arrow. God’s Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) touched his face with his blessed hand. Abu Qatada said: “I felt no pain at all, nor did the wound fester.”1
S e c o n d E x a m p l e : The authentic books of Hadith, and foremost Bukhari and Muslim, report that the Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) had appointed ‘Ali al-Haydari as standard-bearer during the Battle of Khaybar, but his eyes were aching severly due to illness. The moment the Noble Messenger (UWBP) applied his healing spittle to his eyes, they were cured, with no trace of the discomfort remaining.2 The following morning, ‘Ali conquered the citadel of Khaybar by removing its extremely heavy gate and using it in his hand as a shield. During the same battle, Salama b. al-Akwa‘’s leg was struck and split open by a sword; God’s Messenger (UWBP) breathed onto it, and the leg was at once healed.3
T h i r d E x a m p l e : Authorities on the Prophet’s (UWBP) life, and foremost Nasa’i, report from ‘Uthman b. Hunayf, who said: “A blind man came to God’s Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) and said: ‘Pray so that my eyes may be healed and I may see!’ The Messenger (UWBP) said: ‘Go and take the ablutions, then pray two rak‘ats and say: O God! I beseech you and I turn to you, for the sake of the Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of Mercy. O Muhammad! I turn to your Sustainer, for your sake and through you, asking that He uncover my sight. O God, make him my intercessor!’ He went and did this, and when he returned, we saw that his eyes had opened and he could see very well.”4
F o u r t h E x a m p l e : A great authority, Ibn Wahab, reports: “The hero Mu‘awwidh b. ‘Afra’, one of the fourteen martyrs of the Battle of Badr, had his hand cut off by Abu Jahl the Accursed while fighting with him. He took the hand with his other hand and went to the Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace). the Messenger (UWBP) stuck the hand in its place and spread his spittle over it. It was at once healed. Mu‘awwidh went again to fight and continued to do so until he was martyred.”5
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 322; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 113; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 653.
Bukhari, Jihad, 102, 144; Maghazi, 38; Fada’il al-Sahaba, 32, 34; al-Hakim, al-Mustadrak, iii, 38.
Bukhari, Maghazi, 38 (from Yazid b. ‘Ubayd); Abu Da’ud, Tibb, 19; al-Sa’ati, al-Fath al-Rabbani Sharh al-Musnad, xxii, 259.
Tirmidhi, Da’wat, 119, no: 3578; al-Hakim, al-Mustadrak, i, 526; Bayhaqi, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, vi, 166; Ibn Maja, Iqama, 189; Musnad, iv, 138.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 324; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 656; Ibn Sayyid al-Nas, ‘Uyun al-Athar, i, 261.