Tuesday, 22 January 2013

On Seeing the Prophet (s.a.w.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh ibn ‘Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.), in Latha’if al-Minan, narrated from his teacher, Shaykh Abu al-‘Abbas al-Mursi (q.s.) that his teacher, Imam Abu al-Hasan ash-Shadzili (q.s.) said, “If I stopped seeing the Prophet (s.a.w.) for even one moment, I would consider myself no longer a Muslim.”

Imam ibn Hajr al-‘Asqalani (r.a.), Imam an-Nawawi (r.a.) and Hafizh Abu Musa al-Asbahani (r.a.) amongst others all agree that no one possessed of a heart and mind can object to standing for the sake of the Prophet (s.a.w.), and that this is desirable and recommended not only in the time of the Prophet (s.a.w.) but until the end of time.  Hafizh Abu Musa al-Asbahani (r.a.) passed away in 581 AH, more than five centuries after the time of the Prophet (s.a.w.), and yet stood for him in the present tense and mentioned seeing him.

This seeing of the Prophet (s.a.w.) by the pious believers both in a sleeping and a wakeful state is an attested fact in the shari`ah which has been mentioned by the scholars, amongst them, Imam ibn Hajr al-Haytsami (r.a.), in his Fatawa al-Haditsiyyah, was asked, “Is it possible to meet the Prophet (s.a.w.) while awake in our time?”

He replied, “Yes, it is possible.  It has been asserted as part of the miracles of saints by al-Ghazali, al-Barizi, at-Taj as-Subki, and al-Yafi`i among the Shafi`iyyah, and by al-Qurthubi and ibn Abi Jamrah amongst the Malikiyyah.”

It has been narrated that one of the awliya’ was sitting in the assembly of a faqih, jurist, while the latter related a hadits, whereupon the wali said, “This hadits is false.”

The faqih asked, “How do you know that?”

The wali replied, “The Prophet (s.a.w.) is standing right next to you, and he is saying, ‘I never said this.’”

When he said this, the sight of the faqih was unveiled and he could see the Prophet (s.a.w.).

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