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At high noon.
Man without shadow looks up.
Sun takes a bow.

From highest heaven.
Allah subanallahu.
Calls hua Muhammad.

Sallel la hu  alahi wa sallam.
And word of God begun to be spoken.
By mouth of man..


The Shadowless Prophet
We are living in a world of uncertainty and misconceptions.
Some people are posing questions that attack the very roots
of our beliefs about Allah Almighty and the Prophet ,
attempting to create doubt in the minds of the unsuspecting
Muslims. Today misguided intellectuals tried to heap insults
on the luminous personality of the Prophet by questioning
the extent of his knowledge whereas the commentators of
the Holy Qur'an maintain that in terms of knowledge, the
Messenger of Allah is the sun and all the other prophets are
planets orbitting about him. The majority of scholars of Islam
maintain that the Prophet's knowledge constitutes of what
was, what is and what will be. Others deny that Allah
created him as light and a source of light.
Now another group has sprung up, seeking recognition by
using scientific knowledge as the basis for Iman (faith).
Anything contrary to their understanding of science is
discarded from their principles of faith. In this world there
are two types of blind folk--those who are born without
sight; and those who have vision, but refuse to see the light.
It is to educate this group that the Prophet had said: "Where
science ends, my Religion begins".
Miracles of Earlier Prophets
The Holy Qur'an speaks of many miracles which are beyond
the imagination of those who are tied to the cudgels of
science, as they cannot be explained through scientific
exposition. Some examples of these are:-
1. According to science, the quality of fire is to burn. Yet,
when Sayyidina Ibrahim (as) was hurled into it at the
command of Nimrud, not a single hair of this great Prophet
of Allah was destroyed.
2. Scientific data explains that iron can only melt under
great heat, yet this same iron melted in the hands of
Sayyidina Dawud (as).
3. Leprosy, blindness, etc. according to science are virtually
incurable illnesses, yet a mere touch of the blessed hand of
Sayyidina `Isa (as) cured the victims of these. Even more
incredible is the restoration of the eyesight of Sayyidina
Ya`qub (as) by touching the shirt of Sayyidina Yusuf (as).
Can these people who are influenced by the new innovators
in religion, the Wahabi/Salafi movement, deny the veracity
of these miracles? If these are possible, then why is it
difficult to accept the miracle that the Prophet did not
possess a shadow? Do they have any conclusive proof from
a single hadith to prove the contrary ?
On the contrary, there is authenticated proof from the
ahadith of the Prophet and from the writings of great and
authentic scholars of Islam which show beyond a shadow of
a doubt that the Messenger of Allah did not possess a
shadow.
From Hadith
Hadith 1: Sayyidina Hakeem Tirmidhi in his book
Nawaadirul-Usool narrates from Sayyidina Zakwaan , a
close Companion of the Prophet , the following Hadith:
"The shadow of the Prophet could not be seen in the
brightness of the sun, nor in moonlight".
Hadith 2: Allamah Ibn al-Jawzi in his Kitabul-Wafa
narrates a hadith from Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Abbas the
cousin of the Prophet in which he said: "The Messenger
of Allah had no shadow, not while standing in the sun,
but the brilliance of his light (nur) surpassed the rays of
the sun; nor while sitting before a burning light, but his
luminous light excelled the lustre of the light".
Hadith 3: Imam Nasafi in his Tafseer Madaarik narrates
from Sayyidina Uthman ibn Affan , the son-in-law of the
Prophet that he said to the Prophet : "Allah Almighty
does not let your shadow fall on the ground, so that no
foot of man can fall on it".
Hadith 4: Imam Jalaludeen Suyuti in his Khasaa'is al-
Kubra narrates from Ibn Saba : "This is also a unique
feature of the Prophet that his shadow did not touch the
ground, because he was light (nur), and when he used to
walk in the sunshine his shadow could not be seen."
From Scholars
Having read the words of those who had lived with the
Prophet and had closely watched his every action, we shall
now turn to some great scholars of Islam, whose writings are
considered most authentic in Islamic affairs. Pay heed to
these to dispel any doubts that you may have regarding the
subject. All these great scholars firmly believed that the
Prophet did not possess a shadow.
Qadi Iyad:
1. Imam Qadi Iyad in his Ash-Shifa states:"The Prophet did
not possess a shadow in the brightness of the sun or in the
moonlight, because he was light (nur)".
Imam Ahmad Qastalani
2. Imam Ahmad Qastalani states in Al-Mawahibul-laduniyya:
"That the Prophet did not possess a shadow in the
brightness of the sun or moonlight is proven from the
ahadith of Tirmidhi of Ibn Zakwaan and Ibn Saba ."
Shaykh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlvi
3. Shaykh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlvi states in Madaarij
an-nubuwwah: "The Prophet's shadow did not appear in
sunshine nor in moonlight".
Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi
4. Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi in his Mathnawi states: "Let
alone the Prophet , even if an ordinary servant of the
Prophet reaches the stage of inner mortality (baqa), then
like the Prophet , his shadow too disappears".
Peace be upon the Prophet, His Family and Companions


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