Tasarruf in the Baatin (spiritual)

A very manifest example of the tasarruf of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam is that
which is narrated by Imam Muslim in his Sahih. Ubai ibn Ka’b radiyallahu ta’ala ‘anhu
narrates that I was once in the mosque when a man entered and began praying Salah. He
recited a Qir’ah (recitation) which was unfamiliar to me. Then another man entered who
recited in a way different to the first man. When I finished my Salah, we all went to the
auspicious presence of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and I asked, the recitation of
the first man seemed strange to me and the recitation of the second man was different to
the first man’s. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam asked them both to recite and
thereafter praised them both. My heart then felt a rejection that I had not even felt in the
days of ignorance. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saw the inner feelings of my
heart and placed his blessed hand on my chest. I became drenched in sweat and my state
became such that I am seeing Allah. {Sahih Muslim, vol.1, p.273}

Let us read another narration. Ibn Hisham narrates that:

“Whilst performing tawaf (circumambulation) during the year of conquest of Makka,
Fudala bin ‘Umair Laithi intended to martyr Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam (he
was a recent convert and he had not yet achieved full spiritual purity). When Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam came near him he asked, “Are you Fudala?” Fudala replied in
the affirmative. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam then asked, “What were you
thinking in your heart?” “Nothing”, he replied, “I was only doing the remembrance of
Allah”. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam smiled and said, “Continue with this
remembrance” and then placed his blessed hand on Fudala’s chest. His heart immediately
received peace. Fudala radiyallahu ta’ala ‘anhu used to say, “By Allah! Even before
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam had lifted his hand off my chest, there was nothing
in the whole of creation that was dearer to me than Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam. {Al-Sirat al-Nabawiya ma’a al-Rawd al-Anf, vol.2, p.276; Fiqh al-Sira, p.263}

There are many other similar examples that can be located with a little effort.


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