The importance of sending durood and salaam to the holy prophet muhammad (p.b.u.h.)
Nahmadahu wanu’salli a’la Rasoolihil Kareem
The noble action of the recitation of the Salawaat and Salaam, be it in whatever language, and in the manner of standing with utmost reverence, is not confined to the
Ahle Sunnah from amongst the Indo-Pak region only, but can be traced to almost every country from Africa to the remote regions of the far North and spreading across
from Asia to the heart of America.
None of the authentic Kitaab written by the righteous scholars of the Ahle Sunnah, who are in the majority, have ever condemned this practice of the recitation and the
standing and indeed no objection can be found either in the Glorious Qur’aan or the Ahadith. However, there are still a minority group who severely condemn this practice
and have labeled this very practice as Shirk, Bid’at and Haraam.
A book of this nature was very much needed and, Alhamdulillah, Brother Ismail Ebrahim, a university student, has researched this topic extensively using a number of
authentic Kitaabs, and has answered every objection and misconception, thus proving the permissibility of standing and reciting the Salawaat and Salaam. I have also had
the privilege of reading through the manuscript and have found all the sources to be exact.
May Almighty Allah, through the Wasila of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), grant Brother Ismail His special Favors and assist him in upholding the pristine
teachings of the Ahle Sunnah Wa Jamaat at a time when false ideologies are misleading the Ummah from the Straight Path. Aameen.
It is also my fervent Du’a that the youth read this book with the light of Imaan and the objectivity that it deserves so that the practice of standing and reciting the
Salawaat and Salaam continues to grow and the love of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) becomes a foundation of their beliefs. Aameen.
Maulana Abdun Nabi Hamidi
Chairman: Sunni Ulema Council (Tvl.)
This publication is intended to settle any controversy surrounding the issue of reciting Salawat (Durood) and Salaam [Blessings and Salutations] upon the Holy Prophet
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) :
(A) In a standing position (Qiyaam),
(B) Using terms of addressing Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) directly e.g.. Ya Nabi Salaam ‘Alaika !, and
(c) With the thought in mind that Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is Haazir and Naazir.
Words such as Shirk and Bid’a have been attributed to this blessed practice by those who are ignorant of the blessings of reciting Salawat and Salaam and of the true
meanings of the words Shirk and Bid’a, thereby leaving certain sectors in the community in a state of utter confusion. These students of the 14th Islamic Century, in their
haste to pronounce this noble act as a bid’a, have even ignored the opinion of their own spiritual luminaries, who practiced and advocated this noble act.
The permissibility of reciting Salawat and Salaam is one of the many beliefs which distinguishes the Ahle-Sunnah Wal Jama’at from the other sects of Baatil (Deviation).
It is our intention to remove the stigma of Bid’a and Shirk attributed to this noble practice by presenting documented proof from the Qur’aan, Sunnah and the great Islamic
scholars of the Hijaaz (Arabia), Misr (Egypt), Shaam (Syria) and Indo-Paksubcontinent.
We have systematically categorized the baseless arguments that have arisen over the years into separate chapters. We, thereafter, answered each argument thereby
proving once and for all the permissibility of reciting Salawat and Salaam from Qur’aan, Hadith and by citing examples from books written by the scholars of Deoband.
You are therefore urged to read this book with an open mind and decide for yourself.
2) THE PERMISSIBILITY OF RECITING SALAWAT AND SALAAM (FROM QUR’AN AND HADITH)
It is completely within the Shari’ah (Islamic Law) to recite Salutations and Blessings upon Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as is evident in the following
Qur’aanic ayat : “Undoubtedly, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet (the Communicator of Unseen News), O you who believe ! Send upon him blessings
and salute him fully well in abundance” (Surah al-Ahzab, Verse 56)
Almighty Allah in the Holy Qur’aan has enjoined the performance of many things by us such as Salaah, Fasting, Hajj etc. and has praised His Prophets and described
their good qualities. He created Hadhrat Adam (‘alaihis salaam) and directed the Angels to do Sajda (prostration) to him. However, he does not say in any of His
directions, “I (Allah) am doing it, therefore you should do likewise”. This honor was exclusively conferred upon our Beloved Nabi Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam). Here, in the above verse, Almighty Allah at the very outset attributed Salawat (recital of blessings) on our Beloved Nabi Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam), first to Himself (Sunnat-i-Ilaahi), then to His Angels (Sunnat-i-Malaa’ika), and after this enjoined on the Muslims (Sunnat-i-Mu’mineen) to do the same, by
saying, “Undoubtedly, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet (the Communicator of Unseen News), O you who believe ! Send upon him blessings and salute
him fully well in abundance”. There cannot be a greater honor for the Believers than this, who have been favored with a share in this Divine performance with Almighty
Allah and His Angels.
It is stated in the commentary of the Qur’aan, Tafseer-i-Rooh al-Bayaan, “Some Ulema are of the opinion that the meaning of Allah’s blessing is, to raise Hadhrat
Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to Maqaam-i-Mahmood (Glorious Station), the place from where he will intercede to Almighty Allah on behalf of his
Ummat; the Angels’ blessing means their prayer for enhancing the position of Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and beseeching forgiveness for
his followers. Blessings on the path of the believers means to obey, love and eulogize him.” Tafseer-i-Rooh al-Bayaan further states that the honor and reverence shown
to Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is of a much greater degree than shown to Hadhrat Adam (‘alaihis salaam) to whom only Angels were made to bow
down (in honor). For in honoring Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Almighty Allah has also attributed it to Himself, whereas in the case of
Hadhrat Adam (‘alaihis salaam) Almighty Allah asked only the Angels to show honor.
Having established and expounded on the injunction of the Holy Qur’aan we quote a few Ahaadith of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) pertaining to Salawat
Imam Tibraani (rahmat ullah alaih) has recorded this Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abu Darda (radi allahu ‘anhu) :
The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said : “Increase your recitation of DUROOD on me on Friday because on this day Angels present themselves to me. There
is no servant of Allah who recites SALUTATIONS upon me, except that his voice reaches me from wherever he is”. The Companions asked even after your departure ?
“He replied, Yes after my departure too, because Allah has made it Haraam upon the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets”. (Jila-ul Ifhaam, by Ibn Qayyim)
“On Fridays recite the Salawat for me repeatedly ! The Salawat will be conveyed to me.” (Ibn Habbaan, Ibn Maaja, Abu Dawood)
When it was asked whether it would be conveyed to him after his Wisaal also, the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) answered, “Soil does not rot Prophets’ bodies.
Whenever a Muslim says the Salawat for me, an Angel informs me of it and says, ‘So-and-so’s son, so-and-so of your Ummah sent his Salaam and prayed for you.’”
Sahl ibn Sa`d (radi allahu ‘anhu) narrates: Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasalam) came out and met Abu Talha. The latter rose and went to him saying: “My father
and mother be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah! I see joy and delight in your countenance?” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Yes, for Gabriel has
just come to me saying: O Muhammad, whoever among your Community invokes blessings upon you once, Allah records for Him ten meritorious deeds, erases from his
register ten evil deeds, and raises him ten degrees because of it.” (al-Sakhawi, al-Qawl al-badi` p. 107., al-Sakhawi said: “Our shaykh (Ibn Hajar) graded it hasan without
“Invoke blessings upon me abundantly on Friday because it is a day that is (particularly) witnessed and the Angels witness it (abundantly). As soon as a person invokes
blessings on me his invocation is shown to me until he ends it.” Abu al-Darda’ (radi allahu ‘anhu) said: “Even after (your) death?” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)
replied: “Verily, Allah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of Prophets.” (Related by Ibn Majah with a sound chain through Abu al-Darda’. Also related with a
sound chain from Aws ibn Aws al-Thaqafi by Ahmad, Ibn Abi Shayba, Abu Dawud, al-Nasa`i, Ibn Majah, al-Darimi, Ibn Khuzayma, Ibn Hibban, al-Hakim (sahih,
confirmed by Dhahabi), Tabarani in his Kabir, and Bayhaqi in many places, some with the initial addition of the following: “The best of your days is Friday, for in it Adam
was created, and in it his soul was taken back, and in it is the blowing of the Horn, and in it is the universal Seizure, therefore invoke blessings upon me abundantly on
Friday,” etc. The first part (concerning the order to invoke more Salat on Friday and the disclosure of this invocation to the Prophet) is related by Bayhaqi in Shu`ab
al-Iman through Abi Umama, Anas, and Abu Mas`ud al-Ansari, and by al-Hakim in his Mustadrak from the latter. Shafi`i in his Musnad relates the first part only (“Invoke
blessings upon me abundantly on Friday”) mursal from Safwan ibn Salim.)
The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) says in a Hadith, “Definitely there are many Angels of Allah that sojourn the earth and bring the Salaam of my Ummat to
me”. (Narrated by Nisai and Ibn Habban)
Hadhrat ‘Abd ar-Rahman bin ‘Auf (radi allahu ‘anhu) says that one day the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came and entered a date garden. There he
performed a very long prostration. Hadhrat ‘Abd ar-Rahman (radi allahu ‘anhu) feared that Allah had sent death to him. He drew close to him and began to look at him.
The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) raised his holy head from the prostration and asked what had happened to him, then he disclosed his fear to him. At this, the
Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said Hadhrat Jibra’il (‘alaihis salaam) asked whether he should not give him glad tidings that Allah said that He would send
blessings to the person who recited the Holy Qur’an on him and peace and security to the person who bade Salutations to him. (Ahmad)
These are just a few Ahaadith. It is established beyond any doubt that the recitation of Salawat and Salaam has its origin in the Qur’aan and Hadith.
3) QIYAAM : RECITING SALAWAT AND SALAAM WHILST RESPECTFULLY STANDING
Standing up (Qiyaam) whilst offering Salawat (Blessings) and Salaam (Salutations) to Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), in terms of religion is desirable and
commendable (mustahab) according to the belief of the Ahl us-Sunnah. It is an act of happiness, respect and love, the origin of which is established from Shari’ah. This is
the consensus of opinion of the entire Ulema of Ahl us-Sunnah. Furthermore, it is known that anyone who visits the Prophet (sallallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in Madina is
obliged to stand in front of him with utmost respect at the time he gives him greetings and salutations. No scholar of Ahle Sunnah for over 1400 years has ever objected to
it with a view to it being a bad Bid’a (innovation).
