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It is not known with certainty the burial place of any Prophet (peace be upon them), except the grave of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

Hence, the location of Prophet Isma’il’s (Ishmael) (peace be upon him) grave is not known.

Shaikh Al-Albani (may Allah have Mercy on him) said, “No words can be authentically ascribed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that indicate that Isma’il (peace be upon him) or any other noble Prophet was buried in the Grand Mosque (at Makkah), and nothing of this sort is mentioned in any of the trustworthy books of hadith.”

[Akhbar Makkah]

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Translated for IslamQA

The story that angels were amazed at the disobedience of mankind on Earth to Allah, and Allah asked them to select angels from among themselves to be sent down and (humanly) desires be put into them, so that they may see whether the angels obey or disobey Allah, is not authentic. Read the rest of this entry »

Translated for ISLAMQA.

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The question is about to the words of rabia al-adhawiyya.

she mentions in one of her poems that metaphorically she will burn the paradise with a torch and she will extinguish the fire of hell with a bucket of water so that the believers only do actions and deeds only for His sake, not for the sake of paradise and hell. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s go over this bit by bit:

1) The incident of Nooruddin Zanki rahmatullahi ‘alaihi’s dream : I found it in various books of history, though all of them are written very late. First of all, here is the chain of narration:
a) One book, “Tarikh Makkah Al-Musharrafah wa masjid al-haram wa al-qabr al-shareef” by Ibn Dhia. This was written in about 1100 H. Zengi’s dream should have about 500 years ago. He merely said:

وقصة الرؤيا على ما حكاه الطبري وغيره

i.e.this dream was recorded by Al-Tabari. We all know that Ibn Jarir Al-Tabari (if he is the one mentioned here, since Al-Tabari would generally refer to him) died more than a century before this supposed dream!

b) In one book by Al-Isnawi (died 765H) mentioned that the chain is like this:

سمعتها من الفقيه علم الدين يعقوب بن أبي بكر عمن حدثه من أكابر من أدرك ، أن السلطان محمودا

i.e. he heard this from Ya’qub who heard it from the big scholars he met that Mahmoud (i.e. Nooruddin Zengi) saw the dream….

Now the event is supposed to have occured in 557H and Al-Isnavi dies in 765. If let’s say Isnavi heard it at a young age say in 707, this means he heard it at least 150 years later. Yaqub heard it lets say 50 years prior to narrating it to Al-Isnavi, then it is again 100 years between yaqub and the event. He must thus need at least 2 levels (generations)between yaqub and zengi, but he presents only one! Not only is the chain broken (munqati’) but also those who narrated to Yaqub are unknown (majahil).

So, purely from a scientific point of view, this event probably didnot take place, at least not in the manner it is handed down to us. I must also note that Imam Al-Dhahabi did not mention this event at all in Al-Zengi’s biography. If u read his Siyar A’lam u will see he never misses out on such events! So is it possible the story had not become “popular” at Dhahabi’s time?

2) In the same vein is the ‘event’ of Huthaifah Bin Yaman’s (radhi allahu ‘anhu’s) grave in Baghdad. It is much more recent (1932 AD), and i think there is hardly any need to prove or disprove such dreams, particularly since we know how ‘pious’ recent rulers of Muslim countries have been.

3) In both of these dream, even if they were true, at leas one thing is very clear and paradoxical at the same time. In both events the occupants (may Allah be be pleased with them) of the graves asked the living people to help them. Those who use these dreams do the opposite: they ask these people of the graves for help and saving them. In fact the fabricated dream clearly says: “O mahmud , save me from these two blond men…” Subhanallah! This is what Allah said in the Qur’an:
“O mankind! A similitude has been coined, so listen to it (carefully): Verily! Those on whom you
call besides Allah, cannot create (even) a fly, even though they combine together for the purpose.
And if the fly snatched away a thing from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly.
So weak are (both) the seeker and the sought.” (Al-Hajj 22:73)

4) The important point, which Ibn Hajar in Fath Al-Bari  himself mentioned is that nothing new can be prescribed in the Shariah in such dreams.

5) Dreams: are they real occurences or ilham (a sort of revelation) from Allah? Allahu A’lam. I would not say something conclusively, but here is some food for thought: Ibrahim ‘alaihi salam slaughtered his son in a dream but in reality his son did not know about this untill he was told later. So clearly the incident was a revelation of things to come. ‘Umar radhi Allahu ‘anhu saw Sariyah near Isfahan fighting in the desert when the actual fight took place the next day, so this too was a signal (ilham) from Allah, if of course the incident is authentic. I have written in detail about this issue from Fathul Bari here .