Stories Of The Prophets

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  • Stories Of The Prophets

  • Prophet Daniel

    Saves Daniel from the Lions

    Ibn Abi Al-Dunya narrated the following, based on a
    chain of citations. Nabuchadnezzar captured the two lions and threw
    them into a pit. He then brought Daniel and threw him at them; yet they
    did not pounce at him; rather, he remained as Allah wished. When then
    he desired food and drink, Allah revealed to Jeremiah, who was in Sham
    (Palestine/Syria): "Prepare food and drink for Daniel." He said: "O
    Lord I am in Jerusalem while Daniel is in Babylon (Iraq)." Allah
    revealed to him: "Do what I have commanded you to do, and I shall send
    you one who will carry you and what you have prepared." Jeremiah did so
    and Allah sent him something that would carry him until he arrived at
    the brink of the pit.

    Then Daniel asked: "Who is this?" He answered: "I
    am Jeremiah." He asked: "What brought you?" He answered: "Your Lord
    sent me to you." He said: "And so my Lord has remembered me?" He said:
    "Yes." Daniel said: "Praise be to Allah Who never forgets those who
    appeal to Him! And Praise be to Him Who compensates good with good,
    rewards patience with safety, dispels harm after distress, assures us
    when we are overwhelmed, and is our hope when skill fails us."

    Daniel After Death

    Yunus Ibn Bakeer reported that Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq
    reported that Abu Khalid Ibn Dinar reported that Abul Aa'lia said:
    "When Tastar was invaded, we found, in the treasure house of
    Al-Harmazan, a bed on which lay a dead man, with a holy script at his
    bedside. We took the scripture to Umar Ibn Al Khattab. He called Ka-b
    and he translated it into Arabic, and I was the first Arab to read it.
    I read it as I read the Qur'an." Here, I (Khalid Ibn Dinar) said to
    Abul Aa'lia: "What was in it?" He said: "Life history, annals, songs,
    speech, and what is to come." I asked: "And what did you do with the
    man?" He said: "We dug in the river bank thirteen separate graves. At
    nightfall we buried him and leveled all the graves in order to mislead
    people for they would tamper with him." I asked: "And what did they
    want from him?" He said: "When the sky was cloudless for them, they
    went out with his bed, and it rained." I asked: "Who did you think the
    man was?" He said; "A man called Daniel." I asked: "And for how long
    had he been dead when you found him?" He said: "Three hundred years." I
    asked: "Did not anything change on him?" He said: "No, except for the
    hairs of his face (beard, and mustache); the skin of the prophets is
    not harmed by the earth, nor devoured by hyenas."

    The chain of citation from Abul Aa'lia is good, but if
    the date of the dead man's death was really three hundred years, then
    he was not a prophet but a saintly an, because there was no prophet
    between Isa (Jesus)(pbuh), and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), according
    to the hadith in Bukhari. The span between them (the dead man and
    Muhammad (pbuh)) was variously reported as four hundred, six hundred,
    and six hundred twenty years. It could be that he had died eight
    hundred years earlier, which would be near to Daniel's time, if his
    being Daniel is correct. However, he could still have been somebody
    else, either a prophet or a saint. Yet the truth is more likely he was
    Daniel, because he had been taken by the King of Persia and remained
    imprisoned as already mentioned.

    It was narrated with a correct citation that his nose
    as one span (nine inches) long. Anas Ibn Malik, with a good citation,
    said that his nose was an arm's stretch long (two feet), on which basis
    he is thought to be an ancient prophet from before this period.
    Almighty Allah knows best.

    Daniel's Death -

    Ibn Abu Dunya reported from Abu Bilal that Abu Musa
    found with Daniel a holy script and a container in which were dirhams,
    his ring and ointment. He wrote to Umar, who replied: "Send the
    scripture to us, send some of the ointment, tell the Muslims who are
    with you to use it, share the dirhams among them, and leave the ring
    for you.

    Abu Bakr Ibn Abu Dunya related without citation that
    when Abu Musa was told that he was Daniel, he stayed with him, embraced
    him, and kissed him. Then he wrote to Umar that he found with him
    nearly ten thousand Dhirhams. It used to be that people came to borrow
    from it, and if they did not return it, they became sick. Umar ordered
    his burial in a grave to be kept secret and the money to be sent to the
    treasury, with the box and the ring a gift to him (Abu Musa).

    It is related of Abu Musa that he told four of the
    captives to dam the river and dig a grave in the middle, where he
    buried him. Then he beheaded the four captives in order for the secret
    to be kept from all except himself.

    Daniel's Ring

    Ibn Abu Dunya also reported, by a chain of citations,
    that a ring was seen on the hand of Ibn Abu Barda Ibn Abu Musa. The gem
    was carved with two lions with a man between them, whom they were
    licking. Abu Barda said: "This is the ring of that man whom the people
    of this town say is Daniel. Abu Musa took it the day he was buried. The
    learned people of the town told Abu Musa that soothsayers and
    astrologers told the king in Daniel's time that a boy would be born who
    would destroy him and his kingdom. So the king swore to kill all the
    baby boys, except that they threw Daniel in the lions' den, and the
    lion and lioness began to lick him and did not harm him. His mother
    came and took him. Abu Musa said: "And so Daniel carved his image and
    the image of the two lions into the gem of his ring, for him not to
    forget Allah's blessing upon him in this.'" This has a good citation.



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