The Best Eight Days of My Life


بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم
The Best Eight Days of My Life

Excited, I sat in the barber’s chair, getting my head shaven. As I finished, my brother grabbed me and exclaimed, “Hajee! Hajee! Hajee!”
We had just completed our Haj. It was a great feeling and I shed a tear while he hugged me. Hajee! Alhamdulillah.
The entire Hajj had been an incomparable experience. It was more than I ever imagined. But I think the highlight was my first sight of the Kaaba and getting to actually touch the Kaaba. It was magnificent. Every day we face the Kaaba in Salah, but actually seeing it and touching it was too inspirational. It’s a sacred stonework that has witnessed thousands of angels and Prophets of Allah Alayhimus Salaam.
The next day we were headed to Madinah, the City of Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. An Aalim had accompanied our Hajj group and he would regularly give us a talk. That morning, before leaving, he explained that Alhamdulillah we had performed our Hajj but there still remained one more part of our journey. This final leg was to visit the Blessed Grave of RassolAllah, Allah Ta-aala’s Beloved SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam.
RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam had said, ‘He who comes visiting me, bearing no purpose but visiting me, it becomes rightful for me to become an intercessor for him on the Day of Qiyaamah.’ -Imam Tabraani in his Mu’jam alKabeer- Kitaab Raddul Muhktaar explains this Hadith, that whoever visits the Blessed Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam after performing Hajj, would be visiting RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam with the sole purpose of visiting him and will in Sha Allah gain the Shafaat of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam -Raddul Mukhtar-
So we are fortunate, the Aalim explaimed, that we are visiting the Blessed Rawdah after having performed Hajj. He went on to explain that when we are at Madinah, we should spend as much time as possible at the Rawdah Shareef, the Noble Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. We should not just visit it once a day.
RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam said, There is no excuse for one of my Ummati who has time and does not visit me. -Haafidh Ibn Asaakir- We can understand from this that RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam wishes that we visit him as often as time allows. So whenever you have the time, visit the Rawdah Shareef. Based on this Hadith, Imam Abu Haneefa Radi Allahu Anhu said that it is Waajib (a type of compulsory act) for whoever has the time, to go visit the BlessedGrave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. -Mullah Ali Qaari-
If you have spare time, don’t say lets do some shopping. Instead, whenever you have time, visit the Blessed Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. In Sha Allah, this will help us gain the Shafa’at of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam.
The Aalim then explained that gaining the Shafa’at was a huge blessing. It can benefit us more than our entire life. Abu Taalib, the uncle of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam is not known to have recited the Kalima. RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam says that he found him in the depths of Jahannam and he SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam raised him to the uppermost part Jahannam so that he gets the least punishment. Imam Muslim transmitted this Hadith and classified it as a type of Shafa’at of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam.
This Hadith gives us an idea of the power of RasoolAllah’s SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam Shafa’at. RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam knew Abu Taalib’s condition and RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam had the authority to take his uncle out of the punishment that was due to him and give him the least punishment. From this we can understand that Shafa’at is something that we should strive for.
Imam Subki Radi Allahu Anhu explains that there are five different types Shafa’ats of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. And Imam Nawawi Radi Allahu Anhu says that those who visit RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam with only the Niyyah of visiting him, will gain a special Shafa’at which others will not gain.
When Sahabi Sawaad bin Qaarib Radi Allahu Anhu met RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam , he embraced Islam and the first thing he asked RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam was that he SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam be the one to make Shafa’at for him. -Imam Bayhaqi in his Dalaail, Haafidh Abu Ya’la- So, the Sahaba would actually ask RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam for his Shafa’at. We too need to ask him for it.
Yes, asking RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam is a sure way of getting what you need. The Quran guarantees that those who ask RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam will get what they want.
In Surah Wadd-Duhaa, Allah Ta’aala says to RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam, In future your Rabb will grant you to your hearts content. Thereafter Allah Ta’aala says, Do not refuse whoever asks of you.
First Allah Ta’aala reassures that whatever RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam desires and wishes, he will be granted that. Then Allah Ta’aala says to RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam that he should therefore not refuse anyone who asks him.
Regarding the verse, (Oh Muhummud) Do not refuse anyone who asks of you, Hadrath Qatadah Radi Allahu Anhu says that it means that if anyone asks RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam for any favour or any form of benefit whatsoever he should not refuse them. -Qaadhi ibn alArabi in his Tafseer Ahkaam alQuran-
Thus the Quran explains that RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam will be given whatever he desires, and thereby, whoever asks him will not be refused. Only we need to ask him. Just as Sahaabi Sawaad bin Qaarib Radi Allahu Anhu asked RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam for Shafa’at, so too other Sahaba asked RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam for different things and they were granted it. We can learn from these verses of Surah Wadd-Duhaa and the Sahaba Radi Allahu Anhum by asking RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam.