Qiyaam is of three kinds :
1 -Qiyaam-e-Musarrat, or standing up for a person as an expression of happiness,
2 -Qiyaam-e-Muhabbat, or standing up for a person as an expression of love, and
3 -Qiyaam-e-’Azmat or standing up in honor of a person.
The origin of Qiyaam-e-Musarrat is derived from the action of the companion of the Holy Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), as proved from the
following Hadith :
Hadhrat Uthman (radi allahu ‘anhu) said, “The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed away before we could ask him the solution to this problem.” Hadhrat Abu
Bakr (radi allahu ‘anhu) said, “I have already asked him concerning this affair …” Then Hadhrat Uthman (radi allahu ‘anhu) said (upon hearing this glad tidings from
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radi allahu ‘anhu)), “I stood up for him.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Similarly, the origin of Qiyaam-e-Muhabbat is from the following Hadith:
Hadhrat Aisha Siddiqa (radi allahu ‘anha) has narrated :
“I have never encountered anyone that had emulated the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in manner, likeness and speech [and with another chain of narrators : I
have never seen anyone even come near her with the above qualities] more than Fatima (radi allahu ‘anha), may Allah honor her face. When she came in to visit him (the
Prophet) he got up to (welcome) her, took her by the hand, kissed her and made her sit where he was sitting; and when he went in to visit her, she got up to (welcome)
him, took him by the hand, kissed him, and made him sit where she was sitting”. (Sunan Abu Dawood; Ash’atul Lama’aat)
Similarly the origin of Qiyaam-e-’Azmat is derived from the following narration :
Narrated Abu Sa ‘id al-Khudri (radi allahu ‘anhu) : The people of (Banu) Quraiza agreed to accept the verdict of Sa’d bin Mu’adh. So the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) sent for Sa’ad, and the latter came (riding) a donkey and when he approached the Mosque, the Prophet(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to the Ansar, “Get up
for your chief or for the best among you !” (Sahih Bukhaari, Vol. 5, Chapter 29, Hadith 447)
Indeed Hadhrat Sa’d (radi allahu ‘anhu) is worthy of such honor. Narrated Jabir (radi allahu ‘anhu) : I heard the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, “The Throne
(of Allah) shook at the death of Sa’ad bin Mu’adh.”
Allama Ibn Hajar Makki (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) states in Moulidatil Kabeer, “It is proven from Sunnah to stand for others besides the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam), thus in honor of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) it is permissible in the first instance. The proof hereof is the command to stand the Prophet
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) gave in respect of Sa’ad ibn Muadh.”
Imam Nawawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) holds the same view (in his commentary of this Hadith) and he even quotes the opinion of Qadi ‘Iyad (rahmat allahi ‘alaih). (See
Sharh Sahih Muslim and al-Tarkhis for Imam Nawawi’s view on Qiyaam)
Also commenting on this Hadith Hadhrat Shaikh ‘Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) writes, “A great number of eminent Ulema have taken this Hadith
as proof in support of Qiyaam in Meelad.” (Ash atul Lama’aat) [For an opinion on the authenticity of Hadhrat Shaikh 'Abd al-Haqq Muhaddith (rahmat allahi 'alaih) we
refer to Moulvi Ashraf 'Ali Thanwi who says, "Shah 'Abd al-Haqq Sahib used to have the blessed vision of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) daily" and " ...
Shaikh ('Abd al-Haqq) has a vast knowledge of Hadith"]
The Qiyaam during Mawlid an-Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) may represent the three kinds of Qiyaam as discussed above, because it is a manifestation of happiness,
love and honor towards the occasion which is celebrated to thank Allah for his arrival. However, the ‘ulama have also collectively designated these Qiyaam as
Qiyaam-e-Tazimi, i.e. standing up in honor, love and happiness of a person, and in this case, to the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).
In a Hadith reported by Hadhrath Abu Huraira (radi allahu ‘anhu), he says, “The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was seated with us in the mosque and speaking
to us. When he rose to depart, we all rose with him and remained standing until he entered any of the houses of his Blessed Wives.” (Mishkaat- Kitabul-Adaab, Babul
Qiyaam, Page 403)
Usama ibn Sharik (radi allahu ‘anhu) narrates : “I came to see the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while his Companions were with him, and they seemed as still as if
birds had alighted on top of their heads. I gave him my Salaam and I sat down. [Then Bedouins came and asked questions which the Prophet answered.] … The Prophet
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then stood up and the PEOPLE STOOD UP. They began to kiss his hand, whereupon I took his hand and placed it on my face. I found it
more fragrant than musk and cooler than sweet water.”(Narrated by Abu Dawud [#3855], Ti[2038 - hasan sahih], Ibn Majah , al-Hakim [4:399], and Ahmad
[4:278]. Al- Hafiz Imam Bayhaqi cites it in Branch 15 of his Su’ab ul-iman entitled : The Fifteenth Branch of Faith, Namely A Chapter On Rendering honor To The
Prophet, Declaring His High Rank, And Revering Him Vol. 2 p.200 [#1528])
Narrated ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar (radi allahu ‘anhu): Ibn ‘Umar (radi allahu ‘anhu) was sent with a detachment by the Apostle of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The
people wheeled round in flight. He said : I was one of those who wheeled round in flight. When we stopped we said : What should we do? We have run away from the
battlefield and deserve Allah’s wrath. Then we said: Let us enter Madinah, stay there, and go there while no one sees us. So we entered the city and thought : If we
present ourselves before Allah’s Apostle, and if there is a change of repentance for us, we shall stay; if there is something else, we shall go away. So we sat down
(waiting)for the Apostle of Allah before the dawn prayer. When he came out, WE STOOD UP TO HIM and said : We are the ones who have fled. He turned to us and
said : No, you are the ones who return to fight after wheeling away. We then approached and kissed his hand, and he said : I am the main body of the Muslims. (Abu
Dawud, Book 14 [Jihad], Number 2641) This Hadith is also found in al-Abhari; in the book of al-hafiz Ibn Muqri on standing up and kissing the hand out of respect; in the
Adab al- Mufrad of Imam Bukhaari (Chapter on kissing the Hand and Chapter on Kissing the Foot), in Ibn Maja (Adab), in Bayhaqi’s Dala’il an-Nubuwwa, and in the
Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal)
Jabir (radi allahu ‘anhu) said: “`Umar ibn al-Khattab GOT UP and kissed the hand of Allah’s Messenger.” Ibn al-Muqri’ narrates it in al-Rukhsa (p. 71 #11) and although
its chain contains `Ubayd Allah ibn Sa`id who is weak, Ibn Hajar included it among Ibn al-Muqri’s good narrations (min jayyidiha) on the subject (Fath al-Bari 11:66).
Tabari narrates it mursal [missing the Companion-link] through al-Suddi in his Tafsir in commenting on verse 5:101: “Do not ask of things which once shown to you would
hurt you” with the wording: “`Umar ibn al-Khattab GOT UP and kissed the foot of Allah’s Messenger and said: O Messenger of Allah, we are pleased with Allah as our
Lord, with Islam as our religion, and with Muhammad as our Prophet, and with the Qur’an as our Book. Forgive, and Allah will forgive you (fa`fu `afallahu `anka). And he
did not cease until the Prophet softened.”
It is mentioned in Hisn-al-Haseen, on the basis of several Ahaadith, “When any man enters a masjid he should say, ‘With Allah’s name. And Salutations be on His Rasool
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)’”
Allama Sakhawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) has narrated from the Hadith of Hadhrat Ali (radi allahu ‘anhu), “Whenever you enter the masjid, recite Durood for Rasoolullah
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)” – and has also quoted a Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Fathima (radi allahu ‘anha), the daughter of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who
said, “Whenever Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered the masjid he recited first Durood and Salaam for Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (i.e.
upon Himself) … “
Those that are antagonistic to Qiyaam and also claim to follow the Sunnah are therefore according to this Hadith advised to recite Durood and Salaam when entering the
Masjid. Adherence to this Sunnah would mean that the antagonists would be hypocritically sending Salawat and Salaam to the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)
whilst standing. Non-adherence of this Sunnah makes their claim of being the ardent followers of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) without substance !
Those that masquerade as the “true upholders” of the Sunnah, by claiming to follow the footsteps of the Sahaaba-e-Kiraam and continuously misquoting the Ahaadith of
the Blessed Companions of Rasoolullah (sallalahu ‘alaihi wasallam) should take cognizance of the following Hadith:
Once Hadhrath Ka’ab (radi allahu ‘anhu) said to Hadhrath Abu Huraira (radi allahu ‘anhu), “I am telling you two things which you should not forget. One, whenever you
enter a musjid recite Salawat for the Holy Prophet (sallalahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and then this Du’aa, ‘O Allah forgive me my sins and open for me the doors of Thy Mercy
If the antagonist is adamant in his objection to the performance of Qiyaam (while reciting Salawat) and maintains that the only posture permitted to recite Salawat is the
posture of Jalsa (in Salaah when reciting “Attahiyyaat”) then the only option open to him is to sit at the entrance of the masjid recite the Salawat, and thereafter enter !
Seeing that we have not observed anyone entering the masjid in such a manner, it is therefore deduced that persons entering the masjid are either reciting the Salawat
whilst in Qiyaam, or omitting this directive of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). If this great practice is intentionally omitted, then they are guilty of not adhering to
the advice of the Sahaaba-e-Kiraam.
Evidence from the Ulema of the Ahl as-Sunnah
Imam Nawawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) says :
al-Shaykh Abu Muhammad told us – Abu Taher al-Khashaw’i told us – Abu Muhammad al-Akfani told us – Al-hafiz Abu Bakr al-Khatib al-Baghdadi told us by
permission not hearing : – Al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali al-Jawhari told us – ‘Amr ibn al-’Abbas al-Khazzaz related to us – Abu Bakr al-Sawli told us – Ishaq ibn Ibrahim al-Qazzaz
told us – Ishaq al-Shahidi related to us:
I would see Yahya al-Qattan – may Allah the Exalted have mercy on him – pray the mid-afternoon prayer, then sit with his back against the base of the minaret of his
mosque. Then Ali ibn al-Madini, al-Shadhakuni, ‘Amr ibn ‘Ali, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Yahya ibn Ma’in, and others would stand before him and ask him questions about
Hadith standing on their feet until it was time for the sunset prayer. He would not say to a single one of them. “Sit” nor would they sit, out of awe and reverence.
Imam Nawawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) said, the Hafiz Abu Musa al-Ashbahani (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) recited :
Qiyami wa al-’aziz ilyaka haqqun
I swear by the All-Powerful that my standing for you (O Prophet) is right and true
Wa tarku al-haqqi ma la yastaqimu
And to leave truth and right is to embrace error
Fa hal ahadun lahu ‘aqlun wa lubbun wa ma’rifa yaraka fa la yaqumu ?
I ask: can anyone possessed of a mind and a heart and knowledge, upon seeing you, not stand up?
(see Sharh Sahih Muslim and al-Tarkhis by Imam Nawawi)
It must be noted that Hafiz Abu Musa (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) made Wisaal in 581, more than five centuries after the time of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and
yet stands for him in the present tense and mentions “seeing him”: this seeing of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) by the pious Believers both in a sleeping and a
wakeful state is an attested fact in the Shari’a which has been mentioned by the scholars, among them al-Haytami (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) in his Fatawa Hadithiyya (see
Chapter 6.5 for the fatwa)
Musa ibn Dawud al-Dubbi (d. 217) (radi allahu ‘anhu) said: “I was with Sufyan ibn `Uyayna (d. 198) when Husayn ibn `Ali al-Ju`fi (d. 203) came, whereupon Sufyan
STOOD UP and kissed his hand.” Narrated with sound chains by Ibn Sa`d in his Tabaqat (6:397 “Husayn al-Ju`fi”) and Ibn al-I`rabi in al-Qubal. Also al-Mizzi in
al-Tahdhib (6:452) and al-Dhahabi in the Syar (9:398).
Allama Ibn Hajar Makki (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) says, “To stand at the mention of the Prophet’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Birth (Mawlid) is something the Ahlas-Sunnah
Wa ‘l Jamaa’a have all agreed upon, as being a commendable action. And the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) says, ‘My followers do not agree upon
misguidance and the Hand of Allah is upon the (majority) group; and he who deviates, deviates towards the Fire (of Hell). (Tirmidhi)’” (Mawlidatil Kabeer, Page 85)
Allama Ibn Hajar (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) states at another place, “It is proven from the Sunnah to stand for others besides the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam),
thus in honor of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) it is permissible in the first instance. The proof hereof is the command to stand the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) gave in respect of Sa’d ibn Mu’adh.”
With this Hadith with referance of Imam Nawawi, Imam Baghwi and Allama Khattabi (may Allah be pleased with all of them) state, “To stand for one’s leader, or just
ruler, or teacher, is a beloved action.” The acceptance of the repentance of Ka’ab ibn Maalik (radi allahu ‘anhu) is related by himself, “I departed to present myself at the
Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and when I entered the Prophet’s Mosque I saw him sitting with the Companions around him, whereupon Talha ibn ‘Ubaidullah,
on seeing me, STOOD UP, and shook hands with me and congratulated me upon my repentance!” (Mawlidatil-Kabeer, Page 93)
Sheikh-ud-Dalaa’il Mawlana Sheikh Abd al-Haqq Muhaddith Allahabaadi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) has written a researched book called, Ad Durrul Munazzam Fi Bayaanil
Hukmil Mawlidin Nabi-yil-A’zam (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). This book has been authenticated by Hajee Imdadullah Muhaajir Makki (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) the mentor of
many of the Deobandis. The Scholars of Deoband like Muhammad Rahmatullah Muhaajir Makki, Sayyid Hamzah, Abdullah Ansari (son in law of Qasim Nanotwi) and
Muhammad Jameel-ur-Rahmaan Khan have also authenticated this book as is evident from the laudatory notes included in the book.
In the fourth chapter of this book the author has recorded in detail incidents which manifested themselves at the time when theHoly Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)
was born. These include, “a cluster of stars concentrated over the roof of his house at the time of the birth of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam); Angels
hoisted flags on holy Baitul Laah and in the east and in the west; the whole atmosphere was filled with the voices of Angels and houries reciting Salutations to him in the
STANDING POSITION and congratulating each other and rejoicing with abandon; animals also congratulated each other at the birth of the holy Prophet (sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam), the Ka’batul Laah bowed in a manner of saluting, and the falsehood vanished and the light of truth spread light in all directions.”(Pages 54, 72, 91;
Mawaahib-e-Ladunniyah by Imam Qasatalani Page 57; Mauladul Uroos by Imam Ibn Jawzi Pages 3, 7, 26; Shawaahidun NubuwwahPage 55; As-Seeratul Halbiyah by
Allamah Ali Bin Burhaan Page 94; Khasaa’is-e-Kubra by Imam Suyuti Volume 1, Page 45; Zurqaani Volume1 , Page 112,116)
Angels do exactly as they are commanded. This is testified to by the Holy Qur’aan: “Wa Yaf’aloona Ma Yu’maroon”. Whatever the Angels did then was at Allah’s
Haji Imdaadullah Muhaajir Makki (rahmat allahi ‘alaih), a great scholar and spiritual guide of the scholars of Deoband, (namely, Moulvi Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi, Moulvi
Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi and Moulvi Qaasim Nanotwi) stated the following as recorded by Moulvi Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi himself, “To reject such a practice is to be denied
a great deal of good. If one stands for respect when the sacred name of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is mentioned in a Mawlid Shareef, what harm is
there ? When someone (an ordinary person) appears we stand up for him, so if we stand up for our Master to show respect, what wrong is there ?” (Imdaadul Mushtaaq,
Page 88 [Imdaadul Mushtaaq was authored by Ashraf 'Ali Thanwi, the ideologue of the scholars of Deoband. It is a biography of his spiritual guide, Haji Imdaadullah
Muhaajir Makki (rahmat allahi 'alaih)])
Haji Imdaadullah (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) further states,”The way of this servant (himself) is this: I present myself in the gathering of Meelad regarding it as a means of
blessing I even commemorate it and I gain great pleasure and peace by STANDING.”(Faisla Haft Mas’ala, Page 5)
What the scholars of Deoband have to say
Moulvi Ashraf Ali Thanwi, the leader of the Deobandi group,says that the ‘Ulama have unanimously agreed that the practise of standing out of respect is allowed and
substantiates by saying that whenever the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) visited Fatima (radi allahu ‘anha) she stood respectfully and whenever Fatima (radi allahu
‘anha) visited the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) he stood up respectfully for her. (Al-Ifaadatul Yaumiya)
Moulvi Asfraf ‘Ali Thanwi has written a long story about Moulvi Qaasim Nanotwi and Hakim Abdus Salaam: “Hakim Abdus Salaam had a desire to meet Mawlana
Nanotwi who was at the time sitting with many people. When Hakim Abdus Salaam arrived, everybody STOOD UP to pay respect to him”. (Arwahe Salaasa, Story
Number 215, Islami Academy, Lahore)
4) REFUTATION AGAINST THE GROUNDLESS ARGUMENTS RAISED AGAINST QIYAAM [RESPECTFULLY STANDING WHILST SENDING
SALAWAT AND SALAAM]
The purpose of this chapter is to answer the baseless arguments that are raised with regard to the practice of respectfully standing whilst reciting Salawat and Salaam.
Had the objectioners been Nasara, Yahood or Mushrikeen it would have been understandable that their objections of the veneration of Huzoor-i-Aqdas (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) is due to ignorance and a lack of Imaan. Alas, we have a situation of pseudo-scholars who are so spineless as to misinterpret the Hadith of the Prophet
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in order to try to snatch away the honor and esteem which Allah has bestowed upon him.
The following discussion on the subject of standing out of respect is taken from Imam Nawawi’s (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) al-Tarkhis, as well as his Sharh Sahih Muslim
(Commentary of Sahih Muslim), and Sharh Shamaa’il Tirmidhi (Commentary of Tirmidhi Shareef) by Moulvi Zakariyya Khandhalawi.
1. Anas (radi allahu ‘anhu) said that none was dearer to them than Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and they would not stand up when they saw him due to
their knowledge that he disliked it. Tirmidhi said it is hasan sahih (fair and sound).
MOULVI ZAKARIYYA’S COMMENTARY :
This Hadith is indicative of the high degree of humbleness of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not like (the people to
stand for him), although he is the possessor of high glory and is the master of both the worlds. Therefore, the Sahaba sometimes did not stand due to love, because
Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disliked it, as is required in this narration (of Hadhrat Anas) and sometimes they would stand due to the demand of love.
It is stated in “Abu Dawood” that, “Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to talk to us in the masjid. When Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) stood, we would
stand up and we would remain standing till Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam entered the home”. (Sharh Shamaa’il-i-Tirmidhi, page 342, Maktaba Rahmania, Lahore)
[Moulvi Zakariyya explains the reason for not standing],
“Qadi ‘Iyad (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) says that, ‘Qiyaam is prohibited whereby somebody well known is sitting and the rest of the people are standing. Therefore, in the Hadith
of prohibition (of Qiyaam), it is also said, ‘Do not stand as the Ajamees (non-arabs/foreigners) stand for their chiefs’”.
[Moulvi Zakariyya writes further] : “Imam Nawawi says that it is Mustahab to stand for ‘Ulama, respectful and noble people”. (Sharh Shamaa’il-i-Tirmidhi, Page 342)
2. Abu Mijlaz (radi allahu ‘anhu) said: Mu’awiya went out to meet Ibn al-Zubayr and Ibn `Amir. The latter stood up while the former remained seated. Mu’awiya said to
Ibn `Amir: “Sit, for I heard the Prophet say: “Whoever likes for men to stand up for him let him take his place in the fire.” Tirmidhi’s version mentions Ibn al-Zubayr and
Safwan, and both get up. Abu Dawud narrated it (Adab 4:385), also Tirmidhi (Adab 5:90 #44) who said: hasan (fair) and Ahmad (4:94, 100).
