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Friday, April 23, 2004  

On the Signs that Occurred on the Night of the Birth of the Prophet (SAAS) Al-Suhayli related from the Qur’an commentary of Baqi b. Makhlid, the hafiz, that Satan let out four cries. One came when he was cursed (by God); another when he was sent down from heaven; a third when the Messenger of God (SAAS) was born; and the fourth when surat al-Fatihah, the opening verse of the Qur’an, came down. Muhammad b. Ishaq said that Hisham b. ‘Urwa would tell traditions on the authority of his father, that came from ‘A’isha, who once said, “There was a Jew who resided in Mecca and did business there. On the night when the Messenger of God (SAAS) was born, the man addressed a gathering of Quraysh with the words, ‘O Quraysh, did a birth occur among you this night?’ They replied that they did not know. He then exclaimed, 'Well, God is very great; if that should have missed you, then no matter. Do look, and remember what I am telling you. This night a prophet has been born to this last nation; between his shoulders there is a mark consisting of successive lines of hair looking like a horse’s mane. He will not suckle for two nights and this is because a spirit will have put his finger into his mouth and prevented him from suckling.’ “The gathering broke up at this with all amazed at what he had told them. When they returned to their homes, each one told his family. And they responded, ‘By God, a child was born to ‘Abd Allah, son of ‘Abd al-Muttalib, a boy named “Muhammad”.’ The people then gathered and asked one another, ‘Did you hear what the Jew said, and have you heard of the birth of the boy?’ They then hurried off to the Jew and told him the news. He asked them to go with him, so that he could see the boy. They left together and took him in to Amina, saying, ‘Bring out your son for us.’ She did so and they uncovered his back. There they saw the mark and the Jew fell down in a faint. When he came to, they asked him what was the matter with him. He replied, ‘By God, prophecy has left Israel’s tribe; are you glad with it, O Quraysh? He will so empower you that news of it will spread from east to west!’” Muhammad b. Ishaq said that Salih b. Ibrahim b. ‘Abd al-Rahman b. ‘Awf related to him, from Yahya b. ‘Abd Allah b ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Sa’d b. Zurara, as follows, “Certain trustworthy men of my tribe told me that Hassan b. Thabit once said, ‘I was a mature lad of seven or eight, capable of understanding all I saw and heard, when one morning a Jew in Yathrib began shouting for the attention of his people. When they gathered about him – I heard all that myself – they asked him what the matter was. He replied, “The star has risen beneath which ‘Ahmad’ will be born this night.”’” The hafiz Abu Nu’aym related in the book, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa (Signs of the Prophethood), from a tradition of Abu Bakr b, ‘Abd Allah al-‘Amiri, from Sulayman b. Suhaym and Dhurayh b. ‘Abd al-Rahman, both of their accounts coming from ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Abu Sa’id, from his father, who said that he heard Abu Malik b. Sinan say: “I came one day to talk with Banu ‘Abd al-Ashhal, with whom we then had a truce, and heard the Jew Yushu’ say, ‘The time approaches for the coming of a prophet named Ahmad who will arise from the sanctuary.’ Khalifa b. Tha’laba al-Ashhali asked him, sarcastically, ‘How might you describe him?’ He responded, ‘A man neither short nor tall, with fine, light eyes; he wears a full cloak and rides a donkey, carries a sword over his shoulder and to this land will he migrate.’” Abu Malik went on, “When I returned to my own people and expressed at that time my surprise at what Yushu’ had been saying, I heard one of our own men comment, ‘So is it Yushu’ who alone says that? All the Jews of Yathrib are saying the same!’” Abu Mallik continued, “I thereafter left and visited the Banu Qurayza whom I found in assembly discussing the Prophet (SAAS). Al-Zubayr b. Bata said, ‘The red star has risen and it only ever rises on the departure or emergence of a prophet. And the only one left is Ahmad; this will be the place to which he will migrate.’ And Abu Sa’id said, ‘When the Prophet (SAAS) eventually arrived my father told him this story, and the Messenger of God (SAAS) commented, “If al-Zubayr had adopted Islam, then his fellow Jewish leaders would also have done so; but they all followed him.”’” Abu Nu’aym said that ‘Umar b. Muhammad related to him, quoting Ibrahim b. al-Sindi, quoting al-Nadr b. Salama, quoting Isma’il b. Qays b. Sulayman b. Zayd b. Thabit, from Ibrahim b. Yahya b. Thabit, who said that he heard Zayd b. Thabit say, “The Jewish rabbis of the Banu Qurayza and al-Nadir would discuss the description of the Prophet (SAAS), and when the red star arose, they said that it was for a prophet after whom there would be no other that his name was Ahmad and that he would migrate to Yathrib. But when the Messenger of God (SAAS) ultimately arrived in the town they denied him, expressing their envy and disbelief.” This story is also given by the hafiz Abu Na’aym in his book from other lines of transmission, and may God be praised. Abu Nu’aym and Muhammad b. Hiban said that Abu Bakr b. Abu ‘Asim related to them, quoting Wahb b. Baqiyya, quoting Khalid, from Muhammad b. ‘Amr, from Abu Salama and Yahya b. ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Hatib, from Usama b. Zayd who said that Zayd b. ‘Amr b. Nufayl stated, “A priest of Syria once told me, ‘A prophet has come in your land. While he was arriving, his star arose. So go home, believe in him and follow him!’” - Ibn Kathir, The Life of the Prophet Muhammad Volume I (Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/23/2004 04:59:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
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