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 The Lawful Conditions of Islamic Relics Part-4

The sayings and the conditions of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam are minarets of light and guidance for us. Their very sayings and actions are proofs of Shariat. The solution to many laws concerning the permissibility and prohibition can be attained from the actions of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam. Thus, in the argument of gaining benefit and blessings from the blessed belongings and relics of pious people, it is of utmost importance to examine the sayings of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam so that the solution becomes absolutely clear.
There are various sayings of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam concerning the respect and honour of Tabarukaat and the gaining of blessings from it. But, we will quote only a few for the benefit of the readers.

(1) Hazrat Asma bint Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhuma) took out a Kasrani cloak. Its plait was silk and both the collars had silk work. She said: "This is the Cloak of Rasulullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). It was in the possession of Umul Mo`mineen, Hazrat Aisha Siddiqa (radi Allahu anha), and I took it after her demise. Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to wear it and we used to continuously wash it and give to the ill to drink and acquire cure from it." (Bukhari; Muslim)

It is realised from this hadith that to obtain blessings from Tabarukaats - to wash them and give it to the sick for strength -is the manner of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam. It is also Mustahab (desirable). Therefore, in the commentary of this Hadith, Imam Nawawi (radi allahu anhu) states: "In this hadith, there is proof of gaining blessings from the belongings and garbs of the pious people." (Sharah Muslim, Vol. 2, page 191)

It is also evident from this Hadith of the Prophet (salall laahu alaihi wasallam) that the Sahaba used to receive Tabarukaat with much pleasure. They used to keep it with great care. They also allowed others to make Ziyaarat of it and they believed that cure and blessing can be gained from it. Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhadith-e-Dehlwi (radi Alalhu anhu) quotes: "It is said that Hazrat Asma used to allow Ziyaarat of the Cloak just for the sake of Tabrukaat and blessings." (Ash`atul Lam`aat, Vol. 2, page 446)

So, the Ziyaarat of the belongings of the pious people is the way of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam and this has been continuing till now.

(2) Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (rad Allahu anhuma) was seen to be rubbing his hands on the spot of the Mimbar where Rasulullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to sit and he used to rub his hands on his face. (Shifa Shareef; Tabqaat-e-Ibne Sa`ad)
Note! Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhuma) was gaining blessings from that spot where the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to be present. From this, it is understood that to gain blessings from the Tabarukaat - to touch and kiss these blessed relics - is the way of the Sahaba.

(3) "I swear by Allah, that when anything came out of the blessed nose of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), then it would go into the hand of any Sahaba who used to rub it on his face and body. If Rasulullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) commanded them to do anything, then they would act swiftly. When the Prophet (salall laahu alaihi wasallam) would perform Wudhu, then it was close that they may struggle for your wudhu water." (Bukhari, Vol. 1, page 279)

We gain from this that anything from the blessed body of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was respected and exalted. The Sahaba showed so such respect and honour to them that even before anything fell onto the ground, they used to take it and rub it onto their faces and bodies. This is the excellence of their Imaan.

From this it is also gained that every possession of a pious person is blessed and to gain blessing from it is the method of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam. Imam Ahmed bin Ali bin Hajr Asqilaani (radi Allahu anhu) states: "From this hadith it is proven that the moisture from the nose, and the hair which is separated from the body is paak (pure) and to gain blessing from the pure parts of the pious people is permissible." (Fathul Baari, Vol. 5, page 341)
(4) Hazrat Khalid bin Walid (radi Allahu Anhu) kept a few blessed hairs of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in his hat. In one of the battles, Hazrat Khalid bin Walid`s (radi Allahu anhu) hat fell off his head, with the result that he advanced a powerful attack to retrieve it. This was also due to certain objections from his companions. Many Muslims were martyred in this battle. Hazrat Khalid bin walid (radi Allahu anhu) said: "This attack of mine was not for the hat but it was for the blessed hair of Rasulullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), that it`s Barkat should stay by me and not get into the hands of the Kufaar." (Shifa Shareef)

This attack of Hazrat Khalid bin Walid (radi Allahu anhu) was such that he did not wish to be deprived of the blessings of the blessed hair. This clearly proves that the Sahaba believed in gaining blessings from the blessed Baal Mubaarak (Hair), they protected and the respected the blessed hair, and they would even put their lives in jeopardy for it.
(5) This was the respect and the honour of the blessed hair of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) which is more excellent than everything in the world. All their lives, the Sahaba respected that hair on which the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) passed his blessed hands.