The Seal of Prophethood

Hadith No: 15

Narrated: Saib bin Yazid
"My (maternal) aunt took to me to the Holy Prophet (SAW) (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and said to him, this nephew of mine is ill. Rasulullah (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wiped his holy hand over my head and made for barakah for me. (According to some Ulama, Rasulullah (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wiped his hand over his head, meant that he Sayyidina Saa-ib bin Yazid (Radiallahu anhu) had a pain in the head. The opinion of this weak and humble servant is that it is better if this is taken to mean that the Holy Prophet (SAW) (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wiped his hands in kindness on the head of Sayyidina Saa-ib bin Yazid (Radiallahu anhu). Sayyidina Saa-ib bin Yazid (Radiallahu anhu) was born in the second year Hijri, and at the time of the Holy Prophet (SAW) (Peace and Blessings be upon him)'s death, his age was not more than 8 or 9 years. That is why the Holy Prophet (SAW) (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wiped his Holy hand in kindness, as is the customs of the great personalities. The Holy Prophet (SAW) (Peace and Blessings be upon him) also gave him the water of wudu to drink as a cure, as will be stated further, or he may have prescibed another remedy, especially when we learn also in a narration in Bukhari thay he Sayyidina Saa-ib bin Yazid (Radiallahu anhu)was suffering from pain in his leg). When the Holy Prophet (SAW) (Peace and Blessings be upon him) performed Wudu, I drank the water of that wudu. (The Holy Prophet (SAW) (Peace and Blessings be upon him) may have performed wudu for some reason, but here it is clear that the Holy Prophet (SAW) (Peace and Blessings be upon him) performed wudu so that the water could be used as a remedy and medicine). I saw the seal of Prophet (SAW)hood, which was like the knot on a mosquito net or bedstead." (Which is the size of a pigeon's egg in roundness). The Ulama differ in the translation of this word. Some have translated it in another manner. Imam Nawawi, the famous commentator of Sahih Muslim, preferred the translation I have chosen).

Commentary

If in this Hadith the left over water of wudu is meant, then there is no difficulty or difference of opinion. If that water is meant which falls after washing the limbs etc., which in Arabic is known as 'Mae Musta'amal', then too there is no complication or difficulty, because even the excrements of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Peace and Blessings be upon him) is paak. So how can there be a complaint regarding the 'Mae Musta'amal'(Used water).

More Hadith Commentary Books

Try out the Islamic General Knowledge Quiz, test your knowledge about Islam!