below are some recorded examples of revelation to the
Holy Prophet's Companions, both during his life and
``Aisha related that
when the Companions decided to wash the body of the
Holy Prophet [before his burial], they said: By God,
we do not know whether to remove his clothes, as we
do for the dead, or to wash him with his clothes on.
So when they differed about this, God caused them to
fall asleep, till there was not one of them whose
chin was not upon his chest. Then a speaker spoke
from one side of the house, they did not know who it
was, saying: Wash the Holy Prophet with his clothes
Dawud, Book of Funerals; Mishkat, Book of Fitan,
ch. `Miracles', sec. 2)
``A slave-girl of Abu
Bakr was pregnant. He said: It was revealed to me
that it would be a girl. And she gave birth to a
al-Lama', by Abu Nasr Abdullah al-Qausani, ch.
``In the written
orders which Umar [the second Caliph] sent to [his
army commander] Sa`ad Ibn Abi Waqqas during the
Persian campaign, it was stated that it had been
revealed to him that the enemy would be defeated.''
as-Sabasiyya, p. 302, compiled by Dr Hamidullah
``Ali and al-Fazl were
washing the Holy Prophet's body when Ali heard a
voice saying: Lift up your eyes to heaven.''
al-Kubra, by Suyuti, vol. ii, p. 276)
``Anas related that
Abu Ibn Ka`b said: I shall enter the mosque and pray,
and praise God so much that no one would have praised
Him like that. So when he prayed, and sat down to
praise God, he heard a voice from behind him saying: O
God, all praise is due to Thee, all good is in Thy
hand, all affairs return to Thee, open or secret, all
praise is due to Thee, Thou hast power over all
things, forgive me my past sins and keep me pure for
the rest of my life, grant me to do good deeds which
please Thee from me, and turn to me mercifully.
Then Abu Ibn Ka`b came to the Holy Prophet and
related this to him. The Holy Prophet said: That was
al-Ma`ani, vol. vii, p. 64, under verse 33:40)
``Abdullah Ibn Zaid
Ibn Abd Rabbih related: When the Holy Prophet ordered
the making of a trumpet to use it to call people to
prayer, I saw in a dream a man carrying a trumpet in
his hand. I said to him: Are you selling the trumpet?
He said: What will you do with it? I said: Call
people to prayer. He said: Shall I not show you
something better than it? I said: Yes. He said: Say, Allahu
Akbar (up to the end of the words of the Call to
Prayer). In the morning I went to the Holy Prophet
and told him of my dream. He said: `Your dream is
surely true, if God so will. Go and stand with Bilal
and tell him your dream. Let him give the call to
prayer, because his voice is louder than yours.' So I
stood with Bilal and told him of the words, and he
made the call to prayer.''
Book of Prayer, ch. `The Call to Prayer', sec. 3)
summarise, wahy nubuwwat has ended, but mubashshirat
continue, and these include true dreams which are a
part of prophethood. The revelations of saints amongst
Muslims also include inspiration and the hearing of
words, as the aforementioned anecdotes from the lives of
the Companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) show.