Light of the
Salla Lahu Alayhi Wa’ale
The Divinely-Granted Gifts in the
Form of the Muhammadan Grants
By Ahmad Shihab Al Deen Al Qastallani
Translated by Staff of As-Sunna Foundation of America
bi al-minah al-Muhammadiyya
The book was commented in eight volumes by Muhammad al Zarqani.
Al-Qastallani said in al-Mawahib al-Laduniyya (al-Zarqani's Sharh 3:174):
The name Muhammad matches its
meaning exactly and Allah thus named him Himself before he was thus named [by people]. It constitutes one of the signposts
of his Prophet-hood, for his name confirms his truth. Thus he is praised (Mahmud) in the world with whatever knowledge and
wisdom he guides to and benefits with; and he is praised (Mahmud) in the hereafter with the office of intercession."
salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam
On how Allah bestowed honour upon Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu
alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam), by giving precedence to his Prophethood. Also, on the purity of his lineage, the signs that
accompanied his conception, birth, and upbringing.
The Creation of the Blessed Soul
When Allah made the Divine decree to bring Creation into existence,
He brought forth the Muhammadan Reality from His Lights. He then pulled away from this Reality all the worlds, upper and lower.
Allah then informed Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) of his Prophethood, while Adam was nothing
but soul and body. Then from him gushed forth the springs of the souls, making him superior to all created things, and the
greater father to all things in existence.
In Sahih Muslim, the Prophet (saw) said that Allah wrote the Destinies
of the Creation fifty thousands years before He created the Heavens and Earth, and His Throne was on the Water, and among
the things that have been written in the Dhikr, which is the Mother of the Book, is that Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi
wa’ale hi wasallam) is the Seal of Prophets. Al Irbadh ibn Sariya, said that the Prophet (saw) said, "According
to Allah, I am the Seal of the Prophets, while Adam was still in clay."
Maysara Al Dhabbi
(r) said he asked the Prophet (saw), "Oh, Messenger of Allah, when did you become a Prophet?" He (s) answered, "While
Adam was still between the soul and the body."
Suhail bin Salih Al Hamadani said, "I asked Abu Ja'far
Muhammad ibn Ali (ra), 'How did Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) precede the other Prophets
when he is the last to be sent?' Abu Ja'far (ra) answered that when Allah (swt) drew forth the children of Adam and
made them testify concerning Himself (answering His question, 'Am I not your Lord?'), Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu
alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was the first to answer 'Yes!' Therefore, he preceded all the Prophets, even though
he is the last to be sent."
Al Shaykh Taqiy al Deen Al Subki comments on this
hadith saying that since Allah (swt) created souls before bodies, Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) saying, "I was a Prophet," is a reference to his sanctified soul, to his reality; and our minds fall
short of understanding these realities. No one can understand them except the One who created them, and those whom Allah (swt)
has supported with divine light.
So, Allah (swt) has bestowed Prophethood upon the
soul of the Prophet (saw) before even the creation of Sayyidina Adam (as); for He created it thus, and He blessed immeasurably
this creation, writing Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) name on the Heavenly Throne,
and informing the angels and others of His high esteem for him. Thus, Prophet Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) reality has existed ever since, even though his blessed body came later. Al Shi'bi related that a man said:
"O, Messenger of Allah, when did you become a Prophet?" He said: "when Adam was between the soul and the body,
when the covenant was taken from me". Thus he (s) is the first of the Prophets to be created, and the last to be sent.
It was narrated that the Prophet (saw) was the only one to be drawn forth from the
loins of Adam before his soul was blown into him, because he (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), is the cause for
the creation of mankind, he (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is their master, their substance, their extraction,
and the diadem of their necklace.
Ali ibn Abi Talib (r) and Ibn Abbas (r) both narrated
that the Prophet (saw) said, "Allah has never sent a Prophet, from Adam onward, unless he took from Him the covenant
regarding Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam): if Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi
wasallam) is sent in that Prophet's lifetime, he was to believe in him and support him, and that Prophet was to take this
covenant to his people as well.
It has been narrated that when Allah created the
light of our Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), He ordered him to look at the lights of the other
Prophets. His light covered them, and Allah had them talk and they said, "Oh, our Lord, who is covering us with his light?"
Allah replied, "This is the light of Sayyidina Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam); if
you believe in him I will make you Prophets." They said, "We believe in him and in his Prophethood." Allah
said, "Shall I be your witness?" They said, "Yes." Allah said, "Do you agree, and take this My covenant
as binding on you?" They said, "We agree." He said, "Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses"
(3-81). This is the meaning of Allah's saying. "Behold, Allah took the covenant of the Prophets, saying, 'I give
you a book and wisdom, then comes to you a Messenger, confirming what is with you; believe in him and render him help.'"
Shaykh Takiy Deen Al Subki said, "In this noble verse the tribute to the Prophet
(saw) and the veneration of his high prestige is evident. It also indicates that if he had been sent in the other Prophets'
lifetimes, that his message would have been for them to follow, too. Therefore, his Prophethood and message is general to
all creation from the time of Sayyidina Adam until the day of Judgment, and all the Prophets and their nations are from among
his nation. So, Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) saying, "I have been sent to all
the people," is not only for people in his time and until the day of Judgment, but also includes those before them. This
further explains his saying, "I was a Prophet (saw) when Adam was still between the soul and the body." Knowing
this, Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is the Prophet of Prophets, as was made clear on the
night of his Ascension, when all the Prophets (As) prayed in congregation behind him. His pre-eminence will be further evident
in the Hereafter, when all the Prophets will be under his banner.
The Creation of the Sacred Body
Ka'b al Ahbaar (r) said, "When Allah wanted to create Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi
wa’ale hi wasallam), he ordered the Angel Gabriel to bring him the clay which is the heart of the earth, its splendour
and light. Then Gabriel descended, accompanied by the angels from the Highest Part of Paradise. He took a handful for the
creation of the Prophet (saw) from the spot where his hallowed resting place is; it was shining brightly white. Then he kneaded
the clay with the most superior water of creation from the Heavenly Fountain Tasneem, in the clear flowing rivers of Paradise,
until it became like a white pearl with a tremendous white radiance. The angels carried it, circling the Heavenly Throne and
the mountains and the oceans. In this way the angels and all creation came to know our Master Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi
wa’ale hi wasallam) and his prestige, before they knew Sayyidina Adam (as)."
Ibn Abbas (ra) said, "The origin of the clay of Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu
alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is from the navel of the earth, in Mecca, at the spot where the Ka'aba is located. Therefore,
Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) became the origin of creation, and all created things are
The author of Awarif Al Ma'arif
[al-Suhrawardi], said that when the Flood, surged, sending foam in every direction, the essence of the Prophet (saw), ended
up near his resting ground in Medina, so he (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) became someone of both Makkah and
It has been narrated that when Allah (swt) created Sayyidina Adam (as),
He (swt) inspired him to say, "Oh, Lord, why did you give me the nickname, Abu Muhammad (the father of Muhammad)?"
Allah replied, "Oh, Adam, raise your head." He raised his head and saw the light of Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu
alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) in the canopy of the Throne. Adam then asked, "Oh, Lord, what is this light?" Allah
replied, "This is the light of a Prophet from your progeny. His name in the heavens is Ahmad, and on Earth it is Muhammad
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). If it were not for him, I would not have created you, nor heaven, nor the Earth."
Abd Al Razzaq narrates, from Jabir bin Abdullah (r), that he said, "Oh, Messenger
of Allah, may my father and my mother be sacrificed to you, tell me about the first thing that Allah (swt) created, before
all other things." He said, "Oh, Jabir, Allah created, before anything else, the light of your Prophet (saw) from
His Light. That light started to move about by Allah's Divine Power to wherever Allah wished. At that time there was neither
Tablet nor Pen; neither Paradise nor Fire, no angels; neither Heaven, nor Earth; neither Sun nor Moon; neither Jinn nor humankind.
When Allah (swt) wanted to create His Creation, He divided that light into four parts. From the first part he created the
Pen, from the second, the Tablet, and from the third, the Throne. Then He divided the fourth part into four parts: the first
part formed the bearers of the Throne, the second part became the Footstool, and from the third He created the rest of the
angels. He then divided the fourth part into four parts: He created the heavens from the first part, the earths from the second,
the Paradise and Fire from the third. Then he divided the fourth part into four parts: creating the light of the vision of
the believers from the first part, the light of their hearts (that is knowing Allah) from the second, and from the third the
light of their pleasure and joy (Uns, which is La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadun Rasoolullah).
Another narration from Ali ibn Al Husain (r), from his father (r), from his grandfather
(r), from the Prophet (saw) who said, "I was a light in front of my Lord, fourteen thousand years before the creation
of Adam." It has been narrated that when Allah (swt) created Adam (as), He (swt) put that light in his back, and it used
to glow from his front overwhelming all the rest of his light. Then Allah raised it to the Throne of His Sovereignty, and
had it carried on the shoulders of His angels, and ordered them to take Adam around the heavens and show him the wonders of
Ibn Abbas (r) said, "Adam's (as) creation was on Friday in
the afternoon. Allah then created for him Eve, his wife, from one of his left ribs while he was asleep. When he woke up and
saw her, he felt at ease with her, and he stretched his hand out to her. The angels said, 'Stop, Adam.' He said, 'Why,
didn't Allah create her for me?' They said, 'Not until you pay her dowry.' He asked, 'What is her dowry?'
They answered, 'To recite praises on Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) three times.'"
[and in another narration, twenty times].
It has also been narrated that when Adam
(as) left Paradise, he saw written on the leg of the Throne and on every spot in Paradise, the name of Sayyidina Muhammad
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) beside the name of Allah (subhan hu wa ta’ala). He asked, "Oh, Lord,
who is Muhammad?" Allah answered, "He is your son, who, were it not for him, I wouldn't have created you."
Then Adam said, "Oh, Lord, for the sake of this son, have mercy on this father." Allah called out, "Oh, Adam,
if you were to intercede through Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) for the inhabitants of Heaven and Earth,
We would grant you intercession."
Hasrat Umar Ibn Al Khattab (ra) said that
our Master Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) said, "When Adam committed the mistake, he said, 'Oh,
Allah, I ask you for the sake of Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) to forgive me.' Allah
(swt) said to him, 'How did you know Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) when I haven't
created him yet.' Adam answered, 'Because, O My Lord, when You created me with Your Hand, and blew into me from Your
Spirit, I looked up and saw written on the legs of the Throne, La ilaha illallah, Muhammadun Rasoolullah. I knew that You
did not attach any name to Yours except that of the most beloved of Your creation.' Allah (swt) said, 'Oh, Adam, you
have spoken the truth: he is the most beloved of My creation. And since you asked Me for his sake, you are forgiven. Were
it not for Sayyidina Muhammad (sala lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), I would not have created you. He is the seal of
the Prophets from your progeny.'"
In the Hadith of Salman (ra) it is related
that: Gabriel (as) descended on the Prophet (saw) and said, "Your Lord says, 'If I have taken Abraham as a beloved,
intimate friend (Khalil), I have taken you for the same. I have never created any creation more precious to Me than you, and
I have created this world and its inhabitants for the purpose of letting them know your honour and what you mean to Me; and
if it were not for you I would not have created this world.'"
Bibi Hawa - Eve
(as) gave birth to forty sons from Sayyidina Adam (as), in twenty births; but she gave birth to Sayyidina Seth (as) separately,
out of respect to Our Master Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), whose light moved from Sayyidina Adam
(As) to Sayyidina Seth (As). Before Sayyidina Adam (as) departed, he gave Seth (as) custody over his children, and he, in
turn, entrusted the children with the testament of Sayyidina Adam (as): to put this light only into pure women. This testament
continued, century after century, until Allah (swt) gave this light to Abdul Muttalib and his son Abdullah. In this way, Allah
(swt) kept pure the impeccable lineage of Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) from the fornication
of the ignorant.
