A misgiving with regard to seeing Rasūlullāh in a state of wakefulness

A misgiving with regard to seeing Rasūlullāh in a state of wakefulness
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A misgiving with regard to seeing Rasūlullāh in a state of wakefulness

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  • masjidmuhammad
  • Feb 20, 2021

Question:

If it is possible to see Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam in a state of wakefulness, why do our elders refute the Barelwīs when they leave an empty place for Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam and claim that he is sitting there?

Answer:

They claim his coming there without furnishing any proof. No one sees him. They merely claim that he is there. Their claim is included in the following warning of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam:

1.من كذب ع ي لي متعمدا فليتبوأ مقعده من النار

Whoever wittingly fabricates a lie against me should prepare for his abode in the Hell-fire.

We accept the words of those elders who saw Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam. This seeing takes the form of the soul taking a form or his blessed soul entering a body which takes on his form. There are many such incidents related in various books. ‛Allāmah Sa‛d ad-Dīn Taftāzānī rahimahullāh was blessed with seeing Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam in a state of wakefulness.

قد ذكر ابن العماد في شذرات الذہب(  ۳۲۱ ) عند ابتدائہ في طلب العلم، فقال: وحکی بعض
الأفاضل أن سعد الدين كان في ابتداء طلبہ للعلم بعيد الفہم جدا ولم يكن في جماعة
العضد أبلد منہ ومع ذلک فكان كثير الاجتہاد لكنہ لم يؤ يسہ جمود فہمہ من الطلب وکان
العضد يضرب بہ المثل بين جماعتہ فی البلادة، فاتفق أن أتاہ في خلوتہ رجل لا يعرفہ فقال
لہ: قم يا سعد الدين لنذہب إلَ السير فقال: ما للسير خلقت أنا لا أفہم شيئا مع المطالعة
فكيف إذا ذہبت إلَ السير ولم أطالع فذہب وعاد وقال لہ: قم بنا إلَ السير فأجابہ بالجواب
الأ ول ولم يذہب معہ، فذہب الرجل وعاد وقال لہ مثل ما قال أولا فقال: ما را يت أبلد
منک ألم أقل لک ما للسير خلقت، فقال لہ: رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يدعوک فقام
منزعجا ولم ينتعل بل خرج حافيا حتى وصل بہ إلَ مكان خارج البلد بہ شجيرات فرا ی
النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم في نفرمن أصحابہ تحت تلک الشجيرات فتبسم لہ وقال لہ:
نرسل إليک المرة بعد المرة ولم تأت فقال: يا رسول الله ما علمت أنک المرسل وأنت أعلم
بما اعتذرت بہ من سوء فہمي وقلة حفظي وأشكو إليک ذلک، فقال لہ رسول الله صلى الله
عليه وسلم: افتح فمک وتفل لہ فيہ ودعا لہ ثم أمرہ بالعود إلَ منزلہ وبشرہ بالفتح فعاد
2.وقد تضلع علما ونورا

Some of our elders saw some pious personalities while in a state of wakefulness. For example, Shāh ‛Abd al-Qādir Rāipūrī rahimahullāh said: During his student days, Shāh ‛Abd ar-Rahīm Sāhib Dehlawī rahimahullāh used to study logic, philosophy and other rational sciences under Mīr Zāhid rahimahullāh in Akbarābād. One day he was returning from his lessons and passing through a long narrow lane. On the way, he was reading a few couplets of Shaykh Sa‛dī rahimahullāh. He read the first three lines but could not recall the fourth one. Suddenly an old man with a grey beard appeared before him and read the fourth line to him.

He was overjoyed, he thanked the man and offered him a small betel-leaf tin. The man asked: “Is this as a form of payment?” He replied: “No. It is in gratitude.” The man said: “I do not eat betel-leaf.” He asked: “Is it unlawful?” The man said: “No. I just do not eat it.” The man then said: “I am in a hurry.” He raised one foot and placed it at the end of the long lane. Shāh Sāhib realized that this was the soul of some pious person, so he shouted out quickly: “Hadrat, at least tell me who you are.” He replied: “People call me Sa‛dī.” He said: “This soul took a physical form just as all metaphysical things will take a physical form in the Hereafter.”3

Moreover, Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam led the Prophets ‛alayhimus salām in salāh on the night of Mi‛rāj. Their souls either took on a physical form or their souls entered into physical bodies. Hadrat ‛Īsā ‛alayhis salām is excluded from this because he is alive in the heavens.

Allāh ta‛ālā knows best.

Reference:

1. رواه البخاري: 1 \1 2

2. شذرات الذہب فی اخبار من ذہب: ۶ / ۳۲۰ ، دارالكتب العلمية

3. Nafahāt Tayyibah, Talkhīs Hayāt-e-Tayyibah, p. 148, Hālāt Wa Irshādāt Hadrat Maulānā Shāh ‛Abd al-Qādir Rāipūrī.

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