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January 27th, 2020

Use of word ‘rasul’ in Sahih Bukhari and Abu Dawud

1. A man said to the Holy Prophet:

فَقَالَ الرَّجُلُ آمَنْتُ بِمَا جِئْتَ بِهِ، وَأَنَا رَسُولُ مَنْ وَرَائِي مِنْ قَوْمِي

“I believe in what you have been sent with, and I am a messenger (rasul) of my people whom I have left behind.” (Bukhari, hadith 63)

2. A man was sent to Abu Bakr with a command from the Holy Prophet. The man was called the messenger.

فَأَتَاهُ الرَّسُولُ

“So the messenger (rasul) came to him (Abu Bakr)” (Bukhari, hadith 678).

3. Regarding the same incident:

فَأَتَاهُ الرَّسُولُ فَقَالَ إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَأْمُرُكَ أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ بِالنَّاسِ‏.‏

“So the messenger (rasul) came to him and said: The Messenger of Allah commands you to lead people in prayer” (Bukhari, hadith 687).

4. Uthman sent a messenger to call someone to him:

جَاءَ رَسُولُ عُثْمَانَ

“the messenger (rasul) of Uthman came…” (Bukhari, hadith 3696).

5. The Holy Prophet sent a man with a message to Ka‘b ibn Malik. Ka‘b narrated this incident, saying:

إِذَا رَسُولُ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَأْتِينِي

“when the messenger (rasul) of the messenger (rasul) of Allah came to me” (Bukhari, hadith 4418).

6. When the Holy Prophet called various clans of the Quraish to gather to listen to him:

أَرْسَلَ رَسُولاً لِيَنْظُرَ مَا هُوَ

Those who could not come “sent a messenger (rasul) to see what it was” (Bukhari, hadith 4770).

7. When the Holy Prophet asked Mu‘adh ibn Jabal certain questions and was pleased with his replies, he said:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي وَفَّقَ رَسُولَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ لِمَا يُرْضِي رَسُولَ اللَّهِ

“Praise be to Allah Who granted the messenger (rasul) of the messenger (rasul) of Allah that which pleases the messenger (rasul) of Allah” (Abu Dawud, book 25: ‘Judges’, ch. 11, hadith 3592)

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