Q: I have a problem understanding the belief about Hayat-un-Nabi. What does it mean? I have heard from many scholars that to oppose this belief is deviation, but I can't even begin to understand it. Does it mean that our Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is alive just like us in his grave?
A: It is an established fact that all the Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam) are alive in their graves. This is proven through authentic Ahaadith which reach the level of tawaatur (most authentic category of hadith). Undoubtedly we are all aware that every soul shall taste death. Hence, the Ambiyaa and shuhadaa are no exception to this rule and experience death like the rest of mankind. Allah Ta`ala says:
Indeed you (O Muhammad [Sallallahu alaihi wasallam]) are to taste death and they will also taste death. (Surah Zumar, verse 30)
However, in regard to the Ambiyaa and shuhadaa they are blessed with life after death in their graves which resembles the life of this earthly abode. The rest of mankind's life in the grave is a life linked with the soul. Hence, with the passing of time, their bodies decompose and the soul only remains in the life of the Barzakh. As far as the Ambiyaa and the shuhadaa are concerned, the life they receive is a special life which resembles the life in this world. Their souls as well as their bodies are preserved in their graves. Allah Ta`ala says regarding the shuhadaa:
Do not say regarding those who have been slain in the path of Allah that they are dead. Instead, they are alive, but you do not perceive. (Surah Baqarah, verse 154)
Never regard those slain in the path of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive in the presence of their their Rabb and provided with sustenance. (Surah Ale Imraan, verse 169)
The Ulama explain that if this is the condition of the shuhadaa who are of a lower status than the Ambiyaa then what doubt will one have regarding the Ambiyaa that they also receive the same privilege and honour of being given life after death. Instead the Ulama explain that the life the Ambiyaa enjoy is of far greater level than the life of the shuahadaa. Hence, their nikaah with their wives do not terminate and their wealth is not distributed as inheritance among anyone. As far as the shuhadaa are concerned, upon their demise, their nikah terminates and their estate is distributed.
The lands of Shaam, Palestine and surrounding areas are lands of blessings. The Mi`raaj of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) commenced from here. Allah Ta`ala Himself speaks of the blessings of this land in the Qur’aan: “We have blessed the lands around it.” Hadhrat Ebrahim (Alaihis Salaam) had moved from Iraq to the lands of Shaam and this then became the homeland of the Banu Isra’eel and all the Ambiyaa (Alaihimus Salaam) that were sent from them.
Allah Ta`ala had warned the Banu Isra’eel that if they caused mischief and corruption on earth then the control of these lands and Musjid-ul-Aqsa will be lost. Allah Ta`ala also warned them that this will happen twice, and so did it happen.
Baytul Muqaddas has a very unique feature in that it serves as a gauge for the condition of the Muslims. If the Muslims are upright and straight then they will have control over it and if not then they will lose the control. The Muslims of that time were the Banu Isra’eel and as long as they remained upright and held to their scripture the control remained in their hands. The same applies to us. The control of these lands depends on the Muslims. If for example we inspect the masaajid at the time of Fajr then we will find that less than 25 percent of musallees are present at Fajr time.
From Ihyaaud Deen.This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Virtues and Etiquettes of Visiting the Sick
Hadhrat Ali (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who visits a sick person in the morning, 70 000 angels invoke Allah Ta’ala’s mercy for him until the evening, and the one who visits a sick person in the evening, 70 000 angels invoke Allah Ta’ala’s mercy for him until the morning, and he will receive a garden in Paradise.
Hadhrat Luqmaan (Alayhis Salaam) was an Abyssinian slave who worked for his master in an orchard. Once his master came to the orchard and asked for a cucumber. When the cucumber was brought, peeled and sliced, the master gave the first piece to Hadhrat Luqmaan (Alayhis Salaam) to eat. He placed it in his mouth and began eating it with great relish. When the master observed the degree of relish with which Hadhrat Luqmaan (Alayhis Salaam) ate the cucumber, he a ssumed that it must be very tasty. Hence he also put a piece into his mouth.
