Our Prophet: The Most Sublime, The Most Great
The Prophet’s sublimity
Abun-Noor Rashid Ali Attari Madani
The fruits of the Ibraheemi supplication
اَنَا دَعْوَةُاَبِى اِبْرَاهِيْمَ قَالَ وَهُوَ يَرْفَعُ الْقَوَاعِدَ فِى الْبَيْتِ”رَبَّنَا وَ ابۡعَثۡ فِیۡہِمۡ رَسُوۡلًا مِّنۡہُمۡ“
Translation: I am the supplication (Du’a) of my father, Ibrahim, the one that he made when he was raising the foundations of the Ka’bah: ‘O our Lord! Make one from among these a Prophet’. (Tabqat Ibn-e-Sa’d, vol. 1, p. 118)
When the Beloved Prophet of Allah, Khalil-ul-Allah عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام and his honourable son Prophet Isma’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام were constructing the Ka’bah, they made some supplications (Du’as):
وَ اِذْ یَرْفَعُ اِبْرٰهٖمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَیْتِ وَ اِسْمٰعِیْلُؕ-رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّاؕ-اِنَّكَ اَنْتَ السَّمِیْعُ الْعَلِیْمُ(۱۲۷) رَبَّنَا وَ اجْعَلْنَا مُسْلِمَیْنِ لَكَ وَ مِنْ ذُرِّیَّتِنَاۤ اُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ ۪-وَ اَرِنَا مَنَاسِكَنَا وَ تُبْ عَلَیْنَاۚ-اِنَّكَ اَنْتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِیْمُ(۱۲۸) رَبَّنَا وَ ابْعَثْ فِیْهِمْ رَسُوْلًا مِّنْهُمْ یَتْلُوْا عَلَیْهِمْ اٰیٰتِكَ وَ یُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتٰبَ وَ الْحِكْمَةَ وَ یُزَكِّیْهِمْؕ-اِنَّكَ اَنْتَ الْعَزِیْزُ الْحَكِیْمُ۠(۱۲۹)
And (recall) when Ibrahim was raising the foundations of this House along with Isma’eel, whilst saying this; that, ‘O our Lord, accept (this service) from us; undoubtedly, only You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.’'O our Lord, make us subservient to You and raise from our offspring a nation obedient to You, teach us the ways of our worship, and direct Your Mercy towards us; verily, only You are the Greatest Acceptor of repentance, the Most Merciful.’'O our Lord, and send amongst them a Messenger from themselves, that he may recite to them Your verses and teach them Your Book, and sound knowledge (wisdom) and purify them well. Indeed, only You are the Most Dominant, the Most Wise.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 1, Surah Al-Baqarah, Verses 127-129)
Allah Almighty accepted these supplications of theirs and sent from among them the Noble Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in Makkah, in the most noble family and recited the verses of Quran upon them, taught them the book and wisdom, and purified them by removing them from the impurities of disbelief and polytheism.
Glad tidings of Isa عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام
اَنَا دَعْوَةُ اِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَكَانَ آخِرُ مَنْ بَشَّرَ بِی عِيْسى بن مَرْيَمَ
Translation: I am the supplication (Du’a) of Ibrahim, and the last of those to give glad tidings about me was ‘Isa, the son of Maryam. (Tareekh Ibn-e-‘Asakir, vol. 3, p. 393)
اَنَا دَعْوَةُ اِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَبُشْرَى عِيسَى، وَرُؤْيَا اُمِّی الَّتِی رَاَتْ
Translation: I am the supplication of Ibrahim, the glad tiding of ‘Isa and the dream that my mother saw. (Majma’-ul-Zawaid, vol. 8, p. 409, Hadees 13845)
In both of these statements, there is an indication towards the glad tidings and good news that ‘Isa عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام gave to his nation regarding the arrival of the final prophet, Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, the chosen one.
It is stated in the Glorious Quran:
وَ اِذْ قَالَ عِیْسَى ابْنُ مَرْیَمَ یٰبَنِیْۤ اِسْرَآءِیْلَ اِنِّیْ رَسُوْلُ اللّٰهِ اِلَیْكُمْ مُّصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَیْنَ یَدَیَّ مِنَ التَّوْرٰىةِ وَ مُبَشِّرًۢا بِرَسُوْلٍ یَّاْتِیْ مِنْۢ بَعْدِی اسْمُهٗۤ اَحْمَدُؕ-
And remember when ‘Eisa; the son of Maryam, said, ‘O Children of Israel! I am Allah’s Messenger towards you, confirming the Book; the Tawraah which was before me, and giving glad tidings of a (great) Messenger who will come after me; his name is Ahmad.’
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah Al-Saff, Verse 6)
The words ‘رُؤْيَا اُمِّی الَّتِی رَاَتْ’ [the dream that my mother saw] in the second statement indicate towards that reality which the beloved mother (of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم) had already seen in the dream. Furthermore, when the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was born, such a light shone that the palaces of Shaam became bright for the blessed and pure mother of the Prophet, Sayyidah Aaminah رَضِیَ اللهُ عَنْهَا. (Dalaail-ul-Nubuwwah lil Bayhaqi, vol. 1, p. 80) This was in fact an indication that, ‘O Aaminah! This son of yours is of such an esteemed status that one day, his name will echo even in these palaces.’
Disbelief was destroyed
اَنَا المَاحِی الَّذِی يَمْحُو اللهُ بِی الكُفْرَ
Translation: I am the destroyer, by means of me, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will destroy disbelief (Kufr). (Bukhari, vol. 2, p. 484, Hadees 3532)
Allah Almighty has illuminated the entire world with Islam. The blessings of لَا اِلٰہَ اِلَّا اللہُ have spread in every direction. The areas that have been drowning in Kufr for thousands of years are now reverberating with اللہُ اَکْبَر. The destruction of disbelief came about in many ways: in some places, people accepted Islam by listening to the invitation of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم; in some places, He صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم made Du’a (supplication) for the guidance of those who oppressed and wronged him, resulting in those people and their future generations accepting Islam and leaving disbelief; at the occasion of the conquest of Makkah, many oppressors were forgiven by the words لَاتَثْرِیْبَ عَلَیْکُمُ الْیَوْم and therefore a large number of disbelievers accepted Islam.
In other instances, people accepted Islam by means of rocks uttering the Kalimah, splitting of the moon, listening to the recitation of the Quran from the blessed tongue of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, seeing the illumination of his blessed face and his unmatched generosity, consequently leading to the destruction of disbelief. So much so that even in places where no delegation was sent and neither did the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم go himself, Allah Almighty raised the magnificence of the Prophetic name ‘Al-Maahi’ (the destroyer). This is because many monks had foretold regarding the dominion of Islam and because of this, many people accepted Islam. One such incident is of Sayyiduna Abaan Bin Sa’eed’s رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ acceptance of Islam. It is reported that he went to Syria for trading purposes. There, he met a monk. He said to him, ‘I am from the Quraysh, and one of our people claims that he is the Messenger of Allah, and Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّhas sent him as Prophet just like Musa and Isa’. The monk asked, ‘What is his name?’ He replied, ‘Muhammad’ (صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم). The monk said, ‘I’ll describe his character and appearance to you’. The monk then described the character, qualities and appearance of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. He رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ replied, ‘Yes, that is exactly how he is!’ to which the monk remarked, ‘By Allah, he will dominate over Arabia and then the entire world’. The monk then requested for his greetings to be passed on to the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Sayyiduna Abaan Bin Sa’eed رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ then accepted Islam upon his return after the treaty of Hudaybiyah and became a means for the destruction of disbelief. (Usd-ul-Ghaabah, vol. 1, p. 59)