with fear that many of them fled and dispersed. Some remained in their homes, while the horses of Yazid ‘s armies roamed around in the Masjid. It was such a battle wherein 1700 strong Muhaajereen and Ansaar were killed and more than 10,000 civilians lost their lives apart from women and children (see Wafaa)
During that period Hazrat Ibn Musayyib R.A. found himself completely alone in the Masjid at times. He says: “For days on end no one else entered the Masjid for all that time; I heard the Azaan and the Iqaamat from the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am. (Khasa’is kubra)
These stories were examples from the lives of those filled with love for Rasulullah Sal’am, ready to sacrifice for his sake. Now, before ending this chapter, I wish to mention three incidents by way of a warning.

Story No. 38: (Episode)
During the Khilaafat of Ameer Mu’aawiyah, Marwaan the governor of Madina, desired to remove the mimbar of Rasulullah Sal’am from the Masjid of Madina to Syria. It is possible that the intention may have been formed after consultation with Muaawiya or merely for the sake of attaining blessing.
As soon as workmen began to dismantle the mimbar, and eclipse of the sun took place at Madina, as such darkness descended that the stars became visible. People were filled with fear and ascribed this to the fact that the mimbar was being removed.
Marwaan appeared before the people and in a sermon apologetically explained that the intention was not to remove the mimbar. Ameer Mu’aawiyah had written from Damascus saying that there was the danger of the mimbar being attacked by white ants eating away the bottom steps. For this reason it has been decided to add further steps to the buttom, and thus increase the height. Soon a carpenter was called to add six more steps to the bottom, and on top of that the mimbar was palced. The mimbar then came to have nine steps, whereas previously it had only three steps during the time of Rasulullah Sal’am; viz, two steps and one for seat on top. (Nuz’hah)

Story No. 39: (Episode)
Hazrat Sultan Nuruddin R.A. was a very just ruler, and a very god-fearing person who spent much of his time in special prayer, meditation and Zikr’ullah. He was a very saintly man whose nights were spent in Iaadah.
After performing salaah of Tahaj’jud one night he went to sleep and in a dream he saw Rasulullah Sal’am; who pointed out towards two squint-eyed persons and said: “Protect me from these two.”
The Sultan awoke in distress. He performed wudhu and said nafl prayers before he went back to bed. He had hardly fallen asleep when he saw exactly the same dream. Once again he woke up, did as before and again fell asleep. He had hardly closed his eyes when he saw the same dream for the third time. This time he rose from his bed and realized that there was no time for sleep. Hastily he summoned his wazir a man called Jamaluddin- who also was a very saintly person. After having told him the story thus far, the wazir said: “Now there is no time to loose, let us hasten to Madina and let no one be informed of this dream.”
Preparations were made in great haste and with twenty chosen men and fast camels loaded with goods they set forth. They traveled speedily by night and day. On the 16th day they arrived in Madina from Egypt. Outside Madina they washed themselves and with dues respect and humility came to the Mosque to perform salaah in the Rowdha. There the Sultan remained seated, deep in thought wondering what to do, elsewhere the wazir was making an announcement that the King had come for Ziyaarat and to distribute gifts to the people of Madina. He also made arrangements for a huge feast to which all people of Madina were invited. All the people had come for the gifts. While these were distributed the king stood by eagerly scanning the faces of all who came forward, more and more came but he did not seethe two faces, which appeared in the dream.
When at last the king inquired whether all the people of Madina had come forward, it became known that there were two persons who did not do so. He was informed that there remained two such saintly persons who had come from the west and usually distributed much charity; neither did they take any gifts from anyone; nor did they mix with the people. They appeared to be two ascetic persons.
The king summoned them to his presence and on seeing them immediately recognized them. They were the ones showed to him by Rasulullah Sal’am.
The king asked them: “Who are you?”
They replied: “We are from the west. We have come to perform haj and now have come here for Ziyaarat. We desire to stay here as neighbors of Rasulullah Sal’am and thus we are here.”
The king said: “I bid you to tell me the truth.”
Again they insisted on what they had said. The king inquired as to where they lived and was informed that they had taken up their residence in a house just outside the mosque opposite the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am. Thereupon the king ordered them to be kept there in custody while he himself went to investigate. He went to inspect their house. There he found numerous goods, wealth and books. Etc. but the investigation brought forward nothing starling, which could be connected with the dream. This left the king greatly troubled and worried. From all sides the people of Madina came to intercede on their behalf, begging their release, saying:
“These are two saintly and ascetic men; they fast b y day and pray all night saying their prayers in the Rowdhatul Jannah, they visit the Baqi daily and every Saturday visit the Masjid of Quba. They never refuse any begger and during the year of drought and famine in Madina, they had great sympathetic dealing with the Madinites.”
When the king heard this, he was even more distressed, worried and amazed. He knew not what to do. Then a sudden thought came to him that he should lift up their prayer mat, which had been spread over the floor. Underneath was hole a which had been dug into the earth and which extended to very near the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am. When the people saw this they were struck dumb. Trembling in anger the king started beating them incessantly and said: “Tell the truth.”
At last they came out with their true story that they were Christians and a certain Christian king had given them much wealth and had promised them even more; and the disguise themselves as Hajis; to proceed to Madina and to remove the body of Rasulullah Sal’am. Hence they came to Madina. By night they dug a tunnel, took the earth in bags and spread it out at Baqi.
On hearing the true story the king cried bitterly in gratitude. Allah and His Rasul Sal’am had chosen him for this great service. Thereafter he had them both killed. Then he had deep trenches dug all around the grave. It was so deep that the diggers had to dig till they reached water level. Then he had the trenches filled with molten pewter or lead so that none could reach the body of Rasulullah Sal’am from underneath. (Wafaa)