Ibn Abbas (ra) said, "Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi
wa’ale hi wasallam) said, 'Nothing of the fornication of ignorance has touched my birth. I was born by no other
than the marriage of Islam.'"
Hisham ibn Muhammad Al Kalbi narrated that
his father said, "I counted for Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) five hundred mothers, and
I never found in any of them a trace of fornication, or any of the ignorant one's affairs."
Ali (karamullah waj ho) said that the Prophet (saw) said, "I came forth from marriage, I did not
come from fornication; from Adam until I was born to my father and mother, nothing of the fornication of ignorance has touched
Ibn Abbas (ra) said Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi
wasallam) said, "My parents never committed fornication. Allah (swt) kept moving me from the good loins to the pure wombs,
purified and refined; whenever there were two ways to go, I was in the best of them."
(r) said Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) recited, "La qad ja'akum Rasoolun min Anfasikum,
and said, I am the best among you in my lineage, in my relations, and ancestry: there is no fornication in my fathers all
the way back to Adam."
Sayyidina A'isha Siddique (ra) related from the
Prophet (saw) that Gabriel (as) said, "I have searched the Earth, east to west, and I have never found a man better than
Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), and have never seen any father's sons better than the
sons of Hashim."
In Sahih Al Bukhari, Abu Huraira (ra) relates that the Prophet
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) said, "I have been sent from the best generations of the sons of Adam, one
after the other, until I reached the one I am in."
In Sahih Muslim, Wathila
ibn al Aska' narrated that Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) said, "Allah has chosen
Kinana from the sons of Isma'il, and Quraish from Kinana, and from Quraish the sons of Hashim, and finally chose me from
the sons of Hashim."
Al Abbas (ra) said Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi
wa’ale hi wasallam) said, "Allah created the creation, and put me in the best groups, and the best of the two groups;
then He chose the tribes, and put me in the best of their families. Therefore, I have the best personality, the best soul
and nature, and possess the best origin among them."
Ibn Umar (ra) said Sayyidina
Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) said, "Allah (swt) examined His creation and chose the children
of Adam from among them; He examined the children of Adam and selected the Arabs from among them; He examined the Arabs and
chose me from among them, so I was always the choicest of choices. Behold, people who love the Arabs, it is out of love for
me that they love them, and those who hate the Arabs, it is out of hatred for me that they hate them."
Know that Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was not directly related
to any brothers or sisters from his parents; he was their only child and their lineage stops at him. In this way, he exclusively
enjoyed a lineage which Allah (swt) intended as the highest that Prophethood can reach, and which holds the ultimate honour.
If you examine the status of his lineage (s) and know the purity of his birth, you
will be certain that his is a progeny of honourable fathers, for he is Al Nabi (saw), Al Arabi (saw), Al Abtahi (saw), Al
Harami (saw), Al Hashimi (saw), Al Quraishi (saw), the elite of the Sons of Hashim(s), the one who had been chosen from the
superlative tribes of the Arabs, from the best lineage, the most noble descent, the most flourishing branch, the highest pillar,
the best origin, the strongest roots, possessing the most eloquent tongue, the most articulate diction, the most outweighing
scale, the most perfect faith, the most powerful company, the most honourable kinfolk from both parents, and from the most
honourable of Allah's (swt) land. He (saw) has many names and the foremost of which Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) the son of Abdullah. He is also the son of Abdul Muttalib, whose name is Shaybat-ul Hamd, the son of Hashim,
whose name is Amr, the son of Abd Manaaf, whose name is Al Mugheera, the son of Qusai, whose name is Mujammi', the son
of Kilaab, whose name is Hakeem, the son of Murra, the son of Ka`b (of the tribe of Quraish), the son of Lu'ai, the son
of Ghalib, the son of Fihr, whose name is Quraish, the son of Maalik, the son of Al Nazhir, whose name is Qais, the son of
Kinana, the son of Khuzaima, the son of Mudrika, the son of Ilias, the son of Mudhar, the son of Nizar, the son of Ma'add,
the son of Adnan.
Ibn Dihia said, "The scholars agree and the scholarly consensus
is proof that Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) has mentioned his lineage back to Adnan, and did
not go beyond that."
Ibn Abbas (r) related that whenever Sayyidina Muhammad
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) mentioned his genealogy, he never went beyond Ma'add, the son of Adnan, and
would stop, saying, "The genealogists have lied." He would repeat that twice or thrice. Ibn Abbas also said, "Between
Adnan and Isma'il there are thirty fathers who are not known."
Al Ahbaar (r) said, "When the light of Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) arrived at Abdul
Muttalib, and he had reached the age of maturity, he slept one day in the courtyard of the Ka'ba; when he woke up his
eyes were blackened with antimony (kohl), his hair was oiled, and he was adorned with the robe of gorgeousness and beauty.
He was amazed, not knowing who had done this to him. His father took him by the hand and hastened to the soothsayers of Quraish;
they advised him to get him married, and he did. The smell of the finest musk used to exude from him, with the light of Sayyidina
Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) glowing from his forehead. Whenever there was a drought, Quraish used
to take him to Mount Thabeer, and call on Allah through him asking for Allah to send rain. Allah would answer their call and
send them rain because of the blessings of the light of Sayydina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam)."
When Abraha, the king of the Yemen came to destroy the sanctified house and news
of this came to Quraish, Abd Al Muttalib told them, "He will not get to this House, for it is under the protection of
its Lord." On the way to Mecca, Abraha plundered Quraish's camels and sheep, among them four hundred she-camels that
belonged to Abd Al Muttalib. He and many of the Quraish rode to Mount Thabeer. After climbing the mountain the light of Allah's
Prophet (saw) appeared in the form of a circle on his forehead like a crescent, and this beam reflected on the Sanctified
House. When Abd Al Muttalib saw that, he said, "Oh, people of Quraish, you may return now, it is safe. By Allah, now
that this light has formed a circle on me, there is no doubt that victory belongs to us."
returned to Mecca where they met a man sent from Abraha. Upon looking at the face of Abd Al Muttalib the man was overwhelmed;
his tongue stuttering. The man fainted, all the while bellowing like an ox being slaughtered. When he regained his senses,
he fell in prostration to Abd Al Muttalib, saying, "I bear witness that you are truly the Master of Quraish."
