His birth was “a mercy to the worlds” [Quran, 21:107]
Indeed Rabīʽ al-awwal has gifted Muslims till eternity with the perfect model for all humanity. After the Holy Quran, the Ḥadīth (sayings of the Prophet[peace be upon him) and Sunnah (accounts of his way of life) are the most important Islamic texts. Almighty Allah informs us in the Quran that He sent the Prophet (peace be upon him) to convey Allah’s revelatory signs to us, purify our hearts, teach us scripture and impart wisdom. In this series of articles we present Ahadith which highlight the special characteristics and qualities of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). These ahadith demonstrate to us the miraculous vision of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).
According to Hadrat Abu Hurayra (RA): Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) led us in the ritual prayer one day, then he turned around and said, “O So and So! Why do you not perform your ritual prayer rightly? When the worshiper performs the ritual prayer, does he not consider how he is performing the ritual prayer, for he is only praying for himself? By Allah, I surely see from behind me just as I see in front of me!'” [Sahih Muslim,Bk. al-Salat 1/319 Hadith #423;al-Nasai in al-Sunan Bk. al-Imama 2/118 Hadith #872 and in al-Sunan al-Kubra,1/303 Hadith #944;al-Bayhaqi in al-Sunan al-Kubra ,2/290 Hadith #3398 and in al-Shu’ab al-Iman ,3/134 Hadith #3113]
According to Hadrat Thawban (RA): Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Allah collected the earth together for me so I saw both its eastern regions and western regions. Soon the domain of my Ummah(community) will surely reach to that extent to which the earth has been collected together for me…..” [Muslim in al-Sahih , Bk. al-Fitan wa Ashrat al-Sa’ah 4/2215 Hadith #2889;al-Tirmidhi in al-Sunan,Bk. al-Fitan 4/472 Hadith #2176;Abu Dawud in al-Sunan Bk. al-Fitan wa-al Malahim 4/97 Haidith #4252;Ahmed ibn Hanbal in al-Musnad ,5/278 Hadith #22448]
According to Hadrat Anas b. Malik(RA): Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “By the One in whose hand(of dominion) is my soul, the Garden of Paradise and the Fire of Hell have been displayed to me just now in front of this wall while I was performing the ritual prayer but I have not viewed good and evil (so vividly) as today!'” [al-Bukhari in al-Sahih ,Bk. Al-Itisam bi al-Kitab wa al-Sunna 6/2660 Hadith#6864;Bk.al-Mawaqit al-Salat Ch.1/200,Hadith #2001 and al-Bukhari in Al-Adab al-Mufrad ,1/404 Hadith #1184;Muslim in al-Sahih Bk. al-Fadail 4/1832 Hadith#2359;Ahmed ibn Hanbal in al-Musnad 3/162 Hadith #12681]