Matchless Messenger صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
Leader of the Pure صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
Maulana Kashif Shahzad Attari Madani
In this issue, we will share some of the exclusive qualities of the Noble Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم which Allah Almighty granted to him. Our hope is that you too will be motivated to thank Allah Almighty for allowing you to be a follower of such a unique and unparalleled prophet.
Flies held back
A fly would not sit on the luminous body and blessed clothes of the Beloved of Allah صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, (Ash-Shifa, vol. 1, p. 368). A mosquito would not suck his blessed blood and nor would lice harm him, (Mawahib-ud-Dunya, vol. 2, p. 275).
Imam Ahmed Raza Khan رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه states: Listing the exclusive merits of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, Allamah (Imam Abu-ur-Rabi’) Ibn-e-Saba’ رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه adds that flies would not sit on the Prophet’s blessed body or pure clothes. The narrator of this is unknown, but despite this, the scholars have been mentioning it in their books without denial of it,’ (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 30, p. 720).
He further writes: ‘(Imam Abu-ur-Rabi’) Ibn-e-Saba’ adds that lice would not harm him. Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti has narrated the same on the authority of Ibn Saba’ رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه in his al-Khasaais al-Kubra and affirmed it, (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 30, p. 722).
The sentiments of Sayyiduna Umar رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ
Sayyiduna Umar رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ said to the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم:
اِنَّ اللّٰهَ عَصَمَكَ عَنْ وُقُوْعِ الذُّبَابِ عَلٰى جِلْدِكَ لِاَنَّهٗ يَقَعُ عَلَى النَّجَاسَاتِ فَيَتَلَطَّخُ بِهَا
Allah Almighty has even kept you safe from flies sitting on your blessed body, because they are dirty from having sat on filth,
(Tareekh Al-Khamees, vol. 2, p. 287).
A sign of Prophethood
Imam Ahmad Raza Khan رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه relates:
Allamah Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Khafaji al-Hanafi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه has stated: ‘One sign from the signs of the Prophethood of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is that a fly would not sit on his blessed body and clothes. This exclusivity is from the merits that Allah Almighty granted to His beloved صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.’ [In the Arabic language, a fly is called ذُباب] and the singular form is ذُبـَابَة. It is called this because whenever it is ‘flown away,’ [dhubba], it returns. Allah Almighty has created His beloved صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم free from all impurities, whereas a fly, as well as being loathsome in itself, also comes flying from filth.
How wonderfully an honourable scholar writes: In the statement ‘مُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُوْلُ الـلّٰـه’, there is no dotted letter because dots on letters are like flies (the way flies sit on people, similarly, dots are placed on letters). Allah Almighty has kept the blessed name مُحَمَّدٌ and the attribute رَّسُوْلُ الـلّٰـه of His final Messenger صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم free from even dots that resemble a fly, (Naseem-ur-Riyad, vol. 4, p. 335| Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 30, p. 720).
A timeless honour
Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan Na’eemi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه writes: ‘The blessed body was shadowless from the beginning (even before the announcement of prophethood) and was fragrant. A fly never sat on the blessed body. These are pre-revelation miracles (irhas) of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم that occurred before the announcement of Prophethood,’ (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 8, p. 236).
Note: Irhas refers to a miracle manifested by a prophet before the declaration of his prophethood, (Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 1, p. 58).
Free from filth and malodours
Flies and lice are attracted by impurity and dirt. The Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was free from every sort of impurity, and his blessed body and revered perspiration were also fragrant. Hence, he صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was safe from these things, (Zurqaani Alal-Mawahib, vol. 7, p. 200|Sirat-e-Mustafa, p. 566).
Caution is mandatory
Remember that it is mandatory to observe caution while talking or writing about the beloved of Allah صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. A meagre, inadvertent lack of caution in this regard can result in an unbearable loss in this world and the Hereafter. Mufti Amjad Ali A’zami رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه explains it thus: ‘Referring to the blessed clothes of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم as dirty or describing his blessed nails as long is blasphemous (Kufr),’ (Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 2, p. 463 | Kufriyah Kalimat kay baray mayn Suwal Jawab, p. 207).
The blessed garbs
Imam Muhammad b. Muhammad al-Qastalani رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه states:
Only purity and fragrance emanated from the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, and its sign in the blessed body was that the blessed clothes would never get dirty. Therefore, the blessed clothes of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم never became unclean, (Muwahib-ud-Dunya, vol. 2, p. 162).
Dear Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! For the sake of the leader of the pure صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, save us from every sort of outer and inner filth, especially the filth of sins.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم