He once said to Chosroes’ envoy: “Chosroes has now been killed by his son Shirviya Parviz.”1 Upon investigating and finding out that he had indeed been murdered at that very time, the envoy accepted Islam. The name of the envoy occurs in some narrations as Firuz.
According to an authentic narration, the Noble Messenger (UWBP) once mentioned a secret letter that Khatib b. Balta‘a had sent to the Quraysh. He sent ‘Ali and Miqdad to fetch it, saying, “There is a person at such-and-such a location bearing such-and-such a letter. Take it and bring it here.” They went and brought exactly the letter he had described from exactly the place. The Prophet (UWBP) summoned Khatib and asked him why he had done it. Khatib apologized, and the Prophet (UWBP) pardoned him.2
Again, according to an authentic narration concerning ‘Utba b. Abi Lahab, God’s Messenger (UWBP) prayed: “May he be eaten by one of the dogs of God!”,3 predicting the terrible fate of ‘Utba. For while on his way to the Yemen, ‘Utba was devoured by a lion. Both the malediction and the prediction of the Prophet were thus confirmed.
At the conquest of Mecca, as is also related in an authentic narration, Bilal al-Habashi went up onto the roof of the Ka‘ba and made the call to prayer, while Abu Sufyan, ‘Attab b. Asid, and Harith b. Hisham, from among the leaders of the Quraysh, were sitting together nearby. ‘Attab said: “My father was fortunate enough not to witness this moment.” Harith said contemptuously about Bilal: “Could Muhammad have not found someone other than this black crow to make the mu’ezzin?” Abu Sufyan said: “I am afraid to say anything, for he will come to know of whatever I say. Even if nothing else informs him, the rocks of this Batha [Mecca] will do so.” Indeed, a little later the Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) encountered them and repeated to them their conversation word for word. That very moment ‘Attab and Harith became Muslims.4
See, wretched denier who does not recognize the Messenger (UWBP)! Two stubborn leaders of the Quraysh came to believe on hearing this single report of his from the Unseen. How corrupted your heart must be, for you hear about thousands of miracles having the certainty of ‘consensus in
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 343; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 211; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 700; al-Albani, Silsilat al-Ahadith al-Sahiha, 1427.
Bukhari, Jihad, 141; Tafsir, 60:1; Maghazi 46; Muslim, Fada’il al-Sahaba, 161; Abu Da’ud, Jihad, 98; Tirmidhi, 60:1; Musnad, i, 79; al-Hakim, al-Mustadrak, iii, 301; Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 342.
al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 139; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 664.
al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 219, 220; al-‘Asqalani, al-Matalib al-‘Aliya, no: 4366; Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawzi, Zad al-Ma’ad (Tahqiq: al-Arnavud), iii, 409-410; Ibn Hisham, Sirat al-Nabi, ii, 413.