the gatherings of the religious scholars and leading Companions.1
Also, foremost Bukhari and the writers of books of authentic Hadith relate that the mother of Anas entreatied God’s Noble Messenger (UWBP): “Pray that your servant Anas will be blessed with abundant wealth and offspring.” He prayed, saying: “O God! Grant increase to his wealth and offspring and bless what you bestow on him.” Towards the end of his life, Anas said swearing by God: “I have buried a hundred of my progeny with my own hand. No one has been as fortunate as myself in regard to wealth and possessions. You can see that my wealth is truly abundant. All these are the result of Prophet’s (UWBP) prayer for the blessing of plenty.”2
Also, foremost Imam Bayhaqi, and the scholars of Hadith relate that God’s Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) prayed that one of the ten promised Paradise, ‘Abd al-Rahman b. ‘Awf, be blessed with abundance of wealth. Through the blessing of that prayer, he acquired such wealth that on one occasion he donated seven hundred camels together with their loads to God’s cause3 See the blessings of plenty resulting from the Prophet’s (UWBP) prayer, and say: “How great are God’s blessings!”
Also, narrators of Hadiths, and foremost Bukhari, relate: “God’s Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) prayed that ‘Urwa b. Abi al-Ja‘da might do profitably at trade. ‘Urwa said: ‘Sometimes I would go to the marketplace in Kufa and come home in the evening having made a forty thousandfold profit.’” Imam Bukhari says: “If he took earth in his hand, he still would make a profit from it!”4
Also, he prayed that ‘Abdullah b. Ja‘far would acquire an abundance of wealth,5 and he became so rich he was famous for it. He also became as famous for his generosity as he was for the wealth he obtained through the Prophet’s (UWBP) prayer for the blessing of plenty.6
There are numerous instances of this sort of miracle, but we consider the four described above to be sufficient as examples.
Musnad, i, 338; Ahmad b. Hanbal, Fada’il al-Sahaba, no: 1871; al-Hakim, al-Mustadrak, iii, 535; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 661.
Bukhari, Da’wat, 19, 26, 47; Muslim, Fada’il al-Sahaba, 141, 142, nos: 2480-1; Musnad, iii, 190; vi, 430; Ibn Hibban, Sahih, ix, 155; al-Mubarakfuri, Tuhfat al-Ahwazi, x, 330.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 326; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 659; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 125.
Bukhari, Manaqib, 28; Ibn Maja, Sadaqat, 7; Musnad, iv, 375; Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 327; al-Sa’ati, al-Fath al-Rabbani, xxii, 326.
al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, ix, 286; Ibn Hajar, Matalib al-‘Aliya, iv, 105; Bayhaqi, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, vi, 221.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 327; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 661; al-Haythami, Majma^ al-Zawa’id, v, 286; Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani, al-Matalib al-‘Aliya, no: 4077-8.