BABAJAN'S SECOND VISIT TO MECCA
ONE UNUSUAL INCIDENT
Dr. Abdel Ghani
One unusual incident occurred during this voyage. It started raining heavily and terrible storm arose. All were terrified and people panicked, convinced the ship would sink. Babajan appeared on the deck unmindful of the danger. In an unusually loud voice, she shouted to one of the passengers named Nooma Pankhawala, "Wrap a kerchief around your throat to form a bag and approach every passenger including the children and Europeans and collect one paisa from each. Then have them beseech God with this prayer, saying, 'Oh God! Save our ship from this storm! On reaching Medina, in the name of your Beloved Prophet, we will offer food to the poor!'
Immediately, the man, Nooma, collected one paisa from each person and all fervently repeated what Babajan had commanded. Gradually the storm subsided and miraculously they escaped what appeared to be certain death.
Among the passengers aboard the S. S. Hyderi were Noor Mohammed Kasam Mitha, Nooma Pankhawala, Seth Saleh Mohammed, Hyder Ibrahim Sayani, and his mother and brother. Hyder Ibrahim Sayani was a professor at Deccan College in Poona, and this story was narrated by him.
Upon arriving in Mecca, word of the miraculous rescue spread and a great multitude gathered to be personally blessed by Babajan. Perfect Masters seldom perform miracles. They do so only when they have to shower their grace on large section of humanity. Babajan showered her grace on all the passengers on board S. S. Hyderi and all those who gathered at Mecca and Medina.
At the Kaaba, Babajan assumed the role of an ordinary pilgrim, performing prayers five times a day at the shrine, but after a few days she journeyed north to Medina. There in the name of Mohammed, the Prophet of the All-Merciful, she distributed grain to the poor.
HAZRAT BABAJAN, pp. 19-20
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