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Following in the Footsteps of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ & Abu Ayyub al Ansari: The Story of the Blessed Footprint Replica

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Recently, Rumi’s Garden released a replica of the Blessed Footprint of Prophet Muhammad () that exists in the Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Turkey. Upon first receiving the Blessed Footprint, for three days, I could not let it go from my hands. Each crevice, the arch, the perfect imprints of the toes; indeed, I had encountered something that was perfect of one who deserved perfect love. It was such an intimate and magical encounter; on the one hand, I knew I loved our Beloved ﷺ much, and on the other, I knew my love was not enough. A question kept gnawing at me: why would I, someone who is so often spiritually broken, receive the gift of this experience? Why would I receive this beautiful replica?
  
Replica of Prophet Muhammed ﷺ Footprint from Ayup Sultan Mosque
Original Blessed Footprint and replica Blessed Footprint sold at www.RumisGarden.co.uk 
 
Through a process of introspection, many questions began to arise and my curiosity for  Mawlana Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (RAA) grew.
 
Abu Ayyub al-Ansari was one of the closest friends to Prophet Muhammed ﷺ and is amongst the Ansar (helpers or patrons). He hailed from a well-known family in Medina, and ever since he fed Prophet Muhammed ﷺ his first dinner after the completed Hijra, until his own passing  at the walls of Constantinople - where he was laid to rest at around 672 AD, he served our Prophet ﷺ with love and devotion. He is attributed with having recorded the following hadith: "It is not permissible for a Muslim to have estranged relations with his brother beyond three nights, the one turning one way and the other turning the other way when they meet; the better of the two is one who is the first to give a greeting." (Sahih Muslim)
 
The dinner parable, although quite famous, is often overlooked by many of us. Upon the arrival of our Beloved Prophet ﷺ to Medina, all it’s residents came out to adopt him into their homes. In order to respect the gentle hearts of all those who wished to accommodate him,  Prophet Muhammad ﷺ announced that wherever his camel would stop, this would be the place of his residence. The camel made its decision and sat by the home of Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari. This brought Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari great joy and he took our Beloveds ﷺ belongings in his arms and felt as if he was carrying the most precious treasure in the world.
 
After this occurrence, Abu Ayub Al Ansari had prepared meals for Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and Abu Bakr (RAA). However, our Beloved ﷺ requested that everyone in the neighborhood be invited to join in the meal. To everyone's surprise, all of the approximately 180 people who came, were able to eat to their satisfaction. This has been deemed a miracle attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
 
The parable above is one of love and giving and it was with this story that I realized why the replica of the Blessed Footprint came into my life: it is in order to tap into the miracle of giving lovingly; to remember to love the Prophet ﷺ as he loves us; to remember to keep our tongues moist and hearts open to the salawat; to remember that to love the Prophet ﷺ is to love God and ultimately, to realize, that there in nothing but God; la ilaha ila Allah.

 
This photochrome print of the Uyüp (now Eyüp) Cemetery in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Eyüp takes its name from Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣārī (died circa 672), the standard bearer and companion of the Prophet Muhammad, whose tomb is located here, together with a mosque built in his honor. The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers describes how “from the mosque, up the hill-side to the N.E., extends the picturesque Cemetery, with its venerable cypresses. A path ascends to the mosque, past a monastery (Tekkeh) of the dancing dervishes, to the top, where we have a splendid view of both banks of the Golden Horn.”

This photochrome print of the Uyüp (now Eyüp) Cemetery in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Eyüp takes its name from Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣārī (died circa 672), the standard bearer and companion of the Prophet Muhammad, whose tomb is located here, together with a mosque built in his honor. The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers describes how “from the mosque, up the hill-side to the N.E., extends the picturesque Cemetery, with its venerable cypresses. A path ascends to the mosque, past a monastery (Tekkeh) of the dancing dervishes, to the top, where we have a splendid view of both banks of the Golden Horn.”

  

It was with this that Rumi’s Garden decided to make the Blessed Footprint available to as many people as possible so they too may benefit from this kind of intimacy when seeing and touching something of the Prophet ﷺ. So far our project has been a success! 

For every Blessed Footprint bought, an identical one is given out to either a traditional mosque, a zawiya/ durgah, a shaykh, an Islamic school, an Islamic university or an orphanage. Since it is a 0% profit project, this means that our clients are the ones making these donations and receiving all the blessings from those who congregate and recite prayers around the Blessed Footprint. Your contributions have reached the United Kingdom, USA, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Turkey just to name a few. Imams have reported that their congregations have grown thanks to the Blessed Footprint and peoples interests have peaked. We were told by one Imam that this project is important since it has attracted large crowds that may have otherwise been in mosques that have extremist leanings.
  
With God’s Grace, another result of the Blessed Footprint donation project has been the dissemination of information to allow people to understand relics, their importance and our shared history as Muslims. In the age we live in, learning about our rich heritage and reclaiming it as part of who we are as Muslims, is an invaluable gift to be able share with the men, women and children of our Ummah. As an example, for someone who lives in the impoverished neighbourhood of Awzai in Beirut, and who has no chance of going to Medina, seeing the donated Blessed Footprint of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ at his local mosque is a godsend. Not only is he able to connect with the Prophet ﷺ and receive the baraka, but he is also able to learn a little more about the history of the Blessed Footprint and to realize that Turkey and Lebanon share a history - a history that shows us all that we are one Ummah under the banner of our Beloved ﷺ.
  
   
Rumi's Garden Gift Donations to Habib Umar, Habib Ali, Shaykh Hisham Kabbani and Shaykh Muhammad al Qadri

Rumi's Garden Donations

  

Information about the Blessed Footprint Replica Package sold at Rumi’s Garden

  
The original print of Prophet Muhammad is located in the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari in Istanbul, Turkey. It has an extremely strong 'sanad' (chain of authorisation).
  
In 1453, when Mehmet the Conqueror entered Constantinople, the legendary tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari was discovered and in 1458 a mosque and tomb were built on that spot. In the early nineteenth century, Sultan Mahmud II took a print of the foot among other relics of the Prophet ﷺ in the treasury of the Topkapi Palace and placed them in this tomb. The suburb of Eyyub grew up around it outside the Byzantine walls. Placing the footprint in the tomb seems to have increased its sanctity, until it became so holy that the enthronement ceremony of the Ottoman sultans, “The Girding of the Sword”, was performed in this tomb.
  
The mould of the the Blessed Footprint was retrieved professionally by an associate of Rumi’s Garden. Great care has been taken to make sure that all details are conserved. The footprint is made of resin and pure bronze powder. It is extremely durable. It should last hundreds of years with God’s Grace.
 
Alongside the Blessed Footprint Replica, each package also contains the following:
Original Footprint of Prophet Muhammad at the Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Original Footprint of Prophet Muhammad at the Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Lastly, I would like to end this piece with a prayer for all of us who constantly struggle through the trials and tribulations of the ego:
 
O Lord, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light, and make me light. O Lord, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light.
 
Replica of Prophet Muhammed ﷺ Footprint from Ayup Sultan Mosque
Original Blessed Footprint and replica Blessed Footprint sold at www.RumisGarden.co.uk 
 
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We sell replicas of the Prophet Muhammads' (PBUH) blessed footprint, Kaaba kiswahs, kiswahs from the Prophet Muhammed's holy chamber in Medina, carpets from Riad al Jannah, bakhoor, incense burners, Muslim prayer beads and much more! 

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