Saturday 2 February 2013

Visiting the Beloved (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)

Bismillahir Rahmaanit Raheem

There is an incident, which has been recorded, of a Bedouin who came to Madina Munawwarah, and on entering Masjidun Nabawi, presented himself before the Roudha-e-Mubaarak, and recited such beautiful couplets which are now engraved near the jhaalie (gold and green mesh/frame) of the Roudha-e-Mubaarak.

These verses are:

Ya khaira man dufinat bilqaa’e a'zhumuhu

O You, the best, whose (blessed) body has been buried in this plain (sand) 

'Fa Taaba min tiebihinna al qaa'u wal akamu

Due to the fragrance of the blessed body of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam), 
the surrounding sand (touching his kafan) and the hillocks have become fragrant.

The sand that is touching the blessed Kafan (shroud) of Rasulullah (Sallaahu alaihi wasallam). has thus become so honoured, so extremely blessed and sacred.

With regard to this sand, Imam Malik (Rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had said that the sand touching the Kafan of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) is more blessed than the Ka’aba Sharief and the Arsh of Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu! SubhanAllah.

How blessed must these grains of sand be! …And how blessed the sand that is touching those grains of sand, and the sand and the ground we stand on, which has contact with that same earth, near the Roudha-e-Mubaarak? …SubhanAllah. This value is beyond any estimation; it is priceless.

From our side, we need to at least, recognize and appreciate this great  bounty, honour and privilege of Ziyarat. It is no ordinary experience.

When standing before Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam), we should keep this in mind, and should present ourselves according to this honour and greatness. Both our inward and outward conditions should be in conformity to what would please Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!

Nafsil fidhaa li qabrin anta saakinuhu

My soul is sacrificed for the mausoleum you are in.

The real value of man is his soul. His body is just a container housing the soul. If there is no soul, the body has to be buried.  Without the soul, the body does not have value.

In this verse, one is sacrificing his soul for Nabi (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).

However, the reality of this statement will only be proven and made manifest, when we give preference to his Sunnah – i.e. the lifestyle of Nabi (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) over everything else.

feehil afaafu wa feehil judu wal karamu

In it is purity, generosity and compassion.

These beautiful verses of poetry teach us the exalted, noble, honourable position of Nabi (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and the great favour and privilege of standing and being present at the Roudha-e-Mubaarak.

This bounty and blessing, and the rewards which would accrue on such a visit, should not be destroyed by negligence, unmindfulness, raising one’s voice, taking photographs, videoing, dressing immodestly or dressing in the garb of the enemies of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), or presenting oneself to Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam), clean shaven, etc. 

May Allah Ta’ala give us the understanding and the true appreciation of the priceless bounty of Ziyarat of our Beloved (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and accept our humble visit, despite our failings in being able to ever fulfil the rights of such a visit.