Attempt to Steal the Body of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his Two Companions
Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was the last prophet in Islam, born in Makkah and migrated to Madina. Muslims believe that there will be no Prophet till the Day of Judgment, as Deen was completed on him and there is no need for another Prophet because guidance for Muslims was achieved through him.
The tomb of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is in a Madinah. There had been many attempts of stealing the body of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) from his grave. The Followings are the brief details of the attempts to steal the body of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم).
The first attempt of stealing the body of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and transfer it from Madina to Egypt, was made at the beginning of the fifth Hijrah. The order was issued by Egyptian ruler Ba Amrullah. He was very evil，planned this scheme to draw the attention of the world to Egypt. The ruler spent a lot of money for this purpose.
He sent Abu Al-Fateh to Madina to carry out the plan. When Abu Al-Fateh arrived in Madina, the residents of Madina came to know about his plot. They arrested him and got very enraged and were about to kill Abu Al-Fateh and his soldiers.
This made Abu Al-Fateh frightened. He said, “I shall never carry out this dirty plan even if the ruler kills Me.” meanwhile, a big storm swept through this area that evening. Many houses, animals, and people died of this storm. Abu Al-Fateh found a good excuse to run away from Madina. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) saved the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his companions from these criminals. Read more: History and Importance of Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) First Visit to Taif
Ruler Ba Amrullah planned a second plot but failed again. He sent some people to steal the body of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) again. They started living in a house near the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) Mosque and started digging a hidden tunnel to enter the grave of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). During this, a flash of fearful lightning struck the area and the voice was heard that “Your Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) grave is being dug!” The people of Madina rushed out of their houses and started investigating, at last, they managed to find the culprits and killed them all.
The third attempt of stealing the body of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was made in 557H. The Christians made this plan very precisely. There was a religious ruler of Egypt called Sultan Nuruddin Zanki. He saw the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in his dream. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was pointing out towards two persons of reddish color and saying save me from these two persons.
He described his dreams to his advisor, Jamal-ul-Din. He advised him to visit Madina. When he reached Madina, he found those persons who were planning this evil plot and recognized them. They confessed and told the sultan about tunnels. The Sultan ordered the execution of these criminals. Recommended: The First Murder in the Islamic History
The fourth attempt of stealing the body of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was made on 29th Dhul-Qaeda 578H by the Christians of Syria. When they were about one day’s journey away from Madina, the famous Hajib Luhluh came with his army who were expert in sea warfare hence, they arrested these Christians.
Shamsuddin Sawab Lamti was the head of the service staff of the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) Mosque. Sawab had a close friend who was near to the ruler of Madinah. One day his friend informed him that some people have come from Halb and they have bribed the ruler of Madinah and have demanded the bodies of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his two companions. Sawab got very anxious. Read: Significance of Sadaqah in Islam
Shortly, later a messenger of the ruler of Madinah came and asked Sawab to go with them. The ruler said to Sawab, “Some people will knock at the door of the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) Mosque at night. Open the door for them and let them do what they want to do. Don’t interfere in any way. Swab answered the ruler the way the ruler wanted him to answer. After Salat-ul-Isha, the doors of Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) Mosque were closed as usual. Steal the Body of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
Shortly afterward, somebody knocked at the door known as Bab Salam. Sawab opened the door. Forty people entered the mosque, he was counting them one by one. They had the equipment to demolish buildings and were carrying torches with them. They were heading towards the Sacred Chamber. They had not yet even reached the stage when the earth split under their feet and they were buried with their equipment. There was no sign left about their presence on the surface of the earth.
The ruler waited for them for a while. Finally, he sent for Sawab and asked him, ‘Sawab, did some people come to you?’ He said, ‘Yes, absolutely. They were, however, buried in the earth. Steal the Body of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
Sawab asked him to come with him to see the place with his own eyes. The ruler asked Sawab to close this matter and not to discuss it with anyone.
They were plotting and Allah too was plotting and Allah is the Best plotter ( or planner ).
Indeed Allah (SWT) fulfilled his promise to Prophet Mohammad (SAS) as mentioned in Surah Al-Maida.