Sincerity is a jewel so hard to attain and preserve that no one other than Allah can truly evaluate its worth, because through it the windows of the heart are opened to Allah. Sincerity is a sublime quality that raises a servant to high ranks both in this world and the next and that brings one closer to Allah. Allah Most High does not accept deeds that are done devoid of sincerity. On the Day of Judgement, deeds done with self-satisfaction and for show, both of which indicate diseases of the heart, will be thrown at the faces of the ones who perform them. Sincerity on the other hand makes what is little great, through the bounty of Allah most High. It also makes one’s life long and its abundance and prosperity continual.

During the first years in the history of Islam an unknown person used to leave a sack of provisions every morning at the door of various poor people in Madina. It so happened that one morning the poor people woke up to find that there was no sack at their door. While they were wondering the reason they heard a poignant proclamation of the death of the grandson of Ali (Alaihi Salaam), Zayn-al-abideen (Alaihi Salaam). The city of Madina was shaken up with this news and its people were deeply grieved.

The last duties began to be meticulously carried out for this heir of the Prophet (SalAllahu Alaihi Waa Aalihi Wassallam). When it came time to wash his body, the person who performed the task saw some large boils on the back of the dead man. He was surprised and could not understand the reason. Somebody from the ahl’ul bayt  who knew his secret explained:

“Every morning Zayn-al-abideen would carry sacks of provisions that he had prepared and take them to the doors of the poor. He would return without anyone seeing him. Nobody ever knew who it was that kept bringing these provisions. These wounds that you see on his back are what developed as a result of carrying them”. (Ibn-i Kathir, al-Bidaya, IX, 112,133; Abu Nuaym, Hilye, III, 136)

This is the manifestation of sincerity in the heart of a believer full of compassion. This is a sensitivity observed for a lifetime that refused to tarnish the reward for goodness with the compliments of mere mortals.


 

One time a great fire broke out in the copper markets of Baghdad. Two children were trapped in one of the burning shops. Despite their cries for help, the flames were so intense that nobody was brave enough to try and save them. Their foreman was crying out outside in desperation:

“I will give 1000 pieces of gold to whoever saves my children”.

At that point Abu’l Hussain Nuri who happened to be passing by, immediately threw himself into the fire. The fire became like a rose garden for him. With the help of almighty Allah, this saint was able to save the children from those flames, to the amazement of everyone watching. Happily the foreman presented the gold pieces to Abu’l Hussain Nuri, who suddenly grimaced and said:

“Take your gold and be grateful to Allah Most High! If I had done what I did not for Allah but for the hope of some material reward, I would never have been able to rescue those children from that fire”.


 

The following is another beautiful example of sincerity displayed by Sultan Alparslan whose heart was ever together with his Lord.

Before entering the Battle of Malazgirt in 1071, Alparlsan donned pure white clothes and remarked:

“This is my shroud”. In other words, he had prepared himself not for worldly fame but for martyrdom with the ecstasy resulting from pure faith. Before he went to battle he gave this short speech to his soldiers:

“Either I become victorious and reach my aim; or I become a martyr and go to heaven. Those of you who choose to follow me, let them do so. Those who choose to leave, let them go. There are no commanding sultans giving orders here, nor are there any soldiers needing to obey. Today I am one of you. I am a soldier going to war alongside you. Those who follow me and become martyrs having devoted their souls to almighty Allah – to heaven you go; those left alive will be war heroes. As for those who desert us, it is the fire of the hereafter and disgrace in this world that await them”.

As a result of the sincerity of Sultan Alparslan, almighty Allah made him victorious against the Roman Diyogen, whose army was five times the size of his own.

As mentioned before only those people who possess sincerity will attain to true salvation. However the possessors of sincerity are in great danger constantly and face a risky trial.

The distinguished friends of Allah have advised people to forget two things:

  • The good deeds that you have done so that they do not boost your ego and make you vain and proud;
  • The bad things that have been done to you so that ill-will and rage do not germinate within your heart.

