IN the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
The Holy Qur’an, Az-Zukhruf 43:31-32 says, “Also, they say: ‘Why is not this Qur’an sent down to some leading man in either of the two (chief) cities?’ Is it they who would portion out the mercy of thy Lord? It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in the life of this world. And We raise some of them above others in ranks so that some may command work from others. But the mercy of thy Lord is better than the (wealth) which they amass”.
On the miracle (mu’jiza) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) over his pursuit by Suraqah bin Malik ibn Ju’shum al-Kinani, a member of the Kenanah tribe which, like Quraish, belongs to the Adnani branch of Arabs, there is a major narration by Abu Bakr, the only ally on the trip with him during Hijra to Madinah from Makkah.
It was narrated that al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib said: “Abu Bakr bought a saddle from ‘Azib for thirteen dirhams, then Abu Bakr said to ‘Azib. Tell al-Bara to carry it to my house. He said: ‘No, not until you tell us what happened when the Messenger of Allah (SAW) went out and you were with him’. Abu Bakr said: ‘We started our journey at the beginning of the night and we hastened for one day and one night until it was midday. I looked into the distance to see whether there was anywhere to seek shade, and I saw a rock, so I went to it and it had a little shade.
I smoothed the ground for the Messenger of Allah (SAW) and spread a garment of camel hair for him, and said: Lie down and rest, O Messenger of Allah. So, he lay down, and I went out to see if I could spot anyone looking for us. Then I saw a shepherd and I said: Who do you belong to, O boy? He said: To a man of Quraish. He mentioned his name and I recognised it. I said: Is there any milk in your sheep? He said: Yes. I said: Will you milk some for me? He said: Yes. I told him to do that, so he caught a sheep, then I told him to brush the dust from its teat, then to brush the dust off his hands. I had a small vessel with me on the neck of which was a cloth. He milked a little bit of milk for me and I poured it into the vessel until it cooled down.
Then I came to the Messenger of Allah (SAW). When I reached him, he had already woken up? I said: Drink, O Messenger of Allah. He drank until I was pleased, then I said: Is it time to move on? So we moved on and the people were coming after us but none of them caught up with us except Suraqah bin Malik bin Ju’shum, who was riding a horse of his, I said: O Messenger of Allah, someone has caught up with us. He said: ‘Do not be afraid for Allah is with us’. When he got close to us, and there was no more between us and him than the length of a spear or two or three spears, I said: O Messenger of Allah, this pursuer has caught up with us, and I wept.
He said: ‘Why are you weeping?’ I said: I am not weeping for myself; rather I am weeping for you. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) prayed against him [the pursuer] and said: ‘O Allah, protect us from him by whatever means You will’. Then his horse’s legs sank into the solid ground up to its belly, and he fell off it. He said: ‘O Muhammad, I know that this is because of you; pray to Allah to save me from my predicament, and by Allah I shall divert away from you any one who is behind me of those who are seeking you. Here is my quiver, take one arrow. You are going to pass by some camels and sheep of mine in such and such a place, take whatever you need from them’. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘I have no need of it’. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) prayed for him and he was released, and he went back to his companions. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) and I continued on our way until we came to Madinah, where the people met him. They came out on the road and on the roofs, and a lot of servants and children crowded the road saying: ‘Allahu Akbar, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) has come, Muhammad has come’. The people disputed as to who he would stay with.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘Tonight, I will stay with Banun-Najjar, the maternal uncles of ‘Abdul-Muttalib, to honour them thereby’. The next morning, he went where he was instructed. Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib said: The first of the Muhajireen to come to us was Mus’ab bin ‘Umair, the brother of Banu ‘Abdud-Dar. Then Ibn Umm Maktoom, the blind man and brother of Banu Fihr, came to us. Then ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, came to us with twenty riders and we said: What happened to the Messenger of Allah (SAW)? He said: He is behind me. Then the Messenger of Allah (SAW) came and Abu Bakr was with him. Al-Bara said: the Messenger of Allah (SAW) did not come until I had read some soorahs from al-Mufassal [Al-Mufassal is that portion of the Qur’an which goes from Qaf to an-Nas]. Isra’eel said: al-Bara’ was one of the Ansar from Banu Harithah” (Sahih Bukhari, Muslim and Darussalam).
Truly, men of knowledge that have been shown mercy by God prostrate in humility whenever they recite the Holy Qur’an that purifies their heart and soul. The Holy Qur’an, Al-Isra 17:105-111 affirms, “We sent down the (Qur-an) in truth, and in truth has it descended and We sent thee but to give glad tidings and to warn (sinners). It is a Qur’an which We have divided (into parts from time to time) in order that thou might recite it to men at intervals. We have revealed it by stages. Say: ‘Whether ye believe in it or not, it is true that those who were given knowledge beforehand, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration and they say: ‘Glory to our Lord! Truly has the promise of our Lord been fulfilled!’ They fall down on their faces in tears, and it increases their (earnest) humility. Say: ‘Call upon God, or call upon Raḥman whatever name ye call upon Him (it is well) for by to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Neither speak thy prayer aloud nor speak it in a low tone but seek a middle course between. Say: ‘Praise be to God, Who begets no son and has no partner in (His) dominion nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation. Yea, magnify Him for His greatness and glory!’”.
Since Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was sent as a mercy to the entire mankind, Almighty Allah gave him the Holy Qur’an as the ultimate miracle that serves as healing and mercy for all ages. The Holy Qur’an, Al-Nahl 16:89 testifies, “One day, We shall raise from all peoples a witness against them, from amongst themselves and We shall bring thee as a witness against these (thy people) and We have sent down to thee the Book explaining all things, a guide, a mercy, and glad tidings to Muslims”. In fact, the Holy Qur’an heals all diseases, both physical and spiritual.
In his authentic hadith, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Before me, every prophet was given a miracle and they practised it during their lifetime. Jesus used to cure the sick and make the dead alive, etc. Moses was given the stick and I have been given the permanent miracle of the Qur’an till the Hour is established, so I hope that my followers will be more in number than all the other Apostles as my miracle will last till the Day of Resurrection. And it is a Glorious Book, when anyone reads it, he is convinced that it was not written by any human being or any created thing (angels, etc) but it is from the Creator of the heavens and the earth!” (Sahih Bukhari and Muslim).
We therefore invite you to have peep into the Holy Qur’an, read it and savour the blessings of God.
May Allah grant us the will and the fortitude to accept Qur’an as the greatest miracle for all ages. Amen.
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