Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi: Muslims & Non-Muslims Kissed the Hands & Feet of the Prophet (s.a.w.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi said, the companions knew well the barakah in the hand of the Prophet (s.a.w.); they also knew about its being the symbol of Divine Generosity and Power.  They loved to touch and kiss it, they competed for the water he had dipped it in, and, after his death, those who never saw him were eager to touch and kiss those hands that had touched him.  Both the Jews and the Christians who recognised the Prophet (s.a.w.) as a Divine envoy also showed their love and respect for him by kissing both his hands and his feet.

Once, after the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) emigration to Madina, a Jew said to a friend of his, “Let us go to this prophet!”

His friend said, “Say not ‘Prophet’!  Were he to hear you, he would have four eyes!”

They came to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and asked him about nine things which he answered.  They kissed his hands and feet, saying, “We testify that you are a prophet!”

“What prevents you from following me?” he asked.

“David prayed that there should always be a prophet from his progeny.  We fear, were we to follow you, that the Jews would kill us!”  This was recorded by Imam at-Tirmidzi (r.a.), and Imam an-Nisa’i (r.a.).

When the Prophet (s.a.w.) went to Ta’if to call its people to Islam, they mistreated him and wounded both his feet by throwing stones at him.  He repaired to a garden belonging to two Qurayshi noblemen, ‘Utbah and Shaybah, sons of Rabi’ah ibn ‘Abd ash-Shams.  They happened to have come down from Makkah and to have seen what had happened to him.  As they were related to him sufficiently closely in tribal terms to allow themselves to feel some sympathy, they called a Christian slave of theirs, named ‘Addas (r.a.) and told him, “Take some of these grapes, put them in this plate, then take them to this man and tell him to eat!”  When ‘Addas (r.a.) placed the plate before him and said, “Eat!” the Prophet (s.a.w.) extending his hand, said, “In the name of Allah!” then began to eat.

‘Addas (r.a.) looked at his face, then said, “By Allah!  These words are not what the people of this land say!”

‘From which land do you hail, ‘Addas?’ he was asked, “and what is your religion?”

He replied, “I am a Christian, a man from Nineveh.”

“From the town of the virtuous man, Jonah, the son of Matthew?” asked the Prophet (s.a.w.).

“How do you know who Jonah, the son of Matthew is?” asked ‘Addas (r.a.).

“He is my brother,” he was told, “he was a prophet and I am a prophet!”  At this, ‘Addas (r.a.) rushed to him, kissing his head, hands and feet.

One of the sons of Rabi’ah said to the other, “He has spoiled your slave for you!”  Then, when ‘Addas (r.a.) returned to them, they said to him, “Woe to you, O ‘Addas!  Why do you kiss this man’s head, hands, and feet?”

He replied, “Master, there is no one on earth better than this man; he has just informed me of a thing that only a prophet knows!”

They said, “Woe to you, O ‘Addas!  Let him not divert you from your religion, for your religion is better than his!”  This was recorded by Imam ibn Hisham (r.a.).


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