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Shaykh Pirzada returns to the UK following a visit to the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2011

Report by Maroof Gul Pirzada
(En route flight BA0132 from Jeddah to London)

View Photos from the Visit

Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada whilst writing the commentary to the final chapter of the holy Qur'an and thus completing his Tafsir Imdad al-Karam in view of the holy Ka'bah and Maqam Ibrahim [After 'Asr Salah, al-Masjid al-Haram, Makkah 07/03/2011]Continued from previous report: Shaykh Pirzada arrives in the Holy City of Makkah to perform 'Umrah and complete his Tafsir

I write whilst on board British Airways’ flight BA0132 travelling from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to London Heathrow, United Kingdom. The journey of the last 7 days spent in Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah - all in the fortunate company of Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada - has been a truly inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable time for all those travelling with the Shaykh. It has been a blessing to be a part of such a journey with such a remarkable individual.

The previous news report dated Monday 7th March 2011 written in the Holy City of Makkah documented events up until Monday 7th March 2011 and can be accessed by clicking here. This news report aims to record Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada’s journey from the Holy City of Makkah towards the Blessed City of Madinah and onwards.

On the morning of Tuesday 8th March 2011, Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada arrived early in al-Masjid al-Haram and prayed Tahajjud Salah and subsequently remained in the Haram until Fajr Salah was performed. At around 8.00am, associates of the Shaykh from Jeddah arrived in Makkah who travelled with the Shaykh on a short tour of Mina, Muzdalifah, and the plains of Arafat. The Shaykh also visited the newly completed Jamarat bridge (Jisr al-Jamarat) where pilgrims who come to perform the Hajj throw stones at each of the three pillars which represent the Devil. This symbolic gesture of stoning the Devil is performed following the actions of Prophet Ibrahim, his wife and child (may Allah be pleased with them all) who stoned the Devil who appeared in front of them on the three locations where the pillars are today located.

VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE VISIT

After Zuhr Salah was prayed at al-Masjid al-Haram, the Shaykh left for al-Madinah al-Munawwarah. He arrived in the Blessed City of the Prophet (peace be upon him) at approximately 6.00pm and was immediately taken to his room number 110 in the Qasr al-Zahur hotel on Shari’ Sitteen, which is a short walk from Masjid al-Nabi (saw).

On Wednesday 9th March 2011, Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada, after praying Tahajjud and Fajr Salah in Masjid al-Nabi (saw) approached the blessed resting chamber of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and conveyed his Salaam and Salutations upon the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (Allah be pleased with him) and ‘Umar al-Faruq (Allah be pleased with him).

The Blessed Resting Chamber of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada conveying his Salaam and Salutations upon the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). [Madinah, Aftah Fajr Salah, 09/03/2011]Later that evening a student of Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada and graduate of Jamia Al-Karam and the Al-Azhar University, Imam Muhammad Ramzan al-Azhari, who resides in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah visited the Shaykh at the Qasr al-Zahur hotel. As Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada was intending to begin writing a commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari, Imam Muhammad Ramzan requested the Shaykh that he have the privilege of presenting a pen with which the Shaykh may begin the commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari and after which Imam Muhammad Ramzan may keep and cherish the pen. Imam Muhammad Ramzan was fortunate as this request was accepted by the Shaykh.

At 3.00am on Thursday 10th March 2011, Shaykh Pirzada went to Masjid al-Nabi (saw) and after praying Nawafil he sat directly behind the blessed tomb of the noble Prophet (peace be upon him). At the rear of the Prophet’s (saw) tomb there is a raised platform that is approximately 2 feet high and marks the location where the Ashab al-Suffah would sit and study under the tutelage of the blessed Prophet (peace be upon him). These were the fortunate and blessed companions who spent most of their time in the company of the noble Prophet (peace be upon him) and dedicated themselves to knowledge, learning and service to Islam and included such revered companions as Abu Hurayra, Salman al-Farsi, Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with them all).

Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada sat on the raised platform close to the tomb (see photo gallery) of the blessed Prophet (peace be upon him) and began writing the first few words of his commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari which he entitled, Imdad al-Bukhari fi Sharh al-Sahih li’l Bukhari. The Shaykh continued writing from 3.30am until 4.10am in which time he had begun the translation and commentary of the very first Hadith of Sahih al-Bukhari. After having initiated the writing of his commentary, the Shaykh sat and supplicated on the raised platform in view of the blessed tomb of the Prophet (peace be upon him) until Fajr Salah.

Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada whilst climbing Jabal al-Nur (The Mountain of Light). [Makkah, 07/03/2011]Later that day the Shaykh was joined on his journey by one of his disciples from Riyadh, Abid Hussain Baloch, who is the Vice Principal of the Pakistan International School in central Riyadh. The Shaykh also met with respected Hafiz Muhammad Khawar, a graduate of Dar al-‘Ulum al-Muhammadiyya al-Ghauthiyya (DMG) Bhera and disciple of the Ummah’s Luminary, Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (may Allah be pleased with him).

It was at a gathering with these fortunate individuals in the hotel room of Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada later that evening that the Shaykh recalled how blessed and fortunate he felt to have initiated his work on Sahih al-Bukhari in Masjid al-Nabi (saw). The blessings come from the fact that the work was initiated in the close proximity of the resting place of the blessed Prophet (peace be upon him). It is also interesting to note that Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari compiled the chapter headings and index to his Sahih al-Bukhari in Masjid al-Nabi (saw). After collecting all of the narrations and sayings of the blessed Prophet (peace be upon him), Imam al-Bukhari (may Allah be pleased with him) came to the Prophet’s Masjid and sat close to the resting place of the Prophet (peace be upon him) where he organised the narrations and sayings in the various chapters and headings that we today find in Sahih al-Bukhari. The Shaykh mentioned that he feels honoured to have sat at the blessed platform of the Ashab al-Suffah close to the resting place of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to begin his commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari. He also feels honoured to have followed the practice of the compiler of Sahih al-Bukhari by coming to Masjid al-Nabi (saw) to work on the narrations and sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him).


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO MESSAGE FROM MASJID AL-NABI (10th March 2011)

 

The Shaykh’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ShaykhPirzada) was regularly being updated at each stage of the Shaykh’s journey with photos and updates. Many associates and followers of Shaykh Pirzada’s Facebook page had requested that he pray for them in the Holy City of Madinah and emails were received congratulating him on completing his Tafsir Imdad al-Karam and beginning the commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari. The Shaykh therefore decided to respond personally to the requests of followers and students and assure them that he had not forgotten them in his prayers. He did this by way of recording a video message dedicated to his students and well-wishers which was recorded on the compounds of Masjid al-Nabi (saw) outside the awe-inspiring Green Dome of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) tomb. This was later released on Shaykh Pirzada’s Facebook page and can be viewed here (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150110267479962&oid=12904406734&comments).

Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada begins writing his commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari whilst sitting on the raised platform of the Ashab al-Suffah directly behind the blessed resting chamber of the Prophet (peace be upon him) [Madinah, 10/03/2011]Next to the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) tomb up to the minbar (pulpit) of the Prophet (peace be upon him), where he would stand to deliver his sermons, there is a portion of land that is known as Riyadh al-Jannah. The holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that between his house (where we today find his blessed tomb) and his pulpit there is a garden from amongst the gardens of paradise. This blessed area is marked with a green coloured carpet and it is common to find this small area extremely busy with worshippers. However, associates of the Shaykh advised that the best time to visit this area in order to pray nawafil there is in early mornings between 12.00am and 2.00am and at around 10.00am on working days and so on Friday 11th March 2011 at 12.30am, the Shaykh came to Riyadh al-Jannah in order to pray Nawafil.

Salat al-Jummah was performed at Masjid al-Nabi (saw) and later on Friday associates of the Shaykh from Jeddah arrived including Respected Muhammad Anwar Siddiqi, who resides in Jeddah and who is a disciple of Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada’s elder brother, Shaykh Muhammad Karam Hussain al-Qadiri (may Allah be pleased with him).

During the entire trip Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada did not purchase anything for himself, however, on Friday 11th March 2011 the Shaykh purchased 228 bottles of Original Jasmin fragrance which he bought with the intention of gifting one to each and every student and member of staff at Jamia Al-Karam (UK).

Saturday 12th March 2011 was the last day that the Shaykh was to spend in Madinah on this tour and so at 9.30am the Shaykh went to Masjid al-Nabi (saw) and approached the Riyadh al-Jannah area and although it was exceedingly busy with devoted worshippers, the Shaykh was fortunate enough to find a location right in front of the mihrab (semi-circular niche in the wall indicating direction of the qibla) where the blessed Prophet (peace be upon him) used to lead the companions in prayer and Shaykh Pirzada read Nawafil at this very location (see photo gallery). Subsequently, the Shaykh approached the blessed tomb of the Prophet (peace be upon him) for the final time during this tour and conveyed his Salaam and Salutations on the Prophet (peace be upon him), Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) and ‘Umar al-Faruq (may Allah be pleased with him).

Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada prays two units of Nafl prayers at the very position that the noble Prophet (peace be upon him) used to lead his companions in prayer in front of his blessed mihrab. [Madinah, 12/03/2011]Having conveyed his Salaam to the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Shaykh travelled to various blessed locations in and around Madinah. He first travelled several miles north of Madinah to a location between Hurm Fulaykh and Al-Khulayl where he arrived at around 11.00am on Saturday 12th March 2011. In this desert region there is a position on a hill where a large stone acts as a covering and many people can stand underneath the stone to shelter themselves from the sun and rain. It is said the blessed Prophet (peace be upon him) was passing by this very location and it began to rain and the Prophet (peace be upon him) took shelter for a while under this stone (see photo gallery).

At 12.30pm the Shaykh travelled to ‘Uhud and visited the graveyard where the martyrs of the Battle of ‘Uhud are buried. The Shaykh conveyed his Salaam to these righteous martyrs and companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and prayed at this location. At 1.00pm the Shaykh arrived and prayed Zuhr Salah at Masjid al-Quba which is the Masjid that the Prophet (peace be upon him) established prior to entering Madinah during his migration from Makkah to Madinah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stayed in Masjid al-Quba for about 2-3 weeks.

At 2.00pm the Shaykh arrived and prayed Nawafil at Masjid al-Qiblatain which is the Masjid that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was leading the prayers of the companions in when the revelation of changing the direction of prayer from Masjid al-Aqsa, Jerusalem, to the direction of the holy Ka’bah in Makkah was revealed to the Prophet (peace be upon him). The Prophet (peace be upon him) – who was originally facing Jerusalem – changed his direction during the prayer to Makkah; the companions followed the Prophet (peace be upon him) and began to face towards Makkah. From this incident, the Masjid takes its name as Masjid al-Qiblatain (Masjid of the two Qiblahs).

The Shaykh left the blessed city of the beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) at 4.00pm on Saturday 12th March 2011 en route to Jeddah at the residence of an associate of Respected Muhammad Anwar Siddiqi where he spent the night. The City of Jeddah – literally meaning “grandmother” – takes its name from being the burial place of Hawa (biblically known as Eve) (may Allah be pleased with her). The tomb of Hawa (the wife of Adam, may Allah be pleased with them both) is located in the City of Jeddah.

Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada and associates at a location in a desert region between Hurm Fulaykh and Al-Khulayl several miles north of the City of Madinah where the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions once took shelter from the rain under a huge stone. [Madinah, 12/03/2011]Leaving the blessed city of the Prophet (peace be upon him) brought a little sadness to the heart but the visit to the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) tomb had certainly revived one’s spirit and faith. Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada, whilst noting the respect and reverence that one should have for the City of the Prophet (peace be upon him), pointed out the respect that Imam Malik ibn Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) had for this blessed city. Imam Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) is one of the foremost authorities on Islamic jurisprudence and the initiator of the Maliki madhhab (school of Islamic law). The Shaykh recalled that when Imam Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) used to walk the streets and alleyways of Madinah he would walk on the edges of the alleyways so much so that his clothes on his arms would rip due to the friction caused by the clothes rubbing against the walls of side buildings on the edge of the streets/alleyways. When asked why he does not walk in the centre of the streets and alleyways and rather chooses to scrape his clothes against side buildings on the edges of the streets he replied that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to walk on these blessed streets and alleyways. As such there will be footprints of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the centre of the streets where the Prophet (peace be upon him) would walk and Imam Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) explained that he did not want his own feet to step on a footprint of the Prophet (peace be upon him) which is why he would walk at the extremities of the streets and alleyways as the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not do so.

Shaykh Pirzada further commented on Imam Malik’s love for the City of the Prophet (peace be upon him) by stating that Imam Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) lived and taught in the City of Madinah throughout his life. During this time he only performed Hajj once. When asked why – being in such close proximity to Makkah – he did not perform Hajj a second or third time, Imam Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) explained that he does not want to leave Madinah in case his death were to come whilst he is outside the City of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

I write these concluding remarks as we are crossing the Mediterranean Sea near Malta on British Airways’ flight BA0132.

This journey to the land of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the company of an heir of the Prophet (peace be upon him) [The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “Inna al-Ulama Warathat al-Anbiyaa’” which translates “Indeed the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets” (al-Tirmidhi, hadith number 2862)] has been a journey that will forever be engrained within the hearts and minds of those who accompanied the Shaykh.

The highlights of this blessed journey were without doubt the moments when Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada completed writing his commentary on the words of Allah (most high) in the House of Allah (most high) in view of the holy Ka’bah and initiated his commentary on the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the Masjid of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in view of his blessed resting place.

We pray that Allah (most high) accepts all of the noble efforts and virtuous endeavours of Shaykh Muhammad Pirzada and grants him unlimited bounties in this world and in the hereafter.

[ENDS]

 
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