Selected examples of reverence for our blessed Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) from the lives of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum and our Pious Predecessors.

moroccanflowerpatternQadi Ayaz states in Shifa Shareef that to respect all those things that have a Nisbah (attachment) with the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), to honour the  habitations of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) in the Haramain (Makkah and Madinah), and to regard those things which are named with the reference of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) or touched by Him, to respect and regard all these things is synonymous to the respect and the regard of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) Himself. 

1. Incident of Hazrat Abbas (Radiyallahu Anhu) and the question of age. 

The Companions of our Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) were so immersed in the spirit of respect and reverence for the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) that even in usual flow of conversation they would be careful of implying any word of disrespect and ill-mannerism.

Hazrat Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu was the uncle of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), however both had little difference in age. Once Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) asked him, “Are you elder than I?” Hazrat Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu was perturbed upon hearing this and said: “Oh Messenger of Allah, You are elder as well as hold a very high status, however my age is more.”

2. The standing of Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansaari (Radiallahu Anhu)

When Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) migrated to Madinah Munawwarah, He resided in the house of Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansaari Radiyallahu Anhu. This was a two-storey house. Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansaari Radiyallahu Anhu and his family moved to the upper level while the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) stayed on the bottom level. During the night, Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansaari Radiyallahu Anhu awoke and a thought came to his mind that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) is on a lower storey than him which is against the honour and respect of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). Immediately he got out of bed and stood against the wall till the break of dawn. He then went to the blessed Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and persuaded Him to move to the upper-storey and himself along with his family moved to the lower-storey.

 

3. Hazrat Umar Radiyallahu Anhu expresses his anger to those raising their voices in the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)’s Mosque. 

It is narrated by Hazrat Saaib Bin Yazeed Radiyallahu Anhu: “Once I was resting in Masjidun Nabawee when someone threw a pebble towards me. I turned and saw Hazrat Umar Radiyallahu Anhu close by. He indicated towards two persons and told me to summon them. When they were brought before Hazrat Umar Radiyallahu Anhu he asked them from where they were.  They replied that they were from Taaif. On hearing this Umar Radiyallahu Anhu said: “Had you been residents of Madinah, I would have whipped you for raising your voices in the Masjid of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)”

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4. Walking of Imaam Maalik (Rahmatullah Alayh) in Madinah Munawwarah.

It was the habit of Imaam Maalik (Rahmatullah Alayh) to walk next to the walls instead of walking in the middle of the alleys of Madinah Munawwarah. On inquiry he said: “it is possible that in these alleys the impressions of the sacred feet of the Blessed Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) are still present. If these impressions come under my feet it will be great disrespect.”

 

5.  Imaam Maalik (Rahmatullah Alayh’s) deep respect for the blessed resting place of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)

Imaam Maalik (Rahmatullah Alayh) used to respect the sacred tomb of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and the precincts of Masjidun Nabawi a lot. When someone asked him the reason, he replied:

لو رايتم ما رايت لما انكرتم على ما ترون

“If you could see that which I see, you would not raise this question.”

It was through the bounty of Allah and the blessing of the deep respect that Imaam Maalik (Rahmatullah Alayh) had for the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) that he was often blessed with the vision of The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) in his dreams.

6. Hazrat Moulana Gangohi (Rahmatullah Alayh) and the cloth from Madinah Munawwarah. 

Once someone gave a piece of cloth to Hazrat Gangohi (Rahmatullah Alayh) stating that he had brought it from Madinah Munawwarah. Hazrat Gangohi (Rahmatullah Alayh) kissed the cloth and caressed his eyes with it. A student said to him, “Hazrat, this cloth is from a foreign land, it is not made in Madinah.” Hazrat replied, “Irrespective of the country it is made in, the air of the city of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) has touched it.”

This is a fine example of the high regard, respect and reverence that these great scholars had for the Noble Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and anything that was associated with Him (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam).

(Note: The incidents quoted above have been reproduced from the book ‘Be Courteous, Be Blessed / Ba Adab Ba Naseeb’ – the chapter regarding reverence for the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi – May Almighty Allah elevate his status in both worlds.) 

 

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