Junaid – A wrestler who saw Prophet Muhammad in his dream

Junaid Baghdadi was a famous wrestler

Junaid Baghdadi was a wrestler by profession. The people of Baghdad held a wrestling contest quite often. The leader of Baghdad would call out the wrestler name who had to enter a contest while a volunteer contestant from the public would rise to wrestle.

An old man came to fight with him

Once the leader announced the name of Junaid Baghdadi and asked for a volunteer from the public. On this, an old man rose and said that he wanted to wrestle with Junaid Baghdadi. The people were shocked. The man was old and weak, how could he even think of competing with the young and strong Junaid Baghdadi?

The man was not even able to stand up properly: his whole body would shake while he walks and his neck would quiver as he talked. Yet, the 65 old man put forth himself for the contest. 

The old man said something to Junaid Baghdadi

The old man then whispered that he is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W i.e. he is a Sayyid. He has run out of money, has a loan to repay and kids back at home are starving. He then asked Junaid that if he would be able to put down his honor, pride, and name for the sake of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?

Only if Junaid loses this contest for the sake of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, the old man would be able to win the prize money. The prize money would help him repay loans and have some money to get food for children for a year.

But this task requires Junaid to sacrifice his pride: of course, people will talk that look Junaid lost a contest to an old man. 

Junaid grabbed the opportunity

Junaid did not hesitate and readily thought of losing the match and his honor just for the sake of Holy Prophet PBUH. However, he wanted to make sure that his defeat looked natural and no one would question it.

Therefore, when the contest started, he performed some false actions making sure that the old man wasn’t really hurt. By the end of the wrestling, Junaid fell, and the old man stood on his chest claiming his victory.

Junaid saw Prophet Muhammad S.A.W in the dream

Junaid saw Prophet PBUH in his dream. Prophet Muhammad S.A.W addressed that you sacrificed your honor for my love. You forgave your fame which echoed around the city.

Your sacrifice has let you earn a place among the Auliyas (the friends of Allah). The world knows the wrestler today as Junaid Baghdadi Wali Ullah and not a wrestler anymore.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.