IMAM NAWAWI’S (RAHMAT ALLAHI ‘ALAIH) COMMENTARY:
Most people in disfavour of standing are fond of quoting this Hadith. It is answered in many ways,
1. The soundest and best — nay, the one answer which makes all others superfluous is that there is no proof against standing up in this Hadith. Its plain, outward meaning
is the explicit condemnation and HARSH THREAT AGAINST ANY MAN WHO LIKES PEOPLE TO GET UP FOR HIM. There is neither prohibition nor other than
prohibition concerning standing itself, and there is agreement about this… The gravity of the condemnation is in what takes place inside the mind of the person who likes
people to stand for him. If there is no such thing in his mind there is no blame on him — all this whether they get up or not… The prohibition revolves around the love of
adulation not the act of standing. Therefore there is no proof in this Hadith against the permissibility of standing.
2. Another answer is that the Hadith is mudtarib (disordered — many incompatible narrations) according to the two Imams of Hadith, Abu Bakr ibn Abi `Asim and Abu
Musa al-Asbahani (may Allah be pleased with them), and this is a necessary cause for the weakness of the Hadith. However, this answer is open to question since both
Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud have graded the Hadith fair (hasan) and have spoken concerning it. Moreover, the disparity does not result in a disorder of the kind that makes
it necessarily weak, and Allah knows best. [NB: Observe the honesty of Imam Nawawi (rahmat allahi 'alaih) in defending what weakens his position.]
3. The sayings of the Imams and Luminaries concerning whose eminence there is unanimity among the people of intellect and discernment: Abu Nasr Bishr ibn al-Harith
al-Hafi al-Zahid, Abu Sulayman Hamd ibn Muhammad ibn Sulayman al-Khattabi, Abu Muhammad al-Husayn ibn Mas`ud al-Baghawi, and Abu Musa Muhammad ibn
`Umar al-Asbahani the Hafiz, may Allah be well pleased with all of them: [after quoting the isnad] Ahmad ibn al-Mughlis said: Abu Nasr ibn al-Harith said, after I
mentioned this Hadith in front of him: “He only disliked the standing from the perspective of arrogance, but from the perspective of sincere love, he did not, since he
himself stood up for `Ikrima ibn Abu Jahl… and he said: “Stand for your chief,” and he said: “He who likes people to stand for him…” indicating that whoever likes people
to stand for him, you must not stand for him.” As for Baghawi and Khattabi (may Allah be pleased with them) as we mentioned with our isnad they spoke to the effect
that the Hadith concerns only those who order others from the perspective of pride and arrogance. Abu Musa (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) said: “The meaning of the Hadith is
those who make men stand around them like courtiers stand around kings.”
3. From Abu Amama (radi allahu ‘anhu): The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came out leaning on a stick and we rose up for him. He said: “Do not get up in the
manner of the foreigners who aggrandize (flatter) each other.” Abu Dawud narrated it (Adab – 4:358). Ibn Majah’s version (Du`a #34, 2:1261): “Do not do as the Persians
do with their great ones.”
IMAM NAWAWI’S (RAHMAT ALLAHI ‘ALAIH) COMMENTARY:
The answer is in two beautiful ways:
1. The two Imams, Abu Bakr ibn Abi `Asim and Abu Musa al-Asbahani (may Allah be pleased with them),said that this is a weak Hadith which cannot be used as a
proof. Abu Bakr (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) said: “This Hadith cannot be established and its sub-narrators are unknown.” I say: to this is added the fact that it is “mudtarib”
(disordered — see above), and it would suffice that only one of these two factors were present to grade it as weak, let alone two.
2. The Hadith in itself is crystal-clear as to its intent as opposed to that of the rest: namely, it PURPORTS TO CONDEMN THOSE WHO STAND FOR THE
PURPOSE OF AGGRANDIZEMENT. That is why he said: “Do not get up in the manner of the foreigners who aggrandize each others.” There is no doubt as to what is
being condemned. And Allah knows best.
Our comments: The emphasis of this Hadith is in the words, “in the manner of the foreigners who aggrandize (flatter) each other”. If the directive of the Prophet
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was to forbid standing (Qiyaam), the words “Do not get up !” would have sufficed. There would have been no reason to qualify the statement
with the words, “… in the manner of the foreigners who aggrandize (flatter) each other”. The disbelieving foreigners (especially the Persians) would stand up for their
undeserving kings and leaders in order to flatter their ego. It is this that the above Hadith condemns.
4. From (Nafi`) Abu Bakra (radi allahu ‘anhu): The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Let no man stand from his seat for another.” Abu Musa al-Isbahani
narrated it with his chain. Al-Hafiz Abu al-Qasim Ibn `Asakir said in his book al-Atraf that Abu Dawud narrated in the book of Adab (4:258). The chain has Abu `Abd
Allah Mawla Al Abi Burda, who is unknown. See al-Taqrib #8215.
IMAM NAWAWI’S (RAHMAT ALLAHI ‘ALAIH) COMMENTARY:
The answer to this is the same two answers as the preceding section… There is possibly a third way to answer it reasonably. The meaning would be: “Do not get up from
the place of prayer, of listening to a sermon and to remembrance and knowledge etc., for it is disliked that one should give up one’s seat in such cases, or leave it and take
another farther away from the Imam.
The same is true of all gestures that are similar to these, and we consider this to muster the general agreement of scholars, as opposed to giving up one’s food and drink
other things related to one’s personal lot: to give those up is a most desirable thing, one of the marks of the righteous and among the manners of saints and gnostics,
concerning which this verse was revealed: “They prefer others above themselves though poverty become their lot” (59:9).
The difference between the two types of sacrifice is that the right, in the person’s nearness, belongs to Allah the Exalted, and to transfer it is not permissible, as opposed
to food and the like where the right belongs to the person, although in some cases it belongs to Allah even then…
Our Comments : This Hadith has nothing to do with standing out of respect (Qiyaam). Below is the Hadith in question that is often quoted : Sa’id bin Abi al-Hasan said :
When Abu Bakrah came to us to give some evidence, a man got up from his place, but he refused to sit in it saying: The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) forbade this,
… (Sunan Abu Dawood, Pg 1349, Volume 3, # 4809). As it is seen this Hadith has nothing to do with the subject matter. It is concerned with giving your seat to another
6) AN EXPLANATION OF THE CHARACTERISTIC OF BEING HAAZIR AND NAAZIR AS ATTRIBUTED TO THE HOLY PROPHET (SALLALLAHU
This Chapter is divided into six sections :
6.1) A general explanation of Haazir and Naazir
6.2) The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as being a Witness (Shaahid)
6.3) The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Seeing and Hearing from afar
6.4) The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) traveling at high speeds and making himself physically present
6.5) The seeing of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) by the Awliya
6.6) The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) present in many places at the same time
6.1) A general explanation of Haazir and Naazir
It is not the belief of the Ahl as-Sunnah wa ‘l Jamaa’a that Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is “omnipresent”. Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is “Haazir”
“Omnipresent” is not the meaning of the words “Haazir and Naazir”. The word “omnipresent”, according to the Oxford dictionary means : “present everywhere”. When
the words “Haazir” and “Naazir” are used for Almighty Allah they mean : “Knower” and “Seeir” and do not mean “present everywhere”. (See details in Fatawa Shaami,
Val. 3, Page 337).
The meaning of the word “Haazir” in the Arabic dictionary is, “one who can be seen with the naked eye.” (for reference refer to “Sarrah”, Page 170; “Mukhtaarus
Sihaah”, Page 159; “Mufradaat Imam Raaghib”, Page 372).
The meaning of the word “Naazir” is, “blackness of the eyeball in which the pupil of the eye is”. Sometimes, the eye itself is called Naazirah (reference “Mukhtaarus
Sihaah”, Page 691)
Hence, the words “Haazir” and “Naazir” according to its literal meaning are not suitable for Almighty Allah. Whenever it is used for Allah it is used with Ta’weel
(reinterpretation), as explained above. [NB : The Urdu to English or modern Arabic dictionaries are not based on Qur'aanic Arabic and therefore can not be used for this
subject matter]. The words “Haazir” and “Naazir” in its literal meaning is never used for Allah Ta’ala. Therefore, in the 99 Names of Allah, one would not find these
words. No where in the Qur’aan, Ahaadith and books of Jurist Imams have these words been used for Allah.
Since the words “Haazir” and “Naazir”do not mean “omnipresent”, nor are their literal meanings suitable and applicable to Allah, the Ulema have used the words “Haazir”
and “Naazir” for Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hadhrat Sheikh ‘Abd al-Haq Muhaddith Dehelvi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) writes, “Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) is Haazir-o-Naazir on the deeds of his Ummah”. (Haashiya Akhbarul Akhyaar, Page 155)
The concept of “Haazir” and “Naazir” is summed up in the following passage by Hadhrat Syed Ahmad Sa’eed Kazmi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) : “When the word
Haazir-o-Naazir is used for Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), it does not mean that the physical body of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is everywhere and
that he is present in front of everybody. This in fact means that as the soul exists in every part of the body, similarly, the light filled reality of the soul of both the worlds
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) exists in every atom of the worlds. Based on that, Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) arrives with his spirituality and lightfulness in many
places at one time. Many times, the pious observe the beauty of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in a state of wakefulness with their physical eyes”. (Taskeenul
Khawatir fi Mas’alatil Haazir wan Naazir. Page 13, Maktabah-e-Haamdya, Lahore)
“Truly, a light has come to you from Allah and an illuminated book” (Surah al-Maidah, Verse 15) The Qur’aanic verse clearly mentions two things which have been given
by Allah to mankind :
(1)A Light (Noor), and
(2)An Illuminated Book (kitabum mubeen)
The first and foremost gift of Allah is the “Light” (Noor) of the final Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The second gift is the “illuminated book”, namely the
Holy Qur’aan. Both have come to us from Allah but mark the order in which they are mentioned. The “Light” (Noor) precedes and the “Book” (Kitab) follows. In the
order of precedence we notice that Allah has mentioned His Beloved Messenger first.
The Holy Qur’aan is a “guidance for mankind” but it will be effectively understood only by those people, who accept the Last Messenger of Allah as “Light” (Noor). In
other words, those people who do not accept the concept of Prophetic light and arrogantly insist on the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to be only an ordinary man,
will not understand the Holy Qur’aan in it’s deeper dimension and therefore will regard it as an “ordinary book”. Rasoolullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)existence is in
(1) Bashariyyat (Manhood) / Jismaniyyat (Physical Existence)
(2) Roohaniyyat (Spiritual Existence)
It is his Roohaniyyat that is the “Noor” that is described above. This “Noor” which is the essence of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was created from the Noor of
Allah Ta’ala. And from Rasoolullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) “Noor”, everything else was created. Rasoolullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) “Noor” is still part of his
It is this spiritual dimension of Rasoolullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) attributes that enables Him to be spiritually present and seeing (Haazir and Naazir). That is :
because creation was created from the Noor of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) he is (in a spiritual sense) present in everything and at everyplace.
Hadhrat Sheikh Abd al-Haqq Muhaddith Dahlawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) the Mujaddid (Reviver) has written,”In Attahiyat, the reason for reciting ‘Ayyohannabi’ is that
Haqqiqat-e-Muhammadi (Reality [light] of the Holy Prophet [sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam]) is present in every little thing. Therefore, it is present in the people praying
Salaat, and those performing the Salaat should be fully aware of this fact and should not pay attention to anything except for the Holy Prophet’s (sallallaahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) presence (haaziri)”. (Madarijun Nabuwat Vol. 1 part 4 – Zikreh Fazaaileh Nabi)
Shah Wali-Allah ad-Dahlawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) in his book Fuyoozul Haramain, Page 28, writes, “Certainly all the blooming flowers are filled with the spirit of the
Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the blessed spirit blows through them like a wind”.
Hujjat al-Islam, Imam Ghazaali (rahmat allahi ‘alaih), referring to the position of Tashahudd (sitting), during Salaah and reciting “At -Tahiyyaatu”, says that on reciting the
words “Ayyuhannabi” (Oh Prophet !) the reciter must behold the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as Haazir (Present). He says, “And believe in your hearts that
the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is present (haazir) and then say Assalaamu ‘Alaika Ayyuhannabi” (Ihya ul Uloom, Vol. 1, Section 3)
There is also agreement of this point from the leading Scholars of Deoband:
Moulvi Qaasim Nanotwi explains the meaning of the verse, “An Nabi Yu Awla Bil Mu’minina Min Anfusihim…” by saying, “Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has
such nearness with his Ummah that even their souls do not have, because in this verse the word ‘Awla’ is in the meaning of ‘Aqrab’ (nearest).”(Tahzeerun Naas, Page 14,
Darul Isha’at, Karachi)
According to the explanation of Moulvi Nanotwi, the meaning of the verse will be, “The Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is nearer to the Believers than their own lives”.
Our lives are present. Nobody can deny this fact because if the life is absent then it would mean that we are dead. So if our lives are present, then the one who is nearer
to us than our own lives has to be present.
Moulvi Shabeer Ahmad Uthmaani says, regarding the same ayat : If a Believers’s Imaan is considered seriously, then it is like a ray from the light of the Prophet
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). On this account, if a Believer ponders about his own reality, then, before he understands the state of his own Imaan, he has to first
understand the wisdom of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). On this point it is true that the augustpresence of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)is closer to us
than our own souls. (Marginal note in the Qur’aan)
Moulvi Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi says, “The disciple must accept that the soul of his Shaikh (Spiritual head) is not imprisoned in one particular place. Wherever the
disciple is, far or near, the Shaikh’s spirituality is not far. If this is accepted, then the disciple should always remember his Shaikh and keep a cordial link with him and
thereby derive benefits at all times … ” (Imdaadul Sulook, Page 10)
6.2) The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as being a Witness (Shaahid)
Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’aan :
“And thus We made you exalted among all nations that you may be witnesses to the people and this Messenger your guard and witness.” (Surah al-Baqara, Verse 143)
“Undoubtedly, We sent towards you a Messenger who is a witness over you, … “ (Surah Muzammil, Verse 15)
“ And the day when We shall raise a witness in every community from amongst themselves that they may give evidence against them and (O beloved !)We shall bring
you as a witness against all those.”(Surah Nahl, Verse 89)
“Then how shall it be, when We bring up a witness from every nation, and (O beloved Muhammad !) We will bring you as a witness and a guardian against all those. “
(Surah al-Nisa, Verse 41)
The Almighty Allah ascribes to His beloved Nabi Muhammad Mustapha (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) the attribute of “Shaahid” (Witness). The qualifications of a witness
in Shari’ah demands that the witness be present (Haazir), sees (Naazir) and hears before he is able to testify. Allah Ta’aala having created Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) with numerous attributes and repeatedly addresses His beloved by this term (Shaahid) in the Holy Qur’aan. Every attribute ascribed to a Nabi of Allah in the
Holy Qur’aan is an active attribute, i.e. that the Nabi has (presently) that power bestowed upon him by Allah Ta’aala. From the above verses it is clear that on the Day of
Judgement the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) shall be a witness not only over his own Ummah, but shall testify before Almighty on behalf of the peoples of
other Prophets. Now this testimony or evidence can only be given by the person who is an eye-witness to all events and incidents under scrutiny on the Day of
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the Shaahid of the Ambiya (‘alaihmus salaam). This entails the period from Hadhrat Adam (‘alaihis salaam) to Hadhrat Isa
(‘alaihis salaam) and this attribute is unceasingly active till the Day of Qiyaamah and beyond. This is the ‘Ijma (Concensus) of the Ahl us-Sunnah pertaining to the term
Shaahid. The doyen of the ‘Ulama of Deoband, Shah Abdul Azeez Sahib (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) in Tafseer-e-Azeezi, Page 636 says that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) by the light of his Prophethood knows the entire conditions of man – what religion he belongs to, to what degree he has reached in religion, what is the reality of
his Imaan, what are his hindrances and progress. In short, the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) knows your deeds and actions – the good and the bad. Thus, within the
law, the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has been granted the right to be a witness of the world and it is of utmost importance.
Sayyidina ‘Umar (radi allahu ‘anhu), states, “In one Friday sermon, the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) informed us about everything which has happened or will
happen from the very beginning of time until the Hereafter when some will inhabit Paradise while the others Hell.” (Bukhaari Shareef)
Mu’adh (radi allahu ‘anhu) reports that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “I saw Allah the Almighty. Allah put His Hand (of power) at my back and I felt
it’s coolness in my chest. The very moment, everything became known to me and I recognized everything.” (Tirmidhi Shareef, Mishkaat)
The Hadith Shareef mentioned in Tirmidhi Shareef says,”I know everything which is in the Heavens and the Earth, from the East to the West.”
The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said, “Allah has shrunk the earth for me so I could see its Easts and Wests.” (Mishkaat)
Muslim reports that the Apostle of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah has spread the entire universe in front of me and I have seen its Easts and Wests and my
Ummah is expected to measure the length and breadth of the universe in the near future. I have been granted two measures, black and white.”
The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) says, “My entire Ummah was presented before me with each individual’s scroll of deeds, good as well as bad.”(Muslim
Shareef, Volume 1, Page 207, Musnad-i-Ahmad, Ibn Majah)
Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) says, “One night my Ummah was presented before me at my hujrah and I know each of them as clearly as any one knows his
colleague.”(Ref : Anba al-Mustafa, Page 19, ref : Tibrani)
6.3) The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Seeing and Hearing from distance
It is the firm belief of the Ahl as-Sunnah wa ‘l Jamaa’a that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) hears the Salaat/Durood (Blessings) and Salaam (Salutations)
that are sentto him. Furthermore, it is within His capabilities to see and hear events taking place far away.
Imam Tibraani (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) has recorded this Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abu Darda (radi allahu ‘anhu) : The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said :
“Increase your recitation of Durood on me on Friday because on this day Angels present themselves to me. There is no servant of Allah who recites Salutations upon me,
except that his voice reaches me from wherever he is”. The Companions asked even after your departure ? “He replied, Yes after my departure too, because Allah has
made it Haraam upon the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets”. (Jila-ul Ifhaam, by Ibn Qayyim)
Imaam Abu Hanifa (radi ‘allahu ‘anhu) writes that Haaris ibn La’man and Haarisa bin Na’man (radi allahu ‘anhuma) have said that,”Once I went to the Prophet (sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam). The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked me a question, ‘Oh Haaris, in what state did you pass the day ?’ I replied, ‘As a true Muslim.’ Then the
Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked me the state of my Faith. I replied, ‘I see the Throne of Allah and the people of Paradise helping each other and the people of
Hell lamenting in Hell. I see in front of me Eight Heavens and Seven Hells as clear as idol worshippers see their idols. I can recognise each individual just like a grinder
can recognise wheat from barley that is, who is to go to Paradise and who is to be found in Hell. In front of me people are like fish and ants. Shall I stay silent or continue
to speak ?’” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) told him to stop and say no more. [Fiqah Akbar, Page 132 by Imam Abu Hanifa (radi allahu anhu)]
The above narration illustrates the sight of a Sahaabi (Blessed Companion of the Prophet). He could see the Throne of Allah, the Heavens, the Hells and their inmates !
It is recorded that Hadhrat ‘Umar (radi allahu ‘anhu) who was delivering a Khutba in Madina was able to see Hadhrat Sari’ah (radi allahu ‘anhu) and the rest of the
Muslim army who were in Persia. Hadhrat ‘Umar (radi allahu ‘anhu) called out a warning to Hadhrat Sari’ah (radi allahu anhu), who heard the calling of Hadhrath’Umar
(radi allahu ‘anhu). (Mishkaat Shareef – Babul Karaamat). This narration illustrates two points. Firstly, the Sahaabi was able to see what was happening hundreds of miles
away. Secondly, the other Sahaabi was able to hear his call from hundreds of miles away.
