A Guest in Madinah- Allamah al-Kattani
Continuing once again with Allamah Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani, I thought I would present an amazing incident which took place during the eventful life of this great scholar. Once again taken from Dr Khayyali’s valuable introduction (p.24-25).
None other than Sh. Yusuf al-Nabahani said:
And from his beautiful qualities, and amazing miracles, is that what he related to me Allah protect him and benefit us by him.
He said: When I was in Egypt last year heading towards the Hijaz for Hajj to Allah’s sacred house, and visitation of his most noble Prophet upon Him Salutations and Peace. I heard that in Madinah al-Munawwarah there was a volume of the Musnad of al-Darimi in the handwriting of al-Hafidh Abd al-Adheem al-Mundhiri, which had many hearings (sama’at) in its margin in the handwriting of some of the Huffah and well known scholars. So I longed to see this book, and hoped to own it, such that I said: O Messenger of Allah, my being a guest with you is that you gift me this book such that I own it. I said this a number of times whilst heading towards Madinah.
When we reached near it some of its residents came out to welcome the visitors, the first person to meet me was a man who owned this book, who was from the people of Tunis who had taken up residence in Madinah from a long time. He greeted and welcomed me, and accompanied me till we entered Madinah. Before our reaching the Haram al-Nabawi he said to me: Come rest a little in my home, then we will go for the visitation. So I went with him to his home, with my mere entering he passed me a book and said: Take this book from me as a gift to you, for it is not befitting except for you. I looked at it and found it to be the copy of the Musnad al-Darimi which I had asked for from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless Him and give Him peace). I felt such happiness which I cannot describe,
but I forbade myself from looking into it, despite my intense longing to, until I had visited the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless Him and give Him peace) who had gifted it to me. After the visitation I read it, and it was -as it had reached me- in the handwriting of al-Hafidh al-Mundhiri, along with many hearings (sama’at) with the handwriting of scholars, amongst them a-Hafidh al-Sakhawi.
Al-Nabahani said: He showed it to me, and I saw that it was as he said….by my life this is a great miracle.