Also, foremost Imam Tirmidhi relates: “The Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) prayed for Sa‘d b. Abi Waqqas: ‘O God, answer his prayer!’1 After that everyone feared his malediction, and the answering of his prayers also became famous.2
On another occasion, God’s Messenger (UWBP) prayed for the famous Abu Qatada that he might remain young: “May God prosper your face! O God, bless his hair and his skin!” When he died at the age of seventy, he was like a youth of fifteen. This is related through a sound chain of narrators.3
There is also the famous story of the poet Nabigha: he recited one of his poems before God’s Messenger (UWBP), which ran: “Our glory and praise have reached to the skies; we want to ascend even higher.” God’s Messenger (UWBP) asked jokingly: “Where, beyond the skies?” Nabigha replied: “To Paradise.” He then recited another of his meaningful poems, and the Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) prayed: “May God not spoil your mouth!” It was through the blessing of this prayer of the Prophet (UWBP) that he did not have a single tooth missing when he was one hundred and twenty years old. Whenever he lost a tooth, another would appear in its place.4
Also, it is related through an authentic narration that he prayed for Imam ‘Ali: “O God, protect him from heat and cold!” Through the blessing of this prayer, Imam ‘Ali used to wear summer clothes in winter, and winter clothes in summer. He used to say: “I never suffer from heat or cold, thanks to that prayer.”5
Also, he prayed for Fatima: “O God, do not let her go hungry!” And Fatima used to say: “I never suffered from hunger after that prayer.”6
Also, Tufayl b. ‘Amr asked God’s Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) for a miracle to show to his tribe. The Messenger (UWBP)
Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 27, no: 3751; Ibn Hibban, Sahih, no: 12215; al-Hakim, al-Mustadrak, iii, 499; Abu Nu’aym, Hilyat al-Awliya, i, 93; Abu Nu’ayim, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, iii, 206; al-Albani, Mishkat al-Masabih, iii, 251, no: 6116; al-Mubarakfuri, Tuhfat al-Ahwazi, x, 253-4 no: 3835; Ahmad b. Hanbal, Fada’il al-Sahaba, ii, 750, no: 1038; Ibn al-Asir, Jami’ al-Usul, x, 16, no: 6535.
Ibn al-Athir, Usd al-Ghaba, ii, 367; Ibn Hajar, al-Isaba, ii, 33.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 327; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 660; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 128.
‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 661; Ibn Hajar, al-Isaba fi Tamyiz al-Sahaba, no: 8639; al-‘Asqalani, al-Matalib al-‘Aliya, no: 4060; Ibn Kathir, al-Bidaya wa’l-Nihaya, vi, 168.
al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, ix, 122; Ahmad b. Hanbal, Fada’il al-Sahaba, no: 950; Ibn Maja, Muqaddima 11, No: 117; Musnad, i, 99, 133; Musnad (Tahqiq: Ahmad Shakir), ii, 120, no: 1114; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 133.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 328; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 134; al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, ix, 203.