Story No. 40: (Episode)
Hazrat shaikh Shamsuddin Sawab R.A. who used to be one of the Supervisors of the Haram of Madina relates: “I once had a close friend who used t frequent the house of the Governor of Madina. Whenever I requested any special favors from the Governor, I used to acquire it through him. One day he came to me and said:
“A terrible thing happened today. Some people came to the Governor and gave him a substantial bribe in exchange whereof he should assist them in removing the bodies of Hazrat Abu Bakr R.A. and Hazrat Umar R.A. from where they lie buried, and the Governor has accepted the bribe.”
Hazrat shaikh Sawab R.A. reports further: “This news filled me with sorrow and distress and I was lost in sorrow when suddenly the messenger of the Governor arrived at my door to call me to the Governor. I accompanied him and the governor told me: “Tonight some people will come to the Masjid . Do not oppose them. Let them do whatever they wish, and do not try to stop them.”
I said: “Very well,” and left.
However I could not find ret. Instead remained seated behind the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am crying the rest of the day. Not for a second did my tears stop flowing. And no one knew what I was going through. When later that evening after Isha salaah, all the people had left the Masjid and we closed the doors of the mosque, some people came and made us open Baab as Salaam-the door nearest to the house of the Governor. As they entered I counted them and they were forty men in all. With them they had shovels, baskets for carrying the earth, and many other tools, normally used for digging. They all went towards the room wherein the graves are. I swear by Allah! That they had hardly reached the mimbar when the earth opened up and swallowed them all with their tools. It happened in such a way that not a sign was left of them.
The Governor waited for them in his house for a long time. Then he called me and asked: “O Sawaab, have these people still not reached you? “I replied: “Yes sir, they came.”
I explained to him what had happened. This shocked him and he exclaimed: “What did you say? “Did that happen?” I replied: “Yes that is what happened. Come I shall show you the spot.” He said: “No, there is no need thereof. Keep this quite, if you tell anybody about this, your head will be cut off.” (Wafaa)
May Allah through his mercy and favors guide us to the correct behavior of this sacred place; and save us from the punishment due to misbehavior.

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