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In the Care of Abu Taalib

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Last Updated on Saturday, 06 March 2021 15:40

Our beloved Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) lived with his grandfather, ‘Abdul Muttalib, for two years. After two years, when Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was just eight years old, ‘Abdul Muttalib passed away.

When ‘Abdul Muttalib was passing away, he called his son, Abu Taalib, who was the uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and told him that he must now look after Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He also told him that he must be very kind to Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and must show him a lot of love.

Abu Taalib began to take care of Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and loved him even more than his own children. Abu Taalib continued to look after Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and always protected him and helped him, even after he grew up and became the Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala. However, very sadly, even though he loved Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) so much, he did not become a Muslim and died as a non-Muslim.

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In the Care of ‘Abdul Muttalib

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When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was six years old, his mother, Aaminah, travelled from Makkah Mukarramah to Madeenah Munawwarah. Before starting the journey, she decided to take her young son, Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), with her, as well as Sayyidah Ummu Ayman (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

On arriving in Madeenah Munawwarah, Aaminah stayed at her parents’ home for one month. Thereafter, they left Madeenah Munawwarah to return to Makkah Mukarramah. However, while they were traveling and returning to Makkah Mukarramah, they came to a place named Abwaa. While they were at Abwaa, Aaminah passed away, and this is where she was buried.

Sayyidah Ummu Ayman (radhiyallahu ‘anha) then brought the young boy, Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), back to Makkah Mukarramah, and handed him to the care of his grandfather, ‘Abdul Muttalib.

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The Splitting of the Blessed Chest of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

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One day, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was out grazing goats in the jungle with his milk-brothers when one of his milk-brothers came running home. He said, “Two men dressed in white clothing made our Quraishi brother lie on the ground and cut open his chest. They are now stitching his chest closed.”

When Sayyidah Haleemah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) heard this, she and her husband were greatly shocked and immediately ran out of the house. They came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and saw that he was fine, but he was standing on one side and his face was pale. Sayyidah Haleemah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and her husband both hugged him and asked him what had happened.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) told them that two men, wearing white clothing, came to him carrying a gold tray full of ice. They made him lie down, cut open his chest and removed his heart. Then, they cut open his heart and removed a few lumps of blood from it. They then washed his heart with ice-water, placed it back into his chest and stitched his chest closed.

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Sayyidah Haleemah (radhiyallahu ‘anha)

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After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was fed by Sayyidah Thuwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), he was next fed by Sayyidah Haleemah Sa’diyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

Among the noble Arab families, when a child would be born, they would send the child to grow up in the countryside, away from the city. They would do this because the air in the countryside was clean and pure, so growing up in the countryside would make the child strong and healthy. Also, the people in the countryside spoke very good Arabic, so the children would learn to speak good Arabic from them, and they would also learn the excellent qualities of the Arabs.

The Banu Sa’d was one tribe of the Arabs who lived in the countryside. Every year, the women of this tribe would come to Makkah Mukarramah and look for children to take back to the countryside with them. Sayyidah Haleemah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was from the Banu Sa’d tribe and also came to Makkah Mukarramah, looking for a child to take and raise in the countryside.

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Sayyidah Thuwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2021 08:49

For the first three or four days after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was born, it was his mother, Aaminah, who fed him and gave him milk to drink. Thereafter, he was fed by Sayyidah Thuwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).  

Sayyidah Thuwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was first a slave. She belonged to Abu Lahab, the uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was born, it was Sayyidah Thuwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) who came to her master, Abu Lahab, to give him the good news that he had a nephew. On hearing the news, Abu Lahab was so happy that he immediately set Sayyidah Thuwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) free. 

Before feeding Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sayyidah Thuwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) also fed his uncle, Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). When different baby boys and girls drink milk from the same woman, then they become milk-brothers and sisters. This means that the woman who fed them becomes like their mother, and they become like brothers and sisters. That is why Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was not only the uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), but was also his milk brother – because they both drank milk from Sayyidah Thuwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

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