Talking to the moon

Madani bouquet of nine particularities of Mustafa صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

1. Emergence of Noor

When the Holy Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was born, Noor emerged with him. In the light of this Noor, his respected mother saw Syrian palaces. (Kashf-ul-Ghummah, vol. 2, pp. 63)

2. First words

The very first words uttered by the blessed tongue of the Holy Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم were as follows: ‘اَللّٰەُ اَکْبَر کَبِیْرًا وَالْحَمْدُ لِلّٰەِ کَثِیْرًا’. (Khasaais-ul-Kubra, vol. 1, pp. 91)

3. Angels rocked cradle

The angels rocked the cradle of the Holy Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. (Unmooza-jul-Labeeb, pp. 221)

4. Talking to the moon

When he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم used to be in the cradle, the moon would talk to him. The moon would also bow in the direction where he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم pointed with his blessed finger. (Unmooza-jul-Labeeb, pp. 221)

Parable

Sayyiduna ‘Abbas رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ respectfully said to the Holy Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, ‘O Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم! The signs of your Nubuwwah inspired me to embrace your religion. I saw that you talked to the moon in the cradle and pointed towards it. The moon would bow in the direction where you pointed with your blessed finger.’ The Beloved and Blessed Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘I would talk to the moon and it would talk to me. And it would comfort me when I cried. When the moon performed Sajdah under the Divine ‘Arsh, I would hear the sound of Tasbih made by it.’ (Khasaais-ul-Kubra, vol. 1, pp. 91)

Chand jhuk jata jidher ungli uthatay mahd [مَھْد] mayn

Kya hi chalta tha isharaun per khilona noor ka

5. Shaqq-e-Sadr [شَقِّ صَدْر]

His blessed chest was expanded, i.e. cut open four times. It occurred for the first time in his early childhood when he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was being brought up by Haleemah Sa’diyyah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهَا. The second time, it was expanded at the age of ten years. The third time, his blessed chest was expanded in the Hira cave on the occasion of the commencement of revelation from the Almighty. The fourth time, it was expanded on the night of the Ascension [i.e. Mi’raaj]. (Khasaais-ul-Kubra, vol. 1, pp. 93; Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 1, pp. 288)

Merciful Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has said:

اَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَۙ(۱)

Did We not expand your chest for you (O Beloved)?

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 30, Surah Alam-Nashrah, Ayah 1)

According to some of the commentators, this blessed Ayah means “opening” the blessed chest apparently in a way that Sayyiduna Jibra`eel Ameen عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام cut the blessed chest of the Holy Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم open, brought out his blessed heart, washed it with Zamzam water in a gold tray, filled it with Noor and Hikmah and then put it back into its place. (Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 10, pp. 739)

Wisdom of the expanding of chest

The wisdom of the expanding of the blessed chest for the first time was that he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم be protected from the whispers and thoughts that made children indulge in games and mischievous activities. The second time, his blessed chest was expanded at the age of ten years so that he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would remain unaffected and unharmed by the risks of youthful desires. The third time, his blessed chest was expanded in the Hira cave where his blessed heart was filled with Noor and peace so that he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم could bear the great and heavy responsibility of revelation from the Almighty. The fourth time, his blessed chest was expanded on the night of the Ascension [i.e. Mi’raaj] when his heart was filled with treasures of Noor and Hikmah, blessing it with vastness and greatness and enabling him to behold the Almighty and to listen to the awe-inspiring Divine Word. (Seerat-e-Mustafa, pp. 79; amended) This is also known as Sharh-e-Sadr [شَرْحِ صَدْر] as well as Shaqq-e-Sadr [شَقِّ صَدْر]. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 8, pp. 114)

اَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَۙ’ say yoon awaz aati hay

Kushadah ker diya Allah nay seenah Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم ka

6. Nabi of Ambiya عَلَيْهِمُ الصَّلٰوةُ وَالسَّلَام

Our Beloved Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is the Nabi of all other Ambiya and all Ambiya and Mursaleen عَلَيْهِمُ الصَّلٰوةُ وَالسَّلَام as well as their Ummahs are included in his Ummah. The Nubuwwah and Risalah of the Holy Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم encompass all creation of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ from the period of the father of all human beings (i.e. Sayyiduna Aadam) to the Judgement Day. On the night of the Ascension, all Ambiya and Mursaleen عَلَيْهِمُ الصَّلٰوةُ وَالسَّلَام offered the Salah led by the Holy Nabi Muhammad Mustafa صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, showing that he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was and is the Nabi of all Ambiya عَلَيْهِمُ الصَّلٰوةُ وَالسَّلَام. (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 30, pp. 138; Unmooza-jul-Labeeb, pp. 51)

Tu hay khursheed-e-Risalat piyaray, chhup gaye tayri ziya mayn taaray

Ambiya aur hayn sab mah paaray, tujh say hi noor liya kertay hayn

(Haqaaiq-e-Bakhshish, pp. 112)

7. Blessed saliva was sufficient in place of milk

When infants [babies] were blessed with the saliva of the Revered and Renowned Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, they would no longer need to drink milk. (Unmooza-jul-Labeeb, pp. 211)

On the day of ‘Aashura (i.e. 10 Muharram-ul-Haraam), the Greatest and Noblest Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would call infants from his home and from that of Sayyidatuna Fatimah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهَا, put his saliva into their mouths and say to their mothers, ‘Do not suckle them until night.’ By the blessing of the blessed saliva, the children did not need to drink milk till night. (Dalaail-un-Nubuwwah, vol. 6, pp. 226; Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 5, pp. 289)

8. Saltwater turned sweet

His blessed saliva, when mixed with saltwater, would turn the saltwater into sweet water. (Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 7, pp. 194)

He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم once put his blessed saliva into the well of Sayyiduna Anas رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ in the latter’s home, so its water turned sweeter than the water of all the wells of Madinah Munawwarah. (Khasaais-ul-Kubra, vol. 1, pp. 105)

Jis say khaari kunwayn [کھاری کُنویں] sheera-e-jan banay

Us zulal-e-halawat [زُلالِ حلاوت] pay lakhaun salam

(Hadaiq-e-Bakhshish, pp. 302)

9. Mercy for all the worlds

The Merciful Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was sent as a mercy for all the worlds. (Unmooza-jul-Labeeb, pp. 52) Almighty Allah has said:

وَ مَاۤ اَرْسَلْنٰكَ اِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعٰلَمِیْنَ(۱۰۷)

And We did not send you (O Beloved) but as a mercy for all the worlds.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 17, Surah Al-Ambiya, Ayah 107)

The Beloved and Blessed Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is a mercy for Ambiya, Rusul and angels عَلَيْهِمُ الصَّلٰوةُ وَالسَّلَام. He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is mercy not only in the world but also in the hereafter. He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is a mercy for jinns as well as for humans, for Muslims as well as for disbelievers, for animals as well as for plants and non-living objects.  In short, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is a mercy for all the things included in the universe. (Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 6, pp. 386)

Even disbelievers received a share from his mercy in the sense that their punishment was delayed by virtue of him. (Unmooza-jul-Labeeb, pp. 52) The Holy Quran has said:

وَ مَا كَانَ اللّٰهُ لِیُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَ اَنْتَ فِیْهِمْؕ-

And it is not befitting to Allah to punish them whilst you, O Beloved, are in their midst.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 9, Surah Al-Anfaal, Ayah 33)

 

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