It has been narrated that when Abd Al Muttalib appeared before Abraha, the huge white elephant
in his army looked at Abd Al Muttalib's face and kneeled down like a camel does, and fell into prostration. Allah caused
the elephant to speak, saying, "Peace be upon the light in your loins, Abd Al Muttalib." When, the army of Abraha
approached to destroy the Holy Ka'ba, the elephant kneeled down again. They beat him severely on his head to make him
stand up, which he refused to do. But, when they turned him around toward Yemen, he stood. Then Allah sent against them flights
of birds from the ocean, every one of them carrying three stones: one in its beak, and one in each claw. The stones were the
size of lentils, and when one hit a soldier, it killed him. They fled in chaos. Abraha was stricken with a disease. His fingertips
began to fall off, one by one. His body poured out blood and pus, and eventually his heart split and he died.
It is this event that Allah was referring to when He addressed His Prophet (saw) saying, "Seest
thou not how thy Lord dealt with the companions of the elephant..." This event is an indication of the prestige of our
Master, Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), and a sign of his Prophethood, and its establishment. It also
points out the honour given to his people, and how they were protected, which caused the Arabs to submit to them and believe
in their nobility and distinction, because of Allah's protection of them and defending them against the plots of the seemingly
The Conception of the Beloved
while sleeping in the courtyard of the Kaa'ba after Allah (swt) had saved Abd Al Muttalib from Abraha's wrath, he
saw an amazing dream. He woke up frightened, and came to the soothsayers of Quraish, to whom he related his dream. They told
him, "If it is a true vision, then from your loins someone will come whom all the inhabitants of Heaven and Earth will
believe in, and who will be very well known. At that time he married Fatima, and she conceived Abdullah, Al Zabeeh (ra), whose
story is well known.
Years later, when they were
returning home after having sacrificed a hundred camels as a ransom to save his life, Abdullah (ra) and his father passed
by a Jewish soothsayer named Fatima. When she looked at the face of Abdullah (ra), who was then the most handsome man in Quraish,
she said, "I will give you the same number of camels which were sacrificed for you if you have intercourse with me now."
She said this because of the light of Prophethood that she saw in his face, and she was hoping that she would conceive this
honorable Prophet. Abdullah (ra) replied,
death is better,
And I don't see any halal in sight,
And about what you are asking for,
An honourable one must protect his honor and religion."
The next day, Abd Al Muttalib brought him to meet Wahab ibn Abd Manaaf, who was the chief of Bani
Zuhra, their master in lineage and origin. Abd Al Muttalib married Abdullah (ra) to Wahab's daughter, Aamina (ra), who
was then the best woman in Quraish, both in lineage and birth. They became husband and wife on Monday, one of the days of
Mina, at the mountain pass of Abu Talib, and she conceived the Prophet (saw).
next day, Abdullah (ra) went out and passed by the woman who proposed to him earlier. He asked her, "Why don't you
offer me what you offered me yesterday?" She replied, "The light that you were carrying yesterday has left you;
therefore I have no need for you today. I was hoping to have that light in me, but Allah (swt) willed it to be put elsewhere."
As early as the Prophet's (saw) conception, many wonders began to happen to
Amina (ra). Sahl Ibn Abdullah Al Tustari said, "When Allah (swt) created Sayydina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) in his mother's womb, on a Friday night during the month of Rajab, he ordered Ridwan, the Keeper of Paradises,
to open the Highest Paradise. A caller announced in the Heavens and Earth that the concealed light which would form the guiding
Prophet (saw) would settle on that very night in his (saw) mother's womb where his (saw) creation would be completed.
It was also revealed that he would come out as a bearer of glad tidings and as a warner. (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi
It is narrated by Ka'b Al Ahbaar (r), that on the night of the Prophet's
(saw) conception it was announced in Heaven and each of its divisions, and on Earth and all its corners, that the concealed
light, from which the Prophet of Allah (saw) was made, would settle in Aamina's (ra) womb.
on that day all the idols on Earth turned upside down. Quraish was suffering from a severe drought and great distress, but
through this blessed event the earth turned green and the trees bore fruit, and blessing came to them from every direction.
Because of these blessed signs, the year when Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was conceived
was called the ‘Year of Triumph and Joy’.
Ibn Ishaq narrated that Amina
(ra) used to say how she had been visited by angels while she was pregnant with the Prophet (saw), and she was told, "You
are pregnant with the master of this nation." She also said, "I never felt that I was pregnant with him, and I never
experienced any difficulties or food cravings like other women do; I only noticed that my menstruation had stopped. Once,
an angel came to me while I was in between sleeping and wakefulness, and said, 'Do you feel that you are pregnant with
the Master of people?', then he left me. When the time of birth approached, he came again and said. 'Say: I seek refuge
for him with The One from the evil of every envious one. and name him (Sayyidina) Muhammad.'" (salla lahu alayhi
wa’ale hi wasallam)
Ibn Abbas (ra) said, "One of the miracles of the Prophet's
(saw) conception was that on that night, every one of Quraish's animals spoke and said, 'By the Lord of the Ka'aba,
the Messenger of Allah has been conceived. He is the leader of the world and the light of its inhabitants. There is no throne
belonging to any king of this world which hasn't been turned upside down tonight.' The beasts of the east rushed to
the beasts of the west carrying the good news, and likewise the inhabitants of the oceans greeted each other. Every day of
the month of his conception there was a call in Heaven and a call on Earth: Rejoice, the time is near when Abul Qasim will
appear, blessed and fortunate."
Another narration indicates that on that night,
each and every home was illuminated, and the light reached everywhere and each and every beast spoke.
Abu Zakariya Yahia ibn Aa'ith said, "Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam)
remained in his mother's womb the entire nine months, during which she never had any complaints of pain or anything that
pregnant women often experience. She used to say, 'I have never seen an easier pregnancy than this one, or a more blessed
When Amina (ra) was in her second month of pregnancy, Abdullah died
in Medina amongst his uncles of the Bani Al Najjar, and was buried in Al Abwa'. It has been mentioned that when Abdullah
(ra) died, the angels said, "Oh, our Lord and Master, your Prophet has become an orphan." Allah said, "I am
his Protector and Supporter."
The Miraculous Birth of the Prophet (saw)
Amr ibn Qutaiba heard his father,
who was very knowledgeable, say, "When it was time for Amina (ra) to give birth, Allah (swt) said to the angels, 'Open
all the gates of Heaven, and the gates of Paradise.' The sun on that day was dressed with a great light, and in that year
Allah (swt) allowed all the women on Earth to conceive boys, for the sake of Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
Ibn Abbas (ra) said Amina
(ra) used to relate, "An angel came to me in a dream during my sixth month of pregnancy and said to me, 'Oh, Amina,
you are pregnant with the best of the worlds. When you give birth to him name him (Sayyidina) Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi
wa’ale hi wasallam), and keep it secret.' When I started to experience the pains of labour no one knew that I was
home alone, including Abd Al Muttalib who was doing his circumambulation of the Ka'aba. I heard a loud bang that scared
me. Then I saw what looked like the wing of a white bird, rubbing my heart, causing all fear to subside, and every pain I
was feeling disappeared. Before me appeared a white drink which I drank, after which a bright light fell upon me and I was
surrounded by some women, tall as palm trees, who looked like the women of Abd Manaaf. I was amazed, thinking, 'Oh, how
did they find out about me?' They said to me, 'We are Asiya, Pharaoh's wife, and Maryam, the daughter of Imran.'
My condition continued to intensify, and I could hear the banging getting louder and more frightening hour after hour. While
I was still going through this I suddenly saw a piece of white silk stretched between Heaven and Earth, and heard someone
say, 'Hide him so people can not see him.' I saw men standing in the air with silver jugs in their hands. I saw a
group of birds filling my room, each possessing emerald beaks and ruby wings. Then Allah (swt) removed the veil from my sight,
and I witnessed the whole Earth east and west, and three banners erected; one in the east, one in the west and one on top
of the Ka'aba. Then I gave birth to (Sayyidina) Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). Immediately he (saw) was prostrating, raising his two hands (salla lahu alayhi
wa’ale hi wasallam) to Heaven as if in humble supplication. Then I saw a white cloud coming from Heaven which covered
him (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) causing him to disappear from my sight, and I heard a voice calling, 'Take
him around to all the corners of earth, east and west, and into the oceans, so all will know him by his name, his attributes,
and his form.' Then the cloud quickly disappeared."
Khateeb Al Baghdadi narrates that Amina (ra) said, "When I gave birth to (Sayyidina) Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) I saw a large illumined cloud, wherein I heard horses neighing, wings flapping, and men talking. It covered him
and he disappeared from my sight. Then I heard a voice calling, 'Take (Sayyidina) Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) all over the Earth. Show him to every spiritual being; the Jinn, human beings, angels, birds, and wild beasts.
Give to him the shape of Adam (as), the knowledge of Seth (as), the courage of Noah (as), the intimacy of Abraham (as), the
tongue of Ismail (as), the contentment of Isaac (as), the eloquence of Salih (as), the wisdom of Lot (as), the glad tidings
of Jacob (as), the strength of Moses (as), the patience of Job (as), the obedience of Jonah (as), the strife of Joshua (as),
the protection of David (as), the love of Daniel (as), the reverence of Ilias (as), the impeccability of John the Baptist
(as), and the asceticism of Jesus (as), and immerse him in the qualities of the Prophets (Alayhi Salaam).' Then the cloud
cleared and Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was grabbing a piece of green silk, folded tightly,
with water gushing forth from it, and someone was saying, 'Great, great, (Sayyidina) Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) has grasped the whole world; all the creation in it has entered into his (saw) grasp, with none left out.'
Then I looked at him and he looked like a moon on the night
when it is full. His (saw) fragrance spread like the finest musk and suddenly, there were three individuals, one held a silver
jug, the second, an emerald washtub, and the third, a piece of white silk, which he unfolded. He then took out a dazzling
looking ring and washed it from the jug seven times, then he made a seal between his (saw) shoulders with the ring, wrapped
him (saw) with the silk, and finally carried him (saw) under his wings and gave him back to me." Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
Ibn Abbas (r) related, "When
Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was born, Ridwan, the keeper of Paradises, spoke in his ear
saying, 'Rejoice, oh, (Sayyidina) Muhammad salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam, whatever knowledge any other Prophet
has, you have been given that knowledge. Therefore, you are the most knowledgeable and the most courageous of heart, among
them." Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam.
Ibn Abbas (r) also said that
Aamina (ra) said, "When I gave birth to the Prophet (saw), with him came out a light that lit the space between the east
and west. He then fell on the ground, and leaning on his (saw) hands, took a handful of soil, grasped it, then raised his
(saw) head toward Heaven."
Al Tabarani narrates that when he (saw) fell to
the ground, he had his (saw) fingers drawn together, with the index finger pointing, testifying to the oneness of Allah (swt).
Uthman ibn Abi il Aas narrated that his mother Fatima said, "At the time of
Sayyidina Muhammad's (s) birth (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) I saw the house filled with lights and the
stars drew so near that I thought they were going to fall on me."
Ibn Sariya related that Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) said, "I am the slave of Allah,
and the Seal of the Prophets, from the time when Adam was thrown from clay. I will explain this to you: I am the answer to
the prayer of my father Abraham, the glad tidings of Jesus, and the vision that my mother saw. Mothers of Prophets often see
visions." When the Prophet's (saw) mother gave birth to him she saw a light which lit the palaces of Syria. This
is what his uncle Al Abbas (ra) was referring to when he said in his poem, "When you were born, the earth shone and
the horizon was illuminated with your light. We are travelling in that light and in the paths of righteousness."
