#CelebrateMercy -— Rabiʾ al awwal 1438: Prophetic Heart Surgery

When the Prophet (ﷺ) was about 5 years old, a very important incident occurred. At the time he (ﷺ) was in the care of Ḥalīmah. It is reported in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, that Jibrāʾīl (ʿalayhi as-salām) came down accompanied by other angels, ripped open the chest of the Prophet (ﷺ) and then extracted a blood clot and stated, “That was the part of Satan in thee.”

The blessed heart (ﷺ) was then washed in the water of Zamzam in a gold dish. Afterwards the heart was rejoined and restored to its place.

The incident was a harrowing one for the children that were playing with him (ﷺ),they ran to their mother Ḥalīmah crying that “Verily, Muḥammad (ﷺ) has been murdered.” For a few moments, just think what she would have gone through, she loved the Prophet (ﷺ) dearly, he (ﷺ) had brought so many blessings to their home. Her heart sank, they rushed to see what had happened only to see him shaken but completely unharmed, and only his face was white. She was so disturbed by the event that she decided to return the Prophet (ﷺ) to Makkah, to his (ﷺ) mother ʼĀmīnah.

His (ﷺ) heart would be removed and washed once more, before he embarked on the miraculous Night Journey. It is said that there might have been a third time, but there is a difference of opinion on this, it is an opinion held by Shaykh Sayyidī ‘Abd al-Azīz al Dabbāgh (May Allāh have mercy on him)

Heart surgery is not a major thing now, of course it has its dangers, but compared to some 1400 years ago it is not as hazardous. This specific incident was nothing short of a miracle. Interesting parallels have been drawn between the blessed surgery then and heart surgery now; angels are composed of light, in today’s world when heart surgery takes place it is often with the use of a laser light, TMR is one example. Now the heart is myogenic, in that it beats without an impulse, if the heart is removed from the body it will carry on beating for a while, but it will eventually die. So in complex heart transplants hearts must be preserved, to help with preservation its metabolism must be slowed down, this is done by placing it in ice-cold saline (salty) solution (read more about his here). The salt content of Zamzam some 1400 years ago must have been a lot higher than it is now, further to that the water itself that was used then was said to have been ice cold [Kitāb al-Ṭabaqāt al-Kabīr]

Those that saw the blessed chest of the Prophet (ﷺ) have stated that surgical sutures from the surgeries could be seen.

The purpose of these surgeries was to purify the blessed heart of the Prophet (ﷺ), and prepare it for Qurʾān:

“Verily this is a Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds: with it came down the spirit of Faith and Truth-Upon your heart (O, Muḥammad) that you may be of the warners.” [Qurʾān, 26:192-194]

We’ve often heard the term “Nūr ala nūr” meaning “light upon light” esoterically some have stated that it signifies the Light i.e. the Qurʾān descending on the Light i.e. the Prophet (ﷺ)

So what does this mean for us? Well the Prophet (ﷺ) is without doubt the single greatest man to ever have walked on earth, the best of men, the very best. On at least two instances his heart was removed and washed, once to ready him (ﷺ) for the Qurʾān, the other to ready him (ﷺ) to see Allāh, exalted is He.

One of my teachers, Shaykh Dr. ʿUmar Farūq ʿAbd-Allāh says:  

“Your heart contains so much more than blood and physical life-giving properties. It is the seat of who you are, and the locus of God’s reality in the identity of all you are, hidden and apparent.”

So protect your heart, purify it, and ready it for the most unimaginable blessings.

Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Miscellany  Book 1, Hadith 578

Narrated ‘Abu Hurairah (ra): 
Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.” Then (giving a warning) he said, “Are you waiting for poverty which will make you unmindful of devotion, or prosperity which will make you corrupt, or a disease which will disable you, or senility which will make you mentally unstable, or sudden death which will take you all of a sudden, or Ad-Dajjal who is the worst expected, or the Hour; and the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter.”[At- Tirmidhi]

Who is Muḥammad (ﷺ)?

