Sacred Hair of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم), a precious collection!
Verily, anything related to Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is a blessing and mercy from Allah as implied from the verse of Quran.
Those who understood it at the foremost were none but the companions of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) themselves. They had even competed each other to attain this significance. There are many Hadiths reported in authentic books explaining this fact and how much they loved, cared and collected all possible souvenirs from the Mercy to the universe Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Among the sacred mementos was the hairs distributed by Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) Himself to His companions.
Muslim narrated in his Sahih that Anas (رضي الله عنه) related, “The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) came to Mina and threw stones and then he came to his tent in Mina after he made the sacrifice, and he told the barber ‘take my hair’ and he pointed first to his right, then to his left. Then he began to distribute the hair to the Sahaba.”
According to Muslim, in the same hadith, according to another narration by Hafs (رضي الله عنه), “the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) when he shaved his right side, began to distribute either one hair or two hairs to every Sahabi, then he did the same with the hairs from the left side.”
In Musnad, Imam Ahmad said, transmitted by Anas (رضي الله عنه), “when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) shaved his head in Mina, he gave me the hair of the right side and he said, ‘O Anas! take it to Ummu Salim.’ When the Sahaba saw what the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) gave us, they began to compete to take the hair from the left side, and everyone was getting a share from that.”
It is narrated by Bukhari in his Sahih in the Book of Clothes, under the chapter “What is mentioned about gray hair”, that Usman bin ‘Abdullah bin Mawhab (رضي الله عنه) said, “my family sent me to Ummu Salamah (رضي الله عنه) with a cup of water. And Ummu Salamah (رضي الله عنه) brought out a silver bottle which contained one of the hairs of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), and it used to be that if anyone came under the evil eye or ill health they used to send her a cup of water through she would pass this hair [for drinking] and we used to look into the silver bottle: I saw some reddish hairs.”
Imam Hafiz ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari, Volume 10, page 353, said, “they used to call the silver bottle in which the hair of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was kept ‘jiljalan’ and that bottle was in the home of Ummu Salamah (رضي الله عنه).”
Imam al-‘Ayni said, “Ummu Salamah (رضي الله عنه) had some of the hairs of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in a silver bottle, and when some people got ill, they used to go and obtain blessings from these hairs and they would be healed by means of its blessings. They used to take the hair of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and they used to pass it through a cup of water and they would immediately be healed. And this explanation of the hadith is mentioned in Bukhari.”
Companions Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) transferred many Sacred Hairs to next generations. Passing through generations to generations many Sacred Hairs have been reached our era which are preserved with utter dignity in many parts of the world.
In Abu Dhabi, capital of United Arab Emirates a family descended from Khasraj tribe of Ansars of Madinah al Munawwarah keeps an enviable collection belonging to Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Among it is a huge number of Sacred Hairs. One would be eclipsed by emotion upon seeing this.
This collection is exhibited to public occasionally. Shaikh Ahmad Muhammad Al Khazraji, current custodian of this sacred collection dips the hairs in water and presents the water it to the eager public. Many people lucky to be present in such an event held last year personally explained me about it.
There is nothing precious in the earth than this collection. Our beloved Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had distributed it for the future generations to get His blessings.
Imam Ahmad in his Musnad said, “from Ibn Sireen from Ubaydah Salmani that he said, ‘O Allah! If only I would have a hair of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) which I could keep with me: that would be more precious to me than the white and the yellow and everything that is on the earth and what is inside it.'”
In ‘Umdat il-Qari, a section of Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari, “Khalid bin Waleed used to keep in his clothes some hairs of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and for that reason he was always victorious.”
It is said in the same volume of the same book, “Khalid bin Waleed asked Abu Talhah to give him from the hair of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) distributed his hair among the Sahaba. And he asked to give him from the front side of the head. And Abu Talhah gave him from the front side. And that is the reason he was always in the front.”
Unfortunately there are some wicked people who are bit vary on paying esteem to belongings of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Though they boast themselves as ideologists or purists their stance is clear. They unplug their evil tongue and pen to disrespect Allah’s prime creation Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
Real believers who love Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) know that there were similar bands even during His time called hypocrites. So their love and respect to anything related to Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) will not fade by effect of ugly interference of these people, rather it will amplify further and farther.
Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had told “Whoever held enmity towards one hair from me held enmity to me and whoever held enmity to me Allah has become enemy to him.”
[Kunz al-Ummal, Haakim, ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, Ahmad: authenticated by others as well]
Allah have strongly warned those who annoy Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم)
I have posted before an article about the sensational ceremony held recently in a south Indian city to handover a Sacred Hair, Sacred Hair of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in India. The lucky Imam who received this precious souvenir recently announced constructing a mammoth Masjid to host the Sacred Hair.
Another set of Sacred Hair in preserved in Imam Husain (رضي الله عنه) Masjid in Cairo as explained in Rare belongings of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in Masjid Imam Husain
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