Blessed Hair on display in Abu Dhabi
Much was told and heard on the Sacred Relics in possession of respected Shaikh Ahmad Mohammed Al Khazraji (طول الله عمره). Many have witnessed them in the past and shown their extreme respect to the real owner of those Relics. Many have collected water passed over the Hair of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and used it and saved it for future in order to cure illness of their body and soul.
Yes, a true believer believes that his faith won’t be complete until and unless he show the utmost love and respect to Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). For a believer to have Relic of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in his vicinity is an inspiration, motivation and zeal.
For me it was one of the happiest moments in life when I was just close to Sacred Hair of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) watching it right in front of my very eyes. The emotions were supreme. So was the case for hundreds of believers who massed at the home of Shaikh Khazraji to watch this event held on 23rd night of the Holy Month Ramadan – 1432.
Neglecting hot and humid summer night in Abu Dhabi, a huge crowd gathered in the special tent erected for the purpose. Many were seen sweating profusely, but they didn’t bother a bit and remained there for hours watching the happenings there. Many local and international scholars were present at the venue. Apart from UAE citizens, people from many other nationalities like Indians, Pakistanis, Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians and Sudanese were present there.
Shaikh Khazraji invited Shaikh Aboobacker Ahmad from India to offer a sermon. The Shaikh then requested the gathering to recite four Fatihas, one to the presence of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم), another to the soul of Shaikh Zayed al Nahyan, another for betterment of health of Shaikh Khaleefa bin Zayed and another for prosperity of all believers alive or death.
Shaikh Khazraji with own hands – what a blessed hand he has got MashaAllah- untied the Hairs from its holder latched in a cylindrical container. He respectfully kept it on some piece of cotton cloth over a metallic tray which is connected using pipes with five small containers. He and his associates poured water into those containers and water flowed through the Sacred Hair and got collected in another five containers fitted with taps. They bottled that water and readied for distribution.
During era of Sahaba – companions of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) – used to dip the Sacred Hairs in water and used the water for curing diseases. Following this tradition, Shaikh Khazraji who is from Khazraj tribe which was a prime tribe in Madinah at the time of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is doing it here and offering this water to many believers. He pointed out during his speech that, to his knowledge there are many incidents where this water cured diseases.
Once water has been drained out they cut the cotton cloth which was kept beneath into small pieces for distribution to the believers. Those who present were reciting Salat and reading anasheed praising Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Then they tied the Hairs using a piece of cotton back to the holder in the original container and covered the container with a green shawl. Afterwards chanting ‘Talaa al Badru’ (طلع البدر علينا) and beating duf (دف) they returned the container back to its original place in the house of the Shaikh.
Later khaleej’s (Gulf) common party food – Lamb kabsa – was distributed in big trays for the public. Many pastry and sweet items also were given.
This is a yearly event. I was unlucky not to be there in past years. This time though it was too crowded for comfort. I guess this huge gathering is owing to the recent publicity of this unmatched possession after one each Hair from this collection was transferred to Sudan and India recently. Many were unable to get the water or piece of the cotton cloth. But those who have got it could be seen sharing the water with others who were left behind.