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Prophet King or Slave Messenger

  al-Ḥāfiẓ ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī

By al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī (d. AH 795). This is an excerpt from the last chapter of Ibn Rajab's famous book: al-Khushūʿ fī-al-Ṣalāt. Here, he deals with the status of a slave-messenger which the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) actually selected for himself when given the choice. The chapter expounds upon the nobility of such a choice and the reasons behind it. Pay special attention to the advice of Ibrāhīm Ibn Adham at the end, although it is ḍāʿīf jiddan in its chain, it is tremendous in meaning

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