Allah Saves Danial (A.S.) from Lions
Ibn-e-Abi Al-Dunya narrated the following, based on a chain of citations. Nebuchadnezzar captured two lions and threw them into a pit. He then brought Danial (A.S.) and threw him at them; yet they did not pounce at him; rather, he (A.S.) remained as Allah wished. When then he (A.S.) desired food and drink, Allah revealed to Aramayah (A.S.), who was in Sham (Palestine/Syria): “Prepare food and drink for Danial.” He (A.S.) said: “0 Lord I am in Jerusalem while Danial is in Babylon (Iraq).” Allah revealed to him: “Do what I have commanded you to do, and I shall send you one who will carry you and what you have prepared.” Aramayah (A.S.) did so and Allah sent him something that would carry him until he (A.S.) arrived at the brink of the pit.
Then Danial (A.S.) asked: “Who is this?” He (A.S.) answered: “I am Aramayah.” He (A.S.) asked: “What brought you?” He (A.S.) answered: “Your Lord sent me to you.” He (A.S.) said: “And so my Lord has remembered me?” He (A.S.) said: “Yes.” Danial (A.S.) said: “Praise be to Allah Who has never forgotten me! And Praise be to Allah Who never forgets those who appeal to Him! And Praise be to Him Who compensates good with good, rewards patience with safety, dispels harm after distress, assures us when we are overwhelmed, and is our hope when skill fails us.”
Danial (A.S.) After Death
Yunus Ibn-e-Bakeer reported that Muhammad Ibn-e-Ishaaq reported that Abu Khalid Ibn-e-Dinar reported that Abul Aalia said: “When Tastar was invaded, we found, in the treasure house of Al-Harmazan, a bed on which lay a dead man, with a holy script at his bedside. We took the scripture to Umar Ibn-e-Al-Khattab. He (R.A.) called Kab and he translated it into Arabic, and I was the first Arab to read it. I read it as I read the Quran.” Here, I (i.e. Khalid Ibn-e-Dinar) said to Abul Aalia: “What was in it?” He (R.A.) said: “Life history, annals, songs, speech, and what is to come.” I asked: “And what did you do with the man?” He (A.S.) said: “We dug in the river bank thirteen separate graves. At nightfall we buried him and leveled all the graves in order to mislead people for they would tamper with him.” I asked: “And what did they want from him?” He (R.A.) said: “When the sky was cloudless for them, they went out with his bed, and it rained.” I asked: “Who did you think the man was?” He (R.A.) said: “A man called Danial.” I asked: “And for how long had he been dead when you found him?” He (R.A.) said: ‘Three hundred years.” I asked: “Did not anything change on him?” He (R.A.) said: “No, except for the hairs of his face (beard and mustache); the skin of the prophets is not harmed by the earth, nor devoured by hyenas.”
The chain of citation from Abul Aalia is good, but if the date of the dead man’s death was really three hundred years, then he (A.S.) was not a prophet but a saintly man, because there was no prophet between Isa (A.S.) and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), according to the hadith in Bukhari. The span between them (i.e. the dead man and Muhammad (PBUH)) was variously reported as four hundred, six hundred, and six hundred twenty years. It could be that he (A.S.) had died eight hundred years earlier, which would be near to Danial’s (A.S.) time, if his being Danial (A.S.) is correct. However, he (A.S.) could still have been somebody else, either a prophet or a saint. Yet the truth is more likely that he was Danial (A.S.), because he (A.S.) had been taken by the King of Persia and remained imprisoned, as already mentioned.
It was narrated with a correct citation that his nose was one span (nine inches) long. Anas Ibn-e-Malik, with good citation, said that his nose was an arm’s stretch long (two feet), on which basis he (A.S.) is thought to be an ancient prophet from before this period. Almighty Allah knows best.
Danial’s Death – Hadith
Abu Bakr Ibn-e-Abu Dunya wrote in the book Ahkam-al Qubur (The Rules of Graves), based on a long chain of citation that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Danial prayed to his Lord, Great and Majestic for the nation of Muhammad to bury him.” And he (A.S.) (i.e. Muhammad, PBUH) said: “Whoever discovers Danial give him tidings of Paradise.” The man who discovered him (his corpse) was called Harqus. Umar (R.A.) sent to Abu Musa saying: “Bury him; and send to Harqus, for the Prophet (PBUH) has given him promise of Paradise.”
This hadith is mursal (it has a good chain of citation) as it is recorded, and Allah knows best.
After Danial’s (A.S.) Death – Variation
Abu Dunya reported from Abu Bilal that Abu Musa found with Danial (A.S.) a holy script and a container in which were dirhams, his ring and ointment. He wrote to ‘Umar, who replied: “Send the scripture to us, send some of the ointment, tell the Muslims who are with you to use it, share the dirhams among them, and leave the ring for you.
Abu Dunya related without citation that when Abu Musa was told that he was Danial (A.S.), he stayed with him, embraced him, and kissed him. Then he wrote to ‘Umar that he found with him nearly ten thousand dirhams. It used to be that people came to borrow from it, and if they did not return it, they became sick. ‘Umar ordered his burial in a grave to be kept secret and the money to be sent to the treasury, with the box and the ring a gift to him (Abu Musa).
Danial’s (A.S.) Ring
Ibn-e-Abu Dunya also reported, by a chain of citations, that a ring was seen on the hand of Ibn-e-Abu Barda Ibn-e-Abu Musa. The gem was carved with two lions with a man between them, whom they were licking. Abu Barda said: ‘This is the ring of that man whom the people of this town say is Danial. Abu Musa took it the day he (A.S.) was buried. The learned people of that town told Abu Musa that soothsayers and astrologers told the king in Danial’s (A.S.) time that a boy would be born who would destroy him and his kingdom. So the king swore to kill all the baby boys, except that they threw Danial in the lions’ den, and the lion and lioness began to lick him and did not harm him. His mother came and took him. Abu Musa said: ‘And so Danial carved his image and the image of the two lions into the gem of his ring, for him not to forget Allah’s blessing upon him in this.” This has a good citation.