AN AMAZING STORY ABOUT A WALIYILLAH ( SHEIKH MUHAMMAD MUTAWALI SHA'RAWI), AN EGYPTIAN SCHOLAR PAR EXCELLENCE, WHO HAD NO PEER DURING HIS TIME IN TERMS OF QURANIC INTERPRETATION AND ANALYSIS VIA THE LENS OF MODERN SCIENCE. IT IS ABOUT AN AMAZING DREAM INVOLVING HIM AND THE PROPHET(sallallahu alaihi wasallam)
Once upon a time, there was an Islamic conference(in Egypt) under the Chairmanship of one of the Sheikhs and religious scholars. And Sheikh Muhammad Mutawali Sha'rawi was invited to attend. He accepted the invitation to be a participant in the conference which lasted nearly a week.
As the sessions proceed, Sheikh Sha'rawi observed that the Chairman of the conference seemed to brag and boast about knowing much.
Then Imam Sha'arawi climbed on the podium and said: I am going to throw a question to you and i need an answer from you?
Question: Where did the remaining water that the Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was bathed with after he died went to?
The chairman and the entire audience were in total silence, reflecting on the answer. And he finally requested from Sheikh Sha'rawi to let him give an answer during tomorrow's session, insha Allah.
So the chairman went home and did nothing but engaged himself in searching, researching and reading books from his special liberary to answer that question which had silenced everyone in front of him.
The chairman of the conference searched thoroughly for an answer but could not find one, until he got tied and sleep over took him holding one of his books he was researching for an answer in his hand.
As he was asleep, there appeared to him the Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in a dream and behind him was a man holding a candle.
Then he went quickly to the Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and asked: O messenger of Allah, where did your bath water(after-death) went to?
And the Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) pointed to the holder of the candle to answer him. Then the holder of the candle said:
The bath water of the Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had evaporated and ascended to the sky and fell back onto the earth in a form of rain. And at each spot of this rain on earth a masjid or mosque was built or will be built in the future(in other words, a mosque was built or will be built at all the spots that the bath water of the Prophet(after death) had drop in a form of rain).
The man suddendly woke up from his sleep in so much happiness, because he discovered the answer that will brighten his face at the conference tomorrow.
So on the following day, he went to the conference and waited for Sheikh Sha'arawi to ask the question, but he did not ask.
And at the tail end of the second day's session (after his dream), the chairman of the conference rose up and said to Sheikh Sha'rawi:You have asked a question yesterday and do you want to know the answer?
Then Sheikh Sha'rawi replied: And do you know the answer?
He said: Yes
Sheikh Sha'rawi said: Then where did the bath water of the Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam)go to?
The chairman said: The bath water of the Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) evaporated and ascended to the sky (as cloud) and dropped down in a form of rain. And each spot of each drop on earth would and will be a mosque.
Sheikh Sh'arawi then said: And how did you know the answer?
He said: The Prophet's (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) appeared to me in my sleep.
Sheikh Sha'arawi said: (No) rather, it was the holder of the candle who answered you.
And the chairman became so dumbfounded and flabbergasted and asked Sheikh Sha'rawi how he knew about that and he answered him which had really amazed the entire audience saying: Because i was the one holding the candle with Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam).
We ask you all to pray for Sheikh Muhammad Mutawali Sha'arawi for Allah's mercy.
The story was narrated by the chairman of the conference himself who had the dream.
Translated frm Arabic by:
Husseini Yushau BabalWaiz, New York
May Allah give us Allah - aameen bi hurmathi nabiyyil ameen sallallahu alaihi wasallam