RANDOM THOUGHTS: Memories and a Miracle - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

Memories and a Miracle
Dr. A.Q. Khan


As one gets older one more and more often closes one eyes and, unintentionally, goes back in time and to nostalgic memories. This happens to me quite often lately. Thanks to the Almighty, I have had a good, eventful life to look back on. Birth and growing up in Bhopal was like a paradise on earth. I had loving parents, the city was beautiful and scenic with mountains, lakes, abundant wildlife and many different kinds of fruits growing wild in the forest, which we, while growing up, used to pluck and enjoy freely. I was lucky to have excellent, committed, kind teachers with a friendly school atmosphere conducive to learning. As hobbies we played hockey and football, and fished and swam in the lakes. I could not have wished for a better childhood.

During school holidays we would read our old, historic literature. Alif Laila (Arabian Nights), Tilism Husruba and Fasanee Azad are all still clear in my mind as are the Islamic history books I read, notably those written by Abdul Haleem Sharar, Naseem Hijazi, etc. These history books we found particularly interesting because they not only contained chronicles of war and heroism, but also stories from the daily lives of valiant, simple, down-to-earth commanders. These were the stories about Khalid bin Walid, Tariq bin Ziad, Malik Zaheer Baybars, Marwan bin Abdul Malik, Yousuf bin Tashfeen and the very brave and valiant Sultan Nuruddin Zangi. It was Sultan Zangi who was blessed with a miracle of sorts. He was the son of Sultan Imaduddin Zangi. They were members of the Oghuz Turkish Zangi dynasty who ruled the Syrian Province of the Seljuk Empire. They ruled this Province from early in the 12th century until early 13th century. After the treacherous murder of Sultan Imaduddin Zangi by his servants, the army and nobles appointed Nuruddin Zangi as his successor. He was a brave and valiant warrior and defeated the Christian armies in the Crusades. The story of his miracle is as follows:

One night Sultan Nuruddin went to rest after Isha prayers. He had a dream in which he saw our Holy Prophet (PBUH) who informed him that miscreants were planning mischief to harm his (the Prophet’s) body. The Sultan was a little perplexed but thought it was only a dream. The following night he again had the same dream and this time he became worried about it. On the third day the same dream came to him and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) reprimanded him for not doing anything about the matter and that two miscreants in particular were troubling Him. In his dream, the Sultan even clearly saw their faces. Now he became really troubled and the following morning he took a contingent of soldiers and galloped towards Madina. In those days, this journey would normally take about 25 days, but he and his soldiers covered it in just 16 days. On reaching Madina, he ordered all gates to be closed and he asked the Governor to invite all the males to a dinner on a plain. During this dinner, the Sultan personally went around and checked each and every person present, but he did not see the two men he had seen in his dream. He then enquired if there were any other men in the city who had not attended the dinner. The Governor informed him that there were two elderly, foreign pilgrims who were staying in a small house near Masjid-e-Nabvi. They spent the whole day in prayer and in the evenings they went to Jannatul Baqui to provide water to visitors. They had been there for quite some time. The Sultan asked the Governor to take him to see the two men. When he entered the room, he immediately recognized them as those he had seen in his dream. The room was a dilapidated place with only a few pots and pans strewn around. There was a mat on the floor. When the Sultan put his foot on the mat, he noticed that it felt hollow underneath. The Sultan asked his soldiers to remove the mat and they found the entrance to a tunnel underneath it. He asked the men who they were. They started trembling and replied that they were Jews (they knew all the Islamic prayers and spoke Arabic fluently). They had been commissioned by Christian rulers to steal the body of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in order to defame Islam. The Sultan became extremely angry, pulled his sword for its scabbard and chopped off the heads of both men. Upon entering the tunnel, he saw, at the end of it, the feet of the Holy Prophet (PBUH); he kissed them wept. He told the Governor and his soldiers that it had been a real blessing from Almighty Allah that he had been chosen for such an important task. He continued to weep until he reached the Governor’s residence. The next day he ordered a deep trench to be dug around the grave of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), which he then filled with molten lead. This would ensure that nobody could reach the grave in future. This miracle is there for everyone to see and remember, Alhamdulillah.

Unfortunately, the young generation is no longer interested in the old classics, poetry and history of our region. Their interests nowadays are focused on smart phones and social media, which often isolates them from personal interaction with family, friends and current events. I saw a picture/videa (on my smart phone!) of a warning by Prof.Dr. Albert Einstein telling us that advancement in technology would destroy family interactions, the warmth of friendship and personal communication between family and friends. There were pictures of people all busy on their phones and nobody was communicating or appreciating their surroundings. That is exactly what we see nowadays where ever we go.

Posted on Nov 13, 18 | 6:44 am