Mustâfa ’Ishqî Effendi
Mustâfa ’Ishqî Effendi (rahimah-Allâhu ta’âlâ) of Kilis wrote in his history book Mawârid-i Majidiyya: “I stayed in Mecca for twenty years. I, my wife and children, after saving sixty gold coins, migrated to Medina in 1247 A.H. (1831 A.D.). We spent all the money during the journey. We went to a friend as guests. I visited the Hujrat as-Sa’âda and asked Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam) for help. Three days later, a gentleman came to the house where we were staying and said that he had rented a house for us. He brought my things there. He paid the rent for one year. After a few months, I fell ill and stayed in bed for a month. There was nothing left to eat or sell in the house. With my wife’s help, I climbed up to the roof, I had wanted to tell about my troubles towards Rasûlullah’s (sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam) tomb and ask for help. But when I raised my hands to pray, I felt ashamed to ask for something worldly. I couldn’t say anything. I descended to my room. The next day, someone came and said that some kind person sent some gold coins to me as a gift. I took the purse. Our trouble ended but my illness went on. Assisted, I went to the Hujrat as-Sa’âda and asked Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam) for recovery. I left the Masjid and walked home without asking for anybody’s help. I completely recovered by the time I entered the house. I went out with a walking stick for a few days for protection against evil eyes. Soon, the money was all spent. Leaving my wife and children in the dark, I performed the night prayer in Masjid an-Nabawî and then told Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam) about my trouble. On the way back home a person that I did not know approached me and gave me a purse. I saw there were forty-nine gold coins each worth nine kurus. I bought candles and other needs and returned home.”
It is written in the second volume of the translation of the book Shaqâyiq-i Nu’mâniyya that when the great Islamic scholar Mawlânâ Shamsaddîn Muhammad bin Hamza al-Fanârî (rahimah Allâhu ta’âlâ), the first Shaikh al-Islâm of the Ottoman Empire and mujaddid of his time, who became blind from cataracts, had one night dreamt of our Master Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam), who commanded him, “Explain (make a tafsîr of) the Sûra of Tâhâ!” He replied, “I do not have the power to explain al-Qur’ân al-karîm in your audience. Besides, my eyes cannot see.” Then our Master Rasûlullah, who was the physician of prophets, pulled out a piece of cotton from his blessed khirka and, after wetting it with his blessed saliva, put it on Mollâ al-Fanârî’s eyes, who woke up and found the piece of cotton on his eyes, and when he took it away he began to see. He praised and thanked Allahu ta’âlâ. He kept the piece of cotton and willed that it should be put on his eyes after his death. His testament was fulfilled when he died in Bursa in 834 (1431 A.D.).
Hadrat Imâm Mâlik (rahimah-Allâhu ta’âlâ), while conversing with Abu Ja’far Mansûr, the ’Abbasîd Caliph, told him in Masjid an-Nabawî, “O Mansûr! We are in the Masjid as- Sa’âda! Lower your voice! Allahu ta’âlâ reprimanded a congregation of worshippers in his declaration in Sûrat al Hujurât, ‘Make not thy voice louder than My Messenger’s!’ And in the âyat al-karîma, ‘Those who speak softly in the Prophet’s presence…’ He praised those who speak softly.
Respecting Rasûlullah after his death is like respecting him when he was alive.” Mansûr, bending his neck, said, “Oh Abâ ’Abdullah! Shall I face the qibla or the Qabr as-Sa’âda?” Hadrat Imâm Mâlik said, “Do not turn your face away from Rasûlullah! That exalted Prophet (sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam), the intercessor on the Day of Judgment, will intercede for you and for your father Âdam’s (’alaihi’s-salâm) salvation on the Day of Judgment.
You should ask for his intercession facing the Qabr as-Sa’âda and attach yourself to Rasûlullah’s blessed soul. The 64th âyat of the Sûrat an-Nisâ declared, purpoting, ‘“If those who oppress their own nafses, they come to you and beg Allahu ta’âlâ for mercy and if My Rasûl also intercedes for them, they will certainly find Allahu ta’âlâ Compassionate and Merciful.”
This âyat promises that the tawba of those who make an intercessor of Rasûlullah will be accepted.” Thereupon, Mansûr stood up and in front of the Hujrat as Sa’âda, “O my Rabb!” he said, “You promised that You will accept the tawba of those who make Your Messenger an intercessor! And I supplicate to You for forgiveness in Your Exalted Prophet’s high presence. Forgive me, too, as Your servants whom You had forgiven when they asked for forgiveness when he [the Prophet] was alive! O my Rabb! I beg You through Your Exalted Prophet’s intercession who is the Nabî ar-Rahma (Prophet of Graciousness). O Muhammad, the most superior of Prophets! I begged my Rabb through your intercession. O my Rabb! Make that Exalted Prophet an intercessor for me!” While he prayed he stood in front of and faced the window of the Muwâjahat as- Sa’âda, the qibla being behind and the Minbar an Nabawî on his left.
The advice given to Khalîfa Mansûr by Hadrat Imâm Mâlik (rahimah-Allâhu ta’âlâ) shows that those who pray in front of the Hujrat as-Sa’âda should be very vigilant; it is not right for those who cannot show the modesty and respect appropriate for that place to stay long in al-Madinat al-Munawwara.
An Anatolian villager who had stayed and gotten married in al-Madinat al-munawwara and had been doing a certain service at the Hujrat as-Sa’âda for years, one day caught a feverish illness and longed for ayran (a cool drink made of yogurt and water). “I would have ayran made from yogurt and drink it, if I were in my village,” he thought to himself. That night, Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam) appeared in Shaikh al- Haram Effendi’s dream and ordered him to entrust that certain service done by the Anatolian villager to someone else. When he answered, “O Rasûlullah! A person from your umma is in that service,” the Prophet ordered, “Tell that person to go to his village and drink ayran!” in reply. The villager said, “As you command!” and set out for his country when the order was communicated to him the next day.
Hence, it should be realized that if a mere thought would cause such a loss, what great a loss will happen -may Allah forbid- because of an unsuitable word or an action unconformable to âdâb, even if it is a joke.