Just a quick reflection on our Free Friday session for Collector’s Edition. Shaykh Yasir (hafidhahullah) was explaining the second hadith in Bukhari:
Al-Harith bin Hisham asked Allah’s Apostle “O Allah’s Apostle! How is the Divine Inspiration revealed to you?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “Sometimes it is (revealed) like the ringing of a bell, this form of Inspiration is the hardest of all and then this state passes off after I have grasped what is inspired. Sometimes the Angel comes in the form of a man and talks to me and I grasp whatever he says.” ‘Aisha added: Verily I saw the Prophet being inspired divinely on a very cold day and noticed the sweat dropping from his forehead (as the Inspiration was over).
From the details of the isnad to the various scholars mentioned, I was most humbled by the explanation of this particular hadith. SubhanAllah, it really makes you wonder what has happened to the Muslim Ummah, in that so many have neglected this Book without even thinking twice about the struggles our Messenger (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) went through.
An instance that shows just how heavy the Qur’an was upon the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is that when Surah al Ma’idah was revealed, He (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was on a camel but as soon as the wahi came down, the camel had to sit because the weight was just too much. If a camel, one of the most complex creations of Allah, could not handle the weight, imagine how heavy this was upon our Messenger (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
Upon another occasion, Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was resting his head on a Sahabi’s thigh when the revelation came. The Sahabi said that he suddenly felt as though his thigh would crack in half. And as we know, the Qur’an is repeatedly said to be tanzeel – a gradual revelation. Imagine how many times the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) went through this process of receiving and internalizing the heavy words of our Rabb, subhanhu wata’ala.
In a third story that was mentioned, Sh. Yasir explained the case of a Sahabi who was given permission to see the Messenger of Allah as he was receiving wahi. Just as our mother ‘Aisha (radhiallahu ‘anha) explained, he was found to be sweating and weary, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
إِنَّا سَنُلْقِي عَلَيْكَ قَوْلًا ثَقِيلًا
“Indeed, We shall send down to you a Heavy Word” [73:5]
In a reminder I heard by Ustadh Nouman, he exposed a reality that we are all too familiar with – the Qur’an sits in homes with beautiful covers and glossy prints but little effort is exerted to really reflect on the struggles that went into this Book. SubhanAllah, think about how much blood was shed and spilled for this cause? .. The insults that were hurled towards our Messenger (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) .. The emotional and physical harm he and his companions suffered .. The pain he and his family patiently endured .. The siraya and ghazawaat .. Think: How many years did he have to starve in his life so one day we could recite this Book?
“What have we done for this Book? What kind of time are we giving this Book?”
SubhanAllah. And If you think further about exactly how the revelation came down, Jibreel (‘alayhis salaam) comes to mind. It’s said that both times when our Messenger (salallahhu ‘alahi wasallam) saw Jibreel, it shook him to his core. Our imagination cannot even begin to grasp the creation of Jibreel. We know that he has 600 wings and that just 2 of his wings can cover the horizons. SubhanAllah. Think: If Jibreel is so magnificent and awe-inspiring … how Amazing, Supreme, Glorious, Great, Powerful, Magnificent must Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) be – the one who maintains and sustains him, ‘alayhis salaam. Allahu Akbar.
Although I wasn’t able to take this class, this profound reminder about the physical effects of wahi upon our Messenger (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is enough to preoccupy me till our next class inshaAllah.
May Allah azzawajal make us among those who are shaken by ayaat of Qur’an, by the words of the Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam). May we be protected from fruitless knowledge that has no benefit, or that sits in the back of our minds without action. May He, ‘azzawajal, protect us from hard hearts that remain unaware and from dua’s that are not responded to. Ameen.