Rafed English

The Symbol of Love and Blessings

'When he spoke those present would lower their heads as though birds had landed upon them and when he fell silent they would speak and they would not vie with each other to speak.' 49

Orwah ibn Mas!Yd al-Thaqaf: described the depth of the Muslims' love for the Apostle of God and their commitment and obedience to him, when the Quraysh sent him as a legate regarding the question of the peace treaty of al-H{odayb:yah. Orwah said addressing the Quraysh: 'O people, I swear by Almighty God that I have been in the presence of kings, and I have been in the presence of the Caesar of Rome and the Chosroe of Persia and the Negus of Abyssinia, but, by God, I have never seen a king whose companions revere him as the companions of Muhammad revere him. When he orders them they make haste to implement his orders. When he performs his ablutions they almost kill each other [seeking blessings from] the water of his ablutions. When he speaks they lower their voices and they do not stare at him out of reverence for him.' 50 Anas ibn M"lik relates: 'I saw the Apostle of God when the barber was cutting his hair. His companions had surrounded him seeking to catch his hair in their hands as it fell.' 51

It is related that Im"m al-Ri+", peace be upon him, said: 'I heard my father relating from his father, from my great grandfather from J"bir ibn Abdull"h AnN"ri 52, who said: 'The Apostle of God was in a tent of leather. I saw Bilal of Abyssinia 53 who had just come out with the leftover water from the Apostle of God's ablutions. The people rushed to him and whoever succeeded in getting some would wipe his face with it. Whoever did not get any would take it from the hand of his companion and wipe his face with it.' 54

Anas ibn M"lik said: 'I served the Apostle of God for some years and he never swore at me ever, nor did he ever hit me, nor did he rebuke me, nor did he frown in my face, nor did he reproach me for being tardy in carrying out his orders. If anyone of his wives reproached me he would say: 'Let him be, for if a thing is ordained it will be.' 55


49. mak"rim al-akhl"q; p.15

50. bihar al-anwar; vol.20, p.332, chap.20

51. ibid. vol. 17, p.32, chap.14, 9ad:th 14.

52. J"bir ibn Abdull"h AnN"ri was one of the devout and loyal companions of the Prophet Muhammad who went on to live long enough to meet the Prophet's fifth appointed successor, Imam B"qir, as foretold by the Prophet - some seventy years after the Prophet's death As well as to Imam Ali at the time of the Messenger of God, J"bir paid homage of allegiance to every one of the Prophet's successors he met. J"bir is considered as one of the reliable narrators of the Prophetic hadith

53. Bilal was a black African slave who was bought off by the Prophet from his Quraysh masters and set free, and he went on to become the Prophet's assistant.

54. bihar al-anwar; vol. 17, p 33, chap. 14, 9ad:th 14. Beirut edn.

55. ibid. vol. 16, chap. 9

Adopted from the book : "The Prophet Muhammad; a Mercy to the World" by : "Ayatullah Muhammad Sadiq al-Shirazi"

Share this article

Comments 0

Your comment

Comment description

Latest Post

Most Reviews