The First Journey to Syria – Part Four

(Continued)

While speaking to them, the monk suddenly noticed a group of seven Romans coming towards him while searching for something. The priest asked them, “What are you searching for?” They replied, “We have come out in search of the Nabi in whose regard the Towrah and Injeel have given the glad tidings that he will be travelling in this month. We have thus dispatched men in all directions (to search for him).”

The monk responded, “Very well! Tell me, if Almighty Allah has already decreed something, is anyone able to prevent it from happening?” They replied in the negative. The seven Romans thereafter pledged to Baheeraa that they would refrain from searching for the Nabi. Thereafter, they decided to remain with Baheeraa, as they no longer wished to fulfill the purpose for which they had set out. Considering that they had abandoned the mission for which they were sent, they regarded it inappropriate to return and thus took the decision to settle down with Baheeraa.

The monk then took an oath before the travelers and asked them who the guardian of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was. When they pointed towards Abu Taalib, the monk pleaded with him saying, “Ensure that you send him back to Makkah Mukarramah.” Abu Taalib agreed and sent him back to Makkah Mukarramah with Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The monk also provided some bread and olive oil as provisions for the return journey.

According to the narration of Imaam Baihaqi (rahimahullah), Baheeraa rose to inspect the blessed back of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) where he noticed the seal of prophethood between his shoulder blades. He saw it to be exactly as he had expected it to be.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/90)

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