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It was now time for the caravan to depart. All the travelers of the caravan mounted their conveyances and set out. Hazrat Halimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) also mounted her conveyance with this blessed infant. Her thin camel, which would previously be whipped to spur it forward, was now moving with extreme speed and was not slowing or delaying. At that moment in time, it was the conveyance of the blessed Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala. The other women of the caravan asked, “O Halimah! Is this the same camel you came with? By Allah! Its condition is now completely different.” In this manner, we arrived in Banu Sa’d.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:39

Hazrat Halimah Sa'diyyah (radhiyallahu 'anha) - Part Two

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Every single one of us women was offered to take Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with her, but the moment she discovered that he was an orphan, she would refuse, as she would think to herself, “What remuneration can one expect for raising and caring for a child who does not have a father?” However, nobody knew that this child was not a Yateem (orphan), but was a Durre-Yateem (a rare pearl). Who knew that the keys to the treasures of Chosroes and Caesar would be placed in the hands of this child? Who knew that although the child had no apparent guardian and mentor who would pay remuneration, Allah Ta‘ala, in whose hands lies the incalculable treasures of the earth and skies, was the guardian of this child? He would remunerate those who nurtured and raised this child far more than they had ever imagined possible.”

After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was fed by Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), he was next fed by Hazrat Halimah Sa'diyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). It was customary among the Arabs for those who were noble to send their suckling infants out to the countryside so that they would be raised in the clean and pure air of the countryside, learn to speak eloquent Arabic and so that they would not lose the qualities and culture of the Arabs. Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

تمعددوا وتمعزروا واخشوشنوا

“Adopt the appearance of Ma‘ad bin ‘Adnaan (i.e. do not adopt the clothing and appearance of the non-Arabs), exercise patience upon all adversities, and wear coarse clothing (i.e. adopt simplicity and do not fall into luxurious comforts).”

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:53

Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu 'anha)

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Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was breastfed by his respected mother for approximately three or four days after he was born. Thereafter, he was suckled by Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the freed slave of his uncle, Abu Lahab.

When Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) gave the glad tidings of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) birth to his uncle, Abu Lahab, then he was so overjoyed that he immediately set her free.

Prior to feeding Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) also suckled his uncle, Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). In this manner, apart from being his uncle (father’s brother), Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is also Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) milk brother. After feeding Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) also breastfed Hazrat Abu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): The name Muhammad originates from the root letters of “Hamd”. The word “Hamd” actually refers to extolling the praiseworthy character, excellent attributes and true virtues of a person, with love and honor.

اللّٰهُمَّ صل على محمد وعلى آله وصحبه و بارك وسلم

“O Allah! Shower Your special mercies upon Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his family and companions, accompanied by blessings and peace.”

According to some people, Muhammad means, ‘that being in whom praiseworthy qualities and commendable attributes are found to the highest level of perfection’.

Monday, 13 February 2017 14:55

‘Aqeeqah and Naming - Part Two

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While ‘Abdul Muttalib was considering the name Muhammad, due to the dream that he had seen, the mother of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saw a pious dream in which she was informed that she was carrying the most saintly creation and the leader of all nations. According to one narration, she was directed to keep his name Muhammad, and according to another narration, she was instructed to name him Ahmed.

Monday, 13 February 2017 09:21

‘Aqeeqah and Naming – Part One

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On the seventh day after the birth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), ‘Abdul Muttalib performed the ‘Aqeeqah and invited all the Quraish for this occasion. He then kept the child’s name Muhammad. On hearing this name, the Quraish asked, “O Abul Haarith! (This was the title of ‘Abdul Muttalib) Why did you keep such a name that was certainly not kept by your forefathers or any of your family members?” ‘Abdul Muttalib replied, “I propose to name him Muhammad (the praised one) because I want the one in the sky, Allah Ta‘ala , and His creation on the earth, to praise him.”

‘Abdul Maseeh returned to Chosroes and informed him of what had transpired. Upon hearing this, Chosroes exclaimed, “The elapse of fourteen kingdoms takes a period of time, but it does not take long for time to pass.”

Ten out of the fourteen kingdoms ceased to exist in just four years and the remaining four came to an end by the time Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became the Khalifah.

Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was born circumcised and furthermore, his navel was cut. When his grandfather ‘Abdul Muttalib, caught sight of this, he was amazed and remarked, “Verily, this son is bound to become a man of lofty status.” This is exactly what transpired.

Ishaaq bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) narrates from Hazrat Aaminah that when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was born, he was exceptionally clean and dirt-free. He did not have the normal effects of after-birth or any form of dirt on his blessed body.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/57-61)

Nu’maan bin Munzir promptly despatched a well travelled scholar by the name of ‘Abdul Maseeh Ghassaani to Chosroes. When ‘Abdul Maseeh Ghassaani appeared in the court, Chosroes asked, “Do you have any knowledge of whatever I wish to ask of you?” ‘Abdul Maseeh replied, “You may ask me your question. If I have any knowledge, I will assist you. Otherwise, I will direct you to someone more knowledgeable than I am.” Chosroes then informed him of all the events that had recently occurred. ‘Abdul Maseeh advised him, “Perhaps my mother’s brother, Sateeh, who presently resides in Shaam, will have some knowledge on this matter.”

Hearing this, Chosroes commanded ‘Abdul Maseeh to personally go to his uncle so that he may find out and return with the answers of the questions he had. When ‘Abdul Maseeh reached his uncle, Sateeh, his uncle was already in the final stages of his life, about to leave this world. However, he was still conscious and in his senses. ‘Abdul Maseeh greeted him and recited a few couplets to him.

On the night of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)’s birth, a tremor struck the palace of Chosroes causing all fourteen towers of the palace to collapse. The fire that had perpetually blazed in the Persian fire-temple for a thousand years was abruptly extinguished. Lake Saawah also unexpectedly dried up. Chosroes was in a state of anxiety and distress the following morning. However, his royal dignity prevented him from revealing his despair. He eventually convened court by assembling his ministers and other pillars of state.

During the course of this assembly, he was informed that the fire in the fire-temple had extinguished. This fuelled the anguish of Chosroes even further. One of the Zoroastrian priests thereafter stood before him in court and said, “I saw a dream last night in which powerful camels were dragging some Arabian horses. I then witnessed them crossing over the Tigris River and fanning out to each and every country in the world.” “What is the interpretation of this dream?” asked Chosroes. The priest replied, “Perhaps a momentous incident is about to occur from the direction of Arabia.”

In order to investigate further and to put his mind at ease, Chosroes sent a message to Nu’maan bin Munzir instructing him to send him an eminent scholar who would be able to answer all his questions adequately.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/55)

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