TELLING OF THE UNSEEN
PROPHET MOHAMMAD (Peace be upon him)
His telling of some incidents in the future does not mean he knows everything that is to take place in the future. Allah the almighty gave him this advantage in knowledge in certain situations. His people disbelieved in him, yet when he tells them that something will happen in the future, they believed him without a doubt. This does not mean that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) could always tell the future or is a fortune-teller.
“Say (O Muhammad) I possess no power of benefit or hurt to myself except as Allah wills. If I have the knowledge of the Ghaib (unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me. I am but a warner, and bring glad tidings unto people who believe.” [Qur`an 7:188]
UKAIDIR IN DUMAT AL-JANDAL.
The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) dispatched Khalid bin Al-Waleed at the head of four hundred and fifty horsemen to ‘Ukaidir in Dumat Al-Jandal and said to him: “You will see him hunting oryxes.”
So when Khalid drew near his castle and was as far as an eye-sight range, he saw the oryxes coming out rubbing their horns against the castle gate. As it was moon light night, Khalid could see Ukaidir come out to hunt them. He captured him, though he was surrounded by his men and brought him back to the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) who spared his life and made peace with him for the payment of two thousand camels, eight hundred heads of cattle, four hundred armours and four hundred lances. Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) instructed him to recognize the duty of paying tribute and made him responsible for collecting it from Dumat, Tabuk, Ailah and Taima’.
AN ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET (Peace Be Upon Him)
The impact of defeat at Badr was so great that the Makkans began to burn with indignation and resentment over their terrible losses. Two of the polytheists volunteered to quench their thirst and eliminate the source of that humiliation i.e. the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). ‘Umair bin Wahab Al-Jumahi, a terrible polytheist and an archenemy Safwan bin Omaiyah sat together lamenting their loss and remembering their dead and captives. ‘Umair expressed a fervent desire to kill the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and release his captured son in Madinah, if it was not for the yoke of debts he was under and the large family he had to support. Safwan, also had his good reasons to see the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) killed, so he offered to settle ‘Umair’s debts and support his family if he went on with his plan. ‘Umair agreed and asked Safwan to keep the scheme a secret. He left for Madinah, with a sword to which he applied some kind of lethal poison. ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab saw him at the door of the Mosque and understood that he had come with evil intentions. He immediately went into the Mosque and informed the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). He was allowed to enter, looped by the sling of his sword and greeted saying “good morning”, to which the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) replied that Allah had been Gracious and taught them the greeting of the dwellers of Paradise: “peace be upon you!”
To a question raised by the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) about his object, ‘Umair said that he had come to see that his captured son was well treated. As for the sword, which the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) inquired him, he cursed it and said that it gained them nothing. On exhorting him to tell his real goal, he remained adamant and did not divulge the secret meeting with Safwan. Here the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) got impatient and himself revealed to ‘Umair the latter’s secret mission. ‘Umair was taken by surprise, then an incredible astonishment seized him and he immediately declared the Shahadha. He then began to praise Allah’s compassion for having been guided to the ‘Straight Path’. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was pleased, asked his companions to teach ‘Umair the principles of Islam, recite to him the Noble Qur’an and release his son from captivity. Safwan, meanwhile was still entertaining false illusions as to the approaching redemption of honor and burying the memory of Badr. He was impatiently waiting for ‘Umair’s news but to his great surprise he was told that the man had embraced Islam and become a devoted believer. ‘Umair later came back to Makkah where he started to call people unto Islam and actually managed to convert a lot of Makkans to Islam.
THE STORY OF THE TRENCH.
The Muslims were digging the trench during the Battle of the Trench and some supernatural prophetic signs were shown at that time Jabir bin ‘Abdullah, seeing the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) starving, slaughtered a sheep, cooked some barley arequested the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and some Companions to accept his invitation. But the Prophet gathered all the thousand people engaged in digging the trench a