When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was born
By: Maulana Shah Abdul Hamid Is’haq Sahib
About 600 years had passed since the time of Prophet Isa (may Allah’s peace be upon him)! It is quite understandable to what degradation and rot the world had sunk into when there was no reformer, guide for such a long period! When Sayiduna Salmaan Faarsi (may Allah be pleased with him) had sought guidance, he was advised by a priest to go to Yathrib (the old name of Madinatul Munawwarah) and wait there for the appearance of the final Prophet, as there was nobody on the surface of the earth now to guide people.
It was a time, in the Arabian Peninsula when 360 idols were being worshipped in the Ka’ba Sharif alone, people used to make tawaaf of the Ka’ba nakedly, a son would inherit his mother; he would sell her as a slave, or keep her as a slave or even marry her; doing as he pleased. They would eat anything that they found such as rats, mice, snakes, absolutely anything! Crime was rife, nobody was safe, there were no social, moral or spiritual values whatsoever!
Allah (praise be to Him who is pure and elevated) showed mercy on the world and the Arab peninsula particularly and sent His last and final Prophet (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) to the Arabs in Makkah Sharif particularly, and to all the people of the world generally!
The stage of the world is set, all preparations are complete. In the existence of the world it is a very special day. Today is a day when the purpose of the creation of the world is being explained, the reason for the changing of day and night is made known, the pride of Sayiduna Adam (may Allah’s peace be upon him) and his progeny is manifested, the secret behind the protection of the ark of Sayiduna Nuh (may Allah’s peace be upon him) is given out, the dua of Sayiduna Ibrahim (may Allah’s peace be upon him) is answered and the future information of Sayiduna Musa and Sayiduna Isa (may Allah’s peace be upon them) is told, i.e. Our Honourable Master, Sayiduna Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) comes and beautifies the world.
In other words, the sun of Nabuwat (prophet-hood) is born in a city which is the headquarters of the idols. In Persia, an earthquake strikes the palace as a result of which 14 turrets had fallen and the fire of the temple of Persia which was never extinguished for a period of 1,000 years died off on its own. Buhaira, a river of Persia suddenly dries up.
In the morning the Persian king was restless. The royal honour that he had been enjoying was suddenly being obstructed, so finally he gathered all the ministers. During their assembly, they had received news that the fire of the temple has been extinguished, which resulted in Kisra (Persian king) becoming more frustrated than before. Mubzaan stood up and announced that he had seen a dream wherein a powerful camel is pulling Arabian horses along, and they have crossed the Tigris river and spread throughout the world. Kisra asked Mubzaan, “What is the interpretation of this dream?” He replied, “Perhaps we will be afflicted with a great calamity from the Arabs.” Kisra with the intention of attaining some ease in this matter sent a letter to Nu’man ibn Munzir requesting him to send a great Alim (scholar) that will be able to answer his questions.
He sent a very experienced Alim by the name of Abdul Maseeh Ghassani. When he reached the palace, the king said, “Do you have any knowledge with regard to that which I wish to enquire about?” Abdul Maseeh replied, “You may pose your question, if I have the relevant knowledge I will reply, else I will direct you to a knowledgeable person.” The king had explained the various incidents that had occurred. Abdul Maseeh said, “The interpretation of these occurrences can be explained by my uncle Sateeh that lives in Shaam.” Kisra instructed Abdul Maseeh to inform Sateeh regarding these occurrences and get a response. When Abdul Maseeh reached Sateeh he was experiencing pangs of death, but was still conscious. Abdul Maseeh greeted him and recited some poetry. When Sateeh heard the poetry been recited, he turned towards him saying, “Abdul Maseeh mounted a swift horse and came to Sateeh when he is on the verge of leaving the world. The king of Bani Saasaan has sent you to enquire about the earthquake, the fire of the temple, the dream of Mubzaan and the powerful camel pulling the Arabian horses across the Tigris river which spread throughout the world. O Abdul Maseeh! Listen, when the word of Allah (praise be upon Him who is pure and elevated) wil be recited excessively, the owner of the staff appears, the valley of Samaada starts flowing, the river of Buhairah dries up, and the fire of the temple is extinguished, then Shaam will no longer remain Shaam for Sateeh. A few men and women of Bani Saasaan will rule, and that which was to come has already come.” Saying this Sateeh died.
This is, in reality, a warning for the ending of the fire worshippers and every misguidance. An end to cruelty and intolerance to women and children. An end to all social, moral and spiritual degradation. Not only a hope, but a guarantee for every type of happiness, success and good fortune!
BARAKAAT (BLESSINGS) EVEN BEFORE BIRTH
Like before the rising of the sun the horizon lights up, similarly, before the birth of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) the world lit up with Barakaat! When the Prophet’s (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) mother conceived him, she was given the glad tidings, in a dream, that your child is going to be the leader of this Ummat! When he will be born make this dua, “I give him in the protection of the One and Only Allah and name him Muhammad.” She also says, “After conceiving him I saw a light by which the palaces of Busra in Syria were seen.”
THE HONOURABLE BIRTH OF THE PROPHET
Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was born in the year when Abraha attacked the Ka’bah Sharif. The famous date of the birth of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is Monday, the 12th of Rabi ul Awwal 571. According to historians the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was born in the year 571 after Isa.
Ulama have written that the period between Sayiduna Adam (may Allah’s peace be upon him) and Sayiduna Nuh (may Allah’s peace be upon him) is a period of 1,200 years, and the period between Sayiduna Nuh (May Allah’s peace be upon him) and Sayiduna Ibrahim (may Allah’s peace be upon him) is a period of 1,142 years. The period between Sayiduna Ibrahim (may Allah’s peace be upon him) and Sayiduna Musa (may Allah’s peace be upon him) is 565 years. The period between Sayiduna Musa (may Allah’s peace be upon him) and Sayiduna Dawood (may Allah’s peace be upon him) is 572 years. The period between Sayiduna Dawood (may Allah’s peace be upon him) and Sayiduna Isa (may Allah’s peace be upon him) is 1,354 years, and the period between Sayiduna Isa (may Allah’s peace be upon him) and our Honourable Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is 571 years.
According to the famous narration, the age of Sayiduna Adam (may Allah’s peace be upon him) was 960 years. According to this, the time that had elapsed between Sayiduna Adam (may Allah’s peace be upon him) and the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is approximately 6,000 years, i.e. in the 7th millennium.
The mother of Uthman bin Abil Aas (may Allah be pleased with him), Fatima bint-e-Abdullah says, “At the time of childbirth I was near Amina. At that time, I noticed that the entire house was filled with Noor (divine light) and the stars are lowering themselves to such an extent that I thought that the stars will fall on me. (The stars lowering themselves indicated that very soon Kufr, Shirk and darkness will be removed from the world, and the world will be filled with brightness and Hidaayat.) Irbaadh bin Saariya (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the mother of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) had seen a light at the time of the noble birth of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) by which the palaces of Shaam were brightened. This has been recorded in Musnad-e-Ahmad and Mustadrak of Haakim.
Extracted from: ‘Seerat of our beloved Nabi’ by Maulana Shah Abdul Hamid Is’haq Sahib Dâmat Barakatuhum, with slight adaptations.