Rabu, 9 November 2011


History books contain the mention of an amazing incident that took place in the year 557 AH. At that time, the Abbasid dynasty was experiencing a sharp decline.  As the lands of the Muslims became plagued by weakness and even chaos, some Christians got together and plotted to remove the holy body of the Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h from his grave and to transport it back to their own lands, in what would obviously be a serious blow to the morale of the Muslims and Islam.

For this diabolical plot, they sent two men to Madinah, both of whom disguised themselves in Moroccan garments and claimed to be travelers who came to visit the holy city.

The two men stayed in a well-known house that was adjacent to the Prophet's Mosque.  In order to blend in with their milieu, they performed acts of worship in a conspicuous manner, always hoping to be seen by others in order to gain their trust.  But in secretive, they were plotting to achieve the task for which they had been sent. Having come up with a plan that, at least in their minds, was sure to work, they began to execute it.

They secretly began to dig a tunnel from inside their house, and by continuing to dig, they hoped to eventually reach the Prophet's grave.   Everyday they would dig a little bit, placing the extra dirt in bags. 

They of course did not want to be seen by anyone when they would dispose of the extra dirt, and so they would walk through the graveyard, they would slowly pour out the dirt from underneath their cloaks. And all the while they would be giving others the impression that they were visiting the graveyard in order to remember death and the hereafter. At times, they would also spill the excess dirt into a well that was near their home.

After many days of secret toil, the two men were finally near the grave of the holy Prophet. Feeling sure now that they would succeed in their mission, they began to concentrate their thoughts on concocting a plan to actually transport the Prophet's body to their homeland.  But they could plot and plan as much as they wanted, for  Allah had other plans for them.
Far away from Madinah, the ruler during that era, Nurad-Din Muhammad bin Zanki, saw a troubling dream.  In that dream, he saw the Prophet pointing to two men of red complexion, and instructing Nurad-Din Muhammad to protect him from them. Nurad-Din Muhammad then woke up, both frightened and agitated.  

In order to calm his nerves, he stood up to pray, after which he went back to sleep.  But during that night, he saw the same dream three times.  When he woke up the third time, he summoned for one of his ministers to come to him. 
That minister was Jamal Ad-Din Al-Musili, a wise minister who was a practicing righteous Muslim.  When the ruler finished telling him about his dream, Jamal Ad-Din said, " This is concerning something that is happening in Madinah.  Go now to the Prophet's city and keep secret what you have seen."

For the remainder of that night, Nurad-Din Muhammad made preparation to leave. 20 mounts were loaded, and 20 men, one of them being Jamal Ad-Din, made preparations to go with their leader. They made the journey from Ash-Sham (Syria and surrounding regions) to Madinah in 16 days.  

When they reached their destination, Nurad-Din Muhammad went to Ar-Raudah (a special place besides the Prophet's grave in the Prophet's Mosque) and prayed, but as of yet, he had no idea what he should do about his dream.
His minister, Jamal Ad-Din, asked him if he remembered what the two people he saw in his dream looked like.  Nurad-Din Muhammad said that he remembered  them clearly, and that if he were to see them now, he would certainly recognize them.  Jamal Ad-Din had a plan to apprehend the two men, and he immediately put it into action.  

When  the inhabitants of Madinah were gathered in the Mosque, Jamal Ad-Din made the following announcement :  " Indeed, the ruler has brought with him a great deal of wealth that has been earmarked for charity.  Have the poor ones among you register their names, and then bring them, so that each can take his fair share."  While each person came to take a share of the handout, Nurad-Din Muhammad was standing right there, looking at each person, in hope of seeing one or both of the men he saw in his dream.

Many people came and went, but Nurad-Din Muhammad saw no one who resembled either of the two men. He then asked, "Is there anyone left who still has not taken his share?" Someone said, " There remains two men from Morocco; they refuse to take their share, and indeed, they are both very righteous." "Bring them to me," were the immediate words that came out of Nurad-Din Muhammad's mouth.  

When the two men were brought before him, Nurad-Din Muhammad immediately recognized them: they were the two men that the Prophet pointed to in his dream. Nurad-Din asked them, " Where are you from?" They said, " We are from the West, and we have come here in order to perform Hajj.  After we arrived, we decided to stay here this year."

Perhaps their plot was not exactly clear to Nurad-Din at that moment, but he knew they were guilty of something, and so he continued to interrogate them, hoping that they would confess their crime, whatever it was.  But they kept to their story, and with no proof against them,  Nurad-Din then ordered for their home to be searched.  After a thorough search, they found nothing peculiar save a large amount of money that the two men had stored in their home.  As everyone began to file out of the two men's home, Allah guided Nurad-Din to look at the wooden floor. 
One of the boards was loose, and Nurad-Din stooped down to have a closer look.  He realized that the board was not attached solidly to the floor, and so he picked it up.  The people of Madinah were shocked to see the entrance of a tunnel and even more shocked to see where it led to, for they had been certain that the two men were righteous Muslims.

After being beaten by the irate ruler, the two men confessed that they weren't really from the West, but were instead two Christians who had been sent by their leaders with great deal of wealth that was paid to them upfront for the job of removing the holy Prophet's body from his grave and transporting the body to their lands. 

Nurad-Din ordered for the two men to be executed and for the tunnel to be blocked up and filled with dirt.  When these two orders were executed, he returned to Ash-Sham. And Allah knows best. 

 (Excerpt  from; Gems & Jewels, Wise Sayings, Interesting Events & Moral Lessons From the Islamic History. Compiled by: Abdul -Malik Mujahid, Darussalam 2003)

Emir of Damascus and Aleppo

ReignAleppo 1146-1174
Damascus 1156-1174
Full nameal-Malik al-Adil Nur ad-Din Abu al-Qasim Mahmud Ibn 'Imad ad-Din Zangi
Died15 May 1174
Place of deathDamascusSyria
BuriedNur al-Din Madrasa
PredecessorImad ad-Din Zengi
SuccessorAs-Salih Ismail al-Malik
DynastyZengid dynasty
FatherImad ad-Din Zengi

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