Imam al-Haytsami (r.a.) on the Vision of the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a Waking State

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Regarding the vision of the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a waking state, Imam ibn Hajr al-Haytsami (r.a.) said, “This matter has been denied by some and upheld by others who are correct.  This has been mentioned by those amongst the righteous who are not found blameworthy.  As well as reported in the hadits found in Swahih al-Bukhari, ‘Whoever has seen me in their sleep will see me in a waking state.’ by his eyes, or his heart.  The meaning, that this is a reference to the Day of Reckoning, is a stretch as there is no point in constricting the meaning to this as all of us will see the Prophet (s.a.w.) on the Day of Reckoning, those who have seen him during sleep and those who have not.

ibn Abi Jamrah, in his commentary on the ahadits he selected from the collection of al-Bukhari, held this particular hadits to have a general meaning of both during the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) life and after.  This vision being for the one who is able to follow the sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and others.  He said, ‘Whoever claims that this hadits has restricted by the Prophet (s.a.w.) has deviated.’  He went on to say that anyone who denies this denies the trustworthiness of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and the Ability of Allah (s.w.t.) and is a denier of the miracles of the saints which have been confirmed by the sound proofs of the sunnah.”


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