Tears of the Holy Prophet (saw): Part 2

Tears of the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)


Ḥaḍrat Mirza Ghulām Aḥmad (as) wrote:

‘In the two blessed names of the Holy Prophet, Muhammad and Ahmad, there are two separate excellences. Muhammad, which means greatly praised, signifies majesty and greatness and carries the flavour of being a beloved one, for a beloved one is praised. It is necessary, therefore, that it should signify majesty. But Ahmad has the flavour of a lover for it is a lover’s part to praise and he praises the beloved. As Muhammad signifies majesty and greatness, Ahmad signifies humility.


His life as a Prophet was divided into two parts; one spent inMeccawhich extended over thirteen years and the other spent in Medinah extending over ten years. His Meccan life illustrated his name Ahmad. During that period his time was spent weeping before God, in seeking His help and in supplication. He who is fully informed of his Meccan life knows that no lover could ever equal the tears the Holy Prophet shed and the supplications he made during that period in search of his Beloved, nor can any lover ever do so in future. His weeping was not for himself but was on account of his awareness of the condition of the world.

The worship of God had disappeared and God Almighty, having put faith in his soul, had inspired him with a joy and delight. He naturally desired to communicate this delight and love to the world, but when he observed the condition of the world and the capacities and natures of the people, he was confronted with great difficulties. He wept over this condition of the world so much that he put his life in danger.


This is indicated in the verse:

لَعَلَّكَ بَاخِعٌ نَّفْسَكَ أَلَّا يَكُونُوا مُؤْمِنِينَ

Haply thou wilt grieve thyself to death because they believe not (Qur’ān, 26:4)’

(Ḥaḍrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 5, pp. 170-171)


(a)  On one occasion the Holy Prophet (saw) was sat with Ḥaḍrat ‘Abd Allāh b. Mas’ūd (ra) and asked him to recite the Holy Qur’ān. Ḥaḍrat Ibn Mas’ūd (ra)  was shy to recite in front of the Holy Prophet  and said, ‘O Messenger of Allāh, should I recite it to you when it has been revealed to you?’, to which the Holy Prophet  replied, ‘I love to hear it from another person’. Ḥaḍrat Ibn Mas’ūd (ra)  then began to recite the Holy Qur’ān and specifically from Surah Nisā’, eventually reciting the verse,

 فَكَيْفَ إِذَا جِئْنَا مِن كُلِّ أمَّةٍ بِشَهِيدٍ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ عَلَى هَـؤُلاء شَهِيدًا

‘‘And how will it fare with them when We shall bring a witness from every people, and shall bring thee (O Mohammad) as a witness against these!’‘  (4:42)

Ḥaḍrat Ibn Mas’ūd (ra)  relates that upon reciting this particular verse he could see tears flowing from the blessed eyes of the Beloved of Allāh (saw). (Shamaa’il Tirmidhi. 306/2 (Pg.329))


It is reported by Ḥaḍrat ‘Abd Allah b. ‘‘Umar (ra) that one day when a solar eclipse occurred the Holy Prophet (saw) entered the Masjid and began to pray. His prayer was so intense that he stood in each part of the prostration (qiyaam, ruku’, sajdah) for so long that it was as if he would not continue to the next. The Holy Prophet (saw)  began taking heavy breaths and crying uncontrollably whilst he could be heard pleading with Allāh saying, ‘O Allāh you had promised me[1] that in my presence you will not punish the Ummah. O Allāh it is it is only You that have promised that when these people make istighfar there will be no punishment’(Shamaa-il Tirmidhi. 307/3 (Pg.330))


Ḥaḍrat ‘Usama b. Zayd (ra) narrates that Ḥaḍrat Abdullah b. Amr b. al-‘As (ra) reported:

‘‘Verily the Apostle of Allāh  recited the words of Allāh, the Great and Glorious, that Ibrahim(as) uttered:


رَبِّ إِنَّهُنَّ أَضْلَلْنَ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ النَّاسِ فَمَن تَبِعَنِي فَإِنَّهُ مِنِّي


(14:37) ‘My Lord, they have indeed led astray many among mankind. So whoever follows me, he is certainly of me…


and Jesus(as) said:


إِن تُعَذِّبْهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ عِبَادُكَ وَإِن تَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ فَإِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ


(5:119) ‘If Thou punish them, they are Thy servants; and if Thou forgive them, Thou surely art the Mighty, the Wise. ‘


Then he raised his hands and said: O Lord, my Ummah, my Ummah, and wept; so Allāh the High and the Exalted said: O Gabriel, go to Muhammad (though your Lord knows it fully well) and ask him: What makes thee weep? So Jibreel(as) came to him and asked him, and the Messenger of Allāh  informed him what he had said (though Allāh knew it fully well). Upon this Allāh said: O Jibreel, go to Muhammad and say: Verily We will please thee with regard to your Ummah and would not displease thee. (Sahih Muslim. Bk.1, No.397)


Ḥaḍrat ‘Usama b. Zayd (ra) said:

‘‘We were with the Prophet when suddenly there came to him a messenger from one of his daughters who was asking him to come and see her son who was dying. The Prophet said (to the messenger), “Go back and tell her that whatever Allāh takes is His, and whatever He gives is His, and everything with Him has a limited fixed term (in this world). So order her to be patient and hope for Allāh’s reward.” But she sent the messenger to the Prophet again, swearing that he should come to her. So the Prophets got up, and so did Sa’d b. ‘Ubada and Mu’adh b. Jabal (and went to her). When the child was brought to the Prophet his breath was disturbed in his chest as if it were in a water skin. On that the eyes of the Prophet became flooded with tears, whereupon Sa’d said to him, “O Allāh’s Apostle! What is this?” The Prophet said, “This is mercy which Allāh has put in the heart of His slaves, and Allāh bestows His mercy only on those of His slaves who are merciful (to others).’‘

(Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. Vol.9, Bk.93, No.474)



Ḥaḍrat Anas (ra) narrates:

‘‘The Prophet had informed the people of the martyrdom of Zaid, Ja’far and B. Rawaha before the news of their death reached. The Prophet said, “Zaid took the flag (as the commander of the army) and was martyred, then Ja’far took it and was martyred, and then B. Rawaha took it and was martyred.” At that time the Prophet’s eyes were shedding tears. He added, “Then the flag was taken by a Sword amongst the Swords of Allāh (i.e. Khalid) and Allāh made them (i.e. the Muslims) victorious.’‘

(Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. Vol.5, Bk.59, No.561)



Ḥaḍrat Anas b. Mālik (ra) narrated:

‘‘The Prophet delivered a sermon and said, “Zaid took the flag and was martyred, and then Ja’far took the flag and was martyred, and then ‘Abdullah b. Rawaha took the flag and was martyred too, and then Khalid b. Al-Walid took the flag though he was not appointed as a commander and Allāh made him victorious.” The Prophet further added, “It would not please us to have them with us.” Aiyub, a sub-narrator, added, “Or the Prophet, shedding tears, said, ‘It would not please them to be with us.’‘ (Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. Vol.4, Bk.52, No.55)



Ḥaḍrat Sa’eed b. Jubair (ra) reported from Ḥaḍrat Ibn. ‘Abbas (ra) that he said:

‘‘Thursday, and what about Thursday? Then tears began to flow until I  them on his cheeks as it they were the strings of pearls. He (the narrator) said that Allāh’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Bring me a shoulder blade and ink-pot (or tablet and inkpot), so that I write for you a document (by following which) you would never go astray. They said: Allāh’s Messenger (may peace upon him) is in the state of unconsciousness.’’ (Sahih Muslim. Bk.13, No.4015.)


One day the Holy Prophet (saw) addressed the companions saying:

‘Today I have received the revelation: 


When the help of Allāh comes and the Victory, and thou seest men entering the religion of Allāh in troops, Glorify thy Lord with His praise and seek His forgiveness. Surely He is Oft-returning with mercy. (Ch.110: Vs.2-4)


Ordinarily Ḥaḍrat Abū Bakr would take great joy in eagerly listening to new verses of the Holy Qur’ān as they were being revealed but on this occasion rather than displaying happiness he began to weep and cry uncontrollably. This perplexed the companions as the context of this chapter seemed to hold glad tidings of good news and victory.