Ibn Sa'd narrated that when Amina (ra) gave birth to the Prophet (saw) he had no meconium
(fetal fecal matter) in him.
Regarding the light which illuminated the palaces of
Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan, there is a reference being made here to the benefit that these kingdoms received from
the light of Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) Prophethood, as these are the places of
his (saw) dominion. It has been said, "Prophethood is no longer with the Children of Israel, oh, people of Quraish. By
Allah, Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) will lead you to have such influence that it will be
spoken of from east to west."
Some of the wonders of the Prophet's (saw)
birth have been narrated by Ya'qoob ibn Sufian, with a fair chain of narrators, in Fath Al Bari. He said that the Palace
of Kisra of the emperor of Persia shook and fourteen of its balconies collapsed; the water of Lake Tiberias abated; the fire
of Persia was extinguished (according to numerous narrations this fire had burned non-stop for a thousand years); and in the
Heavens security was increased, being filled with more guards and shooting stars which prevented the devils hiding there from
their evil eavesdropping.
According to narrations by Ibn Umar (ra) and others, Prophet
Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was born circumcised and with his umbilical cord already cut off. Anas
(ra) related that the Prophet (saw) said, "One of the signs of the honour I have been given by my Lord is that I was
born circumcised, and no one saw my private parts."
There are different opinions
regarding the year of Prophet Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) birth. The majority agree that he
was born in the ‘Year of the Elephant’, and that it was fifty days after the incident with Abraha's elephant,
and it was at dawn of the twelfth night of the month of Rabi' Al Awwal. Ibn Abbas (ra) said, "Sayyidina Muhammad
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was born on a Monday, given the Prophecy on a Monday, immigrated from Mecca to
Medina on Monday, arrived in Medina on a Monday, and carried the black stone on a Monday; moreover, the opening of Mecca and
the revelation of Surat Al Ma'ida were both on a Mondays."
Amr ibn Al Aas (r) said, "There was a monk in Marr Al Zhahran, of the people of Syria, whose name was Easa. He used to
say, 'It is about time that among the people of Mecca a child will be born whom the Arabs will submit to, and whose dominion
the non-Arabs will also be under. This is his time.' Whenever there was a newborn boy, he used to inquire about him. On
the day of the birth of Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), Abd Al Muttalib went out and visited
Easa. He came out and said to him, 'May you be the father of the blessed newborn I told you about. I said he would be
born on a Monday, receive Prophethood on a Monday, and pass away on a Monday.' Abd Al Muttalib replied, 'Tonight,
at dawn, I had a newborn.' The monk asked, 'What did you name him?' He answered, '(Sayyidina) Muhammad.'
Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam. Easa said, 'I was anticipating that this newborn would be from among your
kinfolk. I had three signs: his star appeared yesterday, he was born today, and his name is (Sayyidina) Muhammad.' Salla
lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam. On the solar calendar it was the 20th of April and it is said that he was born at night.
said, "There was a Jewish merchant in Mecca on the night that the Prophet (saw) was born. He inquired, 'Oh, people
of Quraish, was there any newborn among you?' They replied, 'We don't know.' He said, 'Tonight, the Prophet
of this last nation was born. Between his shoulders there is a mark containing a few hairs on it like a horse's mane.'
They accompanied the Jew and went to the Prophet's (saw) mother, and asked her if they could see her son. She brought
him to them and they uncovered his back and saw the birth mark, whereupon the Jew fell unconscious. When he regained consciousness,
they asked him, 'Woe to you. What is the matter with you?' He answered, 'By Allah, Prophethood has gone away from
the children of Israel.'"
Al Hakim narrated that the Prophet (saw) was
born in Mecca in the house of Muhammad bin Yousif. He was breast fed by Thuwaiba, the freed female slave of Abu Lahab. He
freed her upon her bringing him the good news of the Prophet's (saw) birth. After his death, Abu Lahab was seen in a dream,
when he was asked, "How are you faring?" He answered, "I am in the fire. However, I get a break every Monday,
when I am able to suck water from this spot between my fingers," and he gestured with two of his finger tips. "This
miracle is due to my freeing Thuwaiba when she brought me the good news of the birth of the Prophet (saw)."
Ibn al Jazri said, "If Abu Lahab, the infidel, who was dispraised in a Qur'anic revelation,
was nevertheless rewarded because of his rejoicing at the birth of the Prophet (saw), how about Muslims from among his nation
who rejoices in his birth and do the best they can out of love for him? By my life, their reward from Allah, the Generous,
will be entry into the Paradises of bliss with Allah's abundant bounties."
people of Islam always celebrate the month of our Holy Prophet's (saw) birth by having feasts, giving all kinds of charity,
expressing their joy, increasing their good deeds, and carefully reading the story of Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu
alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) birth. In return, Allah (swt) fills believers with the abundant blessings of this month.
It has been proven that one of the qualities of the Prophet's (saw) birthday, which is called the Mawlid, is that it brings
safety throughout the year and the good news that all wishes and desires will be fulfilled. May Allah shower His mercy on
everyone who turns the nights of this month of Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) blessed
birth into festivities.
An Infancy of Wonders
(ra) said, "I came to Mecca with some other wet nurses from the tribe of the Bani Sa'd ibn Bakr, looking for newborn
babies. It was a bad year for prospective nurslings. I and my child arrived riding a she-donkey and my husband led an old
she-camel that didn't have a drop of milk. Throughout the journey the three of us could not sleep at night and I could
find nothing in my breast to feed our son.
"When we came to Mecca every woman
of our group was offered Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) as a nursling, but each turned down
the offer after finding that he was a fatherless orphan. Literally, none of my women friends left Mecca without taking an
infant, but no one would accept Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). When I could find no other
nursling, I told my husband that I hated to be the only one in the group to go back without an infant, and that I wanted to
pick up that orphan.
