The Splitting of the Moon…

When the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam) started inviting the whole of humanity towards Islam and started granting them the belief in the unity of Allah Ta’ala and His own Prophethood, the Makkans wanted to stop His Da’wah activities. Thus, Abu Jahl called one of his friends Habeeb Yemeni to Makkah to stop the people of Makkah from embracing Islam. When Habeeb Yemeni reached Makkah, Abu Jahl started complaining about the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam). On listening to all of this, Habeeb Yemeni said that first he will meet Him.

He sent a messenger to the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam) that Habeeb Yemeni along with the elite of Makkah wants to meet at such and such a place. The Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam) went there. It was a full moon night.

Habeeb Yemeni asked the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam):

What do you invite people to?

The Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam):
That Allah is One and only and that I am the Prophet of Allah Ta’ala.

Habeeb Yemeni:
If you are Prophet, then what is your miracle as a sign of Prophethood?

The Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam):
I am ready to show you whatever miracle you desire.

Habeeb Yemeni:
I want to see 2 miracles. One, that you split the moon and the second that you yourself tell me what I want.

The Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam) along with all the chiefs of Quraysh, went to the mountain of Safa. He (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam) gestured at the moon with His blessed finger and immediately the moon split into 2 and everybody saw it with their own eyes. Then again the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam) gestured and the 2 parts of the moon rejoined.

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After this, the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaahi wa Aalihi wasallam), for whom Allah Ta’ala has made plain what lies in the hearts, told Habeeb Yemeni:

O Habeeb Yemeni! You have a daughter, who is blind, deaf and lame. You desire that she get cured. Go! Your daughter is cured.

He only had to listen to this, that Habeeb Yemeni recited the Kalimah Shahadah and entered the fold of Islam.

When he went to his house, he saw that the girl who was handicapped earlier is herself opening the door. He asked her: Daughter! What happened? She said: Father! I saw a dream that a very beautiful and radiant person came to me, made me a Muslim by reciting the Kalimah Shahadah and passed His hand over my body and I was cured that very moment.

[‘Aseedat ash-Shahadah Sharh Qasidat al-Burdah, Imam Umar bin Ahmad Kharbooti, Page 122]

 Allah, send Your blessings upon our Master Muhammad in such a measure that earns Your pleasure, and send Your blessings upon our Master Muhammad exceeding that measure which has earned Your pleasure, and send Your blessings upon on our Master Muhammad forever and ever.

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