Friday, September 18, 2009

Parents of The Holy Prophet (sawas)

Q. What do you say regarding the religion of the parents of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)?

A. "But honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not"(al Munafiqoon 63:8)

It is our belief that the Prophet's parents (Hadrat Abdullah and Hadrat Amina) were both true Believers, and they were granted the greatest of honors, in that they were the parents of the Master of Both Worlds (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

The proof of their Iman this is found in the following verse of the Holy Quran:

"Wa tawakkal `ala al-`azizi-r-rahim al-ladhi yaraka hina taqum wa taqallubaka fi-s-sajidin"

"And rely on the Almighty, the Merciful, Who sees you when you rise up, and your descending (lit. "taking turns") among those who fall prostrate in worship." (al-Shu`araa 26:217-219)

The author of Tafsir Uthmani comments:

"Some of the earlier writers have said that in this verse 'sajidin' represents the fathers [ancestors] of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), that is, the translation [i.e. transmission] of the Light of the Last Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) from one prophet to the other prophet culminating in the external appearance of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) in this world of matter. The scholars said by this verse the Iman of both of the Prophet's parents is confirmed." 1

May Allah bless Muhammad, and the family of Muhammad!

Ahmed Amiruddin

1. Allama Shabbir Ahmad Uthmani, Tafsir Uthmani, trans. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmad (Bombay: Taj Publishers, 1992) vol. 2, p. 1657.

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