RANDOM THOUGHTS: More on Rumi - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

More on Rumi
Dr. A.Q. Khan


Maulana Rumi’s Masnavi is a world-famous work that has been translated from Persian into many other languages. It is very interesting as it contains many anecdotes and stories with moral values. In my column of 23rd January I had written the story about the person who wrote down the divine revelations that were being conveyed to the Holy Prophet (PBUH). It was said that one day, when the angel Gabrael conveyed a vahi (revelation) and our Holy Prophet narrated that sura to the writer, he guessed a few words in advance (it was sometimes possible to guess the last one or two words to complete a sentence – ayat – as there was a certain rhythmic structure to the revelations). I had mentioned at the time that I was unable to trace the name of the scribe. In reaction to my column, two Pakistanis – Mr. Tanvir Phool from New York and Mr. Muhamad Hayat Rathore from Azad Kashmir – sent me more details about this incident, which I am reproducing below for the readers’ information.

Mr. Tanvir Phool writes: “The Urdunet Japan carried the column by Dr. A.Q. Khan on 24th January, 2017 in which Dr. Khan mentions that he could not find this episode in literature. In this connection I would like to submit that the half brother of Hazrat Usman Ghani (both drank milk from the same lady), viz. Abdullah bin Saad bin Abi Sarah, commonly known as Abdullah bin Abi Sarah or Ibn Abi Sarah, was the one who was the writer of the Divine revelations. He lost his senses and fled from Madina to Makkah. He started saying that when the holy prophet said ghafurrahim, he wrote down Ghafur Halim and, God forbid, the prophet did not know about it. Thus, by becoming an apostate, he tried to create doubts in the minds of the Muslims about the veracity of the holy Quran. The Quranic edict says that to create discontent and trouble was worst than a murder. The infidels were happy and tried to make a mockery of Islam. On hearing about his mischief, the holy Prophet (PBUH) ordered the Muslims to kill him wherever he was found. After the conquest of Makkah, Abdullah bin Abi Sarah was hiding here and there. Not finding any place to hide, he went to Hazrat Usman Ghani (RA) and beseeched him to intercede on his behalf to request the holy prophet to pardon him. On the persistent requests by Hazrat Usman Ghani, the holy prophet spared his life. Later he was appointed as Governor of Egypt. This episode is available in Sanam Abi Daud, Kitabul Jihad, Hadis No. 179.”

Mr. Muhamad Hayat Rathore, a Higher Secondary School teacher of Islamic Subjects, writes as follows: “My dear Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Mohsine-Pakistan, Assalamo Alaikum. May Allah keep you in good health and safe. I am a regular reader of your weekly column, Sehar Honey Tak. Your column, Masnavi Maulana Rumi in the daily Jang of 23.1.17 contained a note that you could not find this episode of the man who became apostate by claiming to receive the divine revelations. ‘So blessed be Allah, the best to create.’ (23:14). Abdullah bin Saad Abi Sarah was the revelations writer of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He narrated the above-mentioned aayat (23:14) before the Holy Prophet could tell him. On hearing that aayat, the Holy Prophet said to write it down as it was revealed that way. Abdulla thought himself to be a merchant by finding a piece of cloth, so went the proverb. He started bragging that he was receiving Quranic aayat just like the Holy Prophet was receiving. After claiming this he became apostate and left Madina for Makkah. When Makkah was conquered and some death penalties were pronounced on traitors, Abdullah Ibn Sarah was one of those condemned. On hearing the verdict against him, he rushed to Hazrat Usman Ghani and begged him to seek intercession from the Prophet. The Holy Prophet remained silent for quite some time before granting him his life. After Hazrat Usman left, the Holy Prophet asked the companions why they had not killed Abdullah before he had granted him pardon. I intentionally kept quiet for quite some time so that one of you would kill him. One of those present said: ‘O Prophet of Allah, why didn’t you beckon to us to do this job?” The Holy Prophet said that it would have been unseemly for a Prophet of Allah to indulge in beckoning. Abdullah Ibn Sarah converted to Islam immediately and stayed a good Muslim. The episode contains three moral lessons, viz. 1) condemnation to death for insulting the Holy Prophet; 2) acceptance of the request of Hazrat Usman Ghani to pardon such a big criminal; 3) it did not abide well for a Prophet to indulge in beckoning with eye movements.”

May Allah Almighty shower His blessings on Mr. Tanvir Phool and Mr Muhamad Hayat Rathore – Ameen.

Posted on Feb 13, 17 | 1:52 am