The lamp that brightens the darkness





Al-Imam al-Muhaddith al-Faqeeh, the exemplary model (al-qudwah), Abu ‘Abdillaah Muhammad b. Musa b. an-Nu`maan al Muzaali at-Tilimsaani al-Marraakushi (607-683 AH), may Allah have mercy on him


This book is a distended commentary on the Qur’aanic ayah: «A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering is distressing to him; he is deeply concerned for you; he is gentle and merciful to the mu’minoon».

It is the definitive work on the Prophet’s, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, affectionate heedfulness about his ummah, and one of the few seminal contributions that have been authored on the Prophet’s, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam , exclusive specificities.

Only deep love could have piloted the pen of its classical author, al-Muzaali al-Marraakushi, a confluence for the best scholarship of east and west, knowledge and action, outward pugnacity and inward journeying, knowledge of hadeeth and lived-out Sufism.

Such a pinnacle of poised median-ness was innately gifted with the quality needed to present a correct portrait of the best of creation, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam: Neither some incarnate divinity that offers a cheap salvific shortcut, nor that mere conveyer of an external message which modernist Islam has depicted for too long.

In an age where mankind is steeped in the lunacy of denying Prophethood, and thus the testimony that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, this is a foundational manual for whoever realizes that there is no way to Allah, and thus to sanity on earth, but through obeisant attachment to His Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, as he was.

The writer himself, and the humble endeavour by the translator of his text, are but a tiny ripple of the said perpetual Prophetic care for those adhering to his millah.

Extract from the book:

The story of the perfume-vendor with the wazir (minister):

There was a perfume-vendor in Baghdad, from among the inhabitants of al-Karkh, who was renowned for his dependability and trustworthiness, and for his deliberate concealing of other people’s faults and lapses. A debt piled up on him, and as a result thereof he stuck to his house, assiduously bent on supplicating and performing prayers.

When Thursday night (= the night of Jum`ah) arrived, he prayed as per his tenacious wont, made some humble perorations, and then slept.

He said, as he narrated his story:

I saw the Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, in my dream, and he was saying to me: “Betake to ‘Ali b. ‘Isa, for I have verily instructed him to hand you 400 gold coins. Take them, and put your matters right with them.” [The perfume vendor went on to state:] My debt amounted to 600 gold coins.

I went to the minister, but I was denied access to him. Thereupon, ash-Shaafi`i, who was a companion of the wazir and knew me distantly, walked out. I apprised him of my story.

He said: ‘[O this], the wazir has been searching for you from before dawn until now. He asked me about you, but I was caused to forget who you were. Stay where you are.’ He then walked back inside. He quickly called me in, and I thus came into the presence of (the minister) Abu’l-Hasan ‘Ali b. ‘Isa, who asked me: ‘What is your name?’. I replied: ‘I am so-and-so, son of so-and-so the perfumer who sells aromatic essences.’ He inquired: ‘From the inhabitants of al-Karkh?’. I answered: ‘Yes’.

He said: ‘O this, may Allah reward you excellently for your betaking to me. By Allah, I did not close an eye since yesterday. I have in fact seen the Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam. He came to me last night in my dream and said: “Give so-and-so the perfumer 400 gold coins by which he settles his affairs and puts them back on the right course”.’

I said: ‘The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, came to me last night in my dream, too, and said this and that to me.’

On hearing that, ‘Ali b. ‘Isa wept, and thereupon he said: ‘I hope that this represents the solicitude of the Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam.’

He then said to his assistants: ‘Bring 1000 gold coins.’ They gave that sum to him in cash.

He said: ‘Take 400 gold coins first, so as to abide strictly by the injunction of the Messenger of Allah [], and then 600 dinars as a present from me to you.’

I said: ‘O minister, I would not like to add anything to the gift of the Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam. I am in fact expectantly hopeful of the blessing ensconced in such gift, but not of the blessing residing in other than that gift.’

‘Ali b. ‘Isa wept again, and said: ‘This is indeed certitude of faith (= al-yaqeen)! Take whatever you deem appropriate.’

The perfumer concluded his account by the following: I then took receipt of the 400 gold coins, and I discharged part of my debt with it, re-opening my shop with the remainder of the money.

Not even one lunar year elapsed that I had 1000 gold coins as surplus profit in my possession. I accordingly liquidated what was left of my indebtedness, and thereafter my patrimony never decreased. My state, furthermore, was constantly salubrious. That was due to the solicitous concern of the Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1: On what has come down concerning our master Adam, the father of mankind, seeking assistance through the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, the one singled out by the joyful mien and the glad tidings

Chapter 2: On what has come down with regard to his general intercession, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, on the Day of Rising

Chapter 3: What has come down about those in the Fire, among the people who proclaim Allah’s Oneness, seeking assistance through him, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, as well as what is connected to the statement of the unbelievers [in the Qur’aan]:

«‘How is it that we do not see some men whom we used to count among the worst of people?’»

Chapter 4: What has come down in relation to those who seek succour through him, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, at times of drought and absence of rain-fall, and his prayer for seeking rain on their behalf, so that his ummah could take that as a Sunnah, on him be the prayer of mercy and forgiveness and the greeting of peace, as it has been firmly verified in the authentic transmitted reports

Chapter 5: What has come down in connection with those who sought assistance through him,

Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, from a famished condition, among the combatants in his raiding squadrons and other types of collective units

Chapter 6: What has come down regarding those who sought succour through him, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, from intense thirst, and about his army looking for shelter with him in Tabook and in al-Hudaybiyah, sobbing having strangulated them out of disquieting worry

Chapter 7: The punishment of the one who detracts from the station of ‘Umar and as-Siddeeq, رضي الله عنهما, with the result that chastisement deservingly attaches to him

Chapter 8: The quest for help by those who sought shelter in his grave, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, and lamented to him their noxious impairment and their poverty

Chapter 9: The request for assistance by those lost in the land or on the sea, and by the captives in the hands of despotic oppressors or in the hands of people who disbelieve in the Chosen Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam

Chapter 10: The request for assistance through him, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, by as-Siddeeq, may Allah be pleased with him , whose companionship to him has been corroborated by the Qur’aan and the authentic reports; his quest for asylum when Suraaqah was aiming to harm both of them; and the descent of calming quietude into his heart, both on that occasion and in the Cave

Chapters 11 to 18: The request for assistance through him and the taking of shelter in him, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, by the ailing people

Chapter 19: The camel’s request for assistance through the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, and its lamentation to him

Chapter 20: The female gazelle’s request for assistance through the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, and its seeking shelter in him

Chapter 21: The sparrow’s quest for shelter in him, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam, when it was distressingly bereaved of its two small ones

Chapter 22: The longing of the tree stump, and its grief over the departure of the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam

Sub-Chapter 22b: The ones among creation for whom the blessing of hadeeth-transmission grew, as they pursued truth thereby and emulated the Sunnah by refraining from asking save in a state of dire necessity

Chapter 23: What has been transmitted concerning the meritorious virtue of the prayer on the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam

Chapter 24: Those who had their sinful errors and their wrongdoings forgiven by virtue of their multitudinous prayers on him, Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam

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~ by The Murabit Blog on 07/19/2010.

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