Hadrath Ali Radi Allahu Anhu explains that three days after the burial of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam , a Bedouin Sahabi Radi Allahu Anhu came to the Holy Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam . The Sahabi Radi Allahu Anhu threw himself onto the Holy Grave and sprinkled its sand over his head. He said, ‘Ya RasoolAllah ( SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam ) we have heard your talk, and I am aware of Allah and we are made aware of you. And it is (mentioned) in that which Allah has revealed to you (the Quran)
“And if upon wronging themselves they come to you (Oh Nabi) consequentially they seek forgiveness from Allah and the Rasool seeks forgiveness on their behalf then they would find that Allah is the Acceptor of Repentance Most Compassionate. -alQuran 4:64-
The Bedoin Sahaabi Radi Allahu Anhu continued, ‘and I have wronged myself and I have come to you, seek forgiveness for me.’
Hadrath Ali Radi Allahu Anhu then says that they heard it being called out from the Holy Grave of Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam , ‘He has forgiven you.’ -Imam Suyuti in his Ru’yatun Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam , Dalaailin Nabuwwa li ibn Sum’aani, Tafseer Imam Qurtubi – the Bedoin Sahabi asked RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam and he received forgiveness.
He then gave another example from the time of the Sahaba. Hadrath Maalik Ad-Daar Radi Allahu Anhu relates: In the time of the Caliphate of Hadrat Umar ibn Khattaab Radi Allahu Anhu there was a famine in Madinah. One person went to the Grave of the Holy Prophet SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam and pleaded: “Ya RasoolAllah! Seek rain for your Ummah, Because they will be destroyed due to famine!” RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam then appeared in the dream of this man and said: “Go to Umar and inform him that rain will surely come, and tell him to do his work efficiently”. Then this person came to Hadrath Umar Radi Allahu Anhu and conveyed the Salaam, and informed him of the dream. At this Hadrat Umar Radi Allahu Anhu cried and said: “O Allah! I relieve myself from that which I am habitual!” -Haafidh ibn Abi Shayba, teacher of Imam Muslim-
Just as the Sahaaba Radi Allahu Anhum did, we now learn about one of the early Muslims going to the Blessed Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam and putting his request concerning rain. Alhamdulillah, thereafter Allah Ta’aala did bless the people with rain.
We need to learn this lesson and take it to Madinah, take it to the Blessed Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam because as Surah Wad-Duhaa teaches, Allah Ta’aala will grant RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam whatever he wishes for and he SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam will not refuse anyone who asks him.
The Aalim concluded his talk and I realised that visiting the Blessed Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam could end up being the highlight of my life. With those inspirational words, we jumped into our bus and were off to Madinah, the City of Allah’s Habeeb SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam
On our way to Madinah, I kept thinking about the Kaaba, touching it when we arrived and now leaving it. These were emotional times. Whilst on the bus to Madinah, I read a booklet about visiting Madinah. I came across some of the stories about the Sahaba’s Radi Allahu Anhum. The first story explained how Sahabi Abu Ayyub Ansaari Radi Allahu Anhu visited the Holy Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam . He placed his head on the holy grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. Marwaan, who was the governor at that time, saw him from the back and asked if he knew what he was doing. Sahabi Abu Ayyub Radi Allahu Anhu lifted up his head; looked at Marwaan and said Yes, I have come to the Messenger of Allah not to a stone. – Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, Imam alHaythami-
The words of Sahabi Abu Ayyub Radi Allahu Anhu were very profound. On the one hand it meant that visiting the grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam should be filled with emotion and love. One’s heart should not be hard like a stone. With a deeper thought, his words got me thinking about the Ka’aba. The Ka’aaba is stone. Yes, it is sacred and revered but it is a stone. When I touched the Ka’aaba I felt my Imaan go to high but as Sahabi Abu Ayyub Ansari Radi Allahu Anhu correctly indicated, visiting the Holy Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam ought to stir more emotion.
The book went on, relating how Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu visited the Holy Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. After the Khilafat of Ameerul Mu’mineen Abu Bakr Siddeeq Radi Allahu Anhu, Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu went to Syria, away from Madinah. He spent several years there, without coming to Madinatul Munawwara, until he dreamt of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam asked Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu as to why he had not visited Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam in such a long time.
Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu was obviously familiar with the saying of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam that visiting RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam after he enters his grave is just like visiting during his life on earth. He also knew that RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam had said that whoever sees him in a dream has in reality seen him. So Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu set off for Madinah.
