the noble prophet

Isn’t it amazing how you can see goodness on someone’s face? How you’ll see someone for the first time and just intuitively know right then and there they have good in them, solely from the appearance on their face. This isn’t to be confused with beauty or attraction as that does not define goodness, but rather you see almost a glimpse of one’s heart and soul. This is why even the Sahaba before they accepted Islam would say the Prophet (ﷺ) did not have the face of a liar, but of someone who they would believe and trust to speak the pure truth more than anyone else, and many of them accepted Islam just from the sight of the Prophet (ﷺ).

This is a really beautiful story about the hijab and da'wah so you need to read this and reflect. About five or six years ago, I got introduced to an amazing sister from Taiwan. She miraculously accepted Islam many years ago however I want to share one of the stories of how she changed someone’s life without knowing.

She told me that she lived on the outskirts of Vienna so about two times a week, she’d catch the train into the city in order to go shopping and buy things for her home. One day, she went to a gathering and an Austrian woman who she did not recognise saw her and said, “IT’S YOU! IT’S YOU! IT’S YOU!” - everyone was extremely confused so the Taiwanese sister looked at her and said, “Me? We don’t each-other? I think you’ve mistaken me for someone else?”

The Austrian woman got extremely emotional and said, “No, It is you! I saw you on the train for 2 years. I saw the way you wore your hijab and I saw how dignified and beautiful you were. I saw how much modesty and self honour you possessed. I saw how great and elevated your morals were, and something triggered into my heart that I must learn about your way of life. I looked up Hijab and found Islam. I looked up Islam and found God. I fell in love with this religion so I decided to accepted Islam!’

This is the essence of true da'wah - Lips don’t need to move because character talks. Tongues don’t have to articulate because our morals translate the secrets of the hearts. We don’t have to give a thousands lectures because our soul carry a million realities. Sisters, Allah honoured you with the Hijab. He raised you above creation. He made you inheritors of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra and the noble wives of the Prophet ﷺ. If you embody their teachings and remain steadfast with their modesty and purity, Allah will show you miracles and he will make you a means to changing lives. The people of this world are thirsty for La-ilaha-ila-Allah, but only those who love and connect themselves to the Prophet ﷺ who shall distribute al-Kawthar can quench the thirst of humanity.

—  Shaykh Mohammad Aslam

anonymous asked:

What is the story of Julaibib? Where can I find it?

His physical appearance and unknown lineage made people shun and spurn him. He was an outcast, which caused him much public humiliation and disgrace. Facing such disdainful treatment, Julaybib was apparently a lonely soul yearning for love and compassion. As he was carrying the burden of prejudice on his shoulder from the time he was born, companionship, love, and compassion became alien to him. There were often times a question as to whether this man would even taste any compassion or respect in his life. The question cleared with his acceptance of the noble message of Islam.

He became a devoted servant of Almighty Allah and beloved Companion of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He gained respect and affection from the noble Prophet for his sincerity, integrity, and strong belief. Julaybib earned the honor he had long yearned for. Prophet Muhammad cared deeply for him and was sensitive of his needs.

In a narration reported by Imam Ahmad, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) went to a man of the Ansar and said, “Give me your daughter for marriage.” The man answered excitedly, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah, it would be an honor and a blessing.” Thereupon, the Prophet said, “I do not want her for myself.” The Ansari man asked, “Then for whom, O Messenger of Allah?"And the Prophet answered, "For Julaybib.” Having heard this, the man was shocked and then said, “O Messenger of Allah, let me consult her mother.” He went to the girl’s mother (his wife) and told her, “The Messenger of Allah is proposing marriage for your daughter.” In response, she joyfully said, “Yes, it would be a pleasure.” The Ansari explained to his wife that the Prophet was not proposing to marry their daughter for himself, but on behalf of Julaybib. His wife was almost shaken and immediately responded, “What! Julaybib? No, by Allah, we will not marry her to him.”

