Hadith: “If not for you I would not have created creation”

Hadith 5: Imam Shihab ad-Din ibn Hajar ‘Asqalani says:

 “These reports say that if Muhammad (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) were not created then Allah would not have made the skies nor the Earth, neither heaven nor hell, neither the sun nor the moon”.

There are many other ahadith on this subject which have been collected by Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Barelwi in his brilliant ‘Tajalli al-yaqeen baana nabiyyina sayyidil mursaleen’ and it is without doubt that the righteous `ulama have addressed the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) as the “Reason for the creation of Adam and the universe”. If the sayings of our `ulama are collected, this would cover a voluminous book. A few are noted below.

Hadith 6: see the discussion of the very important hadith of Jaabir.

Excerpt 1: Imam Saif ad-Din Abu Ja`far bin `Umar al-Humairi al-Hanafi in his ‘al-Durr al-tanzeem fee mawlid al-nabi al-kareem’ says:

“When Allah made Adam He revealed to Adam to ask Him: O Allah! Why have you made my kuniyah as ‘Abu Muhammad’? Allah said: O Adam! Lift you head. He lifted his head and saw the noor (light) of the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) on the ‘Arsh. Adam asked: O Allah! Whose is this noor? Allah said: It is a Prophet from your progeny. His name is Ahmad in the skies and Muhammad on the Earth. If he were not created, I would not have created you or the skies and the Earth”.

Excerpt 2: Sayyidi Abul Husain Hamdooni Shadhili writes in his Qasida Daaliyah that:

“The dear Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) is the essence of the universe and is the reason for all creation. Had he not have been, then nothing would have come into existence”.

Excerpt 3: Imam Sharaf ad-Din Abu Abdullah Muhammad Busiri writes in his Qasida Burda that:

“If it was not for the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) then the world would not exist”.

Excerpt 4: Imam Shaykh Ibrahim Baijuri writes in the commentary of Imam Busiri’s poem:

“If the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) had remained non-existent, then the universe would not have come to be. Allah said to Adam: If Muhammad had not existed, I would not have created you. Adam is the father of all men and whatever is in the Earth has been created for man. So when Adam was created due to the existence of the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam), then it is obvious that the whole world was created due to him. Hence, the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) is the cause and the reason for all existence.

Excerpt 5: `Allama Khalid Azhari, commenting on the Burda, says:

“It is because of the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) that the world was bought from non-existence to existence”.

Excerpt 6: Imam Mulla Ali Qari writes:

“If it were not for the blessing and the generosity of the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam), then the whole world would not have existed and apart from Allah, nothing would exist.

Excerpt 7: `Allama Abul Ayash Abdul Ali Lakhnawi writes in his ‘Fawatih al-Rahmoot Sharh Musallam al-Thuboot’ that:

“If the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) were not in existence, then the blessings of Allah would not have blessed the creation”.

Only an ignoramus will argue against the authenticity of the subject matter, that is, that the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) is the reason for creation. It is due to him that Allah, the Almighty, created the Universe.

(This answer has been translated by Muhammad Aqdas from Mufti Zafar ad-Din al-Bihari al-Ridawi’s (rahimahullah) collection of fatawa ‘Naafi`il bashar fee fatawa zafar’. It is a question asked by Shaykh Rahim Bakhsh of Rawalpindi received by Mufti Zafar ad-Din on 15th Rajab, 1324 AH. Mufti Zafar ad-Din was one of the foremost students of Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Barelwi (rahimahullah). [source atwww.aqdas.co.uk] and slightly modified by ASFA staff)

Peace and Blessings upon the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions

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