When Madina Wept

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Bilal ibn Rabah (r.a.) moved to Damascus upon the demise of Rasulullah (s.a.w.).  He dreamed of the Prophet (s.a.w.) who asked him, “Why did you run away from me, O Bilal?”

Bilal (r.a.) quickly returned to Madina.  He went to visit the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) maqam, crying.  On his way back, he met Abu Bakr (r.a.) who said to him, “O Bilal, I wish you would perform adzan as before.”

Bilal (r.a.) replied, “No, I cannot bring myself to do it since the passing of the Prophet.”

Bilal (r.a.) continued walking and met ‘Umar (r.a.).  He, too, asked Bilal (r.a.) to perform the adzan.  Bilal (r.a.) replied, “I cannot. I'm afraid I will not be able to say the Prophet's name.”

Bilal (r.a.) walked away until he met Hasan ibn ‘Ali, the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) grandson who also made the same request.  To him, Bilal (r.a.) said, “I cannot say no to you.  I fear I will not get shafa’at from the Prophet (s.a.w.) should I turn you down.”

Without much delay, Bilal (r.a.) finally said the adzan.  The moment Bilal (r.a.) began, the women of Madina were startled.  “This is the voice from the time of the Prophet!” they cried.

When it was time for Bilal (r.a.) to profess “Ashhadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah”, the city of Madina wept and trembled.

“Muhammad is still alive,” they said.  And indeed, the Prophet (s.a.w.) is still alive.


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