A lesson from the ring of the Holy Prophet s.a.

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Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaqra

After the Holy Prophet’ssa ring was mentioned in a hadith, Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaqra said the following:

The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, had his name engraved onto a ring (which he would use to stamp letters) in the following order [from top to bottom]:

“Allah, Rasul, Muhammad”.

This indicated that Allah is the Greatest and has the highest rank. Then, under “Allah”, “Rasul” [Prophet] pointed towards the rank of the Holy Prophetsa in the capacity as a prophet. And finally, [“Muhammad”] referred to the Holy Prophet’ssa personal capacity and as a servant [of Allah].

From this, we can gather that when certain names are to be written together, it is vital one takes into consideration status and rank when writing them. The Holy Prophetsa could easily have engraved his ring in the following order:

“Muhammad, Rasul, Allah”.

But he chose not to, which meant that he took into consideration status and rank, thus writing “Allah” at the top.

(Originally published in Al Fazl on 13 January 1940 [page 3] in the form of notes taken by Mahmood Ahmad Khalil Sahib from the lectures on hadith by Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaqra, brother-in-law of the Promised Messiahas)

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