The ears which hear from near and afar

Allah Almighty has bestowed the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  with such an amazing sense of hearing that he [ صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم ] can even hear those things which no one else can. (Subul al-Hudā wa al-Rashād, vol. 2, pp. 27; Sayyidunā Muhammad Rasūlullāh, pp. 51) Read ahead for more detail about this great uniqueness of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم :

Hearing every sound

The Beloved Messenger صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  states, ‘اِنِّی اَرٰى مَا لَا تَرَوْنَ وَاَسْمَعُ مَا لَا تَسْمَعُونَ i.e. I see all of that which you do not see and I hear all of that which you do not hear.’(Ibn Majah, vol. 4, pp. 464, Hadees 4190)

The commentator of Bukhārī, Sadr al-‘Ulamā ‘Allāmah Mawlānā Sayyid Ghulām Jilānī Mīrthī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه writes under this narration: Every single sound that the addressees (i.e. those who were spoken to) cannot hear is included in this, regardless of whichever part of the universe it emanates from; be it from the domain of land or sea, of air or fire, of the heavens or the Divine ‘Arsh and Divine Kursī, be it the sound of humans or animals, of plants or inanimate (stones and other lifeless things), of the Jinns or the Angels, or the voice of such a creation that we are not aware of. In short, every single sound of the entire universe is encompassed within this statement. (Bashīr-ul-Qārī, p. 14)

Door-o-nazdeek kay sunnay waalay wo kaan

Kaan-e-la’al-e-karāmat pay laakho Salaam

 (Hadā’iq-e-Bakhshish, p. 300)

He [صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم] heard the words of a roasted lamb

A non-Muslim woman once mixed some roasted lamb with poison and presented it to the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم . The Beloved of Allah صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  said to that woman, ‘اَسَمَمْتِ هٰذِهِ الشَّاةَ i.e. Have you poisoned this lamb?’ She asked, ‘Who told you?’ He صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  said, اَخْبَرَتْنِی هٰذِهٖ فِی يَدِی i.e. This piece of lamb in my hand has informed me.’ (Abū Dāwūd, vol. 4, p. 229, Hadees 4510, summarised) Muftī Ahmad Yār Khān Na’īmī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه states under this Hadees: One comes to know [from this] that the meat itself informed the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  that there was poison mixed in it. (Mir’āt-ul-Manājīh, vol. 8, pp. 248)

He [صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم] would hear the sound from the heavens

The Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  stated, ‘Indeed, I hear the sound of the creaking of the heavens.’(Mu’jam Kabīr, vol. 3, p. 201, Hadees 3122)

The hearing power of the Angels and Heavenly Maidens

Two sayings of the Beloved Messenger صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم :

   ۔1اِنَّ اللهَ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَكَّلَ بِیْ مَلَكَيْنِ لَا اُذْكَرُ عِنْدَ عَبْدٍ مُسْلِمٍ فَيُصَلِّیْ عَلَیَّ اِلَّا قَالَ ذَانَاكَ الْمَلَكاَنِ غَفَرَ اللهُ لَكَ i.e. Verily, Allah Almighty has appointed two Angels alongside me; whenever I am mentioned before a Muslim and he sends Salāt [salutation] upon me, those angels say, ‘May Allah [Almighty] forgive you.’ (Mu’jam Kabīr, vol. 3, p. 89, Hadees 2753) From this Hadees, one comes to know that both of these Angels hear the Salat upon the Prophet that is recited by every Ummatī [follower]. (Bashīr-ul-Qārī, p. 16)

   ۔2Whenever a woman causes harm to her husband in the world, that man’s wife from the Heavenly Maidens says, ‘May Allah [Almighty] destroy you! Do not cause him any grief! He is a guest with you; he will soon leave you and come to us.’ (Ibn-e-Mājah, vol. 2, p. 498, Hadees 2014)

