Sunday, 28 December 2014
Extraordinary Events during the Birth of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following passage was extracted from “The Prophet Muhammad Musthafa (s.a.w.), the Elect”, by Shaykh Osman Nuri Topbas.
Certain extraordinary incidents came to pass in the sacred night in which the Blessed Prophet (s.a.w.) graced the universe, some of which will be mentioned now.
According to her own statement, neither during her pregnancy, nor while in labour did Aminah (r.a.) undergo any difficulty; and as the Blessed Messenger (s.a.w.) made his way to the world, she saw a light coming out of her that illumined East and West. The Noble Child (s.a.w.) was delivered as pure as can be, with his hands placed on the ground and head turned to the sky. Iblis, thereupon, let out a piercing shriek, louder than he had ever done before.
Mubazan, the high priest of Persia, saw a dream where a pack of wild camels, driving a flock of horses in their wake, were crossing the Tigris and spreading across the Persian lands. The Samawa Valley was flooded. Fourteen pillars from the palace of the Khousrau of Persia collapsed. The great fire that had burnt ceaselessly for a thousand years in the Persian temple was snuffed out.
According to the words of ‘Aishah (r.a.), on the night of the Sublime Birth, a Jewish trader from Makkah saw the rising of a star which he recognised as an indication of the awaited arrival, whereupon he went to one of Quraysh’s meeting spots, asking: “Is there any one of you whose wife gave birth to a child tonight?”
“Not that we know of”, they said.
“Listen to me carefully now, Quraysh”, then, remarked the Jew, “the Prophet of the Final Era is supposed to have been born tonight. Between his shoulder blades is a mole, a blend of black and yellow, covered with hair.”
Amazed at the words of the Jew, those present separated, going their own way. Upon returning home, they told of the encounter to their families, some of whom remarked, “A boy by the name of Muhammad was born tonight, the son of ‘Abdullah.”
Thereupon they went to the Jew’s house. “A child was born in Makkah. Have you heard?” they asked.
“Was he born before or after my informing you?”
“Before; and his name is Ahmad!”
The Jew requested to be taken to Aminah’s (r.a.) house. She showed the sacred baby to them. Seeing with his own eyes the Seal of Prophethood between the baby’s shoulder blades, the Jew fainted. When he regained his senses, he was asked what had happened. “By God, prophethood has now left the Children of Israel. So has the Scripture! It is written that the Last Prophet will defeat the Jews and destroy the reputation of their scholars. Arabs shall attain a grand honour and dignity through prophethood. Rejoice Quraysh; for by God, you are set to acquire a might whose legend shall resonate through East and West.” This is from the works of Shaykh ibn Sa’ad al-Baghdadi (r.a.), and Imam Hakim (r.a.).
All the Makkans were happy with the birth of the Blessed Child (r.a.). Even Abu Lahab rewarded the slave girl, Tsuwaybah (r.a.), who brought him the good news of his nephew’s birth, by setting her free. ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) provided the following account in relation: “I saw Abu Lahab in my dream, a year after his death. He was in a horrid state. ‘What is your state?’ I asked him.
‘My punishment is lightened on Monday’s, for setting free Tsuwaybah in joy of Muhammad’s birth. That day, I am provided with refreshment with water that sprinkles forth from the small hole between my thumb and index fingers’, he replied.’” This is found in Hafizh ibn Katsir’s (r.a.) al-Bidayah and Imam ibn Sa’ad’s (r.a.) Sirah.