of the Best of Creation SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam
a brother prayed to be blessed with the Intercession of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. He received an objection to this prayer and forwarded the objection to me. The one who objected to this prayer asked for evidence from the Quran and the Hadith that proves the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wasalam) being an intercessor (on the Day of Judgement).
Purity is to Allah! Listening to such questions really shocks and surprises – for to be called a Muslim and claiming to be a follower of the Sunnah whilst being afflicted by the disease of doubting such clear matters of faith – this is yet another sign that Doomsday is nigh!
Each & every living person of the Ahl as-Sunnah, even the women and children – to the extent that unlettered villagers know about the basic beliefs – the vision of Allah, the intercession of the Prophet – these are upon the tongue of every child. (Praise be to Allah, and peace & blessings be upon the Prophet). For now, I am presenting few verses of the Holy Qur’an supporting the fact that Beloved Prophet Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him is the Intercessor of the Sinners by the grace of Allah Almighty.
Verse # 1
عسى أن يبعثك ربك مقاما محمودا
It is likely your Lord will set you on a place where everyone will praise you. [Surah Bani Israel 17:79]
It is reported in Hadith that the Holy Prophet, the Intercessor of the sinners, was asked,
عسى أن يبعثك ربك مقاما محمودا سئل عنها قال هى الشفاعة
“What is the Maqam Mahmoud (Place of Praise)?” He said, “That is Intercession.” [Tirmidhi, Abwab Tafsir Surah Bani Israel, Amin Co. Dehli, Vol. 2, Page 142]
Verse # 2
ولسوف يعطيك ربك فترضى
And indeed your Lord will soon give you so much that you will be pleased. [Surah Al Duha 93:5]
Daylimi has reported from Hadrat Mawla Ali, the Commander of the Faithful, that when this verse was revealed, the Intercessor of the sinners said,
إذاً لا أرضى وواحد من أمتي في النار
“When Allah, the Supreme, has promised that he will make me pleased, I shall not be pleased even if just one of my followers remains in Hell.” [Tafseer al Kabeer, Vol. 31, Page 213] (O Allah – Blessings & peace and abundance be upon him).
Tabarani in Ma’jam Awsat and Bazzaaz in Musnad narrate from Hadrat Maula Ali that the Intercessor of the sinners says,
أشفع لأمتي حتى يناديني ربي أرضيت يا محمد؟ فأقول : نعم يا رب رضيت
“I shall keep on interceding for my Ummah until my Lord will proclaim, “O Muhammad! Are you now satisfied?” I shall say, “O my Lord! Yes I am satisfied.” [Allama Suyuti in ad-Dur ul-Manthoor Fi Tafseer al-Mathoor, Vol. 6, Page 361]
Verse # 3
واستغفر لذنبك وللمؤمنين والمؤمنات
And seek the forgiveness of the sins of your close ones and for the common believing men and women.” [Surah Muhammad 47:19]
In this verse, Allah the Supreme, commands his Noble Prophet to seek forgiveness of the sins of the Muslim men and Muslim women from Him – so what else is intercession defined as?
Verse # 4
ولو أنهم إذ ظلموا أنفسهم جاءوك فاستغفروا الله واستغفر لهم الرسول لوجدوا الله توابا رحيما
And if they, when they have wronged their own souls, come humbly to you (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him) and seek forgiveness from Allah, and the Noble Messenger intercedes for them, they will certainly find Allah as the Most Acceptor Of Repentance, the Most Merciful. [Surah Nisa’a 4:64]
In this verse, Allah the Supreme, commands the Muslims that having sinned, they should humbly come to the august court of the Noble Prophet and plead him to intercede – so when the beloved intercedes, He will surely forgive them!!
Verse # 5
وإذا قيل لهم تعالوا يستغفر لكم رسول الله لووا رءوسهم
And when it is said to them, “Come! Allah’s Noble Messenger may seek forgiveness for you” – they turn their heads away. [Surah Munafiqoon 63:5]
This verse highlights the wretched state of the hypocrites – that they do not seek the intercession of the Holy Prophet – the Intercessor of the sinners. So if they do not seek it now, they will not get it in the hereafter, and those who do not get it then – will never get relief. May Allah benefit us with his intercession in this world and in the hereafter. (Aameen)