The love for Prophet Mohammed (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM) has always been a trademark of Muslims. A love more than one’s own life, parents, children and whatever exists is an everlasting testing stone that distinguishes between Muslims and other nations of non-believers.
This is the reason that non-believers of all the times targeted the Personality of Prophet (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM) directly. They tried to shake the belief of people on Him (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM) and when they failed, they tried to cause harm to the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM).[irp]
In this specific writing, we will talk about the first attempt made to steal the Holy Body of The Prophet Mohammad (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM) from the Green Dome in Madina. However ALLAH Almighty arranged a great defeat for all such morons.
Some Christians planned the same in 557AH/164. It was the time of a very pious Muslim ruler Nur ad Din Mahmud Zanki (may Allah Bless him). The commander of his soldiers was Asad ad Din Shirkuh the uncle of Great Salah ud Din, the one who conquered Jerusalem.
One night Nur ad Din Mahmud Zanki (may Allah Bless him) was blessed with a dream and he saw The Holy Prophet (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM). The Holy Prophet (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM) pointed at two people of red color hair (at their heads) and Said, “Mahmud, Save Me (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM) from them”.
Al Zanki (may Allah Bless him) woke, offered prayer again and slept. He saw the same dream again. He got up from the bed again, offered prayer and tried to sleep and saw the same dream for the third time. He then called his advisor Shaikh Jamal ud Din, and discussed the matter with him.
Shaikh advised him to go to Madina immediately and asked him to not to relate the dream to anyone else. Nur ud Din Mahmud Zanki (may Allah Bless him) took his advisor with him and a Historian Majd al Din. The caravan comprised thousands of camels carrying expensive gifts on them.
Mahmud Zanki(may Allah Bless him) reached Madina from Syria in sixteen days. He directly went to the Prophet’s (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM) Mosque. There he performed Prayers and Salat. With consideration of his advisor, he summoned all the people of Madina in order to present them with alms.
Nur ud Din Zanki looked carefully at each of the visitors but could not see those he saw in a dream. He inquired if all the residents have received the alms. The people replied in Yes. He asked them again and some people told him that there are two most pious people who don’t accept any alms.
They feed the needy people generously, observe fast on regular basis, perform tahajjud and offer salah to the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM) day and night and once a week they visit the Masjid al Nabawi.
Nur ud Din (may Allah Bless him) ordered the two to be presented to him. They were the two people he saw in the dream. He recognized them immediately and asked them why they are here. They replied that they are Moroccans, came for hajj and wish to stay in Madina as neighbors of The Holy Prophet (Blessings and Peace be Upon HIM).
Nur ud din Zanki (may Allah Bless him) insisted them, to tell the truth, but they kept quiet. He asked about their residence and went there. He inspected their residence near the sacred chamber and when an old rug was lifted a wooden board was found and under that a newly dug tunnel.
The tunnel was approaching the Sacred Chamber. They got terrified and confessed that they are Christians and king of Iberia sent them with a huge sum of money to execute his plan. They rented the house nearest to the Holy Chamber and used to dig the tunnel in the night and throw out the soil in the day.
They also told that when they got near to the sacred chamber an earthquake shook the earth and a fearful thunder was observed. Nur ud Din Mahmud Zanki (may Allah Bless him) ordered the immediate execution of the culprits and thanked ALLAH who blessed him with the honor of saving the sacred chamber.
Arrangements made to protect the Holy Body of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W: After this attempt, Nur ud Din Zanki(may Allah Bless him) ordered a deep trench to be dug around the Holy Chamber and then filled it with melt lead so that nobody could ever reach the sacred chamber again.
Zanki (may Allah Bless him) stayed in Madina and distributed charity generously to the people of Madinah. He is a trademark of Military Courage, extreme modesty, and piety. Even his enemies acknowledge that Zanki loved justice more than anything else.
Attempts to Steal the Holy Body of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W from Madina: Historians have reported three attempts made by the Non-Believers to steal the Holy Body of Prophet Muhamad S.A.W. We have covered them in detail in the following links.