Ḥaḍrat ‘‘Umar  became agitated and he and other companions questioned why Ḥaḍrat Abū Bakr  should be crying so. They had not realised that with the coming of the victory of Islam also meant that the Holy Prophet  would soon pass away. Of all the companions it was only Ḥaḍrat Abū Bakr  who had instantly understood the meaning and in a display of the highest affection and love which a man can offer to his brother the Holy Prophet  spoke the words,


‘Abū Bakr  is very dear to me. If it were permissible to love anyone more than others, I would so have loved Abū Bakr . But that degree of love is only for God. O my people, all the doors which open to the Mosque should be closed from today except the door of Abū Bakr ’(Ḥaḍrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad. Introduction to the Study of the Holy Qur’ān. Pg.298-99.)


Ḥaḍrat Irbad b. Sariyah (ra) narrates that Abdur Raḥmān b. Amr as-Sulami (ra) and Hujr b. Hujr (ra) said:

‘‘We came to Irbad b. Sariyah who was among those about whom the following verse was revealed: ‘Nor (is there blame) on those who come to thee to be provided with mounts, and when thou saidst: ‘’I can find no mounts for you.’’


We greeted him and said, ‘We have come to see you to give healing and obtain benefit from you.’ Al-Irbad said: One day the Apostle of Allāh  led us in prayer, then faced us and gave us a lengthy exhortation at which the eyes shed tears and the hearts were afraid.


A man said, ‘Apostle of Allāh! It seems as if it were a farewell exhortation, so what injunction do you give us?’ He then said, ‘I enjoin you to fear Allāh, and to hear and obey even if it be an Abyssinian slave, for those of you who live after me will see great disagreement. You must then follow my sunnah and that of the rightly-guided caliphs. Hold to it and stick fast to it. Avoid novelties, for every novelty is an innovation, and every innovation is an error.’ (Sunan Abū Dawud. Bk.40, No.3590.)




It has been narrated on the authority of ‘‘Umar b. al-Khattab (ra) who said:

‘‘When it was the day on which the Battle of Badr was fought, the Messenger of Allāh  cast a glance at the infidels, and they were one thousand while his own Companions were three hundred and nineteen. The Holy Prophet  turned (his face) towards the Qibla. Then he stretched his hands and began his supplication to his Lord:” O Allāh, accomplish for me what Thou hast promised to me. O Allāh, bring about what Thou hast promised to me. O Allāh, if this small band of Muslims is destroyed. Thou will not be worshipped on this earth.” He continued his supplication to his Lord, stretching his hands, facing the Qibla, until his mantle slipped down from his shoulders. So Abū Bakr came to him, picked up his mantle and put it on his shoulders. Then he embraced him from behind and said: Prophet of Allāh, this prayer of yours to your Lord will suffice you, and He will fulfil for you what He has promised you. So Allāh, the Glorious and Exalted, revealed (the Qur’ānic verse):” When ye appealed to your Lord for help, He responded to your call (saying): I will help you with one thousand angels coming in succession.” So Allāh helped him with angels.’‘