When the Ansari was about to leave to meet the Messenger of Allah to inform him about his wife’s disapproval, his daughter, a pious Muslim, asked her father, “Who is asking for my hand?” Her mother told her that the Prophet was asking her hand on behalf of Julaybib. Their daughter instantly asked them, “Are you refusing to follow the command of the Messenger of Allah? Follow his command, for I will not come to any harm.”

The following hadith is another proof that Julaybib was indeed dearly loved and valued by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him): After one of the battles, the Prophet asked his Companions, “Is anyone missing amongst you?"They said, "So and so and so.” He asked them again,“Is there anyone missing amongst you?” And again they answered, “So and so and so.” The Prophet posed the question for the third time and their reply was “No.” Thereupon he said, “But I see that Julaybib is missing.” The Companions searched for him amongst those who had been killed and found him by the side of seven enemies whom he had killed before he martyred. The Prophet came there, stood by his body, and said, “He killed seven people. Then his opponents killed him. He belongs to me and I belong to him.” (Muslim)

The Quran is not only a guidance for mankind but Allah has also made it a spiritual cure and healing for all types of ailments. This includes treatment of all worldly problems, physical and psychological ailments, and spiritual (evil eye, sihr, and so on.) The Creator has clearly told us that the words of the Quran are a “shifa” (healing) for all and, therefore, when used with real belief in one’s heart, this form of treatment can bring miraculous cure to all forms of ailments.

Allah says in the Quran: And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe… (Quran, Surah Al-Israa, 17:82)

As for other forms of treatment, Islam does not discourage the use of treatments available to us through medical and other sciences. On the contrary, the use of such treatments is encouraged by the teachings of the noble prophet (s.a.w.) who sought the treatment of illnesses and diseases for himself and urged his followers to do the same. Thus, seeking medical treatment for the cure of diseases is part of the prophet’s tradition.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “For every disease there is a medicine, and if that medicine is applied to the disease, he will recover by Allah’s Leave.” And he (s.a.w.) said: “Allah has not sent down any disease but He has also sent down the cure; the one who knows it, knows it and the one who does not know it, does not know it.” Sahih.

References: “Healing and Shifa from Quran and Sunnah”

The enemies of the Prophet ﷺ intended to poison him at Khaybar. A woman named Zaynab offered meat to him and just as he placed it in his mouth it spoke:

لا تأكلني يا رسول الله فاني مسموم
O Messenger of Allah! Do not eat me. I have been poisoned.

One may ask why the meat did not inform the Prophet ﷺ that it was poisoned when it was placed before him. A fitting answer is that the piece of meat longed to receive the kiss, the love and the touch of the Noble Prophet ﷺ.

The Signs as Hamilton Characters

ARIES: energetic, restless, courageous, protective, enthusiastic, a firecracker

 Hercules Mulligan

  • oh my god, tear this dude apart
  • when you knock me down i get the fuck back up again
  • and i got y’all knuckheads in loco parentis

TAURUS: dependable, stubborn, possessive, hilarious, deeply attached to family and friends

♉ King George III

  • i will fight the fight and win the war
  • it’s much harder when it’s call your call
  • i’ll love you till my dying days
  • awesome, wow

GEMINI: curious, charming, unreliable, fickle in love, enigmatic 

♊ Aaron Burr

  • don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for
  • i’m a trust fund, baby, you can trust me!
  • i am the one thing in life i can control; i am inimitable, i am an original 
  • domestic life was never quite my style

CANCER: highly receptive, maternal, insecure, compassionate, optimistic, has a long memory 

♋ Elizabeth Schuyler

  • i’m trying not to cry because there’s nothing that your mind can’t do
  • you deserve a chance to meet your son
  • the world has no right to my heart 
  • i help raise hundreds of children, i get to see them growing up, in their eyes i see you, alexander 

LEO: natural leader, narcissistic, passionate, generous, arrogant, theatrical, creative, loyal

