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Is it permissible to pray to drink from the Prophet’s hand at al-Hawd (the Cistern)?

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Is it permissible to pray to drink from the Prophet’s hand at al-Hawd (the Cistern), a refreshing drink after which one will never thirst again?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

The Cistern of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) is called al-Kawthar, and its location is before the Siraat, according to the more correct opinion. Its water comes to it from the river of al-Kawthar in Paradise. His Cistern is square, and its length and breadth are the distance of a month’s travel by camel. Its water is whiter than milk, its fragrance is more pleasant than musk and its taste is sweeter than honey. The number of its vessels is like the number of stars in the sky, and even more. Whoever drinks from it will never thirst again after that.

For more details concerning the Cistern, please see the answer to question no. 48995

Secondly:

Many people believe that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) is the one who will give people to drink from the water of that Cistern, hence we hear and see them say in their du‘aa’: “Give us to drink from his (the Prophet’s) noble hand a drink after which we will never thirst again”! But this belief is mistaken, for several reasons:

1.     That is not proven in any of the reported hadeeths about the Cistern.

2.     It is proven in al-Saheeh that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) stated that whoever comes to the Cistern will drink from it. Thus we see inn the hadeeth that drinking is connected to coming to the Cistern, not to being given the drink by the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).

3.     The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) stated that the number of its vessels is like the number of stars in the sky. This indicates that everyone who comes to it will drink by himself. 

Shaykh Saalih Aal al-Shaykh (may Allah preserve him) said:

Its vessels, as described by the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) in the hadeeth of ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas and others, are as numerous “as the stars in the sky”. From this we may understand two characteristics:

1.     That they are numerous, because their number is like the number of stars in the sky. This indicates that there will be ease and comfort in drinking from it, and that there will be no pushing and shoving around its vessels, or that the people will drink from their hands.

2.     That its vessels – or cups or jugs, etc – will be like the stars of the sky in brightness, splendour and light. 

The stars of the sky are numerous, and have the characteristics of light and brightness.

Sharh al-‘Aqeedah al-Tahhaawiyyah (tape no. 14)

Shaykh Safar al-Hawaali (may Allah preserve him) said:

There is nothing in these reports to suggest that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) will give the people to drink from his noble hand, as some people claim and say “O Allah, give us to drink from his (the Prophet’s) noble hand a refreshing drink after which we will never thirst again” This is not narrated in any of the reports that I have examined. This is as far as the text is concerned.

If we examine the issue from a rational point of view, it is as if the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) alone will give those people to drink from his noble hand, despite this huge number of people and the great vastness of the Cistern. Moreover this is not appropriate to the status of Prophethood; it is as if the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) is no more than a water carrier who will give them water to drink! Even though the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) is the first one who will come to it and the Cistern is his.

The fact that he has been given the Cistern does not imply that he will give the people water with his own hand; rather he is the one who will precede his ummah, then he will rejoice when he sees them drinking in such large numbers, and they will come and drink from this great bounty that Allah has bestowed upon him and with which He has honoured him, and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) will feel sad when he sees people being turned away from the Cistern.

So he will not give them to drink, because what is clearly stated is that they will come and will drink, and others will be excluded and driven away.

http://www.alhawali.com/index.cfm?method=home.SubContent&contentID=4624 [in Arabic]

Based on that, praying that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) will give the supplicant to drink on the Day of Resurrection with his noble hand from his Cistern is something that should not be circulated. There is no report to indicate that that will happen on the Day of Resurrection. Sticking to what is mentioned in the reports is greater in blessing and will protect one against making mistakes in knowledge and action.

If a person hopes that Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, will honour him by causing him to be given to drink from the hand of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), that may happen. Allah knows best what will happen on the Day of Resurrection, to him and to others.

And Allah knows best.

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