Returning the Sun

November 15, 2018 No Comments »

Asma, Allah be pleased with him, narrated that Revelation was being sent down to the Prophet ﷺ and his head was on the lap of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, Alayhis Salam; and he had not prayed Asr as of yet and the sun was starting to set at that moment.

The Prophet ﷺ asked: “O ‘Ali have you prayed [Asr yet]?”

He replied: “No.”

Thus, at this occurrence the Prophet ﷺ made a plea in the court of Allah, supplicating:

“O Lord, he, Ali, was busy in service of You and your Messenger, therefore return the sun back for him [so he can pray Salat].”

Asma, Allah be pleased with her, said:

I saw the sun starting to set, but then I saw it rise back up again and daylight became visible upon the mountains and the land around it.

It is known that this incident took place near Khaybar.

Extra Note:

Related by Imam Jalaluddin al-Suyuti, who said:

“This is Hassan/good and Imam Ibn Jawzi tried to say it was fabricated but he was mistaken.” (Related in the Tafsir al-Durr al-Manthur fi Tafsir bil-Ma’thur/The Scattered Pearls: Inter-textual Exegesis}

Hafiz Ibn Hajar Asqalani said in his explanation of Sahih al-Bukhari – Fath al-Bari:

“‘Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Jawzi were mistaken when they called this Hadith fabricated.”

Imam al-Tabarani also narrates that the narration is authentic in his book – Mu’jam al-Kabir)

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