♌ Marquis de Lafayette 

  • tell the king “casse toi” (fuck off), who’s the best? c’est moi!
  • and i’m never gonna stop until i make ‘em drop and burn ‘em up and scatter their remains
  • no one has more resilience or matches my practical tactical brilliance
  • i bring freedom to my people if i’m given the chance

VIRGO: practical, perfectionist, worrisome, self-sacrificing, intelligent, analytical

♍ Angelica Schuyler

  • you have a revolution? i want a revelation!
  • i noticed a comma in the middle of a phrase
  • i will choose her happiness over mine every time
  • there is a grace too powerful to name, we push away what we can never understand

LIBRA: sociable, vain, gracious, greatly imaginative, weak, prides verbal acuity 

♎ Thomas Jefferson

  • i helped lafayette draft a declaration then i said, “i gotta go”
  • i guess i better think of something to say
  • stand with me in the land of the free
  • smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty

SCORPIO: intimidating, brave, intense, a true friend, resourceful, solitary, taciturn

♏ James Madison

  • i’ve been fighting for the south alone…we have to win
  • won’t talk to [hamilton], that’s a nonstarter
  • i hate to admit it, but…

SAGITTARIUS: noble, prophetic, philosophical, impatient, detached

♐  George Washington

  • my name’s been through a lot, i can take it
  • don’t do a thing, history will prove him wrong
  • i scream in the face of this mass mutiny
  • i wanna talk about what i have learned, the hard-won wisdom i have earned

CAPRICORN: ambitious achievers, disciplined, self-controlled, loyal, full of purpose, melancholic 

♑ Alexander Hamilton

  • they think me macbeth, ambition is my folly
  • when my prayers to god were met with indifference, i picked up a pen, i wrote my own deliverance 
  • god help and forgive me, i wanna build something that’s gonna outlive me
  • and i thought i was so smart

AQUARIUS: progressive, original, humanitarian, complex, spirited, uncompromising, trailblazer

♒ John Laurens

  • we’ll never be truly free until those in bondage have the same rights as you and me, you and i, do or die
  • when you’re living on your knees you rise up
  • i’ve seen wonders great and small
  • we’ll never be free until we end slavery!

PISCES: intuitive, gentle, fearful, trusting, private, dreamer, wide-eyed 

♓ Philip Hamilton

  • i’m only nineteen by my mind is older
  • i am a poet, i wrote this poem just to show it
  • i held my head up high
Whoever commits himself to the moral guidelines of the Sunnah, Allah will illuminate his heart with the light of knowledge. There is no station nobler than following the beloved one [i.e. Muhammad (ﷺ) in his commands, actions and manners.
—  Ibn Ataa (rahimahullah) [Madaarij As-Saalikeen 2/486]

The brothers and sisters in England, America and the West in general when they hear of a death they say ‘inna lillah wa inna ilayhe raaji'oon’, which is good Alhamdulillah, this is from the sunnah. 

But they thereafter neglect to say duaa for the mayit (the dead person) We should also say duaa for them such as, Allahu yarhamahu (May the Rahma of Allah be upon him) Allahu yarhamahaa (May the Rahma of Allah be upon her) Allahumma ighfir lu (Oh Allah forgive him) Allahu ighfir laha (Oh Allah forgive her) Etc because saying duaa for the dead when the news reaches  us is the way of our noble Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم

 The daleel for this is the hadith of oum Salama رضي الله عنها when abu Salama died the prophet said: 

 'الَّلهُمَّ اِغْفِرْ لِأَبِي سَلَمَة و آرْفَع ْ دَرَجَتُه ُفِي المَهْدِيِّيْن وآِفْسَحْ لَهُ فِي قَبْرِهِ و نَوِّرْ لَهُ فِيْهِ وآخْلُفْهُ ِفي عقبِهِ’ رواه مسلم ’

Allahumma ighfir lu, forgive Abi Salama and raise his ranks amongst those who were rightly guided, and make his grave spacious and bright for him, and make his relatives remain upon good’ Reported by Imam Muslim 2/634

Please pass on, so you can help correct this misunderstanding amongst some of our brothers and sisters in the west. 