The Hadith Shareef which states, “Beware the stare of the Mu’minfor he sees with the Light of Allah.” (Mishkaat Shareef) tells us that the Mu’mineen (Spiritually
elevated personalities) have been bestowed with Divine sight by Allah ta’aala. Allama Manawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih), explaining this Hadith states :
When the pious persons are diverted from human connection, they are adjoined with the superior assemblage (Angels); then they hear and see everything just like being
present, whereupon it is evident that Almighty Allah has granted (this Bounty to) His favourites, …
The following Hadith-e-Qudsi illustrates the point further, “My bondsman attains to My nearness through offering voluntary prayers to the extent that I make him My
beloved. And then I become his hearing with which he hears, and I become his sight with which he sees, and I become his tongue with which he speaks, and I grant him
whatever he asks of Me.” (Bukhaari Shareef) [Also quoted in Fazaa'il-e-'Amaal by Moulvi Zakariyyah and Kamaalat-e-Ashrafiyya by Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi]
By way of explaining this Hadith-i-Qudsi, Imam Fakhruddeen Raazi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) says that eminence of a bondsman who becomes Allah’s beloved is such that he
sees and hears everything near or far and has sway over things, since according to Allah’s command Allah’s exclusive powers become such a bondsman’s attributes.
This is the state of the Sahaaba, Mu’mineen and the Awliya (Saints). It is obvious that the status and powers of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) are much more
superior than that of the Sahaaba, Mu’mineen and the Awliya (Saints). So, if the above can be accomplished by His blessed Companions we are sure that it can be
accomplished by Him. Addressing the Sahaaba (radi allahu ‘anhuma) Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) proclaimed, “What I see you cannot see, and what I hear
you cannot hear.” (Tirmidhi Shareef)
The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said, “I saw Prophet Moosa in the valley of Azraq, while passing from Makka to Madina. He was
reciting ‘Talbiah’ in a loud voice. On another occasion I saw Prophet Yunus wearing a long woolen overcoat and riding a red camel.”(Ibn Majah, pp 20, 208)
In another Hadith the Holy Prophet (sallallhu ‘alaihi wasallam) is described witnessing the Paradise and the Hell (Muslim Shareef, Volume 2, Page 180)
Jabir bin Samura (radi allahu ‘anhu) reported Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as saying, “I know the stone in Makkah which used to pay me Salutations
before my advent as a Prophet and I know that even now.” (Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Fada’il, Hadith 5654). The Holy Prophet (sallallhu ‘alaihi wasallam) whilst in Madina,
was able to see andhear the stone in Makkah paying him Salutations. The stone is an inanimate object. Yet, Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) pays attention to even
the stone’s Salaam. We belong to His ummah. It is obvious that He recognises our Salaam !
Allama Imam Qastalani (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) commentator of Bukhari Shareef, writes in his book Mawahib ul-ladunya and Imam Muhammad Ibn Hajar al-Makki
(rahmatallahi ‘alaih) writes in his book Madkhal, “There is no difference between the states of life and death of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), in his seeing
his entire Ummah and his recognising of their states, their intentions and their minds, and all this is clear to him; there is no secret thereof of him.” (Mawahib ul-ladunya
Page 32, Madkhal Page 21)
Al-’arifu bi ‘llah Sayyid Muhammad ‘Uthman al-Mirghani al-Makki al-Hanafi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) (d. Mecca, 1268 A.H./1852) said on page 14 of his work Akrab
at-turuki ila ‘l-haqq, “Think of Rasoolullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) presence facing you, his seeing and hearing you! Even if you are far away, Allahu Ta’ala makes
your voice be heard and displays you. Here, being near or distant is the same.”
In his work Ar-rawd an-nadir ‘Allama ‘Abd ar-Ra’uf al- Manawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) wrote, “After pure souls depart this life and are promoted to their places, nothing is
a curtain before them. They see, or learn from Angels, everything. This is so mysterious that only few people are informed with it. While blessed souls are such, how the
most superior of them is, i.e. Rasoolullah,should be pondered and understood well!’”
All this proves that it is within the capability of Prophets (‘alaihimussalaam) to see and hear afar.
6.4) The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) travelling at high speeds and making himself physically present
This chapter deals with the (physical) arrival of the blessed souls of Prophets and Awliya at particular places.
It must first be noted that this physical presence is a temporary presence. It is the appearance of the blessed soul of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) wherever he
wants to be and for how long he wants to be. The physical presence is limited by time, place, etc. Therefore, it cannot be labelled with the word “Omnipresence”, because
only Allah Ta’ala is continuously Present without time and space. This means that Allah Ta’ala has always been present, is always present and will always be present
everywhere whereas the presence of the soul of a Nabi or Wali was absent, then it became present, and will be absent again (physically) from a particular place.
You have already read in the first part of this chapter that Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is spiritually Haazir and Naazir. However, besides being Haazir and
Naazir, Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) can make his blessed soul (physically) present in a particular place.
There are some mislead individuals who feel it appropriate to believe that Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has been restricted to his Blessed Grave till the day of
Qiyaamah and that it is out of his reach to travel wherever he pleases and to make himself present wherever he pleases. Let the following be an eye-opener for such
narrow minded persons :
We will firstly, like to quote an example of the arrival of the soul of a leader of the Deobandi group (after his demise) at Darul ‘Uloom Deoband.
Qari Tayab Sahib, Rector of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband narrates that in that period when Moulvi Rafi’uddeen was Principal of the Madressa, controversy existed between
senior teachers of the Darul ‘Uloom. At a later stage a senior teacher of the Madressa, Moulvi Mahmood Hassan also got involved in the controversy and the controversy
extended. Now listen to the incident after this as explained by Qari Tayab. He writes :
“During that period one day, very early in the morning after Fajr Namaaz, Moulana Rafi’uddeen Sahib called Moulana Mahmoodul Hassan Sahib in his room. Moulana
came and opened the door and entered. Moulana Rafi’uddeen Sahib firstly said, ‘See this woollen cloak of mine.’ Moulana saw the cloak and it was moist and very wet.
He said, ‘The incident is this : that MOULANA NANOTWIHAD COME TO ME IN HIS ORIGINAL BODY, due to which I was sweating very much and my cloak
became wet and he said this: tell Mahmood Hassan not to get involved in this dispute.’ Thus I have called you to convey this message. Moulana Mahmood Hassan Sahib
said, ‘I am repenting on your hands that after this, I will have nothing to do with this dispute.’” (Arwaha-e-Salasa, Page 242)
The leader of the Deobandi group, Moulvi Ashraf Ali Thanwi, in his footnote while corroborating writes : This incident was a parable of the soul and it could be in two
forms. Firstly, that it was like a body but resembling external body. Secondly, it could have been that the soul itself, changing in elements produced an external body.”
(Arwaha-e-Salasa, Page 243)
It is recorded that at the time of the call to prayer (Adhan) the Shaitaan runs thirty six miles away and returns in an instant after the completion of the Adhan (Mishkaat -
Chapter Adhan). We ask these mislead individuals to please explain to us, how can it be,that Allah Ta’ala’s Beloved, Huzoor-e-Aqdas Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam) is confined to his Blessed Grave while Shaitaan the cursed is freely running up and down, and that too, at high speeds !
Besides Shaitaan, even Angels have this ability. The Holy Qur’aan says, “…when death comes to any of you, Our Angels take his soul and they do not fail ” (Surah
al-Anaam, Verse 61). Relating to this it is written that, “For the Angel of Death the whole of the Earth is like a tray, so that he may take the souls as he pleases. There is
no difficulty for the Angel of Death to take souls, even though there are many and at many different places !” (Tafseer Kabir Khazeen and Ruh-ul-Bayaan)
The speed of Jibra’eel (‘alaihis salaam) is such that, when Nabi Yusuf (‘alaihis salaam) was thrown into the well Jibra’eel (‘alaihis salaam) travelled from Sidratul Muntaha
to the bottom of the well. When Nabi Ibraheem (‘alaihis salaam) was about to sacrifice Nabi Ismail (‘alaihis salaam) and had his knife on the neck ofNabi Ismail (‘alaihis
salaam), Jibra’eel,travelled from Sidratul Muntaha to the earth with a Ram.
The above events relate to an Angel and it’s abilities, but men of Allah (Awliya Allah) are also imbued with such powers. Asaf ibn Barkhiya’s taking the throne of Bilqis
[the Queen of Sheba] to Sulaiman (‘alaihis salaam) is also reported in the Qur’an al-karim, Surah Naml, Verses 39 and 40.
It is written in the book Wahhabiyya: “Tayy al-masaafa, that is, traversing long distances in a moment, is a Karaama (miracle) bestowed upon Awliya’. It is Waajib to
believe in this.” This fact is also written in An-Nasafi, Al-fiqh al-Akbar, As-siwaad al-a’zam, Wasiyyatu Abi Yusuf, Mawaaqif and Maqaasid and commentaries on them
[and in Radd al-muhtaar].
It is written also at the end of the chapter about Thubat an-nasab in Ibn ‘Abidin’s (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) work that some Awliya’ travelled long distances in a short time. As
matter of fact, this became the subjects of mas’alas (matters) in books of Fiqh in the Shafi’i and Hanafi Madhhabs. Ibn Hajar al-Haitami (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) wrote in his
Fatawa, “The number of those who said that if a Wali (saint) goes to a very distant place in the West [in a short time] after he has performed the evening Salaat and if
the sun has not set there yet, he need not perform the evening Salaat for the second time at that place, are many.” Shams ad-din Muhammad ar-Ramli (rahmat allahi
‘alaih) said that he should perform it.
It is written in the Sahihain of al-Bukhaari and Muslim, “Allah Ta’ala sent all the Prophets to our Prophet on the Mi’raj night. He became the Imam, and they performed
two rak’as of Salaah.”
It is thus seen that all the Prophets (‘alaihimus salaam) made Haaziri (were present) in Musjid al-Aqsa to perform Salaah with our Noble Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) being the Imam. If Prophets cannot leave their Blessed Graves then how is it that all of the Prophets (‘alaihimus salaam) were present in Musjid al-Aqsa, on
the blessed night of Mi’raj an-Nabi which occured long after the Wisaal of the other Prophets.
