Question: Asalaamu alaikum
In a short talk given by an Imam I heard him say that Prophet Muhammad sallahlahu alaihi wasalam was a shadowless prophet….can u tell me if this is correct and explain why he was called so ….if he was.. jazakAllah.
Wa Alaikum As Salaam,
The reason that the Prophet (s.a.w) is referred to as a shadowless Prophet is due to the fact that he did not have a shadow. This is a correct statement which is supported by different traditions. In this regard the great scholar Alama Hafiz Jalaludeen As Soyutee (A.R) (died 911 A.H) has mentioned about this in his famous book ‘Al Khasaa’is Al Kubra.’ In this book, he placed a chapter under the title, ‘Chapter of the sign that a shadow was not seen for the Prophet (s.a.w).’ He (Allama Soyutee (A.R)) then mentioned the following, ‘Hakeem Tirmizi has narrated a Hadith from Zakwan that, ‘A shadow was not seen for the Prophet (s.a.w) in the sun and in the moonlight. Ibn Sab’a said, ‘from the special characteristics of the Prphet (s.a.w) was that his shadow will not fall on the ground. Whenever he walked in the sun or in the moon, no shadow will be seen for him.’ (Al Khasaa’is Al Kubra vol. 1 pg. 116 al Maktaba Al Haqaania Peshawar Pakistan)
And Allah Knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan.