Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Ka’b al-Ahbar (r.a.): The Characteristics of the Prophet (s.a.w.) from the Torah
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It is recorded in Sunan ad-Darimi that ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) one day asked Ka’b al-Ahbar (r.a.) to tell him of the characteristics of the Prophet (s.a.w.) mentioned in the Torah. He said, “Mentioned therein are the following characteristics: Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah will be born in Makkah and will migrate to Madina. He will eventually seize Damascus. Never will he speak foul words, nor will he raise his voice in public. He will not retaliate against evil with evil and will forgive the culprits. His people will offer their thanks to Allah and glorify Him in good times and bad. They will wash their arms and stand in lines in prayer like in battles. Constantly heard from their places of worship will be a buzz. Their call to prayer will fill the sky.” The “buzz” refers to the recitation of the Qur’an in acts of ‘ibadah.