"When I went to get him (saw) he was wearing a wool dress,
whiter than milk. The fragrance of musk spread from him (saw). Under him (saw) was a piece of green silk, as he lay on his
back in a deep sleep. I was careful not to wake him (saw), because of his beauty and grace. I carefully came close to him
(saw), and putting my hand on his (saw) chest, he (saw) smiled and opened his (saw) eyes. From his (saw) eyes came a light
which went all the way to Heaven while I was looking. I kissed him (saw) between his (saw) eyes and gave him (saw) my right
breast, which gave him (saw) all the milk he (saw) wanted. Then I switched him (saw) to the left, but he (saw) refused. That
was the way he (saw) always was. After he (saw) was satisfied, I gave my son his fill. As soon as I brought him (saw) to my
camp, both my breasts started pouring milk. By Allah's grace, Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam)
drank until he (saw) was satisfied, as did his brother. My husband went to our old camel for milk for us, and lo, it was full.
He milked enough for us both to drink until we were satisfied, and we spent a wonderful night. Later my husband remarked,
'Oh, Halima, it looks like you have picked a blessed soul. We spent the first night in blessings and bounties, and Allah
continues to give us more and more ever since we chose him.' Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam.
"I bid farewell to the Prophet's (saw) mother, and mounted my she-donkey, holding Sayyidina
Muhammad (saw) in my hands. My donkey outstripped all the animals of the others who were with me, who were watching it in
amazement. When we arrived at the dwellings of Bani Sa'd, which is one of the most barren parts of the land, we found
that our sheep were full of milk. We milked and drank plentifully in a time where no one else could find a drop of milk in
an udder. Others began to tell each other, 'Go to pasture wherever the shepherd of the daughter of Abu Thu'aib goes.'
Still their sheep used to return hungry, with no milk to be found in them, while mine would return full of milk."
The Prophet's (saw) uncle, Sayyidina Al Abbas (ra) said, "Oh, Messenger of Allah,
what made me enter into your religion was my witnessing a sign of your Prophethood. I saw you in your cradle talking tenderly
to the Moon and pointing at it with your finger. It moved across the sky to wherever you pointed." Sayyidina Muhammad
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) said, "I was talking to it, and it talked to me, which distracted me from
crying. I could hear the sound of its prostration under the throne."
Al Bari it is narrated that Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) spoke when he first was born.
Ibn Sab' mentioned that Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) cradle was rocked by the angels.
Ibn Abbas (ra) said that Sayyidina
Halima (ra) used to narrate that when she first weaned Sayydina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) he spoke,
saying, "Allah (swt)s most Great in His Greatness, and much praise be to Allah, and glory be to Allah (swt) in the beginning
and end." (Allahu Akbar kabira, wal hamdu Lillahi katheera, wa subhana allahi bukratan wa aseela.) When he (saw) grew older he (saw) used to go out, and when he (saw) would see other children playing,
he would avoid them.
Ibn Abbas (ra) said that al Shayma'a (ra), the Prophet's
(saw) foster sister, witnessed that as a boy a cloud shaded the Prophet (saw). It stopped when he stopped, and moved when
he moved. He grew up like no other boy. Sayyidina Halima (ra) said, "When I weaned him (saw), we brought him (saw) to
his (saw) mother, even though we longed for him (saw) to stay with us for all the blessings that we saw in him (saw). We asked
his (saw) mother to let him (saw) stay with us until he (saw) grew stronger, for we were worried about him (saw) being in
the unhealthy environment of Mecca. We continued asking until she agreed to send him (saw) back with us. Salla
lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam.
Allah, two or three months after our return, while we were taking care of some of our animals behind our home, the Prophet's
(saw) foster-brother came running, shouting, 'It is my Qurashi brother. Two men came to him wearing white clothes. They
laid him (saw) down and cut his (saw) abdomen open.' His father and I ran to him (saw). He (saw) was standing and his
(saw) colour was changed. His father hugged him and asked, 'Oh, son, what happened to you?' Sayyidina Muhammad (salla
lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) answered, 'Two men wearing white clothes came to me. They made me lay down and cut
my abdomen open. They took something out and threw it, then put my abdomen back together the way it was.' We took him
home and his father said, 'Oh, Halima, I am afraid that something might have happened to this son of mine. Let's return
him to his family before it gets worse.'
took him (saw) back to his (saw) mother in Mecca. She said, 'What made you bring him (saw) back after you were so anxious
to keep him (saw)?' We told her that we were worried that something bad might happen to him (saw). She said, 'It is
not that, so, tell me the truth.' She insisted until we told her his story. She asked, 'Were you afraid that the Devil
might do something to him? No. By Allah, there is no way that the Devil can get to him. This son of mine will be of great
standing. You may leave him now.'"
In the hadith of Shaddad ibn Aws (ra)
it is related that Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa ale hi wasallam) said, "I was suckling at Bani Sa'd ibn
Bakr. One day while I was in the valley with young boys my age, when suddenly three individuals appeared. They possessed a
golden washtub filled with ice and took me from my friends, who ran back to the quarter. One of the three made me lay down
gently on the ground and cut open my abdomen from my chest to my pubic bone. I was able to watch and felt no pain. He took
out my intestines and washed them thoroughly with the ice, then returned them to my body. The second one rose and told his
partner to move aside. He put his hand inside me, removing my heart while I watched him. He cut it, took out a black clot
and threw it away, and moved his hands right and left, as if receiving something. Suddenly, there was a ring made of dazzling
light in his hand. He stamped my heart with the ring, whereupon it was filled with light. It was the light of Prophethood
and wisdom. He then returned the organ to my chest and I felt the coolness of that ring in my heart for a long time. The third
one told his partner to move aside. He passed his hand over the area which had been cut and it was instantly healed with the
permission of Allah (swt). He then took my hand and gently helped me up and said to the first one, 'Weigh him against
ten of his nation.' I outweighed them. Then he said, 'Weigh him against a hundred of his nation.' I outweighed
them. Then he said, 'Weigh him against a thousand of his nation.' I outweighed them. Then he said, 'If you weigh
him against his entire nation, he would outweigh them.' They all hugged me, kissed my forehead and between the eyes and
said, 'Oh, beloved, if you only knew what goodness is waiting for you, you would be delighted.'" The weighing
means a moral weighing. The Prophet (saw), therefore, outweighs all in merit.