To his utter amazement, he found the cucumber to be extremely bitter. He immediately spat it out and addressed Hadhrat luqmaan (Alayhis Salaam) saying: “O Luqmaan, how were you able to endure eating such a bitter cucumber with such relish without showing any sign of dissatisfaction?” Hadhrat Luqmaan (Alayhis Salaam) replied: “The hand that showers innumerable favours upon me all the time, if perchance I receive something bitter from it occasionally, how ungrateful would I be if I were to express dissatisfaction and unhappiness over it.”
From: Al Haadi
A Hindu organisation in India published several heartbreaking and insulting books to incite and stir up the passionate feelings Muslims have for Islam. Towards the end of 1923, Raajpaal, an active supporter of this organization, again published an abusive book in which the honour of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was openly attacked. This publication caused a huge cry in the entire country. The Muslims held large meetings and gatherings to object and protest against it. A case was opened against Raajpaal who was given a six month sentence and a thousand rupee fine!! Thereafter the high court freed him and also pardoned the fine. This abusive book continued to be published as well.
On the night of the first of April 1929, a youngster by the name of Alamud Deen, together with his brother, attended a meeting in Lahore in a garden near the Delhi Gate. Hadhrat Moulana Sayyid Ataa-Ullaah Shah Bukhaari (rahmatullahi alaih) delivered an emotional and touching talk. Though clause 144 of the Indian constitution had been invoked, thus barring any type of meeting or gathering, yet the Muslims held a unique gathering. This lover of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) delivered such a heart-rending talk on the noble reputation of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) that it reduced the entire crowd to tears. People cried aloud uncontrollably. In his address to the Muslims he said, “Today you have gathered here to protect the honour and respect of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Today, the honour of that very personality who has brought honour to mankind is in danger. The honour of this great personality is be ing attacked, honour that all creation is justly proud of.”
Hadhrat Mufti Kifaayatullah Saahib (rahmatullahi alaih) and Hadhrat Moulana Ahmad Sa’eed Dehlawi (rahmatullahi alaih) were present in that meeting. Moulana Ataa-Ullaah Bukhaari (rahmatullahi alaih) addressing them said, “Today the mother of the believers, Hadhrat A’ishah (radiyallahu anha) and Hadhrat Khadijah (radiyallahu anha), are calling out at the doors of Mufti Kifaayatullah and Moulana Ahmad Sa’eed, ‘We are your mothers. Do you not know that the disbelievers are abusing us?’ O people check! Is Hadhrat A’ishah (radiyallahu anha) not standing at your door?” These words pierced into the deep recesses of the hearts with such passion and fervour that the gazes of the listeners instantly shifted towards the door. From all directions the echoes of sighs and cries could be heard.
He continued, “The condition of your love is such that in normal circumstances it will fight till the bitter end, but do you not know that today Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is uneasy beneath the Green Dome! Today Hadhrat Khadijah (radiyallahu anha) and Hadhrat A’ishah (radiyallahu anha) are restless! Do you have any place for the mothers of the believers in your hearts? Today the mother of the believers, Hadhrat A’ishah (radiyallahu anha) is seeking her right from you, that very A’ishah (radiyallahu anha) whom Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) used to call “Humayra” and who softened the miswaak for Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) at the time of his death. Remember, if you give your lives for Hadhrat Khadijah (radiyallahu anha) and Hadhrat A’ishah (radiyallahu anha) then this is not something insignificant!”
From: Ihyaaud Deen.This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series Life of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiallahu Anhu)
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that on the occasion of Tabook, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) encouraged the Sahaabah (Radhiallahu Anhum) to spend in the path of Allah Ta’ala. It so happened that during those days, I was in possession of some wealth. I thus thought to myself that Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) always surpasses me in spending for the sake of Allah Ta’ala. If there is any occasion, that perhaps I will be able to surpass him, it will be this occasion. I thus went home, and with this intention, divided my entire property into half. I left one half for my family, and with the other I proceeded to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and presented the wealth before him. Hadhrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) addressed me saying:
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): “O Umar! Did you leave anything for your family?”
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu): “Yes, O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): “How much did you leave for them?”
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu): “I left half of my entire wealth.”
Subsequently, Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) came forward and presented his entire contribution to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked him,
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): “What did you leave for your family, O Abu Bakr?”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu): “I have left Allah and his Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) for them.”
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) thereafter says that on that day he realised the esteem rank and position of Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) and that he would never be able to surpass Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu).