The Quraish of Makkah Consult the Jewish Scholars – Part One

When the Quraish realized that their questions were foolish and prejudiced, they engaged in mutual consultation and decided to send Nadhr bin Haarith and ‘Uqbah bin Abu Mu‘ait to Madinah Munawwarah to enquire regarding Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) from the Jewish scholars residing there. The reason for them going to the Jews is that they were reasonably acquainted with the knowledge of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) and were more knowledgeable regarding the signs of the prophets.

These two people went to Madinah Munawwarah and informed the Jewish scholars of what was happening in Makkah Mukarramah. The Jews suggested that they pose three questions to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

The first question was, “Who were the people who sought refuge in a cave and what is their incident?” In other words, they would ask Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarding the incident of the people of the cave.

The second question was, “Who was the man who traversed the entire earth from the East to the West?” In other words, they would ask Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarding the incident of Zul Qarnain.

The third question was, “What is the rooh (soul)?”

The Jewish scholars further mentioned that if Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) answered the first two questions and remained silent regarding the third question, then they should understand that he is a true Nabi, otherwise he is a liar and impostor.”

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/194)


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