When the Camel Spoke

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

It is stated in Sa’adat ad-Da’rayn that once two people came into the court of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.).  One person blamed the other person of stealing his camel and he even had two witnesses proving that he did steal the camel.  Therefore, the accused was found guilty of stealing the camel, but upon this, the accused said, “O Prophet of Allah, please do me favour and ask the camel what really happened.  I have strong faith that Allah will Give this camel the ability to speak.”

So, the Mercy of the Worlds (s.a.w.) ordered the presence of the camel and asked, “O Camel, tell me who I am and tell me what really happened?”

The camel started to speak and said, “You are the Prophet of Allah.  Do not cut off the hand of my owner because the person who accused him and the two witnesses are all hypocrites.  Because of their hatred towards you, they made a plan to get the hand of your beloved companion cut off.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked the owner of the camel, “What is the action that you do that has saved you today?”

He replied, “I have no special actions that I do, but one thing I do all the time whether standing or sitting is that I invoke Blessing upon you”.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Stay steadfast in this action as Allah will Free you from the fire of Hell just as He Saved your hand from getting cut off today.”

Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahman as-Safuri (r.a.) added, in Nuzhat al-Majalis, that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said to this swahabah, “When you cross over the bridge of Swirath, the bridge over Hell, which is sharp as a sword and thin as a hair, your face will be shining just like the moon shines on its fourteenth night.”


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