It was declared in the Hadith shareef quoted in the book Mishkaat, Section on the Mi’raj, Chapter one, on the authority of Muslim, “Near the Ka’ba, the disbelievers of the
Quraish asked me how the Bait al-Muqaddas was. I had not looked at it carefully. I became very stressful. Allah Ta’ala showed me. I saw myself among Prophets.
Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) was performing Salaah standing up. He was thin, his hair was not untidy or drooping. He was like a brave young man of the Shan’a tribe [of
Yemen]. ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) looked like Urwah ibn Mas’ood as-Saqafi.” The Salaah includes bowing (ruku) and prostration (sajda). And this shows that they performed
Salaah corporally, with their bodies.
This Hadith proves that Prophets are alive in Allah’s audience. Their bodies have become ethereal like their souls. They are neither dense nor solid. They become visible
in material and spiritual worlds. It is for this reason that Prophets can be seen in soul and body. Imam al-Baihaki (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) wrote in his book I’tiqad, “Prophets’
souls are given back to their bodies after they are put into their graves. We cannot see them. They become invisible like Angels. Only the distinguished to whom Allah
Ta’ala has bestowed it as a Karaama (miracle) can see them.” Imam Suyuti (rahmat allahi ‘alaih)said so, also. Also, Imam Nawawi, Imam Abu ‘l-Hasan ‘Ali as-Subki and
Imam Muhammad al-Qurtubi (may Allah be pleased with all of them) relate the same from their masters. Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, a Hanbali ‘alim wrote exactly the
same in his Kitab ar-rooh. Ibn Hajar al-Haitami, Shams ad-din Muhammad ar-Ramli and Qadi Muhammad Zakariyya; the Hanafi scholars Akmal ad-din Muhammad
al-Barbarti and ash-Sharnblaali Hasan; the Maliki scholars ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Jamra and his disciple Muhammad ibn al-Haji; and Ibrahim al-Laqani in the book Jawharat
at-tawhid, and many other ‘Ulama narrated the same.
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah in his Kitab ar-Rooh writes, “What we have written here is compatible with the Tafseers by some Mufassirs of the fifth Ayat of Surah
an-Nazi’at, for example, interpretation of al Baidawi : ‘The soul of a Wali goes to the world of Angels when he departs from the body. Then he goes to wander in
Paradise’s gardens. He keeps a relation with his body, too, and influences it.’”
It is reported [in the Sahihain] of al-Bukaari and Muslim that Prophets performed Hajj after they died.
Hadhrat Sheikh Abd al-Haqq Muhaddith Dahlawi is unanimously accepted as a great ‘Aalim and a Mujaddid (Reviver of Religion) of his time.
Shaikh Abd al-Haqq Muhaddith Dahlawi states, “Allah Ta’ala has given the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) the strength and power to go anywhere he likes, he
can go with his own body or only in soul. On the earth, in the sky, in the grave and the Holy Prophet’s (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) connection stays with his own shrine.”
(Madarigun Naboowat – Volume 2 Part 4 Wasleh Hayaateh Ambiya)
In the bookAshatul lama’at he says that the issue of the lives of the Prophets in their graves after their momentary Wisaal is agreed unanimously and no one differs from
it. This is genuine, physical, worldly life and not just the spiritual, metaphorical life.
Imam Jalaaludeen Suyuti (rahmat allahi ‘alaih), in his book, Amba-ul-azkia fi hayatil-ambiya, after reviewing a number of Traditions and authenticated references
concludes the issue of the life of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) after his momentary Wisaal as follows, “Indeed the Prophet is alive with his body and soul, and
exercises his powers at his disposal, and every part of the world is in his access, and he is in the very original form as he was before his momentary Wisaal without any
Shah Wali-Allah ad-Dahlawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih), one of the great ‘Ulama of India, wrote in his work Hujjatullahi ‘l-baligha (vol. 1, p. 35), “When a human being
passesaway, no relation is left between his soul and the world of matter. The souls return to their origin, become like Angels, and, like them, give inspiration and help to
men. They help in the dissemination and strengthening of Allahu Ta’ala’s religion. They rush to help those who work for this path. It has been witnessed that they come to
help in groups.”
Ibn al-Kharrat in al-’Aqiba, Ibn al-Qayyim in al-Rooh, al-Qurtubi in al-Tadhkira, Ibn Abi al- Dunya in al-Quboor, al-Suyuti in Shar al-Sudoor, and others relate from many
of the Salaf that the souls of the Believers in Barzakh are free to come and go anywhere they please. This is all the more possible for our Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
Imam Jalaaluddeen as-Suyuti (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) says, “To keep watch of his own followers’ work and to pray for their forgiveness; to pray for their abstention from
bad deeds; to come and go in all parts of the world to give auspiciousness; if one pious person dies from his followers then to come and attend his Janazah (funeral), all
this is done by the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam)” (Intibahul Azkiyya)
Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) writes, “The possibility of arrival of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the Meelad assembly is not wrong
because the bodily world is restricted to time and place, but the spiritual world is free from both. So the arrival of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is not far from
being possible”. (Shamaime Imdaadiya, Page 50, Madani Qutub Khana, Multan)
6.5) The Seeing of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) by the Awliya
Firslty, we quote a Deobandi ‘Aalim for his opinion on the matter.
Sheikh Anwar Shah Kashmiri Deobandi writes, “According to me, it is possible to see Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the awakened state. As it is reported
from Imam Suyuti that he saw Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) twenty-two times and he asked Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarding some Ahadith.
He amended those Ahadith after Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) rectified them”. (Faizul Baari, Volume 1, Page 304, Cairo)
Concerning the transmitted proof for the possibility of seeing the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while one is awake, it is established by the authentic Hadith narrated
from him by Imam Ahmad (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) in his Musnad and others with a chain of sound narrators as stated by al-Haithami (rahamat allahi ‘alaih) in Majma’
al-Zawa’id, that a certain man Salman al-Farisi (radi allahu ‘anhu) had seen in al-Quds was actually Hadhrat ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam). If ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) can be seen in
full physicality after leaving this material world, then the more so can our Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) !
The following is quoted from Ibn Hajar al-Haitami’s (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) Fatawa Hadithiyya :
Question: “Is it possible to meet the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while awake in our time?”
Answer: “Yes, it is possible. It has been asserted as part of the miracles of Saints (Karaamat al-Awliya’) by Ghazaali, al-Barizi, al-Taj al-Subki, and al-Yafi’i (may Allah
be pleased with all of them) among the Shafi’is, and by al-Qurtubi and Ibn Abi Jamra (may Allah be pleased with them) among the Malikis. It has been narrated that one
of the Awliya’ was sitting in the assembly of a Jurist (faqih) while the latter related a Hadith, whereupon the Wali said: “This Hadith is false.” The Jurist said: “How do
you know that?” The Wali replied: “There is the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) standing right next to you, and he is saying: ‘I never said this.’” When he (the Wali)
said this, the sight of the Faqih was unveiled and he could see the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!”
A Hadith Shareef declares, “The one who sees me in his dream sees me as he would see me when he is awake.” This is why Imam Nawawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) said,
“Seeing him in a dream is really seeing him.” As a matter of fact, it was declared, “Anyone who has seen me in his dream has seen me truly, for the devil cannot appear
in my form,” in a Hadith Sharif reported in the book Kunuz ad-daqa’iq by al-Imam al-Manawi on the authority of al-Bukhari and Muslim. We would not see Rasoolullah
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) “truly” if we saw his likeness in a dream.
It is written in the book Mizan-ul-kubra that Abul-Hassan Ali Shadhili (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) said, “Every moment the blessed face of our Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) is present before my eyes.”
6.6) The presence of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in many places at the same time
As for the claim that Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) cannot make himself Haazir (Present) in many places simultaneously we ask you to carefully read the
Moulvi Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi writes, “Muhammad al-Hazrami Majzoob was a possessor of amazing qualities and miracles. Once, he performed Jummah and gave Khutbah
in 30 cities at the same time. He could be present in many cities in the same night”. (Jamalul Awliya, Page 188, Maktaba Islamia, Lahore)
So it is seen that Moulvi Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi makes reference to the above incident thereby accepting the fact that it is possible to be present in many place at the same
time. Muhammad al-Hazrami was the servant of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). So one can imagine what is the status of the blessed soul of Rasoolullah
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) if his servant could achieve all this.
Khwaja Azeezul Hassan has written a book by the name of Ashraful Sawaneh in three volumes on the occurrences of Ashraf Ali Thanawi’s life which has been
published by Khangah Imdadiya Thana Bhoon District Muzaffarnagar. He has copied a very peculiar incident of Thanawi Sahib in his book. He writes :
“After a long period of time a merchant narrated personally to me of his incident that, though as seen, Hadhrat (Ashraf Ali Thanawi) is sitting here yet who knows where
he is at this very moment. Because, once despite Hadhrat being in Thana Bhoon I saw him in Alighar where there was an exhibition and was in heavy flames. I also hada
shop in that exhibition. On the day when it was going to catch on fire, that very day against my usual habits there was a feeling of fear in my heart from the time of Asr.
The effect of which was that despite it being a busy period for business I took all the fittings and merchandise of my shop before time and began packing them into boxes.
After Maghrib when there was chaos and confusion of the fire breaking up, then as usual being alone and the boxes being rather heavy I became alarmed that Oh God !
How am I to take these boxes out from the shop. Meanwhile what I saw was suddenly Hadhrat appeared and going to each and every box and said me to quickly pick
them up. Accordingly he lifted on one side and I on the other side. In a short while each and every box was placed outside. The other merchants lost heavily from this
fire, but with God’s blessings all my goods were saved.
On hearing this incident I (meaning the author of the book) asked him that you did not question Hadhrat as to how he is here ? At that moment I was not in my right
frame of mind to ask, and was engrossed in my own problems.” (Ashrafus Sawaneh, Volume 3, Page 71)
Concerning the questioning (of the dead person) in the grave, the third question that will be asked by the Angels of the grave is, “Ma kunta taqulu fi haqqi hazar rajul”
(meaning : “What did you have to say about this person?” (i.e. the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)). When this question is asked the veil is removed from the dead
person’s eyes so that he can see the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who will be present (Haazir) in the grave. (Mishkaat Shareef, Bukhaari Kitaabul Janaaiz,
From this Hadith we learn that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is seen by the dead in person and not in some sort of mental thought, because the word “rajul” that
is used in the question, in Arabic grammar refers to a real person made of flesh and bones.
