The Excellence of Tabarukat in the Light of Holy Qur’an and Ahadith
Almighty Allah says in the Holy Qur’an. “And make the standing place of Ibrahim, the place of Salaah.” (Sura Baqara)
In this verse, the command for Salaah to be performed at the place “Muqam-e-Ibrahim” was given. The question is: From the entire area of Haram, why has the spot of “Muqam-e-Ibrahim” received such high distinction?
It is stated in the famous and authentic books of Tafseer that: “Muqam-e-Ibrahim is that stone wherein is the impression of the footprint of Hadhrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam). Muqam-e-Ibrahim is that stone on which Hadhrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) stood and built the Holy Kaaba.” (Jalaalain)
This one single stone which has been associated to Hadhrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) has become so
blessed that after making the Tawaaf of the Holy Kaaba, it is greater to read two Rakaats Salaah at that place than any other place. Almighty Allah has made it one of His tokens (signs). It stated in the Holy Qur’an. “Verily the very first house which was selected for the people is that which is in Makkah. It is blessed one and one that shows the path to the entire world. In it are clear signs, the standing stone of hadhrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam).” (Sura Nisa)
Commenting on the above verse of the Holy Qur’an, hadhrat Mujahid (radi Allahu anhu), the exalted
student of hadhrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) says, “For the impression of both the blessed
feet of Hadhrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) to be imprinted on the stone is a clear sign.” (Ibn Jeerer; Ibn Munzir)
For a stone that has been related to Hadhrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam0, for that stone to become (part of) a verse of the Holy Qur’an and also a spot for the performance of Salaah, and for it to be protected for so many centuries is a proof of the excellence of that stone – that those objects which are associated to the beloved servants of Almighty Allah become blessed and religious Tabarukat! They should be respected and also preserved.
“The Prophet of Bani Israeel (Shamwail alaihis salaam) said to them: The sign of Taloots Kingship is this that a trunk from your Creator will come towards you in which there will be tranquillity of the hearts, and few preserved objects from the belongings of respected Moosa and Haroon. This will be brought by the Angels. Verily in it for you is a great sign if you keep faith.” (Sura Baqara)
This trunk contained belongings and Tabarukat such as Aasa (Staff) and Na’lain Shareef (Blessed Sandal) of Hadhrat Moosa (alaihis salaam); the Imaama (Turban) of Hadhrat Haroon (alaihis salaam); the Hadhrat Sulaiman (alaihis salaam); a few Scripts of the Tauraat, and many other Tabarubat. It was through the blessings of these Tabarukat that the Bani Israeel, when fighting any battle, would place the trunk before them, and would become victorious and conquer their enemies. The books of Tafseer record that they used the trunk for all their need, to fulfil whatever they wished they wished for and as mediation.
“Those Tabarukat were the Sandal and Staff of Hadhrat Mooa (alaihis salaam), and the Turban of Haroon (alaihis salaam) and a few pieces of Mun (Food from the skies) that used to come to the people of Israeel, and a few parts of scriptures.” (Jalaalain)
“Those Tabarukat were portions of scriptures, the Staff (stick of Jannat) of Moosa (alaihis salaam), his clothing, his sandals, the Turban of Hadhrat Haroon (alaihis salaam), some of the Tauraat, the ring of Hadhrat Sulaiman (alaihis salaam) and a few pieces of Mun (Food form the skies).” (Roohul Bayaan, Vol. 1, pg. 386)
The proof the Bani Israeel kept this trunk before them in times of war and asked through its mediation and for victory over their enemies is present in the books of Tafseer. It has been stated: “The Bani Israeel used to ask, through the mediation of this trunk, for victory over their enemies. They used to place it in front of them in a battle, and this used to give the tranqulilty. “ (Jalaalain)
It has also been stated: “When the Bani Israeel used to present themselves in battle, they would keep that trunk in front of them and they used to ask for victory their enemies through its mediation.” (Roohul Bayaan, Vol. 1, page 385)
From these clarifications, we learn that it is necessary to respect and honour the Tabarukat and belongings of the pious servants. It is through their blessings that victory is gained over the enemies, prayers are accepted and needs are fulfilled. By respecting and honouring the blessed belongins, one gains blessings and great benefit. By disrespecting and insulting theses blessed Tabarukat, on is faced with problems, sickness begins to spread, and destruction and devastation occurs.
The clear proof of this is that when Imaaqa stole the sacred trunk from Bani Israeel and began to show disrespect and insults towards it. They become engulfed in all types of illenesses and all five fo their villages were destroyed. It is recorded that: “When the Bani Israeel showed disobedience and causing turmoil, Almighty Allah appointed Imaaqa over them. They became victrious over the Bani Israeel and took the trunk away from them. They kept it in the toilet area.
When Almighty Allah willed to make Taaloot the King, then Almighty Allah sent problems on Imaaqa to this extent that any person who urinated near the trunk go piles and five towns and their population were destroyed. The Kaafirs then knew that all this destruction was being caused through the disrespect of the Trunk. Thus, took the trunk out of their locality. (Roohul Bayaan, vol. page 1. 385)
We learn from incident of destruction and problems of Imaaqa. That showing disprespect and insult to the blessed belongings of the pious servants leads to destruction.
It is also evident that to respect, honour, show respect and use these blessed belongings as mediation is the sign of the believers. To show disrespect and insult ot these blessed Tabarukat is a sign of being misled.