The Amazing Signs during the Birth of the Prophet Muḥammad

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

Praise be to God the Creator of the world, the One Who exists without beginning, without end, without location , without a “how” and Who does not depend on time. Nothing resembles Him in anyway and He hears and sees everything without organs. Whatever you imagine, God is different from that. May the elevation in degree and preservation of his community of what he fears for it, be granted to our master Muḥammad Al-‘Amin, the Honest One, who called for following Islam, the religion of truth, the religion of all the Prophets: of the First, Adam, to the last Muḥammad.

The Extraordinary Signs During the Prophet’s Birth

Many signs accompanied the honorable birth of the Prophet.  Al-BayHaqiyy, Ibn `Asakir and others narrated from the route of Hani’ ِl-Makhzumi that he said,  « On the night of the birth of the Messenger of Allâh, the palace of Kisra (the King of the Persians) shook and fourteen  balconies fell from it.  The fire of the Persians which had been burning continuously for one thousand  years went out.  The lake of Sawah (in Persia) dried up. »

The fourteen fallen balconies from the palace of Kisra mentioned in the hadith was a sign that the ruler ship of the Persians would last for only fourteen more Persian kings.  And this is what happened-the fourteenth (and last) Persian king ruled during the caliphate of `Uthman ibn `Affân, may Allâh raise his rank.

The fire of the Persians is in reference to a fire that they had kept burning day and night for one thousand years.  At the time of the birth of the Prophet, the Persians were fire-worshipers.  They worshipped the fire unrightfully.  On the night of the birth of the Prophet, this fire went out-a sign of the truthful call of Prophet Muḥammad to worship Allâh alone.

The lake of Sawah mentioned in the Hadîth was a lake so vast that ships used to sail in it.  It dried up when the Prophet was born.

Some scholars mentioned that another sign which accompanied the birth of the Prophet was that the devils were stricken with falling stars and were blocked from hearing any of the news exchanged by the angels in the sky.  However, the more famous saying is that the devils were stricken with falling stars when Allâh revealed Muḥammad as a prophet.

The Hafidh Al-`Iraqiyy mentioned in his book, Al-Mawlid Al-Hani, from the route of Baqiyy Ibn Makhlad,  « Among the signs is that Iblis, the forefather of the devils, was blocked from the news of the sky so he rang out a very loud scream.  Likewise, he rang out when he was damned, when he was taken out of Paradise, and when the Chapter of the FâtiHah was revealed. »

Also among the signs are the sounds that were heard at the time of Zawal (beginning of noon time) coming from the interiors of the idols in Makkah announcing the good news of the appearance of Prophet Muḥammad.

الحمد لله رب العالمين

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