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Hadith Of Jabir Ibn Abdullah.

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As-Salaam alaikum,

 It is related that Jabir Ibn Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, said to the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, ''O Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing Allah created before all things.''

He said, ''O Jabir, the first thing Allah created was the light of your Prophet from His Light, and that light remained

in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished, and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or an earth.

And when Allah wished to create creation, He divided that light into four parts and from the first made the Pen, from

the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, and from the fourth everything else.''

Judgements/interpretation on this narration may vary among scholars, but whatever the variation, we agree that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, being a Mercy to all, is linked to the fact that he is the intermediary of the Divine outpouring over all contingencies-- that is, all created things without exception.

Ibn al-Hajj al-Abdari (d. 736) cites Hadith Jabir in his book 'Al-Madkhal'....citing it from Muhammad Ibn al-Layth's book ''Shifa al-Sudur'' where he says:

          ''The first thing Allah created is the light of Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, and that light came and

           prostrated before Allah. Allah divided it into four parts and created from the first the Throne, from the second

          the Pen, from the third the Tablet and then similarly He subdivided the fourth into parts and created the rest of creation..''

                                                                                                                          (Alusi: Ruh al-Ma'ani 8:71)

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