“The best & most noble of the Messengers of firm determination is Muḥammad (ﷺ), the seal of the Prophets, the Imām of the pious & God-fearing, Master of the children of ʾĀdam‎, the Imām of the Prophets when they gathered & their spokesman when they came in delegations. He is the owner of the Praiseworthy Station (Maqam Al-Maḥmūd) for which he will be shown [permissible] envy by the first and succeeding people, carrier of the banner of praise, possessor of the Fount (hawd) at which the believers will gather & drink from [on the Last Day], the intercessor for the creation on the Day of Judgment & the owner of the rank of intercession (wasilah) and noble standing (fadilah). He is the one who Allāh sent with the best of His Books, legislated for him the best laws of His Religion & made his nation the best of nations brought forth for mankind. He gathered together all the noble & virtuous qualities for him & his nation that were only to be found scattered among the nations before him.”

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyah, al-Furqān bayna Awliya’ al-Raḥmān wa Awliya’ al-Shayṭān

On December 19 the favored Sixth Corps was reviewed on the heights of Chamartin. Napoleon did not show any of his former annoyance at Ney’s inexplicable delay in supporting the French at Tuleda or in the subsequent sluggish pursuit of the Spanish. He saw before him only the men of Elchingen, Jena, Landsberg, Guttstadt, and Friedland, the loyal men of his Grand Army. On approaching Colbert, Napoleon said, ‘Colbert, you have for a long time proven to me that you are one of my bravest men. Your past services merit compensation; you will have it soon.’ The young general responded prophetically, 'Make haste, Sire, for I am old.’

Jeanne Ojala, Auguste de Colbert: Aristocratic Survival in an Age of Upheval, 1793-1809

Colbert was 31 years old at the time; he was killed in action less than a month later. 

Imagine Harry Potter in a few years time...

The son of a Death Eater is elected as Minister of Magic. He never identifies himself as a Death Eater, never uses the word “mudblood”, but his talk about keeping Muggle born wizards out of Hogwarts and not letting them have wands certainly gains him support, as does his talk about the brutality of centaurs and werewolves.

Dolores Umbridge has collected some credibility for herself, meanwhile, by purchasing an old wizarding paper that runs articles about these same talking points, as well as conspiracy theories about McGonagall turning out muggle born child armies at Hogwarts and her plots to overturn the ministry. Her readers send in letters about how Voldemort was misunderstood, about how marrying Muggles and Muggle borns is wizarding genocide. How they shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed for being pure blood. Rita Skeeter is their top reporter and has become the public face of the movement to challenge what they consider lame and biased journalism by other wizarding publications like the Daily Prophet. Umbridge doesn’t refer to herself as a Death Eater, but we all know she believes in the same principles as Voldemort. Her paper pushes the same agenda, using different key phrases that don’t raise alarm. The new Minister of Magic taps her as his top advisor.

Meanwhile, acts of terrorism like what happened at the Quidditch World Cup are happening with increased frequency. Muggle born children are being bullied at an alarming rate. The Dark Mark is appearing in the sky all over. Death Eaters and Death Eater sympathizers are talking about how excited they are about the new Minister of Magic, referring to him as their candidate, and saying he shares their principles. They say their time has come again, and that they won’t back down until they make the wizarding world pure again.

Moderate wizards, meanwhile, are sitting back and saying that they will see what the new Minister does, even after everything he’s said. They are chiding muggle borns for being oversensitive and overreacting. Some agree with Rita Skeeter’s articles that most of the reports of Dark Marks were either made up by the Daily Prophet in order to sell papers or staged by Muggle born wizards in order to stir the pot or garner attention. They vocally condemn Harry Potter and his fellow aurors who are advocating fighting this new batch of Death Eaters, insisting that makes him just as bad as a Death Eater and that “violence is never the answer”.

And there you go. Since some of you don’t give a shit about oppression unless it’s happening to fictional white people, I’ve put today’s political climate in terms you can understand and actually give a fuck about.

Where is the letter of Fudge telling me he was going to call me ‘a liar’ in The Daily Prophet? It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to watching a friend’s murder and the rebirth of the homicidal Dark Lord who murdered your parents and then being called ‘a liar’ in front of the entire world. Being falsely painted as a liar when I’ve been painfully truthful about what I saw in the graveyard at Little Hangleton that night is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 1981.
—  Harry James Potter [in his Quibbler Interview with Rita Skeeter]