The father of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was named ‘Abdullah. The name ‘Abdullah is a very special name, because it is one of the names which Allah Ta‘ala loves the most.

After ‘Abdul Muttalib, the grandfather of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), slaughtered the hundred camels for his son ‘Abdullah, he got him married to Aaminah, the daughter of Wahab.

Shortly after marrying Aaminah, ‘Abdullah left Makkah Mukarramah with a caravan traveling to Syria for business. However, while returning from Syria he became sick. Because he was sick and could not travel, he stayed away in Madeenah Munwwarah by his mother’s family.

Sometime later, when the business caravan returned to Makkah Mukarramah from Syria, ‘Abdul Muttalib noticed that his beloved son, ‘Abdullah, was not there! The other people in the caravan told him that ‘Abdullah had stayed in Madeenah Munawwarah because of his sickness. ‘Abdul Muttalib was very worried about ‘Abdullah, so he immediately sent his oldest son, Haarith, to Madeenah Munawwarah to check on ‘Abdullah.

When Haarith came to Madeenah Munawwarah, he found out that ‘Abdullah had been sick for one month, and had eventually passed away and was buried in Madeenah Munawwarah.

When ‘Abdullah passed away, he was about eighteen years old. At that time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was still in his mother’s stomach and was not yet born.

(Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d vol. 1, pg. 94 and Sharhuz Zurqaani vol. 1, pg. 190)


One day, when we have our own child and we need to give him a name, then we must try to give him a good name. Some good names are the names of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihumus salaam), the names of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the names of pious people.

When ‘Abdul Muttalib heard that ‘Abdullah was sick, he immediately sent Haarith to check on him and see if he was ok. If we hear that someone is sick, we must also worry about them, try to help them and take care of them.

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