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.

These two men were actually the two angels, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) and Meekaa-eel (‘alaihis salaam). At the time when this story took place, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was four years old. The angels removed the lumps of blood from his blessed heart, because it is through these lumps of blood in the heart that Shaitaan makes a person do naughty things. By removing the lumps and washing his heart, the angels made sure that his blessed heart would be completely safe from Shaitaan.

This was the first time that the chest of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was split open by the angels. During his life, the angels split his chest open on four different occasions.

After the angels split the chest of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sayyidah Haleemah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) became worried about his safety. She was scared that something bad would happen to him while he was staying with her. So she took him back to his mother, Aaminah, in Makkah Mukarramah, and told her what had happened.

When Aaminah heard the story, she was not worried! She knew that her son was a very special child, and told Sayyidah Haleemah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) about the noor, the barakah (blessings) and good that she had experienced when she was pregnant and also when she gave birth. Then she said, “This son of mine will be a very great and important person. Shaitaan will not be able to trouble him or make him do naughty things. Do not worry, as nothing bad will happen to him.”

Sayyidah Haleemah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) then returned to her home in the countryside, and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) began to live with his mother, Aaminah, in Makkah Mukarramah.

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