The Hearing of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

Mawlānā Sayyid Ghulām Jilānī Mīrthī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه relates the above two narrations and says: Paradise is above the seventh heaven, and according to the saying of the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم , there is a distance of five hundred years between the earth and the first heaven and this amount is also the vastness of the first heaven. Likewise, there is a distance of five hundred years between every two heavens, and this is also the vastness of each heaven. Thus, there is a distance of seven thousand years from the earth to the seventh heaven, and the distance from the earth to Paradise is even greater as it is situated above the seventh heaven. A point to ponder over is that the hearing power of the two Angels is so strong that they can hear the Salat upon the Prophet recited by every follower, and the hearing power of the Heavenly Maidens (i.e. Hūrs of Paradise) is such that they have the ability to hear the voices from the earth which is at a distance of more than seven thousand years from where they reside. So how will the Beloved of Allah صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  not hear the Salat recited upon him by every follower despite the fact that he [ صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم ] is more superior than the Angels, the Heavenly Maidens, and in fact, the entire universe; as the whole universe was created for his sake. Furthermore, the distance between him and his followers is not as much as the distance between the Heavenly Maidens and earth.

The believing mind can never accept that those who were created for his sake would have this perfection whilst the essence of creation صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  himself would remained deprived of it; rather, the believing mind declares that he [ صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم ] is the most perfect of all creation in every excellence, that every blessing was bestowed upon him to the greatest degree, and that all stages of complete perfection reach their peak in him. (Bashīr-ul-Qārī, p. 16)

The Prophet [صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم] hears from wherever you call

The Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  said, ‘لَيْسَ مِنْ عَبْدٍ يُصَلِّیْ عَلَیَّ اِلَّا بَلَغَنِیْ صَوْتُەٗ حَيْثُ كَانَ i.e. Whosoever sends Salat upon me, the sound of his voice reaches me, regardless of wherever he is. (al-Durr al-Mandūd, p. 156; al-Qawl al-Badī’, p. 321)

Sadr al-‘Ulamā writes: Without doubt, the master of both worlds, the honour of the universe, the king of the Prophets, the Beloved of Allah صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  hears the Salāt and Salām of every follower with his own blessed ears; regardless of whether that follower resides in any area of the world or any part of the heavens, whether he resides on dry land or sea, or even if he resides in the area between the heavens and the earth. In short, in whichever part of the universe the follower is, the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  hears his Salāt and Salām with his own blessed ears. Furthermore, this is not restricted to just Salāt and Salām; rather he [ صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم ] hears every sound of every creation, and he [ صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم ] sees every creation with his own blessed eyes. (Bashīr-ul-Qārī, p. 13)

Nahī hay kuch ‘arz kī zarūrat kay Un pay roshan hay sab kī haalat

Rasool-e-Akram samī bhi hayn baseer bhi hayn aleem bhi hayn

 

There is no need to request anything as everyone’s condition is clear to him;

The Noblest of Messengers also hears, also sees, also knows!

(Qabāla-e-Bakhshish, p. 209)

He [صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم] hears the sound of Sidra-tul-Muntahā

Sayyiduna Shaykh Imām ‘Abd al-Wahhāb Sha’rānī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه states, ‘The Beloved of Allah صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  can hear the fluttering of the wings of Angel Jibrīl عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام who is residing on Sidra-tul-Muntahā [the Lote-Tree of the utmost furthest boundary).’ (Kashf al-Ghummah, vol. 2, p. 64)

The greatness of his blessed ears

The Imam of the Ahlus Sunnah, Imām Ahmad Razā Khān رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه states: By the bestowal of Allah Almighty, the hearing power of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  encompasses the East and the West [in its entirety]; he [ صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم ] hears the pleas and voices of everyone himself, even though there are Angels appointed to convey the Salat recited upon him as well as deeds in order to fulfil the protocols of the Noble Court. Without doubt, every particle within the heavens and the earth is in his blessed sight, and every sound of the earth and the heavens is in his blessed hearing. (Fatāwā Razawiyyah, vol. 29, p. 546)

Kaan hayn kaan-e-karam jaan-e-karam

Aankh hai yaa chashma-e-tanweer hai

(Zauq-e-Na’t, p. 239)

 

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