An account, a miracle

Camel riding

Arshad Aslam Attari Madani

‘Dear brother! Dear brother!’ Suhayb ran into the house and went straight to Khubayb, out of breath.

‘What's up Suhayb? Why did you come running?’ Khubayb asked.

Suhayb’s face was full of happiness. He gasped and said, ‘The camel owner is outside! The children are riding the camel, and I want to ride it too.’

Khubayb said, ‘Alright! Let’s go to Grandpa; he will take us.’

So, the two brothers happily went to the camel owner with their grandfather. He said to the camel owner, ‘Brother! Let the children ride carefully.’ The camel owner put both of them on the camel and they began to ride happily. Their grandfather was also happy to see the happiness of the children. After a little while, they got off the camel and thanked the camel owner as well as their grandfather. Their grandfather paid the camel owner and everyone left for home.

After reaching home, Suhayb said, ‘Grandpa! Tell us something about the camels.’ Habibah also came and sat with them.

Grandpa said, ‘The camel is mentioned in the Holy Qur`an and it is one of the wonderful signs of Allah Almighty’s power.’

Khubayb said, ‘What wonders are there in it?’

Grandfather replied, ‘Dear children! There are many wonders in it:

1.   Different animals are usually reared for farming, lifting goods, riding, and for milk or meat, whereas all these things are present in the camel alone.

2.   It is called the ship of the desert because other animals can hardly walk in the desert, but the camel runs in it.

3.   As opposed to other animals, it can accumulate the nutrients of many days in its body and it survives and travels for many days without eating and drinking.

4.   It is easily tamed; even a child can take it wherever he wants.’

Then grandfather thought for a moment and said, ‘Children! Let me tell you a miracle of our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم that is related to the camels.

Our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم once visited a garden where there was a camel. When the camel saw the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, it started making noises and tears began to flow from its eyes. The Merciful Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم went to it and brushed his blessed hand on its head, upon which it stopped crying. Our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم then asked the people, ‘Who is the owner of this camel?’

A young man came forward and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! This is my camel.’

He صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said to him, ‘Do you not fear Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ about this mute animal which Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has made you the owner of? This camel has complained to me about you that you keep it hungry and burden it with a lot of work.’ (Abu-Dawood, vol. 3, p. 33, Hadees 2549)

Grandfather further added, ‘Our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم removed the troubles and worries of many animals and birds.’

Habibah said, ‘Grandpa! Did Our Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم understand the language of every living thing?’

‘Yes daughter! Our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would understand not only living things, but also the words of inanimate things.’

Hearing this, Khubayb immediately said, ‘Grandpa! Tell us an incident about this too!’

Grandfather said with a smile, ‘اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه, I will tell you an incident on this subject later; now, it is almost time for Maghrib Salah, so let’s prepare for Salah.’

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