 

For Allah’s sake…..

One of the friends of Allah was once asked if he had ever experienced any event concerning sincerity that had left an impression on him. He replied:

“Indeed I have” and he explained:

One time I lost my purse at Mecca and was left penniless. I was expecting money from Basra but it had somehow failed to arrive. My hair and beard had grown somewhat. I went to a barber and asked him:

“I have no money. Would you cut my hair for the sake of Allah?” At that point the barber was shaving a man. Indicating the seat next to him he said: “Sit here” and leaving him he began to shave me. The man objected. The barber turned to him and said:

“I am sorry sir. I was shaving you for a fee but this person here asked me to shave him for the sake of Allah. Duties done for Allah always have priority and they have no fee. The servants can never know the price of those things done for Allah and never can they pay them”. After he shaved me, the barber slipped a few pieces of gold into my pocket: “You can attend to your immediate needs with this. This is all I have, I am sorry”.

A few days passed. The money I was waiting for from Basra arrived. I took a small pouch of gold to the barber but he objected:

“I will never take it! None of the slaves of Allah can ever have the ability to pay the price for a task done for Allah’s sake. Be on your way. May Allah give you peace”.

I made amends and parted from him but for forty years now I have been waking up in the middle of the night and praying for him”.

And so almighty Allah will reward those righteous deeds and all acts of goodness with goodness that is worthy of His glory as long as they are done in such a sincere manner, that is purely for the sake of Allah.

Just wait a while,
turn your back
and remember
what you have forgotten.
Try to find if you have lost,
apologize if you have hurt,
forgive if you have been hurt.
Because life is too short.
– Hazrat Shams Tabrizi (Alaihi Rehma)

WHAT NON MUSLIMS SAY?

Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings be upon him)

1) I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind…. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life.

Mahatma Gandhi, statement published in ‘Young India,’1924.

2) “I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him – the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.”

“I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness:…”

Sir George Bernard Shaw in ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.

 

3) My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the secular and religious level. …It is probable that the relative influence of Muhammad on Islam has been larger than the combined influence of Jesus Christ and St. Paul on Christianity. …It is this unparalleled combination of secular and religious influence which I feel entitles Muhammad to be considered the most influential single figure in human history.

Michael Hart in ‘The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In History,’ New York, 1978.

 

4) His readiness to undergo persecution for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as a leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement – all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems that it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad…. Thus, not merely must we credit Muhammad with essential honesty and integrity of purpose, if we are to understand him at all; if we are to correct the errors we have inherited from the past, we must not forget the conclusive proof is a much stricter requirement than a show of plausibility, and in a matter such as this only to be attained with difficulty.

W. Montgomery Watt in ‘Muhammad at Mecca,’ Oxford, 1953.

 

5) Mohammad’s career is a wonderful instance of the force and life that resides in him who possesses an intense faith in God and in the unseen world. He will always be regarded as one of those who have had that influence over the faith, morals and whole earthly life of their fellow men, which none but a really great man ever did, or can exercise; and whose efforts to propagate a great verity will prosper.

Rodwell in the Preface to his translation of the Holy Qur’an

 

6) It was the genius of Muhammad, the spirit that he breathed into the Arabs through the soul of Islam that exalted them. That raised them out of the lethargy and low level of tribal stagnation up to the high watermark of national unity and empire. It was in the sublimity of Muhammad’s deism, the simplicity, the sobriety and purity it inculcated the fidelity of its founder to his own tenets, that acted on their moral and intellectual fiber with all the magnetism of true inspiration.

Arthur Glyn Leonard in ‘Islam, Her Moral and Spiritual Values’

 

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Isra and Miraj

Poems that are exclusively on the subject of Isra’ and Mi‘raj are called Mi‘rajiyya. Many such Mi‘rajiyya have been composed in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, and other languages. For example, Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahman bin Ahmad az-Zayla‘i composed a Mi‘rajiyya in Arabic with 18 verses. Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (Alaihi Rehma) composed a Mi‘rajiyya in Urdu with 66 verses. Let us gain barakaat (blessings) from its last six verses (translation is by Professor G.D. Qureshi).

Then the distinguished guest was taken to paradise.
The stars of paradise felt honoured to see the glory of their Arabian moon.

The Arabian moon was accorded a glorious welcome joyfully.
All the heavenly flowers became daffodils and the chandeliers shone more brightly.

The spirit of ecstasy edged him on but the sense of humility checked him modestly.
A real conflict of emotions: “To advance or just to stay there reverently”.

Allah’s omnipotence be praised! His truthful moon shone at millions of stations on his way. Even then he returned home by dawn before starlight faded away.

Take pity on us, O our intercessor and Allah’s Messenger of mercy!
Grant us a small share from the gifts distributed during the Mi‘raj journey.

COMMEMORATING THE PROPHET’S ASCENSION TO HIS LORD

Many people these days are into this discussion, namely;  did The Prophet peace unto him see Allah? 

 
Al Quran:
53.7: While he was in the highest part of the horizon:
53.8: Then he approached and came closer,
53.9: And was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearer;
53.10: So did (Allah) convey the inspiration to His Servant- (conveyed) what He (meant) to convey.
53.11: The (Prophet’s) (mind and) heart in no way falsified that which he saw.
53.12: Will ye then dispute with him concerning what he saw?


Here in the 12th Ayah Allah is challenging the whole world that “WILL YE THEN DISPUTE WITH HIM CONCERNING WHAT HE SAW” had it been seeing Gabriel only then that would not have been a great challenge because previous Prophets like Moses (Peace be upon him) had even talked “DIRECTLY WITH ALLAH” which was a far superior thing than seeing Gibriel (Alaihi Salaam), hence the vision of Allah was finally reserved for Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) as hadith of Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) proves (I will come to it later) meanwhile I will quote detailed Tafsir of it by Imam Ibn Jawzi (rah), he explains the 8th and 9th ayah in light of sahih ahadith and aqwaal in this fashion.

There are three famous sayings regarding the saying of Allah i.e.Then he approached and came closer.
First:

That is Allah Azza wajjal as it is narrated by Bukhari and Muslim in “Sahihayn” the hadith from Sharik bin Ibn Numayr who heard from Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Irresistible, the Lord of Honor and Majesty approached and came closer till he was about two bow lengths or (even) nearer [Sahih Bukhari Hadith # 7518, Sahih Muslim Hadith # 162] 


Masbat (Proof) takes over Nafi (rejection)

…and It is narrated by Abu Salama from Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) that {He approached} refers to Allah coming near, this is adopted by Maqatil (May God be pleased with him) who said: Allah came near to Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) on the night of Isra And was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearerhowever It is written in the book Al Mughni that this coming nearer does not refer to coming closer in sense of bodies not distance as that is the case with bodily creations and Allah is High of such thing being attributed to him.


The Second:
That It was Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) who went near Allah, this is said by Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) and Qurzi (May Allah be pleased with him) too.
The Third: 
It was Gibril (Alaihi Salaam) and there is Kalaam in this Qawl!
Reference: [Imam Ibn Jawzi in Zad al Maseer fi Ilm at Tafsir, Volume No. 8, Page No. 65-66]


Hence From Quran and Sahih ahadith of Bukhari and Muslim which give best sharah of 8th and 9th Ayahs It is proven that Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) saw Allah (this itself is enough to say that Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her)’s qawl is not to be taken as absolute authority and even Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) who is claimed to have rejected sight of Allah is proving in these ahadith that Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him saw Allah, It is fundamental Usool of Hadith that If same sahabi says 2 contrary things then “Masbat (proof)” takes over “Nafi (i.e. rejection)”, so according to this Usool itself It is soundly established that the Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him did indeed see Allah and the Nafi of this has to be rejected)



Some people use the ayah (Surah al Araaf: 143) to claim that Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) could not see Allah as in that Ayah Allah said to Moses (Peace be upon him) that you cannot see me!

We will see how this verse actually proves that Allah’s sight is possible.

Let’s look at tafsir Al jalalayn and Al Qurtubi.

Imam Jalal ud din Suyuti (rah) said:
Translation: {You shall not see Me}, which means you do not have the capability to see me THE USE OF THE WORDING(LAN TARANI) RATHER THAN LAN URA (I.E. I SHALL NOT BE SEEN) IMPLIES THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO SEE ALLAH {But gaze at the mountain} which is stronger than you are, {And if it stands still in its place} then you shall see Me’, that is, [then] you shall remain fixed [able] to see Me, otherwise, you will not have the capacity [for it]. {And when his Lord revealed (His) glory to the mountain} i.e. When he manifested his light, equivilant to half a nail of little finger as this is mentioned in the sahih hadith of Hakim [Tafsir al Jalalyn, Page No. 167, Published by Dar Ibn Kathir, Damascus]


Explanation by Imam Qurtubi (rah);
The Anbiya never ask for Impossible!
In the Ayah Musa (Peace be upon him) said in the end: And Moses fell down in a swoon. When he recovered his senses he said: “Glory be to Thee! to Thee I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe.”(7:143)
Imam Qurtubi (rah) explains it as:
The Imams are unanimous that (Musa (peace be upon him)) asking for Tawba does not refer to sins because the Anbiya are infallible/Masoom,and in the opinion of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah the Sight of (Allah) is possible [Tafsir al Qurtubi, Under 7:143]
Hence it is decisively proven from Quran itself that Anbiya never ask for something Impossible, had sight of Allah not been possible then Musa (peace be upon him) would not have asked for it and nor would have Allah linked it to the condition of mountain staying at its place (because Allah does not do illogical things either .. Naudhobillah), the thing is that Musa (peace be upon him) was not capable of seeing Him but Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) was and the vision was only reserved for him. (SubhanAllah)


Hadith of Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) cannot supersede the overwhelming other ahadith which prove contrary to it.

First of all, ‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) was not married to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) at the time of Miraj.

In fact, she may not have been born at the time of the Night Journey, (as there are minor disputes as to which year the Isra and Mir’aj took place).

Hence, she did not witness this night and must have heard the event from someone else. For this reason, preference is given to the other Companions, of which most assert he did see his Lord.

Also, ‘Aisha never slept with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) until Madina, and the Isra and Mi’raj happened when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was in Makka Sharif.

The hadith of Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) which Usman (May Allah be pleased with him) used has this wording: Whoever among you says that Muhammad (upon whom be Allah’s peace) had seen his Lord and Sustainer, tells a lie
This hadith and specific wording of Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) is itself proof that other Sahaba differed with her and many believed in sight Of Allah, plus Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) getting very angry upon it is proof of her doing it in opposition of Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) who was actually a far superior commentator of Quran than Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) herself…


Knowing from Best commentators of Bukhari/Muslim

…some people would be eying for this to start accusing on Sahaba but what I am saying has absolutely no accusation on Sahaba because Sahaba were not infallible and this is opinion of Ahlus Sunnah (contrary to Shi’ites who see these mistakes of sahaba as excuses to accuse them and the great thing is that Shi’ites themselves reject the sight of Allah but Alhamdulillah Ahlus Sunnah are the saved group so our viewpoint is Haqq and Indeed our beloved Prophet has seen Allah)
I will present the most revered and authentic Sharh of this hadith in words of the great Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal as cited by the leading commentator of Bukhari i.e. Imam Ibn Hajr al Asqalani (rah)
Imam Ibn Hajr al Asqalani (Rahimuhullah) says in his Fath ul Bari; Maruzi (rah) said to Imam Ahmed (rah): People say that Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) used to say that whosoever says that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) saw his Lord has attributed a lie to Allah, so how shall this be answered? (Imam Ahmed) replied: From the saying of Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) [himself] i.e. I saw my Lord, this will be an answer to Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her)’s Qawl because the saying of Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) is far superior than saying of her (i.e. Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her))[Fath ul Bari, Sharah Sahih ul Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Page No. 494]

The 2 Ahadith of Muslim actually prove “Sight”Imam Nawawi (rah) the leading commentator on Sahih Muslim sheds more light on this. He presents the case beautifully as:
When it is proven from Sahih ahadith of Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) then we cannot assume that he said it according to his own thinking, definitely he said it due to his hearing from Prophet (saw),Ma’mar bin Rashid (rah) said regarding the difference between Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) and Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) that Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) was not aware about this (completely) whereas Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) was, So when Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) is proving it while some others are doing Nafi of it then It is a (Principle) that Masbat (Proof) takes over Nafi (rejection) [Sharah Sahih Muslim, Kitab al Iman, Chapter in meaning of :He saw him at the second descent].

Yet another great Sharh of Bukhari !

Translation: Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) said that Muhammad (salAllaho alaihi wa aalihi wassalam) saw his Lord, (Ikrama) asked: Hasn’t Allah said that Eyes cannot “COMPREHEND” him, at this (Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him)) replied: Strange that you have not understood, this is when Allah shows glimpse of his own Nur (which cannot be comprehended), so Prophet (salAllaho alaihi wa aalihi wassallam) saw Allah twice [Sunnan Tirimdh, Tafsir of Surah al-Najm, Hadith No. 3201] – Imam Tirimdhi declared this hadith as “Hassan”

Sheikh Muhadith Haq Dhelvi (rahimuhullah) writes: Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) turned to Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) regarding this matter and asked whether the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has seen his Lord, Ibn Abbas replied in affirmative, Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) accepted this and did not reject it [Ashaat ul Lamaat, Volume No. 4, Page No. 431]

Imam Badr ud din Ayni (Rahimuhullah) the commentator of Bukhari said:
Ibn Khuazaima (rah) narrated with “strong chain” from Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) that he said: Muhammad (salAllaho alaihi wa aalihi wasalam) saw his Lord, same is narrated from Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) and his disciples like K’ab al Ahbar (May Allah be pleased with him), Zuhiri (rah) and Ma’mar (rah), Imam Abdur Razzaq (rah) narrates from Ma’mar who quotes Imam Hassan Basri (rah) who used to say: I Swear that Muhammad (salAllaho alaihi wa aalihi wassalam) saw his Lord, Ibn Khuzaima (rah) has also proven it (sight of Allah) fromUrwa bin Zubayr (May Allah be pleased with him).
[Umdat al Qari, Sharah Sahih al Bukhari, Volume No. 19, Page No. 198] 


Imam Badr ud din Ayni (rah) also explains:

Imam Tabarani (rah) narrates in his (Al Awsat) with“Strong chain” from Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) who said that Prophet (salAllaho alaihi Wa Aalihi wassallam) saw his Lord twice, the reason for this saying is that Muhammad (saw) saw his Lord with his eyesight, because Musa (peace be upon him) talked to Allah directly, Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was taken as His friend and Muhammad (salAllaho alaihi wa aalihi wasalam) was chosen for sight (no other Prophet was), apparently what Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) means to say is that Prophet (salAllaho Alaihi wa aalihi wassalam) saw Allah with his eyes [Umdat al Qari, Sharah Sahih al Bukhari, Volume No. 17, Page No. 30]

Imam Nasai’i (Rahimuhullah) and Hakim (Rahimuhullah) narrate with Sahih Isnad:
Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates: Are you surprised at friendship of Ibrahim (peace be upon him) [with Allah], The Speech of Musa (directly with Allah) and Sight of Muhammad (SalAllaho alaihi wa aalihi wassallam) [Sunnan Nasai’I al Kubra in Amal al Yawm wal Laylah , Volume No.6, Hadith No.11539, Mustadrak ala Sahihayn, Volume No. 1, Hadith No. 216]

Imam Hakim (rah) after narrating it said:  This Hadith is Sahih on the criteria of Bukhari 
[Ibid, Hadith No. 216] 

Imam Ibn Hajr al Asqalani (Rahimuhullah) said:
It is narrated by Nasai’i with “Sahih Isnad” and Hakim also declared it “Sahih” the narration with the chain from Ikrama(rah) who heard Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) say (and he quoted the above hadith) [Fath ul Bari, Sharah Sahih al Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Page No 493]

Imam Nawawi (Rahimuhullah) writes under the hadith of Ibn Masud (May Allah be pleased with him) that (Prophet peace and blessing be upon him)’s heart did not lie of what it saw means that he saw Jibril (Alaihi Salaam);

This is the saying of Abdullah Ibn Masud (May Allah be pleased with him) and his Madhab, but the Madhab of vast majority of Mufasireen (including Ibn Abbas) is that Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) saw Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’la [Sharah Sahih Muslim by Imam Nawawi, under Kitab al Iman, The mention of Sidra til Muntaha, Hadith No. 254]

Imam Nawawi further states:

The result of all (proofs which have been shown) is that it is pre dominantly established amongst many ulama that Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) saw Allah with his eyes on the night of Ascension as the hadith from Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) and others have been mentioned before, the proof of which comes from Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) hence there should be no doubt about it [Sharah Sahih Muslim, Kitab al Iman, Chapter in meaning of :He saw him at the second descent]

Imam Nawawi (rah) also said about Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) hadith:
The Proof which Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) took (to reject sight of Allah) i.e. {Eyes cannot comprehend him} the apparent answer to this will be that there cannot be Idraak (i.e. complete comprehension, to gather all around, to see all aspects) of Allah, so the Nass (of Quran) does Nafi of Al-Ihaat but this does not do Nafi of sight without Ihaata (i.e. complete comprehension) [Ibid]

Imam Ibn Jarir (rah) writes under: The (Prophet’s) (mind and) heart in no way falsified that which he saw. (53:11);
Sa bin Ubaid (rah) said: Ikrama (rah) was questioned about Muhammad (salAllaho alaihi wa aalihi wasalam) seeing the Lord? He said: YES! HE SAW HIS LORD [Tafsir at Tabri under 53:11]

Marfu’Hadith: A Hadith which is traced back to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam directly.
Imam Tabri proves from Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) himself as:
From Ata (rah) who narrated from Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) who said that Prophet (SalAllaho alaihi wa aalihi wasalam) said: I saw Allah in his best of form (which Allah and Apostle know best)[Tafsir at Tabri under 53:11]


Another hadith from Tirmidhi which has been authenticated as hasan sahih by both Imam Bukhari and Imam Tirmidhi;

… Lo I found myself in the presence of my Lord, the Blessed and the Glorious, in the best form. He said: Muhammad! I said: At Thy service… [Sunnan Tirimdhi, Volume No. 5, Page No. 966, Published by Maktabba al Asriyyah, Beirut, Lebanon]

Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said.

I saw my Lord in the most beautiful form [in a dream]. He asked me, ‘O Muhammad! Do you know what the exalted angels argue over?’ I replied ‘I do not know’. Hence He placed his hand between my shoulders and I felt coolness in my chest. Hence [as a result] everything became apparent to me and I knew everything…”
[Imam Tirmidhi in Sunan al-Tirmidhi. Hadīth no. 3158. Chapter; the Tafseer of the Qur’ān. Book; from Surah Swadh].

Moreover, its evident that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa Sallam experienced Me’raj on numerous occasions. A few of these where spiritual whilst only one was physical.

‘In other words it is proven that the Prophet Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam had Me’raj only once physically and numerous times in a dream and that which took place in the dream, was the inception and introduction of that which took place physically.’ It is thus proven that the Physical Me’raj was only once.

Tirmidhi Sharif narrates from Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) states:

“We, the Bani Hashim (Ahle Bait), say that undoubtedly,Sayyidina Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, saw Almighty Allah twice.

The following Luminaries held similar views:

1. Sayyidina Kaab Ahbar who was a great Aalim of the previous scriptures

2. Imam ibn Sha’hab Zahri Qarshi

3. Imam Mujahid Makh’zoomi Makki

4. Imam Akrama bin Abdullah Madani Hashmi

5. Imam Ata bin Rabah Qarshi Makki, teacher of Imam Abu Hanifa.

6. Imam Muslim bin Sabeeh Abu’d-Duha etc. and all the students of Aalim-ul-Quran Jabrul-Ummah Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Abbas confirm the Divine Vision.

 

Imam Ahmad Qastalani (rah) states in Mawahibul Ladunniya:

Imam Khal’lal in Kitab-us-Sunnah narrates from Imam Ishaq bin Marozi that Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal accepts this Tradition and confirms this by saying that:

the Beloved Messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I saw my Creator (Almighty Allah).” [briefly quoted]

Imam Naqqash (rah) in his Tafseer narrates from Imam Sanadul Anam that:

He said, “I accept the Hadith of ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Beloved Messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, saw his Creator (Almighty Allah) with his eyes, he did see, he did see, he did see”.

He repeated this till his breath lasted.

Imam ibn Khateb Misri (rah) states in Mawahib Sharif that:

Mah’mar bin Rashid Basri bul-Hasan Ash’ari and other Ulema acknowledge this, and this is the Madhab of the Ahle Sunnah, Imam Abul Hasan Ash’ari And the majority of his followers.

Allama Imam Sha’hab Khafaji (rah) in his Nasim-ur-Riyaad, the commentary of Shifa Qazi Ayad, states that:

“The most correct and pure Madhab is that the Beloved Messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, on the night of Me’raj saw Almighty Allah with his naked eyes as it is the Madhab and Consensus of the illustrious Sahaba fraternity.”

Imam Nawawi (rah) in Shar’ha Muslim Sharif and Allama Muhammad bin Abdul Baqi in Shar’ha Mawahib states:

“It is the consensus of the majority of Ulema that the Beloved Messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, saw Almighty Allah with his naked eyes on the night of Meraj.

 

All these narrations prove that the prophet (peace and blessings unto him) indeed saw Allah Almighty.

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A smart believer should hurry to repent for his sins….

To delay making tawba by succumbing to the temptation of Satan is like wasting one’s life which is one of the worst things one can waste. A smart believer should hurry to repent for his sins and prepare himself for the moment of his last breath.

According to certain narrations a tailor once asked a righteous man:

“What do you have to say about the hadith of the Messenger of Allah which says: “Allah Most High will accept the tawba of a person while the soul has yet to reach the throat” (Tirmidhi, Dawat, 98/3537). That righteous man asked the tailor:

“Yes this is true. But tell me, what is your profession?”
“I am a tailor, I sew clothes”.
“What is the easiest thing about tailoring?”
“To take my scissors and cut the cloth”.
“How long have you been doing this for?”
“For 30 years”.
“When your soul reaches your throat will you be able to cut cloth?”
“No I would not”.
“O tailor! If you will not be able to do what you have been doing for 30 years with ease and which you struggled with for a while in order to learn to do, then how will you be able to make tawba at that moment if you have never done it in your whole lifetime? Make tawba now while you still have your strength and power! Otherwise forgiveness and a good end may not befall you at your last breath… Haven’t you ever been given advice to hurry to make tawba before death comes to you”. (Munavi, V, 65)?”

Upon this the tailor immediately repented with all sincerity and became a righteous man. The Prophet informed us that however people live that is how they will die and however they die is how they will be raised up”. (Muslim Jannah, 83 Munavi, V, 663)