- Umm Abdillah Shaheeda Al-Biritaaniya student of Sh. Muqbil رحمه الله  

Salaat-ul Kusuf

Ruling of the Eclipse Prayer

Most of the people of knowledge regard it as a confirmed sunnah(mu’akkadah). Imam Abu Hanifah said it was mandatory (wajib), while imam Malik regarded it as equal to salatal-jumu`ah (Friday Prayer) in importance.

 How to Pray It

An eclipse prayer is made up of two rak'aat (units of prayer):

  1.    Stand up for prayer as normal

  2.    Recite Qur’an as you normally would

  3.    Go into rukoo’ (bow) and prolong the rukoo with du'as

  4.    Stand up and recite Qur’an again

  5.    Go into rukoo’ (bow) again and prolong the rukoo’ with du'as but not

         as long as the first rukoo

  6.    Stand up and then go into sujood (prostration) and prolong the sujood

          with du'as

  7.    Sit up straight

  8.    Go into sujood again and prolong it (but not as long as the first


  9.    Repeat the above steps for the second raka'h


A'uudhu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min ghadhabihi wa ‘iqaabihi

I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from His anger and His


                                                           [Imam Abu Dawud]

Ayah from the Quran

And among His Signs are the night and the day, the sun and the moon.
Prostrate neither to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate to Allah who
created them, if it is truly Him you worship.

                                              [Surah Fussilat, Verse 37]

Brief points about the above Ayah

1 - To believe that heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets, stars) have power
over events and people’s fates and fortunes is to reject Allah by ascribing
partners to Him. One cannot worship Allah by worshipping creation whether
the devotions are offered to nature, heavenly bodies, idols, or human

2 - Solar and lunar eclipses are reminders of the Day of Judgment, when the
sun, moon, and stars will all lose their light. Allah Jalla wa 'Alaa
mentions, “When the sight is dazed, and the moon is buried in darkness, and
the sun and moon are joined together, man will say on that day, ‘Where is
the refuge?’” (Al-Qiyamah 75: 7-10)

3 - The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The sun and the moon are two of
the signs of Allah; they do not darken for the death or birth of any
person, but Allah strikes fear into His servants by means of them. So when
you see them darken, remember and mention Allah, declare His greatness,
offer Prayer, give in charity, and supplicate to Him and seek His
forgiveness.” These words were said by the noble Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) when a solar eclipse took place on the very day that
his infant son Ibrahim passed away.    

 `Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) reported:

In the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) the sun eclipsed, so

he led the people in prayer, and stood up and performed a long Qiyam, then

bowed for a long while. He stood up again and performed a long Qiyam but

this time the period of standing was shorter than the first. He bowed again

for a long time but shorter than the first one, then he prostrated and

prolonged the prostration. He did the same in the second rak`a as he did in

the first and then finished the prayer; by then the sun (eclipse) had


He delivered the Khutba (sermon) and after praising and glorifying Allah he

said, “The sun and the moon are two signs against the signs of Allah; they

do not eclipse on the death or life of anyone. So when you see the eclipse,

remember Allah and say Takbir, pray and give Sadaqa.” The Prophet then

said, “O followers of Muhammad! By Allah! There is none who has more ghaira

(self-respect) than Allah as He has forbidden that His slaves, male or

female, commit adultery (illegal sexual intercourse). O followers of

Muhammad! By Allah! If you knew that which I know you would laugh little

and weep much.

                                                             [Imam Bukhari]

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijja are blessed days, which we frequently neglect. The Noble Prophet, Peace and Blessings of God be upon him, said, “There are no days in which righteous deeds done during them are more beloved to God than these days,” referring to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja.

During these blessed days we should try to exert ourselves in worship, for the ‘Ulama’ mention that the virtue of these days surpass even the virtue of the days of Ramadan. Among the indications of the distinction of these days is the special mention made of them as a group or individually in both the Qur’an and the Sunnah. In the Qur’an, God says, “I swear by the Dawn, the Ten Nights, the Even and the Odd.”

