Can Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) see his Ummah (community) at the moment? Does He become sad for the bad deeds of his Ummah, and become happy for their good deeds?
It is of course wrong to think that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) can “know or see everything” because, knowing and seeing everything only belongs to Allah (SWT). No prophets have such an authorization or power during their lives or after their deaths.
However, with the permission of Allah, our beloved prophet (PBUH) saw and informed many different things than ordinary people. Hundreds of sound news that are present in true sources about Ghayb (the unknown) is a proof of this.
In this context, we can see that there is information that the deeds of Hz. Muhammad’s Ummah (community) are shown to him. For example;
Narrated by Abdullah b. Masud, our prophet said the following:
It is a true that Allah has angels who wander and bring the Salam (salawat) of my Ummah to me. My life is beneficial for you since you can communicate with me directly and I communicate with you by answering your questions and solving your problems. My death is also beneficial for you too; since your deeds are shown to me; when I see your good deeds, I praise Allah (SWT). When I see your bad deeds, I demand forgiveness from Allah for you (Ajluni, 1/368).
Hafız Haythami, said that the hadith narrated by Bazzar is true. (See. Majmauz-zawaid, 9/24/ h. no: 14250)
The expression, “when I see your good deeds, I praise Allah” shows that our Prophet rejoices when we do good deeds; and the expression, “when I see your bad deeds, I ask for your forgiveness from Allah” shows that he feels sad due to our bad deeds but that he prays Allah for their forgiveness.
The following words of Said Nursi enlighten the issue as follows:
…Thus, it is through this mystery that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him), whose essence is light and nature, luminous, in this world hears at the same time all the benedictions recited for him by all his community, and at the resurrection will meet with all the purified at the same time. One will not be an obstacle to another. (The Words/Sixteenth Word/The First Ray)
I f y o u s a y : Since he is God’s Beloved, what need does he have of all these blessings and supplications?
T h e A n s w e r : This Being (PBUH) is connected with the happiness of all his community and shares in every sort of the happiness of each member of it, and he is anxious at every sort of their tribulations. Although in regard to himself the degrees of happiness and perfection are endless, since he desires ardently the numberless kinds of happiness of the numberless members of his community for an unlimited time, and is saddened at the numberless kinds of their wretchedness, he is surely worthy and needy for endless blessings and supplications and mercy. (The Letters)
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