b. Sa‘d,1 Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri,2 Ubayy b. Ka‘b,3 Burayda,4 and Umm Salama, the Mother of Believers,5 each at the head of a chain of transmission, reported this same miracle to the Prophet’s (UWBP) community. Foremost Bukhari, Muslim, and the authentic books of Hadith gave accounts of this great miracle, which were unanimously accepted, together with its lines of transmission for succeeding generations.
Jabir, in his chain of transmission, says: “God’s Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) used to lean against a wooden pole called the palm trunk while delivering the sermon in the mosque. The pole could not endure it when the pulpit was made and the Messenger (UWBP) used that for the sermon, and it began to moan and wail like a pregnant camel.” In his narration, Anas says: “It moaned like a water-buffalo causing the mosque to tremble.” In his narration, Sahl b. Sa‘d says: “The people started weeping and crying when the pole was moaning.” In his narration, Ubayy b. Ka‘b says: “It wept so much it split.” While in another narration,6 the Noble Messenger (UWBP) said: “It is weeping at being separated from the recitation of God’s names and the mentioning of God during the sermon.” Still another narration7 reports that God’s Messenger (UWBP) said: “If I had not embraced and consoled it, it would have wept until Doomsday at being separated from God’s Messenger.” In his narration, Burayda reports: “When the pole began to moan, God’s Messenger (UWBP) put his hand on it and said, ‘If you wish, I will return you to the grove you came from; your roots will grow and you will flourish; you will produce new fruits. Or if you wish, I will plant you in Paradise, and God’s friends, the saints, will eat of your fruit.’ He then listened to the pole. The people behind God’s Messenger (UWBP) could hear it as it spoke, saying: ‘Plant me in Paradise, where there is no decay, so that Almighty God’s beloved servants may eat of my fruit.’ The Messenger (UWBP) said: ‘I will,’ and added: ‘It has preferred the eternal realm to that of transitoriness.’” Abu Ishaq Isfarani, one of the great authorities on theology, narrated: “God’s Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) did not go to the pole, but it came to him, at his com
Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 6; Jum’a, 10; Darimi, Muqaddima, 6; Salat, 202; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 62.
Darimi, Muqaddima, 6.
Tirmidhi, Jum’a, 10; Ibn Maja, Iqamat al-Salat, 199; Darimi, Muqaddima, 6; Musnad, 139; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa, iii, 62; al-Mubarakfuri, Tuhfat al-Ahwazi, iii, 22.
Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 6; Jum’a, 10.
See, Bukhari, Manaqib, 25.
See, Darimi, Muqaddima, 6.