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Virtues and Significance of India [Al-Hind]

by Minhaj

We wish everyone a Happy Independence day which marks 75 years of Independence from the British colonial regime. On this occasion, we pray to Almighty Allah that  -Let peace prevail in the country, and we become free in our mind, body, faith, and soul. Let there be nothing but unity.

The Islamic traditions tell us that our country, India[Al-Hind] is a fountainhead of many great virtues. In the below article, we present a few of them.
HADRAT ADAM(AS) DESCENDED IN INDIA According to the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)’s companion, Hadrat Abu Hurayra(RA), “Hadrat Adam(AS) – the first human being sent on earth, descended in Hind{India}.”►{Abu Nuaym Hilyatul Awliya , Vol 5 , Page 107 ; Imam Daylami Musnad Al-Firdous , Vol 4 , Page 271 Hadith #6798; Ibn-e-Asakir in At-Tarikh Vol 7 ,Page 437}

FIRST DIVINE REVELATION It is India, where the Angel Gabriel (AS) descended for the first time, and thus it is this land that has the honor of receiving the first revelation of Almighty Allah on earth.

Hazrat Abu Hurayra [Radiyallahu Anhu] narrated this Hadith from Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) that to console Hadrat Adam(AS), Almighty Allah had sent Angel Gabriel(AS) to Hadrat Adam(AS). When he met  Prophet Adam[AS], he recited: Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, Ashahadu An la Ilaha Illallah, Wa Ashhadu Anna Mohammadur Rasoolullah.
The recitation was the same as in Adhan (call for prayer) today. When Hadrat Adam (AS) heard the name ‘Muhammad’, he inquired: O’ Allah! Whose name is this?Promptly came the reply: ‘He is the one from among your progeny, who would be the last Prophet of humanity.’ ►(Tabrani, Abu Naeem, Ibn-e-A’sakir).

From this tradition, it becomes clear that the descent of Hadrat Gabriel(AS) on earth, the declaration of Unity of Almighty Allah and His Greatness and the proclamation of prophethood of Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) for the first time was made on the Indian soil, which fortunately today is our motherland.


Hadrat Adam(AS) traveled several times from India to Makkah for Ziyarah and it is mentioned in a tradition that he traveled 70 times on foot specifically for performing Hajj pilgrimage from India.
Hadrat Adam(AS) went to Mecca to perform Hajj from India on foot 70 times during his lifetime. He later settled in Mecca in the later part of his life.[Imam Suyuti,Al-Durr ul-Mansoor,Vol. 1 Page 314]


Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) pointed out the medicinal values of a tree called Oudh that grows in India in the below hadith.
Hadrat ‘Ubaydullah(Radiyallahu Anhu) related that Hadrat Umm Qays bint Mihsan (Radiyallahu Anha)  said, “I heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘You must have this Indian aloes (oudh). It contains seven remedies. It is snuffed by someone with a sore throat, and it is put in the side of the mouth of someone with pleurisy.’►{Sahih Bukhari , The Book of Medicine ,Hadith #5368)

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