When he arrived, he went to the Holy Grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu cried and he rubbed his face onto the sacred grave of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu regarded RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam as the dearest of all of Allah Ta’aala’s creation, and he was now visiting him after many years. This was the intense love and respect that the Sahaba Radi Allahu Anhum displayed for RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam .
Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu saw Imam Hasan and Husain Radi Allahu Anhum, the grandsons of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. He embraced them tightly. The two grandchildren of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam exclaimed to Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu that it has been very long since they met him. They asked him to call out the Adhaan so they could hear it just as they used to hear it in the time of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam.
Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu called out the Adhaan. When he said, ‘Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar,’ the ground shook. When he said, ‘Ash-Hadu Al-Laa ilaha illAllah,’ the ground moved intensely. When Hadrath Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu called out ‘Ash-Hadu Anna Muhummudur RasoolAllah,’ the people witnessed whatever they witnessed, and the senior Sahaba exclaimed, ‘Has RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam been resurrected?’ That day all of Madinah cried. -Haafidh ibn Asaakir, Imam Subki-
I was now getting a clear understanding of how special and how momentous visiting the Rawdah Shareef really is. Even Sahaba Radi Allahu Anhum, who had seen RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam ; touched him and sat with him, considered visiting his Rawdah Shareef as a blessed and momentous occasion.
As we were nearing Madinah, I read about another Sahabi, Hadrath Anas bin Maalik Radi Allahu Anhu . He was RasoolAllah’s SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam personal servant for approximately thirteen years, so he witnessed RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam more than many other Sahaba Radi Allahu Anhum. Hadrath Umaamah Radi Allahu Anhu said, I saw Anas bin Maalik Radi Allahu Anhu arriving at the grave of The Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. Then he stood, he raised his hands such that I thought he commenced Salah, then he made Salaam to the Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam, thereafter he left. -Imam Bayhaqi in his Shuib alImaan-
The incident with Hadrath Abu Ayyub and Bilaal Radi Allahu Anhu showed me how enthusiastically a Muslim ought to visit the Blessed Rawdah of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. Now this explanation of Hadrath Anas bin Maalik Radi Allahu Anhu standing with his hands tied, showed how we ought to physically show respect at the Blessed Rawdah. The booklet then ended by quoting a narration that the Sahaba Radi Allahu Anhum would stand for RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam similar to a bird. -Masnad Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, Qadhi Iyaadh in his Usool Riwaayat-
I thought about a bird. How it stands. It’s legs are upright, but it’s back is bent forward and it’s head is lowered. This gave me an accurate description of how the Sahaba Radi Allahu Anhum would stand before RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. Their leaned forward, lowered their heads and tied their hands like we would in Salah. The Sahaba Radi Allahu Anhum did it in that way, so I too wanted to stand like them and make Salaam to RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam at his Blessed Grave.
My bus was nearing Madinah, and I could feel my heart becoming anxious. My moist eyes told a story of my yearning. I wanted Allah Ta’aala’s Habeeb (Beloved) SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam to be my Beloved.
When twenty kilometres were left for our journey, the Aalim adressed us over a loudspeaker. He explained that we were about to enter the blessed city, and for the next eight days we would be citizens of Madinah. For the next eight days we would be part of the physical environment around RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam.
He then quoted a verse from Surah Wad-Duhaa: ‘And we found you “Yateeman” then we gave you that which would host you.’ -alQuran 93:6-
Imam Mujaahid, the key student of Sahabi ibn Abbaas Radi Allahu Anhum , says that ‘Yateem’ in this verse, means one who is unparalleled. Thus, he says, this verse means, Have we not found you (Oh Muhummud) unrivalled in your honour; there being no parallel to you, so Allah made you to be accommodated amongst such companions who would preserve you and attend to you. -Tafseer Imam Qurtubi-
Thus the spirit of this verse is that those who are around the Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam should constantly preserve his honour and attend to his wishes. Yes, it directly refers to the Sahaba Radi Allahu Anhum, but as we are going to spend the next few days at the feet of RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam we too need to obey this verse, that is we have to spend this time focussed on honouring the Holy Prophet SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam.
As the Aalim finished giving us that beautiful insight, we were at the outskirts of Madinah and the Aalim said let’s we begin honouring the Beloved Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam. We began reciting Qasida Burdah (Mawla Ya Salli Wa Sallim …..). I told my family, for the next eight days, forget shopping and dining, Mawla Ya Salli Wa Sallim …. is going to be our slogan and the Rawdah Shareef is going to be our focus.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: