OUR NABI Sallallah alaih wasallam IS AWARE OF OUR ACTIONS AND INTENTIONS

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By Mowlavi Hafiz Ehsan Iqbal Quadiri
HEARING POWER BEFORE THE BIRTH

[Hajj 22:27] “And publicly announce the pilgrimage to all people” they will come to you, on foot and on every lean she-camel, coming from every far distant journey.” (The announcement by Prophet Ibrahim reached each and every soul.)

(And proclaim to mankind the Hajj) meaning, `announce the pilgrimage to mankind and call them to perform pilgrimage to this House which We have commanded you to build.’ It was said that Hazrat Ibrahim Alaihissalam said: “O Lord, how can I convey this to people when my voice will not reach them” It was said: “Call them and We will convey it.” So Hazrath Ibrahim Alaihissalam stood up and said, “O mankind! Your Lord has established a House so come on pilgrimage to it.” It is said that the mountains lowered themselves so that His voice would reach all the regions of the earth, and those who were still in their mothers’ wombs and their fathers’ loins would hear the call. The response came from everyone in the cities, deserts and countryside, and those whom Allah has decreed will make the pilgrimage, until the Day of Resurrection: “At Your service, O Allah, at Your service.” This is a summary of the narrations from Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid, `Ikrimah, Sa`id bin Jubayr and others among the Salaf. And Allah knows best. This was recorded by Ibn Jarir and by Ibn Abi Hatim at length.

HEARING FROM A DISTANCE

[Naml 27:18] Until when they came to the valley of the ants, a she ant exclaimed, “O ants, enter your houses – may not Sulaiman and his armies crush you, unknowingly.”

[Naml 27:19] He therefore smiled beamingly at her speech*, and submitted, “My Lord, bestow me guidance so that I thank you for the favour which You bestowed upon me and my parents, and so that I may perform the good deeds which please You, and by Your mercy include me among Your bondmen who are worthy of Your proximity.” (Prophet Sulaiman heard the voice of the she ant from far away.)

Allah Tha’ala stated, My servant does not cease to approach Me through voluntary worship until I will love him. When I love him, I will become the ears with which he hears, the eyes with which he sees the hand with which he acts and the tongue with which he speaks (Bukhari)

Syyiduna Umar Radiyallahu Anhu, whilst delivering a Friday sermon in Madinah called out and said, ‘Ya Sariah! The mountain.’ That very moment, Syyiduna Saariah Radiyallahu Anhu was in a place in Persia called Nahawand, engaged in a battle with the enemy. What Syyiduna Umar Radiyallahu Anhu, meant by his call was: O Sariah! Seek protection behind the mountain. Syyiduna Saariah Radiyallahu Anhu, heard this and was subsequently saved. When the people heard these words during the Friday they were surprised. After winning the battle, Syyiduna Saariah came to Madinah. He told about how they had been under attack by the enemy. Suddenly they had heard Syyiduna Umar’s voice and hid behind the mountain and were saved. [Mishkath, Tarikh Ibn Kathir]

HEARING OF DEAD

Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam looked at the people of the well (the well in which the bodies of the pagans killed in the Battle of BADR were thrown) and said, “Have you found true what your Lord promised you?” Hazrath Umar said to him, “You are addressing dead people.” He replied, “You do not hear better than they but they cannot reply.” (Bukahri, Book #23, Hadith #452)

Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “When a human being is laid in his grave and his companions return and he even hears their foot steps, (Bukhari)

[Aa`raf 7:79] Saleh therefore turned away from them and said, “O my people! Indeed I did deliver my Lord’s message to you and wished you good, but you do not want well-wishers.” (The people in the graves can hear the speech of those who are on earth.)

[Aa`raf 7:93] So Shoaib turned away from them saying, “O my people! Indeed I did deliver my Lord’s message to you and gave you sound advice; so why should I grieve for the disbelievers?” (The people in the graves can hear the speech of those who are on earth.)

[Baqarah 2:260] And when Ibrahim said, “My Lord! Show me how You will give life to the dead”; He said, “Are you not certain (of it)?” Ibrahim said, “Surely yes, why not? But because I wish to put my heart at ease”; He said, “Therefore take four birds (as pets) and cause them to become familiar to you, then place a part of each of them on separate hills, then call them – they will come running towards you; and know well that Allah is Almighty, Wise.” (Prophet Ibrahim called the dead birds and they did come running towards him.)

TALKING OF THE DEAD

It is narrated from Sayyiduna Sa’id ibn Musayyib [may Allah be pleased with him] that Sayyiduna Salman al-Farsi and Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Salam [may Allah be pleased with them] once met each other. One of them said to the other,
“If you pass away (from this world) before me, inform me of whatever occured there (in the afterlife)”. The other asked, “Do the living and the dead meet each other?” The former replied, “Indeed! The souls of the Muslims dwell in Paradise. They have the ability to travel wherever they wish.” (Kitab al-Zuhd of Ibn Mubarak, 1/373)

Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas [may Allah be pleased with him] narrates that the Messenger of Allah [may Allah bless and greet him] stated: “Every corpse recognises its washer and calls out to its lifter. If its soul has received the glad tidings of the garden of fragrant flowers and the tranquil paradise, it calls out: “Take me faster!” If it has received the evil tidings of boiling water and scorching flames, it cries out: “Stop me right here!” (al-Dur al-Manthur 6/167, Ithaf al-Sadah 1/330, al-Jami’ al-Saghir 1/130)

Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id al-Khudri [may Allah be pleased with him] narrates that the Messenger of Allah [may Allah bless and greet him] stated: “When the bier is ready and men lift it on their necks, the corpse, if it belongs to a pious person, it calls out: “Take me further!”. If it belongs to an impious person, it cries out: “Alas! Where are you taking me?!” Everything hears its voice except the humans. If they (the humans) hear it, they will fall unconscious.” (al-Jami’ al-Tirmidhi 1/176, Musnad Ahmad 3/434, al-Sunan al-Kubra of al-Bayhaqi 4/21)

HEARING OF AN ANGEL APPOINTED FOR THE BLESSED RAWDA

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Without doubt, there is an Angel of Almighty Allah whom Allah has given power to listen to the voices of all the people. Whenever any persons reads a Salawath, this Angel delivers the Salawath to me. I then plead to Almighty Allah for the person to receive ten blessing for reading a single Salawath”. (Jaami’us Sagheer)
Indeed Allah has assigned an Angel to My grave, Allah has given him the names of all the creation. There is no one who sends Salawat upon Me until the Day of Judgement except that he informs me of that person’s name and his father’s name, saying: ‘This is so and so the son of so and so, he has sent prayers upon You.’” [Al-Bazzaar and others; Al-Albani classed it as ‘hasan’ in Saheeh Al-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb, 1667 and As-Saheehah, 1350)

HEARING POWER OF OUR NABI SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM.

Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, Indeed I see what you do not see and hear what you do not hear. (Ibn Majah, Thirmizi)

Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said “I hear all that which you do not hear.” (Sahih Bukhari; Mishkaat Shareef)

It is reported that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was once asked about those who read Salawath after His worldly life. He replied, “I listen personally to the Salawath of those who love me, while the Salawath of others is presented to me”. (Al Qolul Badi)

Once The Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihihi Wasallam asked Hazrat Bilal Radiyallahu Anhu, “Tell me of the best deed you did after embracing Islam, for I heard Your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Syyiduna Bilal replied, “I did not do anything worth mentioning except that whenever I performed ablution during the day or night, I prayed after that ablution as much as was written for me.” (Bukhari,Book 21 Hadis 250)

HEARING OF OUR NABI AFTER LEAVING THIS WORLD

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam himself said that when any of my Ummatis says or sends “Salaam” to me, Allah Almighty returns my soul which is “Mustaghraq” and “Mushghool” (absorbed and engaged) in Him (Allah) to respond to his Salaam.

The Apostle of Allah said: Among the most excellent of your days is Friday; so invoke many blessings on me that day, for your blessing will be submitted to me as Angels witness them, no one will invoke a blessing on me without his blessing being submitted to me till he stops. They (the Companions) asked: Apostle of Allah, how can our blessing be submitted to you, when your body is decayed? He said: Allah has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of the Prophets. [Ibn Maja Vol 1: Hadith 1626:]

Hazrath Abu Dardah Radiyallahu Anhu said that Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Invoke many blessings on Me on Friday for it is witnessed. The angels are present on it, and no one will invoke a blessing on Me without his blessing being submitted to Me till he stops.” I asked whether that applied also after His death, and He replied, “Allah has prohibited the Earth from consuming the bodies of the prophets; so Allah’s prophet is alive and given provision. [Ibn Maja Vol 01: Hadith Number 1627]

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was once asked about those who read Salawath after His worldly life. He replied, “I listen personally to the Salawath of those who love me, while the Salawath of others is presented to me”. (Al Qolul Badi)

OUR NABI IS AWARE OF ACTIONS

My entire Ummah was presented before me with each individual’s scroll of deeds, good as well as bad. (Muslim Shareef, vol. 1, p. 207, Musnad Ahmad, Ibn e Majah)

Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Allah has put the entire earth before me. I can see the Universe and the things which are going to happen here till the Doomsday like I see My palm.” (Tabarani, Mawahib ul Ladunniyyah)
One night Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was with Hazrat Aisha Siddiqah (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anha). The night was calm and the stars lit up the sky. Hazrat Aisha Siddiqah (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anha) inquired from the Habeeb (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), “Ya Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), is there any fortunate person whose good deeds are equivalent to the number of stars in the sky?” Yes, and that is Umar.” His beloved wife then asked, “And then what is the situation of the deeds of my father Abu Bakr?” Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then replied, “His one good deed of service to me on the night of Hijra is more excellent than all the virtues of Umar.” (Mishkath Shareef)

Imagine how intricate this question is because there are seven skies and all of them have their own stars. Some are visible to the naked eye while others are so tiny that it is impossible to be seen even with the most powerful telescope. There are some stars that are constantly hidden due to the brightness of the sun. The calculation of the number of stars is impossible and no human being with the most advanced technology can even vaguely calculate it. This is one factor. The other impossible factor is to know the exact amount of good deeds of all the believers on this earth. The good deeds of the believers will differ till Qiyaamah and may be performed in public, in private, in the heart, in caves etc. It is obvious that only that person can answer such a question, who, firstly knows and recognizes every single believer in the world until Qiyaamah, and secondly fully understands the extent of his or her every single deed be it exposed or hidden.

From this question we understand that Ummul Mo’mineen Hazrat Aisha Siddiqah (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anha) believed that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) possessed Ilm ul Ghayb, otherwise she would not have asked such an intricate question which is humanly impossible to answer.

Now let us look at the reply of our most unique and beloved Rasool (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). He did not say, “How do you expect me to know the number of stars in the sky”, or “I am just like you and do not possess such knowledge” or “Let me wait for Hazrat Jibra’eel (Alaihis Salaam), I will ask him when he comes”. He did not even ask for time to ponder over the question, but rather instantly replied, “Yes, there is one person whose good deeds are equivalent to the number of stars in the skies and that is Umar.”

His beloved wife then asked, “And then what is the situation of the deeds of my father Abu Bakr?” Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then replied, “His one good deed of service to me on the night of Hijra is more excellent than all the virtues of Umar.” Subhaanallah! Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) even knew whose deeds equalled the number of stars in the sky and whose deeds exceeded it. This is an example of the extent of the amazing knowledge of unseen of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).

Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam stated, I am not like anyone of you, (Bukhari, Tirmizi)

OUR NABI IS AWARE OF OUR ACTIONS EVEN NOW

Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam My life is good for you. You will relate about me and it will be related to you, and my death is a good for you, for your actions will be presented to me. If I see goodness I will praise Allah and if I see other than that I will ask forgiveness of Him for you (Bazzaar, Al Khasaais ul Kubra)

When a parent of a muslim dies, then their children’s actions are presented to them. If the actions are good then they are happy, but if their actions are bad, then they pray to Allah Tha’ala so that He may forgive them. [Tafsir ibn Kathir under verse 105 of Surah al Taubah by Hafidhh Ibn Kathir].

The executions (Aamals-good or bad acts) of all human beings are presented before the holy court of Allah ta’la the Almighty, on every Monday and Thursday; and on every Friday before the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and parents. They (father /mother) are getting pleased with virtues (good acts), their faces become much more neat and start shinning while they feel good deal of pains noticing vices (bad acts). So, have fear of Allah ta’la and do not sadden your parents by sinful acts. [Al-Hakim]

[Zumar 39:10] Proclaim (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him), “O my slaves who have accepted faith! Fear your Lord; for those who do good deeds in this world, is goodness (in return); and Allah’s earth is spacious; it is the steadfast who will be paid their full reward, without account.”

[Zumar 39:53] Proclaim (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him), “O my * slaves, who have wronged themselves, do not lose hope in Allah’s mercy; indeed Allah forgives all sins; indeed He only is the Oft Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” (All Muslims are truly the slaves of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.)

OUR NABI IS AWARE OF INTENTIONS

Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam “Perform the bowing and the prostrations properly. By Allah, I see you from behind me (or from behind my back) when you bow or prostrate.”
Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “You see me facing the Qibla; but, by Allah, nothing is hidden from me regarding your bowing and submissiveness and I see you from behind my back.” Volume 1, Book 12, Number 709:

Hazrath Umar Ibn Khattab said, If the faith of Abu Bakr is weighed along with the faith of all the people of earth, then the faith of Abu Bakr will be heavier, (Thareekh ul Khulafa, Shu’bul Imaan lil Bayhaqi)

Hazrath Mu`adh narrates that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “I had a vision that I was put on one side of the scale and my Nation was put on the other side and I was heavier. Then Abu Bakr was put on one side and My Nation was put on one side and Abu Bakr was heavier. Then `Umar was put on one side and My Nation was put on the other and `Umar was heavier. Then `Uthman was put on one side and My Nation on the other and `Uthman was heavier. Then the scale was raised up. (Tabarani)

OUR NABI IS AWARE OF INTENTIONS EVEN NOW

Hadrat ibn ‘Umar Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam said, “Whoever visits my grave, my intercession is guaranteed for him.” [al-Sunan al-Daraqutni (2:278) al-Kuna wa al-Asma’ al-Dulani (2:64), Majma’ al-Zawaid Haythami (4:2), al-Talkhis al-Habir Ibn Hajar al-Hafiz (2:267), Kanz al-‘Ummal (15:651), Jadhb al-Qulub by Shaykh Abdul Haq al Dehlwi al-Muhaddith.

Hadrat ibn ‘Umar Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam said, “Whoever visits me without any avowed purpose other than my visit, it is incumbent upon me to be his intercessor on the Day of Resurrection.” [narrated by al-Tabarani in al-Awsat and al-Kabir (12:291) and al-Daraqutni and Majma’ al-Zawa’id al-Haythami (4:2) and Ittihaf al-Sa’dah al-Muttaqin Sharh Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din al-Zubaidi (4:416) and Tafsir al-Durr al-Manthur al-Suyuti (1:237) and Kanz al-‘Ummal Muttaqi al-Chishti al-Shadhili al-Hindi (Hadith no. 34928 (2:256)

The Messenger of Allah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam said, “Whoever visits my grave after my death is as those who visited me in my life.” [Narrated by al-Tabarani in al-Kabir (12:406) and al-Awsat (1:94) and al-Daraqutni (2:278)]

Hadrat Anas ibn Malik said that the Messenger of Allah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam said, “Anyone who visits me in Madinah for the sake of Allah is near me and I will intercede for him on the Day of Rising.” [al-Baihaqi and others as mentioned by Imam Qadi al-‘Iyad in al-Shifa – Section 9 – “Concerning visit to the Prophet’s grave…”]

Syyiduna Umar Radiyallahu Anhu while visiting the Ka’ba, said before the Hajar al-Aswad, “You cannot do anything! But I kiss you in order to follow Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, Hazrath Ali Radiyallahu Anhu said upon hearing this, Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, ‘On the Day of Judgment, the Hajar al-Aswad will intercede for people.’ ” [Thirmizi, Nasai, Bayhaqi, Tabarani, Bukhari in his History.] And Hazrath Umar thanked Hazrath Ali (RadiyAllahu Anhuma).

Syyiduna Ibn Abbaas Radiyallahu Anhu said: Nabi e Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said concerning the Stone: “By Allah, Allah will bring it forth on the Day of Resurrection, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak, and it will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity. (Thirmizi, Ibn Majah)

[Taubah 9:128] Indeed there has come to you a Noble Messenger from among you – your falling into hardship aggrieves him, most concerned for your well being, for the Muslims most compassionate, most merciful.

[Ahzab 33:6] The Prophet is closer to the Muslims than their own lives, and his wives are their mothers; and the relatives are closer to each other in the Book of Allah, than other Muslims and immigrants, except that you may be kind towards your friends; this is written in the Book.

[Ambiya 21:107] And We did not send you (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him) except as a mercy for the entire world. (Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him – is the Prophet towards all mankind.)

Sayyiduna Anas bin Malik RadiyAllahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam stated, “After my passing, my knowledge will be the same as it is in my lifetime.” (Majma uz Zawaaid, Kanzul Ummaal, Jaami ul Kabeer, Tabrani)

OBJECTIONS ON HEARING

[Naml 27:80] Indeed the dead * do not listen to your call nor do the deaf * listen to your call, when they flee turning back. (The dead and deaf implies the disbelievers.)

If we take this verse for the Dead, then what about the next part, when they flee turning back? Do the dead turn back from the truth?

[Fatir 35:22] And not equal are the living and the dead! Indeed Allah causes them to listen *, whomever He wills; and you cannot make those who are in the graves ** listen. (* Listen to guidance **The disbelievers are referred to as dead, whose fates are sealed)

Here too if we take as dead cannot listen, then we are rejecting the Qudrat of Allah here as Allah Himself stated that, Indeed Allah causes them to listen *, whomever He wills.
Which means its not that the dead cannot listen but it is the Qudrath of Allah which makes the dead listen and that is Our Belief. And as for the Nabi cannot make the dead listen is again referred to those Kuffaar whose fates are disbelief.

And this will be cleared if we go through the related Verses of this chapter In sha Allah.

[Fatir 35:22] And not equal are the living and the dead! Indeed Allah causes them to listen *, whomever He wills; and you cannot make those who are in the graves ** listen. (* Listen to guidance **The disbelievers are referred to as dead, whose fates are sealed)

[Fatir 35:23] You are purely a Herald of Warning.

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