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Mawlid - United for the Prophet 2005

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A talk delivered by Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada on Monday 2 May 2005
at the Wembley Conference Centre, London.


Al-hamdu lillahi rabbi’l-‘alamin, wa’l-salatu wa’l-salamu ‘ala sayyidi’l-anbiya’ wa’l-mursalin, bismillahi’l-rahmani’l-rahim.

Ladies and Gentlemen, brothers and sisters.

At the moment of the noble birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), many secrets unfolded and many miracles became apparent. I would just like to comment on one of these astonishing miracles.

Imam al-Qastalani narrates that Sayyida Amina (Allah be pleased with her) stated, “At the time of his birth, I witnessed a nur, I witnessed a light for which the palaces of Syria illuminated to an extent that I saw them.”

Brothers & sisters! Let us for a moment ponder over this miraculous incident. First of all, in the light that is produced by electricity, one can see to a distance of possibly a few metres; in the light that is produced by the sun, one may see up to a few kilometres; however, what is the splendour of the nur of Mustafa (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), that Sayyida Amina (Allah be pleased with her) lifts her gaze in Makka and through this nur sees the palaces of Syria.

But here a question arises. Between Makka and Syria there lie many mountains, many villages and towns, forests and trees, so how was it then possible to see the palaces of Syria?

The answer, dear audience, is very simple. Mountains, towns, trees, forests, all of these are obstacles when one tries to see beyond them in broad sunlight, but the nur of Mustafa (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is such that these things pose no obstacle in its path. Guru Nanak was once asked about the fact that the Muslims claim that on the night of al-Isra’ wa’l-Mi’raj, their Prophet traveled beyond the skies through the heavens. How was that possible as there are no doors and gates to go through? Guru Nanak replied, “If spectacles and glasses pose no obstacle in the path of the light of one’s eyes, the prophet of the Muslims is nur and as such nothing appears as a barrier in its path.”

Another question arises. To the best of my knowledge, Sayyida Amina (Allah be pleased with her) did not travel to Syria, how did she come to know that what she was observing were the palaces of Syria? They could have been palaces of some other land, what proof was there that these were in fact the palaces of Syria?

But, dear audience let me clarify. The light of the sun only blesses the basarat of the eyes, it only blesses the eyesight, through which the zahir, the apparent can be seen. However, the nur of Mustafa (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) blesses the basirat and the firasat, it blesses the insight of one’s heart and the sagacity of one’s faith, through this the batin, the hidden can be seen. Therefore, due to the basirat and firasat, the insight and sagacity, of the nur of Mustafa (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), Sayyida Amina (Allah be pleased with her) not only saw the zahir of the palaces of Syria but also witnessed the batin that truly these were the palaces of Syria and no other.

The Qur’an testifies to the basirate nubuwwat, the insight of prophecthood in Surat Al Imran, verse no. 49, in which Allah (most high) informs us what Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) said to his people, “I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses.” Through the insight of his prophethood, Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) was able to see the batin of his people, he was able to witness the hidden.

The beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) once stated in a hadith recorded in Sunan al-Tirmidhi, “Fear the firasat, the vision and insight, of the believer, for he sees with the nur of Allah (most high).” A Christian priest heard this narration and could not understand it. So he thought to himself that he is in need of resorting to a Muslim scholar about this. Eventually, he placed his cross around his neck beneath the clothes, covered himself with the Muslim outfit, comprising of a jubba and ‘amama and went to the gathering of the great Sufi Saint Junayd al-Baghdadi. There he stood up and placed a question to Junayd al-Baghdadi asking him the meaning of this hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Junayd al-Baghdadi replied, “If you truly seek the explanation of this hadith then remove the cross that is hanging around your neck beneath the Muslim clothes.” He immediately, fell to the feet of Junayd al-Baghdadi and accepted the faith of Islam.

One final point before I finish, the sun in whose light one can see a few miles, that same sun sheds its light and can see the whole of the earth, from one side to the other. Similarly, if Sayyida Amina (Allah be pleased with her) sitting in Makka was able to see Syria, in the nur of Mustafa (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), what would be the scope of vision for that nur himself (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)? What would be the range of his knowledge and insight?

Moreover, sunlight only allows the observation of the zahir, but the nur of Mustafa (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observes not only the zahir, but also the batin.

Wa’l-salamu ‘alaykum.

 
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