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 Haazir O Naazir - Present and Witnessing Part-4

Qadi Ayyaz(RA) the well-known author of Shifa, writes "Whenever there is nobody present in the home and you enter the home recite "Assalamo Alaika Ayyohannabi Warahmatullah Wa Barakatahoo" Meaning "Peace be upon you `O` Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) of Allah and Allah`s mercy and blessings be upon you." (Shifa Sharif)

The point to note is that we are saluting the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) in the present tense i.e. accepting him as Haazir Naazir.

Mulla Ali Qari (RA): Substantiating on the above, the great Islamic scholar, Mulla Ali Qari(RA) in his Shareh Shifa writes, "The reason( for saluting the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) in the present tense) is that the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam`s) soul is HAAZIR (present) in every Muslim home". (Shareh Shifa)

There are a billion Muslim homes throughout the world, and according to the Islamic scholars, the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) is present in everyMuslim home, does this not prove that the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) is Haazir in many places at the same time and Naazir as well.

Imaam Ghazali (RA) the seal of Islam, a great scholar and a Sufi Master writes, "When you go into a mosque then say salaam to the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) because the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) is present (Haazir) in mosques." (Mirqat - Shareh Miskat)

There must be millions of Mosques situated around the world and in all mosques the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) is present spiritually. When the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) is Haazir then he must be seeing and therefore he must be Naazir as well.

It has been reported in the famous book `Tafseer-e-Roohul Bayan` that Imaam Ghazali (RA) stated, "the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) and his companions` souls have been given the right to travel the world and many Awliya Allah have seen the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam)."(Tafseer-e-Roohul Bayaan - Surah Malak )

Again Imaam Ghazali (RA), referring to the position of sitting (Tashahudd) during Salat and reciting `At-Tahiyyatu..`, says that on reciting the words `Ayyohannabi`(`O` Prophet) the reciter must behold the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) as Haazir. Imaam Ghazali (RA) says, ``And believe in your hearts that the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) is present (Haazir) and then say Assalamo Alaika Ayyohannabi`` (Ihya ` ul - Uloom Vol. 1 Section 3)

How strange, when we put the above argument forward to a Deobandi(Wahhabi) mullah in South London, the Deobandi mullah said, "we only recite `Ayyohannabi` because it is stated in the Hadith, otherwise reciting `Ayyohannabi` has no special significance". Who should we believe, the seal of Islam Imaam Ghazali(RA) or a `square head` Deobandi mullah. Perhaps our Deobandi mullah needs more proof. Let us give him and other `square heads` more proof.

Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Haqq Muhaddith Dehlvi (RA), the 30th in line of the Golden Naqshbandi Sufi Order, and someone whom Deobandis` are very fond of quoting, says, ``In Attahiyat, the reason for reciting `Ayyohannabi` is that Haqqiqat-e-Muhammadi (Reality (light) of the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam)) is present in every little thing. Therefore, it is present in the people praying Salat, and those performing the Salat should be fully aware of this fact and should not pay attention to anything except for the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam`s) presence (Haazri)``. (Madarijun Nabuwat Vol. 1 part 4 - Zikreh Fazaalileh Nabi )

Imaam Jalaluddin Suyuti (RA) says, "To keep watch of his own followers` work and to pray for their forgiveness; to pray for their abstention from bad deeds; to come and go in all parts of the world to give auspiciousness; if one pious person dies from his followers then to come and attend his janazah (funeral), all this is done by the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam)" (Intibahul Azkiyya)

Imaam Suyuti (RA) further states, ``If someone believes, that, while performing Milad Sharif, or at the end of Ramadan or while reciting Qasida(Naat) Sharif, that the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam`s) soul is present on these occasions, then to believe this is perfectly acceptable" (Shareh Sudoor)

By now any reasonable minded Muslim must, at least, accept that the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) has been granted the ability of being in several places at the same time, be it spiritually. However, some Muslim believe that the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) can even present himself physically.

Sheikh Abdul Haqq Muhaddis Dehlvi(RA) states, ``Allah Ta`ala has given the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) the strength and power to go anywhere he likes, he can go with his own body or only in soul. On the earth, in the sky, in the grave and the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam`s) connection stays with his own shrine.`` (Madarigun Naboowat Vol.2 Part4 Wasleh Hayaateh Ambiya)

Abdul Karim Ibn Ibrahim Al Jili (RA) is a descendant of the great Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (RA). Sheikh Jili (RA) gives us a mind-blowing insight into the reality of the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) in his book "The Perfect Man". However, we shall stay with the subject matter and quote Sheikh Jili (RA) on this subject alone. He writes "His original name is Muhammad (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam), his name of honor is Abu`l Qasim, his description Abdullah, and his title Shamsuddin. In every age he bears a name suitable to his guise in that age. I once met him in the form of my Sheikh". He further writes, "The truth of the matter is that the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) has the power of assuming every form (In every age)." (Al Insanul Kamil)

Sheikh Jili(RA) relates how the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) took the bodily form of Sheikh Shibli (RA). He writes, "Thus, when he appeared in the form of Shibli, Shibli said to his murid, `Bear witness that I am the Messenger of Allah`; and the murid, being of insight, recognized the Holy Prophet(Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam)and said, `I bear witness that thou art the Messenger Allah.` " (Al Insanul Kamil)

Finally, take heed of what the saint of saints has said on this subject.
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (RA) writing about the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) says, "He is called the Total Intellect, because he saw and understood everything." (Sirr al-asrar)

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (RA) further writes, "The soul of the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam), is watching you. He is pained, at seeing your state." (Sirral-asrar)

What more proof does anyone require. If our feeble minds are unable to understand the omnipresence the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) then that is our own weakness. However, to deny something when irrefutable proofs are presented is pure foolishness.