Matchless Messenger صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

His inimitable voice

Kashif Shahzad Attari

As the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is the greatest, most esteemed and distinguished of Allah’s creation, the unique rewards and favours conferred upon him by Allah are in their multitude. From the numerous blessings that were granted, read the following four and reinvigorate your belief (Iman).

1.   Receiving the easiest Shari’ah

Allah Almighty granted His final Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم the easiest Shari’ah. (Sharf-ul-Mustafa, vol. 4, p. 212)

In the Quran, the following attribute of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has been mentioned:

وَ یَضَعُ عَنْهُمْ اِصْرَهُمْ وَ الْاَغْلٰلَ الَّتِیْ كَانَتْ عَلَیْهِمْؕ-

And he will remove the burden and shackles around the neck which were upon them.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 9, Surah Al-A’raaf, Verse 157)

The strictness of some of the laws for the children of Israel (Bani Israel)

If urine or any other impurity came into contact with the body or clothing, that area would not become pure by washing it; rather it was necessary to cut or amputate the affected area. Repenting from polytheism (Shirk) entailed the command to kill oneself. Whichever body part was used to commit a sin was to be amputated. The option to perform dry ablution (Tayammum) did not exist. Performing Salah was not permitted at any place other than the Masjid. Acquiring spoils was not permitted. Hunting was not permitted on a Saturday. (Jawahir-ul-Bihar, vol. 1, p. 168; Khazaain-ul-‘Irfan etc.)

The Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘بُعِثْتُ بِالْحَنِيْفِيَّةِ السَّمْحَةِ’ ‘I have been sent with the religion that is true and easy [to follow].’ (Musnad-e-Ahmad, vol. 8, p. 303, Hadees 22354)

2.   The strength of 4,000 men

The Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was bestowed with the strength of 4,000 men. (Subul-ul-Huda war Rishaad, vol. 10, p. 450)

Dear Islamic brothers, Allah Almighty granted the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم the strength of 40 heavenly men. (‘Umda-tul-Qaari, vol. 3, p. 41) The strength of one heavenly man is equal to the strength of 100 men in this world. (Musnad-e-Ahmad, vol. 7, p. 84, Hadees 19333) Therefore, the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم had the strength of 4,000 men.

Woh hay zoor-e- یَدُاللّٰھی kay hamsar donon ‘aalam mayn,

Na koi un ki quwwat ka na koi un ki taqat ka

(Qibalah-e-Bakhshish, p. 42)

3.   All of the earth was made a Masjid

For the sake of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, and by virtue of him for his Ummah, all of the earth was made a Masjid (a place of Salah) and something with which purity could be attained. (Mawahib-ul-Ladunniyyah, vol. 2, p. 281)

The Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘اُعْطِيتُ خَمْسًا لَمْ يُعْطَهُنَّ اَحَدٌ قَبْلِی’ ‘I have been given five things that were not given to anyone before me.’ [One of them was the following] ‘جُعِلَتْ لِیَ الْاَرْضُ مَسْجِدًا وَّطَهُوْرًا فَاَيُّمَا رَجُلٍ مِّنْ اُمَّتِیْ اَدْرَكَتْهُ الصَّلَاةُ فَلْيُصَلِّ’ ‘The earth was made a place of Salah for me and something with which purity could be attained. Therefore, wherever the time of Salah arrives for anyone from my Ummah, he should offer it.’ (Bukhari, vol. 1, p. 133, Hadees 335)

In the commentary of this, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه stated: ‘In the religion of the other prophets, Salah would only take place in their places of worship: the churches, etc. But the Ummah of the Prophet can pray Salah anywhere they want on earth (except for forbidden places). Nevertheless, dry ablution (Tayammum) did not exist in any other religion; it is only in this religion. It can be performed using the earth for both Ghusl and Wudu, and this is a speciality of ours [i.e. this Ummah].’ (Mirat-ul-Manajeeh, vol. 8, p. 9)

4.   His voice could be heard from afar

The voice of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would travel further than anyone else’s voice. (Mawahib-ul-Ladunniyyah, vol. 2, p. 275)

The sermon was heard in each tent

Sayyiduna Abdul Rahman Bin Mu’aaz رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ states: ‘(On the occasion of the Farewell Hajj) The Messenger of Allah صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم delivered the sermon in Mina, and Allah enhanced our ability to hear such that we listened to him whilst [remaining] in our places.’ (Nasai, p. 487, Hadees 2993)

The number of companions present at the farewell Hajj

O devotees of the Prophet! Commenting on the number of the fortunate individuals who were with the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم during the Farewell Hajj, Sayyiduna 'Allamah Maulana Muhammad Haashim Thathwi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه states: ‘A huge crowd of 130,000 companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم   entered the noble [city of] Makkah with the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. This figure is exclusive of the companions who were in the noble [city of] Makkah and those who arrived from Yemen with Sayyiduna Ali Al-Murtada رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ and Sayyiduna Abu Musa Ash’ari رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ.’ (Seerat-e-Sayyid-ul-Ambiya, p. 562)

The enthusiasm to act upon the Prophetic Command

Once on a Friday, the beloved of Allah صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was present on the pulpit and addressed the attendees by saying, ‘Sit down.’ Sayyiduna Abdullah Bin Rawahah رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ was present amongst Bani Ghanam, a tribe of the Ansaar. He heard this prophetic command from there, and acting in accordance to it, he sat where he was. (Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 5, p. 445)

Hearing the voice of the [Quranic] recitation from home

Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Hani رَضِیَ اللهُ عَنْهَا mentioned that the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would recite the Quran at midnight near the Ka’bah, and I would be able to hear him from the takht of my home.’ (Ibn-e-Majah, vol. 2, p. 136, Hadees 1349; Musnad-e-Ahmad, vol. 10, p. 261, Hadees 26960)

For Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Hani رَضِیَ اللهُ عَنْهَا to be inside her home on her takht and be able to hear the recitation whilst being far from where it was taking place is indicative of the [miraculous] strength of the Prophet’s صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم voice. (Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 5, p. 446)

The sermon would be heard by the women inside their homes

When the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would deliver the sermon, the women would be able to hear it from their homes. (Khasaais-e-Kubra, vol. 1, p. 113)

Door nay nazdeek nay aawaaz yaksaan hi suni,

Jab huway baalaye minbar رَحْمَةٌ لِّلْعَالَمِیْن 

(Qibalah-e-Bakhshish, p. 193)

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