cleansing of his (saw) holy chest happened another time when Angel Gabriel (as) brought him (saw) the revelation in the cave
of Hira' and one more time on the night of his (saw) Ascension. Abu Nu'aim (ra) narrated in Al Dala'il, the cutting
of his (saw) chest also when he (saw) was twenty years old. The wisdom of cutting his (saw) holy chest open in his (saw) childhood
and removing the black clot, was to cleanse him (saw) from childish traits so he (saw) would have manly attributes. His (saw)
upbringing was therefore perfectly immaculate. He (saw) was sealed with the seal of Prophethood between his (saw) shoulders
which smelled of musk and looked like a partridge egg.
Ibn Abbas (ra) and others
narrated that when Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was six years old, his (saw) mother (ra)
and Um Aiman (ra) took him (saw) on a month long visit to his (saw) maternal uncles of the Bani Adiy ibn al Najjar in dar
al tabi'a in Yathrib. Later, he (saw) recalled events that happened when he (saw) stayed there. Looking at a certain house,
he (saw) said, "This is where my mother and I stayed. I learned how to swim in the well belonging to Bani Adiy ibn Al
Najjar. A group of Jews used to frequent this place to look at me." Um Aiman (ra) said, "I heard one of the Jews
saying that Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is the Prophet of this nation, and this is the
abode of his (saw) immigration. I understood everything they said."
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and his mother set out to return to Mecca, but when they arrived at Al Abua',
not far from Yathrib, she fell gravely ill. Al Zuhri (ra) narrated from Asma' bint Rahm, from her mother, "I was
present with Amina, the Prophet's (saw) mother, during the ailment that led to her death. At this time Sayyidina Muhammad
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was a five-year-old boy. As he (saw) sat by his (saw) mother's head she was
reciting some poems, and looked into his (saw) face and said, 'Every living thing must eventually die, everything new
must eventually get old, and every abundance must eventually get less. I am dying, but my memory shall remain, I have left
behind abundant goodness, and gave birth to purity,' then she died. We were able to hear the Jinn crying over her."
It has been narrated that Amina testified to Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu
alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) Prophethood after her death. Al Tabarani narrated in a chain of narration from Sayyidina
A'isha (ra) that when the Prophet (saw) arrived at al Hajoon he (saw) was sad and grieved. He (saw) stayed there for as
long as Allah (swt) willed him (saw) to stay. Upon his (saw) return, he (saw) was happy and said, "I asked my Lord, Mighty
and Sublime, to bring my mother back to life. Allah (swt) did that and then took her back." Also it has been narrated
by both Al Suhaili and Al Khateen that Sayyidina A'isha Siddique (ra), said that Allah revived both of Sayyidina Muhammad's
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) parents and they both testified to Rasulullah’s (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) Prophethood.
Al Qurtubi, in Al Tadhkira, said, "Sayyidina Muhammad's
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) merits and attributes never ceased to occur all his (saw) life. Bringing his
(saw) parents to life so that they could believe in him (saw) is not impossible. There is nothing in the Islamic religious
laws or logic against it." It is mentioned in the Holy Qu'ran that the one who was murdered in Bani Isra'el was
brought back to life to have his murderer revealed to him. Moreover, our Master Isa (as) - Jesus used to bring the
dead back to life. Likewise, Allah (swt) brought a number of dead people back to life at the hands of our beloved Prophet
(saw). Why is it not possible that Rasulullah’s (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) parents testified to his
Prophethood after they were brought back to life, since this occurrence only enhances his merit and virtue?
Al Imam Fakhruddin Al Razi said that all the fathers of Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam) are Muslims, which is proven by Rasulullah’s (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) saying, "I
was transferred from the loins of pure men to the wombs of pure women." And since Allah (swt) has said "Truly, the
pagans are unclean," we see that none of his (saw) ancestors were infidels. Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam
Al Hafiz Shams Al Din Al Dimashqi addressed this subject so well when he wrote:
"Allah bestowed upon the Prophet more bounties
And more yet, and unto him He was most kind
He brought his mother back to life, and also his father
So that they could believe in him.
That was a subtle bounty
believe these miracles, for He is capable of doing that
Even if the creature is weak."
Um Aiman (ra) was Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) nurse and
nanny after his (saw) mother's death. He (saw) used to say about her, "Um Aiman is my mother after my mother."
When Rasulullah (salla alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was eight years old, his (saw) grandfather and custodian, Abdul Muttalib
died. He was one hundred and ten years old (in another narration, he was one hundred and forty). At that time Sayyidina Muhammad's
(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) uncle Abu Talib became responsible for him (saw) at the request of Abd Al Muttalib,
because he was the full brother of Sayyidina Muhammad's (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) father, Abdullah.
Ibn Asakir narrated from Jalhama ibn Urfuta that Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu
alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) said, "I came to Mecca during a drought. Some men of Quraish came to Abu Talib and said,
'Oh, Abu Talib, the valley is barren and the families are suffering. Let us go and pray for rain.' Abu Talib came
out, and with him was a young boy who looked like the Sun after the clouds have cleared. He (saw) was surrounded by other
young children. Abu Talib led him to the Ka'aba and had him stand with his back against it. There wasn't even a tiny
cloud in the sky, but as soon as the young boy rose his hands, clouds started to arrive from every direction and it started
raining, then pouring. The valley blossomed and both in Mecca and out in the desert became fertile. About this miracle, Abu
Talib wrote the following verses:
'To the one of bright complexion,
rain is sent for the sake of his countenance,
is a refuge for the orphans,
and support for the widows.'"
Courtesy: As-Sunnah Foundation of America