On our Prophet’s intercession on the Day of Judgement…

Narrated Ma’bad bin Hilal Al’Anzi:

We, i.e. some people from Basra gathered and went to Anas bin Malik,
and we went in company with Thabit Al-Bunnani so that he might ask him
about the Hadith of Intercession on our behalf. Behold, Anas was in
his palace, and our arrival coincided with his Duha prayer. We asked
permission to enter and he admitted us while he was sitting on his
bed. We said to Thabit, “Do not ask him about anything else first but
the Hadith of Intercession.” He said, “O Abu Hamza! There are your
brethren from Basra coming to ask you about the Hadith of
Intercession.”

Anas then said, “Muhammad talked to us saying, ‘On the Day of
Resurrection the people will surge with each other like waves, and
then they will come to Adam (as) and say, ‘Please intercede for us
with your Lord.’ Adam (as) will say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is greater
than it has ever been or will ever be, I ate the fruit which was
forbidden to me and so I am not fit for that (intercession) but you’d
better go to Nuh (as) as he is the first of the “ulul azim” (greatest
prophets) sent to man.

They will go to Nuh (as) and say, ‘Please intercede for us with your
Lord.’ Nuh (as) will reply, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is greater than it
has ever been or will ever be, once I prayed to him asking that he
should not leave any disbeliever upon this earth, now I am concerned
about myself. I am not fit for that intercession but you’d better go
to Abraham (as) as he is the Khalil (friend) of the Beneficent.’

They will go to Abraham (as) and he will say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is
greater than it has ever been or will ever be, I am not fit for that,
for on three occasions I said words near lying and now I am thinking
of myslef, you’d better go to Moses (as) as he is the one to whom
Allah spoke directly.’

So they will go to Moses (as) and he will say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is
greater than it has ever been or will ever be, though I was not
commanded to kill I killed a man, therefore I am not fit for that, but
you’d better go to Jesus (as) as he is a soul created by Allah and His
Word.’ (Be: And it was)

They will go to Jesus (as) and he will say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is
greater than it has ever been or will ever be’. Jesus (as) will utter
no sin, in concern he will say ‘my nefs, my nefs, my nefs, I am not
fit for that, but you’d better go to Muhammad (saw).’

They would come to me and I will immediately fall down, prostrate
before Him beneath the Arsh-i Rahman (the divine throne) and He will
inspire me to praise Him with such praises as I do not know now. Then
it will be said, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head and speak, for you will
be listened to; and ask, for you will be granted (your request); and
intercede, for your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O
Lord, my followers! My followers!’ And then it will be said, ‘Go and
take out of Hell (Fire) all those who have faith in their hearts,
equal to the weight of a barley grain.’

I will go and do so and return to praise Him with the same praises,
and fall down (prostrate) before Him. Then it will be said, ‘O
Muhammad, raise your head and speak, for you will be listened to, and
ask, for you will be granted (your request); and intercede, for your
intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my followers! My
followers!’ It will be said, ‘Go and take out of it all those who have
faith in their hearts equal to the weight of a small ant or a mustard
seed.’

I will go and do so and return to praise Him with the same praises, and fall down in prostration before Him. It will be said, ‘O,
Muhammad, raise your head and speak, for you will be listened to, and
ask, for you will be granted (your request); and intercede, for your
intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my followers!’
Then He will say, ‘Go and take out (all those) in whose hearts there
is faith even to the lightest, lightest mustard seed. (Take them) out
of the Fire.’ I will go and do so.”

When we left Anas, I said to some of my companions, “Let’s pass by
Al-Hasan who is hiding himself in the house of Abi Khalifa and request
him to tell us what Anas bin Malik has told us.” So we went to him
and we greeted him and he admitted us. We said to him, “O Abu Said! We
came to you from your brother Anas Bin Malik and he related to us a
Hadith about the intercession the like of which I have never heard.”
He said, “What is that?” Then we told him of the Hadith and said, “He
stopped at this point (of the Hadith).” He said, “What then?” We
said, “He did not add anything to that.” He said, Anas related the
Hadith to me twenty years ago when he was a young fellow. I don’t
know whether he forgot or if he did not like to let you depend on what
he might have said.” We said, “O Abu Said! Let us know that.” He
smiled and said, “Man was created hasty. I did not mention that, but
that I wanted to inform you of it.

Anas told me the same as he told you and said that the Prophet added,
‘I then return for a fourth time and praise Him similarly and
prostrate before Him me the same as he ‘O Muhammad, raise your head
and speak, for you will be listened to; and ask, for you will be
granted (your request): and intercede, for your intercession will be
accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, allow me to intercede for whoever
said, ‘None has the right to be worshiped except Allah.’ Then Allah
will say, ‘By my Power, and my Majesty, and by My Supremacy, and by My
Greatness, I will take out of Hell (Fire) whoever said: ‘None has the
right to be worshipped except Allah.'”

(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 601)

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