Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The Prophet's (s.a.w.) Intercession during the Caliphate of 'Umar (r.a.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) is very much aware of the state of his ummah and he still cares for us. He is the epitome of love and it is possible to ask for his intercession. It is recorded in al-Muswannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, the following.
Malik ad-Dar (r.a.) related that the people were gripped by famine during the tenure of ‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.). A blessed companion walked up to the Beloved Prophet's (s.a.w.) blessed resting place and said, “Ya Rasulullah, please ask for rain from Allah (s.w.t.) for your ummah who is in dire straits.” Then that blessed companion saw the Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) a dream.
The Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) said to him, “Go over to ‘Umar, give him my salaam and tell him that the rain will come to you. And tell 'Umar that he should be on his toes, he should be on his toes [he should remain alert].”
Then the blessed companion went over to see ‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.) and passed on to him the tidings. On hearing this, ‘Umar bin al-Khaththab (r.a.) broke down in tears. He said, “Ya Allah, I exert myself to the full until I am completely exhausted.”