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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Questions that the Jews posed to the Prophet

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

No doubt that the Jews disbelieved in what Allaah revealed to our Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and hated it. They were envious of him - except a few of them - because he was not one of them, i.e. did not descend from the children of Israel.

Allaah Says (which means): {And when there came to them a Book [i.e. the Quran] from Allaah confirming that which was with them - although before they used to pray for victory against those who disbelieved - but [then] when there came to them that which they recognized, they disbelieved in it; so the curse of Allaah will be upon the disbelievers. How wretched is that for which they sold themselves - that they would disbelieve in what Allaah has revealed through [their] outrage that Allaah would send down His favor upon whom He wills from among His servants. So they returned having [earned] wrath upon wrath. And for the disbelievers is a humiliating punishment.} [Quran 2:89-90].

However, we do not know of any authentic Hadeeth stating that they prepared forty questions for the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and asked him about them. What is proved in the books of Imaans Al-Bukhaari and Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them as well as other authentic sources is that they asked him seven questions.

Al-Bukhaari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported that Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that when 'Abdullaah Ibn Salaam  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him heard about the arrival of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) to Madeenah, he came to him and asked him about some things saying: "I will ask about three things that none except a messenger knows: what is the first sign of the Hour? What is the first meal that the dwellers of Paradise eat? Why is it that the child sometimes resembles his father and other times his mother?" The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Jibreel (Gabriel) informed about this earlier. Ibn Salaam  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: "That is the Jews' enemy from the angels." The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "As for the first sign of the Hour, it is a fire that gathers the people from the East and the West. As for the first meal that the dwellers of Paradise eat, it is a portion of the fish liver. As for the child, if the water (i.e. sperm) of the man comes before that of the woman, the child resembles his father and if the mother's water comes first then the child resembles her. Thereupon, Ibn Salaam  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: "I bear witness that none has the right of being worshipped but Allaah and that you are His messenger." Then Ibn Salaam  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: "O Prophet of Allaah, the Jews are people of falsehood. So ask them about me before they realize that I have become Muslim. The Jews came and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) asked them: "How do you grade 'Abdullaah Ibn Salaam within your community." They said: "Our best and the son of our best." Thereupon, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "What if 'Abdullaah Ibn Salaam becomes Muslim?" They said: "May Allaah protect

him from that!" The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) then repeated the same questions and the Jews repeated the same answers. At that time, 'Abdullaah Ibn Salaam  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him came out to them and said: 'I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah and that Muhammad is His messenger.' Thereupon, they (the Jews) said: "He is our worst and the son of our worst," and demeaned him. Ibn Salaam  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: 'This is what I feared, O Prophet of Allaah."

Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported that Ibn Abbaas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: "A group of Jews came one day to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and said: 'O Abu Al-Qaasim, tell us some things that only true messengers of Allaah know.' The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Ask me about whatever you wish, but promise me by the Name of Allaah and by the covenant Prophet Ya'qoob  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention took from his sons, that if I tell something that you know, then you will follow me and become Muslims." They said: "That's for you." Thereupon they said: "Tell us about the following four things: tell us about the meal that Israel forbade himself before the revelation of the Torah and tell us about the water (sperm) of the woman and the water of the man how is the male child formed from that? And tell us this illiterate Prophet during his sleep and who is his guardian from the angels." The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Do you accept by the covenant of Allaah that you will follow me if I inform you?" They gave him as much covenant and promise as he wished. Then the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "I ask you by the One Who revealed the Torah to Moosaa  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention do you know that Israel (Ya'qoob  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention) fell badly sick and his sickness took a long time, then he made a vow to Allaah that he would forbid on himself the food he liked most if Allaah cures him, and the food he liked most was camel meat and the drink was camel milk. They said: "Yes." He said:

"O Allaah testify against them." Then he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "I ask you by Allaah, the One Who has no partners Who revealed the Torah to Moosaa  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention do you know that the man's water is white and thick and that the woman's water is yellow and thin. Any of the two waters gets above the other gets the resemblance of the child in his sex and characters by the will of Allaah. If the water of the man gets over the woman it is a male by the Will of Allaah and if the water of the woman gets above that of the man then it is a female by the Will of Allaah. They said: 'By Allaah what you said is true.' The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "O Allaah testify against them."

Then he said: "I ask you by the One Who revealed Torah to Moosaa  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention do you know that the eyes of this illiterate Prophet sleep but his heart does not." They said: 'By Allaah that is true.' He said: "O Allaah, testify against them." They said: 'You, now tell us about your guardian from the angels, we will stay with you or leave you according to that.' He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "My guardian is Jibreel (Gabriel) and Allaah never sent any Prophet but he was his guardian." The Jews said: 'So, we will separate from you. Had your guardian been another angel not Jibreel, we would have followed you and believed in what you brought.'

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "But what prevents you from believing in him?" They said: 'He is our enemy.' Then Allaah revealed the following verses (which means): {Say, “Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel - it is [none but] he who has brought it [i.e. the Quran] down upon your heart, [O Muhammad], by permission of Allaah,…} [Quran 2:97]. Allaah Says (which means): {And when a Messenger from Allaah came to them confirming that which was with them, a party of those who had been given the Scripture threw away the Book of Allaah behind their backs as if they did not know.} [Quran 2:101]. Allaah Says (which means): {So they returned having [earned] wrath upon wrath} [Quran 2:90].

Allaah Knows best.

Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

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