So it is established that every person that dies sees the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in his grave in person. Now, at any given time thousands of people
around the world are buried and all these people see the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) at the same time and are asked the same question.
This is ample proof that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) by the grace of Allah Ta’ala can present himself in many places at the same time. All the ‘Ulama of
Ahl as-Sunna agree with this, and the following comment regarding this issue is the fatwa of Ahmad ibn Hajar al-Haitami (rahmat allahi alaih), which is written on the
ninth page of the second volume of Fatawa al-kubra:
Question : “Does a person, when he commends his soul, see Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)? It is said that, when he (Rasoolullah)is seen, he (the person) is
asked what he (the person) would say about this person (ie. Rasoolullah). ‘This person’ is used for the person who is at his presence. Many people die at the same time.
Since the words ‘this person’ are used for all of them (dead people), it is understood that he (Rasoollullah) is seen at many places at the same time. How can this
Answer: “It is true that Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is seen by everybody who is about to die, and he (the dead person) is asked, ‘What did you have to say
about this person?’ This shows the Supremacy of Allahu Ta’ala’s Power. The word ‘this’ is used for pointing to the person who is at his presence (i.e. Rasoolullah). This
word is the answer to the person who does not believe that Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) can be seen in various ways at various places at the same moment. In
fact, this can be believed through intellect, also: adh-dhat ash-Sharif (honorable person) of his becomes like a mirror, and everybody sees the image of his own beauty or
ugliness in this mirror. There takes place no change in the beauty of the mirror. The life in grave and that in the Hereafter do not resemble to worldly life. Each person
has a single figure in the world. It has been witnessed many times that Awliya’ have taken various figures in this world, also. It is famous that Kadeeb al-ban Hasan
al-Musuli and others have been seen as such.”
Imam Mullah ‘Ali Qari states that, Imam Ghazaali (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) has said,”When you go into a mosque then say Salaam to the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) because the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is present (Haazir) in mosques.” (Naseemu Riaz Sharah Shifa in the end of third Vol)
Now, consider how many mosques there are throughout the world and the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is present in all of them!
Qadhi ‘Iyad (rahmat allahi ‘alaih), the eminent scholar of the Ahl as-Sunnah, in his book Shifa, writes, “Whenever there is nobody present in the home and you enter the
home recite, ‘Assalaamu ‘Alaika Ayyuhannabi Warahmatullah Wa Barakatahoo’”. Meaning, “Peace be upon you ‘Oh’ Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) of Allah
and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.” (Shifa Shareef)
Substantiating the above, the great Islamic scholar, Mulla ‘Ali Qari (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) in his Sharh Shifa writes, “The reason is that the Holy Prophet’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) soul is HAAZIR (present) in every Muslim home”.
Sayyid Ahmad al-Hamawi (rahmat allahi ‘alaih), noted in his book, Nafakhaat al-qurb wa ‘l-ittisaal bi-ithbaati ‘t-tasarrufi li awliyaa’i'llaahi ta’aalaa wa ‘l-karaamati ba’d
al-intiqaal that the Ruhaniyya (spirituality) ofAwliya (saints) was more powerful than their Jismanniyah (physical existence), and they therefore could be seen in different
places at the same moment. He quoted the following Hadith Shareef as a document for his words : “There are people who will enter Paradise through every gate. Each
gate will call them to itself,” upon which Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq (radi allahu ‘anhu)asked, “Will there be anyone to enter through all the eight gates, Oh Rasoolullah?” and
Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) answered, “I hope you will be one of them.”
One can appear in different places at the same moment when his soul aquires the power of having connection with his original position in ‘aalam ul-amr. Since the soul’s
interest in the world decreases when a man dies, his soul becomes more powerful. It becomes easier for him to appear in different places at the same moment.
7) SOME OTHER OBJECTIONS RAISED BY THOSE AGAINST THE RECITATION OF SALAWAT AND SALAAM
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Some people quote the Hadith Shareef in which the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Those who visit my grave and recite Durood I can hear them and
those who recite Durood from far away their Durood is brought to me”.
Using this Hadith as a basis of proof they say that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) does not hear the voice from far away but the Durood is brought to him
and if he could hear the Durood of the person far away then what would be the need for the Durood to be brought to him ?
Answer: Where in this Hadith does it say that he (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) does not hear the Durood from far away? The real meaning of this Hadith is this, that we
hear the Durood of the close by and not only do we hear the Durood of the one far away but we make it approach us and be heard.
“We hear the Durood of the loved ones and make sure that those who are not the loved ones, their Durood still reaches us”.
Imam Tibraani (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) has recorded this Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abu Darda (radi allahu ‘anhu) :
The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Increase your recitation of Durood on me on Friday because on this day Angels present themselves to me. There is
no servant of Allah who recites Salutations upon me, except that HIS VOICE REACHES ME from wherever he is”. The Companions asked even after your departure ?
“He replied, Yes after my departure too, because Allah has made it Haraam upon the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets”. (Jila-ul Ifhaam, by Ibn Qayyim)
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It was declared in a Hadith, “When a person greets me, Allahu Ta’ala sends my soul to my body and I hear his greeting.” Some people quoting this Hadith say that the
Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is not alive since his soul returns to his body only when he is greeted.
Answer: The ‘Ulama have given various answers to people who use this Hadith to try to imply that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is dead and that he comes
alive only when someone sends Salaam. Imam Jalaal’uddeen as-Suyuti (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) listed 17 of these explanations. In the book Anba’ al-adhkiya’ fi hayat
il-anbiya’ he said that “radda” means “‘ala al-dawam”, i.e. permanently, and not temporarily: in other words, Allah does not return the soul and take it back, then return it
again and then take it back again, but He has returned it to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) permanently, and the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is alive
permanently, not intermittently as some ignorant people have suggested.
Another explanation of this Hadith is that Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is in the ecstacy of seeing Jamaal-Allah (Allah’s beauty) and forgetful of his bodily
senses. Such situations are not scarce in this world, either. One does not hear what people say to one when one is in a deep thought of worldly or heavenly affairs. Can
someone who is in ecstacy of contemplatingJamaal of Allah hear any sound ?
The above explanations are very much confirmed even if the Hadith is taken literally, since there are always people at prayer (Salaah) in the world during the entire
twenty-four hour cycle, and sending Salawat on the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is part of Salaah, therefore people are constantly and permanently invoking
blessings and greetings on the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) without stop in the world. This shows that the Hadith of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on the
return of his soul takes into consideration the continuity of prayer (Salaah) concomitant with the revolving five times of prayer around the world, and that indeed he is alive
in permanence, since Allah has entitled him to return every single Salaam that is made to him.
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Some people say that it is wrong to send Salaam to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the form of a Na’at (Verses in Praise of the Prophet ).
Answer: Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had amongst his Ashaab, poets who used to refute the slanders of the enemies and eulogize (praise) Rasoolullah
(sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) liked the poetry of Hassan ibn Thabit (radi allahu’anhu) the most. He offered the Mimbar to Hassan
(radi allahu ‘anhu), who would censure the enemies and praise Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on the Mimbar. Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on hearing
the poetry of Hassan (radi allahu ‘anhu) prayed, “Allahumma ayyidhu bi rooh hil Qudus !” (meaning : Oh Allah let the holy ghost (Jibra’il) be his helper (in recitation) !)
Furthermore, when Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made Hijra and entered Madina, the people sang out,
tala`a al-badru `alaynamin thaniyyat al-wada`
wajaba al-shukru `alaynama da`a lillahi da`
‘Ulama from time immemorial have been writing and reciting Na’at and Qasa’id in Praise of Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in a variety of languages. Moulvi
Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi, Moulvi Qaasim Nanotwi and many other scholars of Deoband have done so also.
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Another false and baseless accusation is that those that practise Qiyaam claim that it is Fardh to practice Qiyaam.
Answer : No one has ever said that the act of Qiyaam is Fardh. A’la Hadhrat, Imam-i-Ahl as-Sunnat, Mawlana Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmat allahi ‘alaih) writes, “Qiyaam
is consistently practised by famous Imams. None of them refuted or denied this. Therefore, it is Mustahab (recommended)”. (Iqaamatul Qiyaamah, Page 19, Noori Qutub
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Some people say that it is wrong to send Salawat and Salaam because those who read Salaam, put a chair in the gathering and say that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) is sitting on the chair whilst the Salaam is being read.
Answer:The curse of Allah is on those liars ! No true Muslim has ever done such a thing. Certain groups in the community go out of their way to spread confusion and
falsehood amongst the people and more specifically, the youth. They have concocted such silly rumours (which are only indicative of their minds and hearts) in order to
instill suspicion and hatred in the hearts of some of the youth against those who practice Salawat and Salaam (Salaami). Such rumours are started because these people
are unable to provide any proof from the Shari’ah that forbids Salaami. So what happens is that, when they are questioned as to the permissibility of reading Salaami etc.,
(by the youth) they can not provide any evidence, so they make up such evil rumours.
Many of the youth don’t know why they were told not to send Blessings and Salutations on the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). This is because they were
brainwashed by their local ‘aalim/ ameer/ relatives/ friends not to do it, and not to ask why they should not do it.Many of the youth live in areas away from major city
centres where they have never been exposed to Salawat and Salaam, Mawlid etc. but have only been lied to and brainwashed by silly rumours initiated by those who are
not scholarly enough to present any authoritative evidence in refutation of it. Many youth come from country townsto workand to study in tertiary institutions. So when
they enter a mosque or a Jamaa’at Khana at the University or in the area that they are boarding, and if Salaam is recited, they rush out of the musjid as if a grave sin is
being committed. Then, (like their elders) start to initiate silly rumours and theories as to why Blessings and Salutations should not be sent to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi
May Allah Ta’ala guide us on Siraatul Mustaqeem and instill in our hearts the true love for Taajidare Madina, Muhammadur Rasoolullah (sallalaahu alaihi wasallam).