Bearing these and many other virtues of these days in mind, we should be especially diligent in increasing our righteous acts during them. The following acts are especially recommended:

1. We should try to fast as many of the first nine days as possible. We should make an extra effort to fast the Day of ‘Arafah. It is related in Sahih Muslim that the Noble Prophet, Peace and Blessings of God be upon him, said, “I anticipate that Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah will atone for the sins of the previous and coming year.”

2. We should carefully monitor our speech, what we listen to, and what we allow our gaze to fall on during these days, again, especially on the Day of ‘Arafah. The Noble Prophet, Peace and Blessings of God be upon him, said, “[Concerning] the Day of ‘Arafah, whoever controls his hearing, gaze, and speech on that day, he will be forgiven.”

3. We should be excessive in repeating the declaration of Tawhid, with special emphasis on the phrase, “La ilaha ilallah, Wahdahu La Sharika lah, Lahul Mulk, wa lahul Hamd, biyadihi Khayr, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli Shayin Qadir: There is no God but Allah. He is alone without partners. His is the dominion, and unto Him is all praise. With Him is all good, and He over all things has power.” Imam Tirmidhi relates that this was the supplication the Prophet, Peace and Blessings of God be upon him, repeated more than any other on the Day of ‘Arafah.

4. We should pray for forgiveness and liberation from the Hellfire during these days, especially the Day of ‘Arafah. Imam ‘Ali, May God be pleased with him, related, “God liberates people from the Hellfire everyday. And there is no day when more people are liberated from the Hellfire than the Day of ‘Arafah.”

During this blessed season, let us all strive to renew our commitment to our faith. May each year when these blessed days return find you all in the very best of states. May your life be dominated by the remembrance of God. In all that we do, May He be glorified.

—  Imam Zaid Shakir

anonymous asked:

I cannot believe you called it


genuinely the only thing i didn’t call this whole time

was that i was useful

i always believed chuck was god

and then he believed in me

Anonymous said:




Allah, the Wise, has said:

فَاصْـبِرْ کَماَ صَبَرَ أُُولُوا الْعَزمِ مِنَ الرُّسُلِ

“Therefore bear up patiently as did the messengers endowed with faithfulness bear up with patience." [95]

Imam Ali (a.s) said:

حَلاَوَةُ الظَّفَرِ تَمْحُوا مَراَرَةَ الصَّـبْرِ.

"The sweetness of success erases the bitterness of patience.” [96]

For some, the initial phase of patience is bitter while its final phase is sweet, while for others, its initial as well as its final phase is bitter, while for yet others, patience, in all phases, is sweet.

One who exhibits patience willingly, refrains from complaining before the others and does not fret and fume, is of the Patient Ones, while one, who is not forbearing in the face of misfortunes and does not beseech and supplicate to Allah, is regarded as being of the Impatient Ones.

It is in the face of misfortune and calamity that a truly patient person is differentiated from a false claimant. A patient person is submissive in the face of adversities while one who claims falsely is overcome with perturbation, anguish and sorrow.[97]

1 – Survival of Religion Lies in Patience

One day the Noble Prophet (s.a.w), accompanied by the Commander of the Faithful(a.s), had been heading towards the mosque of Quba when they happened to come across a lush-green garden. Witnessing it Imam Ali (a.s) commented: “O Prophet of Allah! It is a nice garden.” The Noble Prophet (s.a.w) responded: “Your garden in Paradise is nicer!”

They passed by the garden and continued on their way; in the course of their walk they passed by seven gardens and on each occasion the same conversation ensued between the two. Then, the Noble Prophet (s.a.w) took Ali (a.s) into his arms and began weeping intensely, causing the Imam (a.s) to weep too. When he (a.s) sought to know the reason for the Noble Prophet’s (s.a.w) weeping, he (s.a.w) said: “I suddenly recollected the malice that has taken root in the breasts of the people towards you and which they shall make manifest after my death.”

The Imam (a.s) inquired: “O Prophet of Allah! What should I do?” He (s.a.w) advised: “Patience and fortitude. If you fail to exhibit patience you shall fall into far greater difficulties.”

He (a.s) said: “Do you fear the destruction of my faith and religion?” He (s.a.w) replied: “Your (faith and religion’s) existence lies in patience.”[98]

2 – Ease After Patience

The only son of an indigent woman had gone on a journey which had transformed into a protracted one. Extremely worried, she approached Imam Sadiq (a.s) and complained: “My son has been away on a journey, which has turned into a very long one and I am terribly distressed.”

The Imam (a.s) said: “O’ Lady! Be patient and control yourself.”

The lady left, but after having waited for a few more days and with no sign of her son’s arrival she was not able to take it any more and so, approaching the Imam (a.s) again, she said: “My son has still not returned. What should I do?”

The Imam (a.s) said to her: “But did I not advise you to be patient and exhibit fortitude.” She lamented: “By Allah! I have reached the limit of my patience and do not possess the strength to bear this separation any more!”

Hearing this, the Imam (a.s) said: “Return home for your son has arrived.”

Confounded, she returned to her house only to find her son back from his journey. Even as she was overjoyed at seeing him, she thought to herself: “How did the Imam (a.s) know that he had returned? Does Revelation descend upon him? Let me go and ask him about this issue.”

Approaching the Imam (a.s) she asked: “Just as you had informed, my son has returned from his journey. But tell me, do you receive revelation that you were able to inform me of the unseen?”

He (a.s) said: “I deduced this from one of the traditions of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w). He (s.a.w) had said:

عِندَ فَناَءِ الصَّبرِ ياِتيِ الْفَرَجُ

"When man’s patience reaches its end, ease and relief sets in upon him.” When I observed that your patience had reached its termination, I realized that relief had arrived and so informed you that your son had arrived and my deduction proved to be correct.’“[99]

3 – The Patience and Fortitude of Bilal

Bilal was originally from Abyssinia and in Madinah, was one of the slaves of the tribe of Bani Jama.’ After he had embraced Islam he had to suffer intense hardships at the hands of his owners.

During the onset of Islam those in Mecca who had embraced the faith had to face great adversities - especially those, who did not possess any familial or tribal support, or were slaves and servants. Some, due to the intensity of sufferings, even backtracked from their (new) religion but Bilal exhibiting great patience, increased in steadfastness as thus, his owners increased their torture upon him.

Abu Jahl would force him to lie on his stomach on the hot sands of Hijaz, pin him down by means of a millstone till his brains would almost come to a boil due to the intensity of the heat and then say to him: "Deny the Allah of Muhammad!” However, all that Bilal would say was: “Ahad Ahad” - meaning Allah is One.

One of those, who greatly persecuted him, was Umayyah Ibn Khalaf, who used to torture him repeatedly. However, as Divine decree would have it, he was killed in the battle of Badr at the hands of Bilal.

During one of those occasions when Bilal was being tortured, the Noble Prophet (s.a.w) happened to pass by. Witnessing him, he (s.a.w) said to Abu Bakr: “Had I possessed money, I would have purchased Bilal.” Later he (s.a.w) approached his uncle Abbas and said: “Purchase Bilal for me.” Even as Abbas went in search of the woman who owned him, Bilal was being subjected to torture and persecution - pinioned under the weight of heavy stones and almost on the verge of death.

Abbas approached the woman and expressed his desire to purchase Bilal whereupon she began to criticize and speak ill of him, but eventually sold him. Thus, Bilal, as a result of his patience in the face of torture and persecution, became free and entering into the services of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w) he became his muezzin.[100]

4 – Patience is Better than Retaliation

When the battle of Uhud had concluded, the Noble Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) dispatched Harith Ibn Samt to search for the body of his uncle, Hamzah, amongst the dead. When Harith witnessed that Hamzah’s liver had been taken out and his body mutilated by cutting off the ears, nose and other parts of the body, he could not bring himself to inform the Noble Prophet (s.a.w) of this unpleasant occurrence.