Abū Zumail said that the hadith was narrated to him by B. ‘Abbas who said: While on that day a Muslim was chasing a disbeliever who was going ahead of him, he heard over him the swishing of the whip and the voice of the rider saying: Go ahead, Haizi’m! He glanced at the polytheist who had (now) fallen down on his back. When he looked at him (carefully he found that) there was a scar on his nose and his face was torn as if it had been lashed with a whip, and had turned green with its poison. An Ansari came to the Messenger of Allāh  and related this (event) to him. He said: You have told the truth. This was the help from the third heaven. The Muslims that day (i. e. the day of the Battle of Badr) killed seventy persons and captured seventy. The Messenger of Allāh  said to Abū Bakr and ‘‘Umar : What is your opinion about these captives? Abū Bakr said: They are our kith and kin. I think you should release them after getting from them a ransom. This will be a source of strength to us against the infidels. It is quite possible that Allāh may guide them to Islam. Then the Messenger of Allāh  said: What is your opinion, B. Khattab? He said: Messenger of Allāh. I do not hold the same opinion as Abū Bakr. I am of the opinion that you should hand them over to us so that we may cut off their heads. Hand over ‘Aqil to ‘Ali that he may cut off his head, and hand over such and such relative to me that I may cut off his head. They are leaders of the disbelievers and veterans among them. The Messenger of Allāh  approved the opinion of Abū Bakr and did not approve what I said. The next day when I came to the Messenger of Allāh , I found that both he and Abū Bakr were sitting shedding tears. I said: Messenger of Allāh, why are you and your Companion shedding tears? Tell me the reason. For I will weep ate, if not, I will at least pretend to weep in sympathy with you. The Messenger of Allāh  said: I weep for what has happened to your companions for taking ransom (from the prisoners). I was shown the torture to which they were subjected. It was brought to me as close as this tree. (He pointed to a tree close to him.) Then God revealed the verse:” It is not befitting for a prophet that he should take prisoners until the force of the disbelievers has been crushed…” to the end of the verse:” so eat ye the spoils of war, (it is) lawful and pure. So Allāh made booty lawful for them.” (Sahih Muslim. Bk.19, No.4360)



Ḥaḍrat Anas b. Mālik (ra) narrates:

‘‘We went with Allāh’s Apostle  to the blacksmith Abū Saif, and he was the husband of the wet-nurse of Ibrahim (the son of the Prophet). Allāh’s Apostle took Ibrahim and kissed him and smelled him and later we entered Abū Saif’s house and at that time Ibrahim was in his last breaths, and the eyes of Allāh’s Apostle  started shedding tears. ‘Abdur Raḥmān b. ‘Auf said, “O Allāh’s Apostle, even you are weeping!” He said, “O B. ‘Auf, this is mercy.” Then he wept more and said, “The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord, O Ibrahim ! Indeed we are grieved by your separation.’‘

(Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. Vol.2, Bk.23, No.390)



Once a man complained to the Holy Prophet (saw) about his father who took his belongings whenever he liked. The Messenger of Allāh called for his father, who was a very old man, and asked him the details of the matter. The father said, `O, Messenger of Allāh, a time was when my son was weak and helpless and bare handed while I had strength and wealth. I never hesitated to give him my belongings whenever he needed them. Today I am weak and bare handed while he is rich and now he keeps his belongings from me.’ Hearing this, tears came to the eyes of the Holy Prophet  and he said to the son: `You and your belongings belong to your father. You and your belongings belong to your father.’ (Review of Religions. Treatment of Parents. August 1995.)


Ḥaḍrat ‘A’isha (ra) reports:

‘’Rasulullah kissed the forehead of ‘Uthman b. Maz’oon after his death. At the time tears flowed from his eyes.’’ (Ḥaḍrat ‘Uthman b. Maz’oon was the foster brother of the Holy Prophet and the thirteenth person to accept Islam). (Shamaa’il Tirmidhi. (309) No.5)

Source: Al Islam

[1] This promise is said to be a reference to the revelation, (8:34)

 ((وَمَا كَانَ اللّهُ لِيُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَأَنتَ فِيهِمْ وَمَا كَانَ اللّهُ مُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَهُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ ))  ‘But Allāh would not punish them while thou wast among them, and Allāh would not punish them while they sought forgiveness.’


5 thoughts on “Tears of the Holy Prophet (saw): Part 2

  1. ●▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ۩۞۩ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬●
    اللَّهُـمّ صَــــــلٌ علَےَ مُحمَّــــــــدْ و علَےَ آل مُحمَّــــــــدْ كما صَــــــلٌيت علَےَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ و علَےَ آل إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّك حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ اللهم بارك علَےَ مُحمَّــــــــدْ و علَےَ آل مُحمَّــــــــدْ كما باركت علَےَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ و علَےَ آل إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّك حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ

  2. Sallalho alaihi wasalam. He is the chord to Allah’s bow. Or closer still. Eternal peace and choicest blessings of Allah be upon him.

  3. A deeply moving post that fills me with humility at the love of the Holy Prophet for his Ummah.As Ahmadis we honour the Holy Prophet and follow the true path and hope to receive his blessings…Ameen

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