The Quran leads us be fair and honest in behaving. This attitude is part of the character of Prophet Muhammad Sallahu alaihi wasallam that existed even before he become a messenger of Allah.
Al-Amin’s character (someone who can be trusted) often makes his opinion as an option or choice when there were disputants.
One upon time before the prophetic era, Mecca and also the building of Ka’bah were hit by flood.The old building walls were rotten.
However, Quraysh Tribe was afraid to renovate it. They worried that the Lord in Ka’bah would be angry if the building was elevated. But, many valuable goods were stored in Ka’bah.
One time, as quoted from Life History of Muhammad by Muhammed Husein Haekal, a ship belonging to a Roman merchant named Baqum came from Egypt.
He docked it in Jeddah, because his ship was blown away. Incidentally, Baqum is a building expert. Quraysh bought the ship but Baqum must build Ka’bah. He then agreed to the request.
The renovation was almost complete, the time came to put the Hajar Aswad stone back to the sanctified place in east corner.
Time to decide who has the right to move the stone by a dispute. Who is the chosen family honoring to move that sacred stone.
Abu Umay ya bin Al-Mughira, an elder from Bani Makhzum revealed that this decision should be given to the person who first entered Shafa’s door. Then, they saw Muhammad passing by that place.
They exclaimed that “he is al-Amin.” After thinking for moment, Muhammad then asked for a cloth. He spread the cloth. He took the stone and put it with his own hand. He also said, “Each head of tribes should hold the end of these clothes.”
Together they brought the cloth to where the stone would be placed. Muhammad took the stone out of cloth and put it in its place. The dispute ended and disaster could be avoided.
The Prophet Muhammad was 35 years old could be appointed as a judge on the dispute, even though he was still relatively young. His track record as an honest trader, nicknamed al-Amin made him trusted by society.
If the Prophet Muhammad did not have that character, he could choose to conspire with one of Quraysh Tribes to make profit if he wants.
However, he did not do it. His decision indicated that he is free from fraud. Wallahu Alam. (T/Sj)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)