A series of Akhbar is Anwaar mails during the Ayyamul Ta'budaat of 97th Milad Mubaraka were posted on Bohra mailing lists, which were greatly appreciated. In all 35 mails were posted each day during tha Ta'budaat period.
Here for those who may have not got a chance to read the Akhbar I am compiling the same in this EID IZ ZAHABI blog, as I found that three new Akhbar posts in this blog, received a very encouraging response.
Muhammad (S.A.) was born in the Bani Hashim section of Makkah on 12th Rabi-ul-Awaal (20th April 571 CE) in the same year of the Elephant incident, and during the 40th year reign of Kisra (Khosru Nushirwan)
The elephant incident took place in the month of Muharram. It was a Divine Sign from Allah of the advent of a Prophet in the Arab land, who will vanquish polytheism and bring in Islam.
Abrahah As-Sabah Al-Habashi, who was the viceroy in Yemen, built a large church in San'a in order to attract the Arab pilgrims, to the exclusion of Makkah.
A man from the Kinanah tribe understood his motive, therefore he entered the church under the cover of night, smearing excrement on its front walls. When Abrahah learned of this, he became enraged and led a great army- of sixty thousand warriors, to demolish Al-Ka'bah. He chose the biggest elephant for himself. His army included between 9 – 13 elephants. He continued marching until he reached a place called Al-Magmas. There he mobilized his army and prepared his elephants to enter Makkah.
When he reached the Muhassir Valley, between Muzdalifah and Mina, the elephants knelt down and refused to go forward. When ever they directed it to the north, south or east, the elephants moved quickly but when directed towards al-Ka,bah in the west, it knelt down. Meanwhile, Allah sent birds in flight upon them, throwing forcefully stones of baked clay upon them and made them like scattered chaff. A large number of Abrahah's soldiers were killed in this way and otheres fled and died every where. Abrahah himself had an infection that required his fingertips to be cut off. When he reached San'a, he was in a miserable state and died soon after.
Abdullah the father of Muhammad (SA) was the most chaste and loved amongst the sons of Abdul-Muttalib. His mother was Fatimah, daughter of Amr bin A'idh Imran bin Makhzum bin Yaqzah bin Murrah.
Abdul-Muttalib chose Aminah to be the wife of his most beloved son Abdullah. She was daughter of chief of Bani Zahra – Wahb bin "abd Manaf bin Zuhrah bin Kilab. She thus, in the light of this ancestral lineage, stood eminent, in respect of nobility of position and descent.
Muhammad (SA) when he was 12 years old undertook a trip to Syria in the company of Moulana Abu Talib, and in this journey he met Buhirah.
When they reached Busra (which was a part of Syria, under the Roamn domain) they met the monk named Buhirah. He came out to meet them, and readily recognized the Prophet, and said while taking his hand –" This is the master of all humans, Allah will send him with a Message, which will be a mercy to all beings"
Abu Talib (SA) asked: How do you know that? He replied: " When you appeared from the direction of 'Aqabah, all stones and trees prostrated, which they never do except for the Prophet. I can also recognize him by the Seal of Prophethood, which is below his shoulder like an apple. He also asked Abu Talib (SA) to send Muhammad (SA) back to Makkah and not to take him to Syria for the fear of Romans and Jews. Thus Muhammad (SA) was sent back to Makkah in company of men servants.
At the age of 25 Muhammad (SA) went to Syria as a merchant on behalf of Khadija (SA) in company of Maisarah the servant of Khadijah (SA). Maisarah narrated to Khadija(SA) the sincerity, honesty, noble virtues and manners of Muhammad (SA) who returned with more profits and greater blessings.
Many prominent men had asked for her hand, but she had refused. Now she disclosed here wish to her friend Nafisa, daughter of Muniyah, who immediately conveyed the tidings to Muhammad (SA)
The marriage was witnessed by Bani Hashim and the chiefs of Mudar. He gave 20 camels as dowry. Khadijah (SA) daughter of Khuwailid was forty year of age, and was considered the best of women in lineage, fortune and wisdom.
With the exception of Ibrahim, Khadijah (SA) bore all of his children. Al-Qasim, Zainab, Ruqaiyah, Umm Kulthum, Fatimah and Abdullah, who was called Taiyeb and Tahir. All his sons died in their childhood and all daughters except Ma Fatimah died during his life time. All his daughters witnessed Islam, embraced it, and emigrated to Madinah.
When Muhammad (SA) was 35 years of age the Quraish started rebuilding of Al-Ka'bah
-it was not more than 9 arm's length and roofless from the time of Ishmael (SA) Heavy rains had damaged the edifice.
The chiefs of Quraish decided to use licit money in re-building the Ka'bah, so all money derived from immoral means, usury or unjust practice was excluded. They were at first too fearful to knock down the walls, but Al Walid bin Al- Mughirah began the task. Seeing that no harm had happened to him, the others participated in demolishing the walls, until they reached the basis laid by Ibrahim Nabi (SA) When they started rebuilding the walls, they divided the work among the tribes.
The man who laid the stones was a Roman named Baqum. The work went on in harmony, until the time came to place the sacred Black stone in its position. Then strife broke out among the chiefs, and lasted for four or five days. Daggers were on the point of being drawn and great blood shed seemed imminent. Luckily, the oldest among the chiefs, Abu Umaiyah bin Mughirah Al-Makhzumi made a proposal that was accepted by all. He said: ' Let him, who enters the Sanctuary first of all, decide on the point.'
It was then Allah's Will that the Messenger of Allah (SA) should be the first to enter Ka'bah. On seeing him, all of them cried out aloud Al Ameen (trustworthy) has come. We are content to abide by his decision."
They informed him of their objective. He asked for a mantle spreading it on the ground and placing the stone in its center. He then asked the representatives of different clans among them to lift the mantle. When it reached the proper place, Muhammad (SA) laid it in the proper place, with his own hands. This is how a very tense situation was eased and a grave danger averted by the wisdom of the Prophet (SA)
When the building of Al –Ka'bah was finished, it assumed a square form about 15 mtrs: high. The side with the Black Stone and the one opposite were 10 mtrs: long each. The Black Stone was 1.5 mtrs: from the ground level, The two other sides were 12 mtrs: long each. The door was 2 mtrs: high from the level ground. A roof was erected which rested on 6 columns.
Muhammad (SA) was accustomed to pass long hours meditating and speculating over all aspects of creation around him. He used to provide himself with Saweek ( barley porridge) and water and directly head towards the hills and ravines in the neighborhood of Makkah. His favorite resort was a cave named HIRA.
Hira on Mount An-Noor was 2 niles from Makkah – a small cave 4 arms length long & 1.75 arm's length wide. In Ramadan he used to meditate there, and this seclusion attended with sort of reflective approach, must be understood in its Divine perspective. It was a preliminary stage to the grave responsibilities that he was to shoulder very soon. It was a rich period of privacy, which lasted for three years prior to the beginning of his mission.
When he was forty, the signs of Prophethood started to appear and twinkle on the horizons of life. The stones of Makkah would greet him with Salam. He would not have a dream except that it would become a reality, as clear as dawn, this lasted for six months.
In Ramadan, in his third year of solitude, in the cave of Hira, Allah's Will desired His mercy to flow on earth, and the light of Revelation of the Qur'an burst upon him in the cave of Hira.
After a pause of a few days, Revelations started coming strongly, frequently and regularly.