Why Prophet Muhammad smelled fragrance of Jannah from Egypt?

Have you ever heard of the fact that when Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was going to the heavens (Israʾ and Miʿraj) He smelled the fragrance of Jannah from Egypt? Well, a Hadith is there to support this.

On the night of Israʾ and Miʿraj, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ observing a good fragrance inquired about it from Jibril عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ‎. He told Prophet Muhammad ﷺ that the smell is coming from a grave.

The fragrance from a mass grave

Jibril عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ said: “This is the fragrance of the grave of the hairdresser and her two sons and her husband.”

Khadir, who was one of the nobles of Bani Israel, used to pass by a monk in his cell. The monk used to meet him and he taught him, Islam.

Khadir got married

When Khadir reached adolescence, his father married him to a woman.  Khadir taught her about Islam and promised not to tell anyone about the fact that Khadir was a Muslim. He used not to touch women, so he divorced her.

Then his father married him to another woman, and Khadir taught her Islam and made her promise not to tell anyone. One of them kept the secret but the other disclosed it, so he fled until he came to an island in the sea.

Khadir fled his hometown

Two men came, gathering firewood, and saw him. One of them kept the secret but the other disclosed it and said: ‘I have seen Khadir.’ It was said: ‘Who else saw him beside you?’ He said: ‘So-and-so.’ (The other man) was questioned but he kept silent. According to their religion, the liar was to be killed.

The wife of Khadir in Pharoah House

The woman who had kept the secret got married, and while she was combing the hair of Pharoah’s daughter, she dropped the comb and said: ‘May Pharoah perish!’.

The daughter told her father about that. The woman had two sons and a husband. Pharaoh sent for them and tried to make the woman and her husband give up their religion, but they refused.

The last wish of Khadir’s wife

He said: ‘I am going to kill you.’ They said: ‘It would be an act of kindness on your part, if you kill us, to put us in one grave.’ So he did that.”

Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 4030

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