As a result, the Noble Prophet (s.a.w) himself arrived amongst the dead, but when his eyes fell upon the mutilated body of his uncle, he was immensely disturbed. As he wept, he said: “By Allah! Nothing has disturbed me more than this. If Allah grants me dominance over the Quraish, I shall mutilate seventy of their individuals.”

At that moment, Jibrail descended with the following verse: “And if you take your turn, then retaliate with the like of that with which you were afflicted; but if you are patient, it will certainly be best for those who are patient,” whereupon the Noble Prophet (s.a.w) said: “I shall exhibit patience over this calamity.”

The person who killed Hamzah was Wahshi - the slave of Jubair - who, upon the orders of Hind (Muawiyah’s mother. Her father, ‘Atabah, had been killed in the battle of Badr) had torn open Hamzah’s stomach, pulled out his liver and presented it to her. Taking the liver she bit into it, but by Divine decree was unable eat it. Arriving at Hamzah’s body, she went on to mutilate it and then rewarded Wahshi by gifting him her necklace, bracelet and ear-rings.[101]

5 – The Wedding Night

Sibt al-Sheikh has narrated: “One of the elders of Arabia - the chief of a tribe that dwelled in the environs of Baghdad, decided to marry his son to a maiden from amongst his relatives. As per the custom prevalent there, the marriage and its consummation was supposed to take place on the same night. On the appointed night preparations were made for feast and entertainment, and the supreme religious authority of the Arab world - Sheikh Mahdi Khalisi, was invited to recite the marriage formula.

Some of the youths proceeded towards the bridegroom in order bring him to the marriage gathering in a special ceremony and with special formalities. As was their custom, they began firing bullets into the air and in the process a bullet from the gun of one of the youths - a Sayyid (descendant of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w)) - accidentally struck the bridegroom in the chest and killed him.

Witnessing this, the Sayyid youth ran away and the episode was brought to the attention of the bridegroom’s father. The late Sheikh Mahdi Khalisi, coming to know of the incident, instructed the father to exhibit patience and advised: "Do you know that the Noble Prophet (s.a.w) has a great obligation upon us and all of us are in need of his intercession; this youth did not do this intentionally but it was by providence that the bullet happened to strike your son killing him. Forgive this youth for the sake of his grandfather (s.a.w) and exhibit patience over this misfortune so that Allah grants you the rewards of the Patient Ones!”

Upon hearing the Sheikh’s counsel the father of the bridegroom became silent and after little reflection said: “We have numerous guests now and the occasion of joy has been transformed into an occasion of grief. For completing the right of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w), call the Sayyid youth and instead of my son, marry him to the maiden and lead them to the bridal chamber!”

The Sheikh praised and commended him (for this gesture of his). When the people went after the Sayyid youth and informed him that he was to get married in place of the chief’s son he initially refused to believe it, thinking it to be a ploy to seize him and kill him.

However, ultimately the Sheikh married the maiden to the Sayyid youth on that night itself, while the dead son was buried the next day.“[102]

[95] Suratul Ahqaf (46), Verse 35
[96] Ghurar al-Hikam, tr. 4882
[97] Tadhkeratul Haqa`iq, pg. 86
[98] Dastan-ha-e-Zindagi-e-~Ali, pg. 97 (a work of this author, published by Intesharat-e-Nasir, Qum);Aine-e-Dil; Manaqib (of Ibn ShahrAshub), vol. 1, pg. 322
[99] Hikayat-ha-e-Shanidani, vol. 5, pg. 147, Layali al-Akhbar, vol. 1, pg. 266
[100] Paighambar Wa Yaran, vol. 2, pg. 66; Asad al-Ghabbah, vol. 1, pg. 206
[101] Muntakhab al-Tawarikh, pg. 51
[102] Dastan-ha-e-Shigaft, pg. 255