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Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
May his
nose soil with dust in whose presence mention is made of me and he does not supplicate for me
May his nose soil with dust
'' means to suffer humiliation and disgrace. That is "
may such person be
humiliated and disgraced who hears my name and does not invoke Allah's blessings upon me
.'' Those who merely
kiss thumbs of their hands can also be the addressee of this saying because they do not supplicate Allah for the
Prophet (PBUH) while what is in fact ordained is salutation, and not kissing of thumbs. The latter gesture has not
been ordained in any Hadith. Some religious scholars regard the salutation obligatory while others hold that it
لﺎﻗ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ُﻪﻨﻋو
: َلﺎﻗ
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮُﺳَر
اﻮﱡﻠﺻَو ، ًاﺪﻴِﻋ يِﺮْﺒَﻗ اﻮُﻠﻌْﺠَﺗ ﻻ
ْﻢُﺘْﻨُآ ُﺚْﻴﺣ ﻲﻨُﻐُﻠْﺒَﺗ ْﻢُﻜَﺗﻼَﺻ ﱠنﺈَﻓ ، ﱠﻲَﻠَﻋ
ﺢﻴﺤﺻ دﺎﻨﺳﺈﺑ دواد ﻮﺑأ ُﻩاور
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
Do not
make my grave a place of festivity, and supplicate Allah for me, for your supplication reaches me wherever you
[Abu Dawud].
Do not make my grave a place of festivity
'' means do not gather there as people do on the festival of
`Eid. Unfortunately, a fraction of heretics consider such festivities laudable. When the Prophet (PBUH) did not like
such gatherings on his own grave, how can it be permissible on the death anniversaries of other people? Some
people misinterpret this Hadith and contend that what it means is that `You should not come to my grave once in a
while but very frequently'' although its real meaning is that which we have just mentioned. The next sentence
confirms this contention. There is no need for frequent gathering for the reason that wherever a Muslim may be, the
salutations which he performs to the Prophet (PBUH) will be conveyed to him through the angels. Every Muslim
has a desire to visit the Prophet's grave, and there cannot be any doubt about its desirability, but there is no need to
undertake journey for paying homage and salutation only. In fact, the real intention of going to Al-Madinah should
be to visit Prophet's Mosque which will include visiting his grave. This is the real meaning of this Hadith. There is
another Hadith which prohibits undertaking a journey to any mosque except the three which have been marked by
the Prophet (PBUH).
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳر ﱠنأ ُﻪﻨﻋو
ﻰﱠﺘَﺣ ﻲﺣوُر ﱠﻲَﻠﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﱠدر ﱠﻻإ ﱠﻲَﻠﻋ ُﻢﱢﻠﺴُﻳ ﺪﺣأ ْﻦِﻣ ﺎﻣ
َمﻼﱠﺴﻟا ِﻪﻴﻠَﻋ ﱠدُرأ
ٍﺢﻴﺤﺻ دﺎﻨﺳﺈﺑ دواد ﻮﺑأ ُﻩاور
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
someone greets me, Allah returns the soul to my body (in the grave) and I return his greeting
[Abu Dawud].
We learn from this Hadith that the Prophet (PBUH) is alive in his grave and he answers the
salutation offered by a Muslim. But this life of his is the life of Barzakh (
an intervening state between death and the
Day of Resurrection, and whoever dies, enters it
) the reality of which is not known to us. Thus, it is wrong to say
that the life of the Prophet (PBUH) is like worldly life or more vigorous than it. Such a claim is baseless because it
is not confirmed by the Qur'an and Hadith. Were he to be alive the way he was in his lifetime, there would have
been no need for "
the returning of the soul to his body
'' and he would be able to answer the salutations without it. As
far this ambiguity is concerned, when countless Muslims are always offering salutations to the Prophet (PBUH) how
does the return of the soul takes place after such short intervals? Such questions arise due to the lack of certitude in
the Omnipotence of Allah. When the Prophet (PBUH) stated that his soul is returned to him then we should have
absolute faith in his statement because Allah is Capable of doing every thing. What is its nature and form, it is not
known to us, nor can we know it. Thus, the question of the return of soul in the grave should be considered similar
to the ambiguous Ayat of the Qur'an in which every Muslim is required to have blind faith but their secret is known
to Allah Alone.
This Hadith has an inducement for offering more and more supplications for the Prophet (PBUH) so that the devotee
is blessed with the maximum reward in the form of the Prophet's response to his salutations. It is certainly a great
blessing which a Muslim should try every nerve to achieve.
لﺎﻗ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﱟﻲِﻠﻋ ﻦﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮُﺳر لﺎﻗ
، ُﻩَﺪْﻨِﻋ ُتْﺮِآُذ ﻦﻣ ُﻞﻴِﺨﺒْﻟا
ﱠﻲَﻠﻋ ﱢﻞَﺼُﻳ ﻢَﻠَﻓ
َلﺎﻗو يﺬﻣﺮﺘﻟا ُﻩاور
ٌﺢﻴﺤﺻ ٌﻦﺴﺣ ٌﺚﻳﺪﺣ