Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W.) Childhood and Youth
Wednesday , 12/16/2015 - 11:56
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Like many other women in Mecca, Aminah decided to send her son away from the city for his early years to the desert where it was healthier. Women from the desert used to come to Mecca to collect the new babies and they would then keep them until they developed into strong children, for which they were well paid by the parents.
Among the women who traveled to Mecca to fetch a new baby at the time Aminah"s son was born, was a Bedouin woman called Halimah. With her was her husband and baby son. They had always been very poor, but this year things were harder than ever because there had been famine. The donkey that carried Halimah on the journey was so weak from hunger that he often stumbled. Halimah"s own baby son cried all the time because his mother could not feed him properly. Even their she-camel did not give them one drop of milk. Halimah did not know what to do. She thought to herself, "How can I possibly feed another baby when I haven"t got enough milk even for my own son?"
At last they reached Mecca. All the other women of the tribe to which Halimah belonged, the Bani Sa"d, found a child to take back with them, but not Halimah. The only baby left was Muhammad (S.A.W.) Usually the father paid the wet-nurse, but Muhammad"s father was dead. So no one wanted to take him, even though he was from one of the noblest families of Quraysh. Halimah did not want to take him either, but she did not want to be the only woman to go back to her tribe without a baby to bring up. She asked her husband whether she should take Muhammad (S.A.W.) or not. He advised her to do so, adding, "Perhaps Allah will bless us because of him."
They started on the return journey and as soon as Halimah began to feed Muhammad (S.A.W.) her milk suddenly increased and she had enough for him as well as her baby son. When they were back home, everything began to change. The land became green, and the date trees, one of their main sources of food, gave lots of fruit. Even the sheep and their old she-camel began to give plenty of milk. Halimah and her husband knew that this good fortune had come because they had the new baby, Muhammad (S.A.W.), whom they had come to love as if he were their own son.
When Muhammad (S.A.W.) was two years old, Halimah took him back to his mother. She pleaded with Aminah, however, to let her keep him for a little longer and to her great joy the mother agreed.
During his time with Halimah’s family in the desert, Muhammad (S.A.W.) played with her children and together they would take the sheep out to graze. At other times, however, Halimah would often find him sitting alone.
It is said that on one occasion, two angels came to Muhammad (S.A.W.) and washed his heart with snow. In this way Allah made his heart pure for He intended Muhammad (S.A.W.) to be greater than any man ever born and to become the Seal of the Prophets.
When Halimah finally took Muhammad (S.A.W.) back to Aminah, he was a healthy, strong boy. Later he would look back with joy on the time he had spent with Halimah, and he always thought of himself as one of the Bani Sa"d.
Muhammad (S.A.W.) returned to live with his mother in Mecca when he was about three years old. Three years later Aminah decided to take her son to visit his uncles in Yathrib. She told her maid, Barakah, to prepare everything they would need for the long journey, and then they joined one of the caravans going there.
They stayed in Yathrib a month and Muhammad (S.A.W.) enjoyed the visit with his cousins. The climate there was very pleasant and he learned to swim and to fly a kite. On their way back to Mecca, however, Aminah became ill and died. She was buried in the village at al-Abwa not far from Yathrib. Muhammad (S.A.W.) returned sadly to Mecca with his mother’s maid. He was now six years old and had lost both his father and mother. He was then adopted by his grandfather, "Abd al-Muttalib, who loved him dearly and kept him by his side at all times.
It was the custom of "Abd al-Muttalib to sit on a blanket near the Ka"bah. There he was always surrounded by people who had come to speak to him. No one was allowed to sit on the blanket with him, however, except his grandson Muhammad (S.A.W.), which shows how close they were to each other. Many times "Abd al-Muttalib was heard to say: "This boy will be very important one day."
Two years later "Abd al-Muttalib became ill and Muhammad (S.A.W.) stayed by him constantly."Abd al-Muttalib told his son, Abu Talib, to adopt Muhammad (S.A.W.) after his death, which he did. Abu Talib had many children of his own, but Muhammad (S.A.W.) immediately became part of his family and the favorite child.
There are many stories told about Muhammad’s youth. Some tell of how he used to take the family’s sheep to graze and was always kind to them. While they grazed he would sit thinking about the mysteries of nature. Unlike those around him, he never worshipped the idols and never swore by them. He also wondered why people were always struggling for power and money, and this saddened him and made him feel lonely, but he kept his feelings to himself. He was a quiet, thoughtful boy, and rarely played with other boys of his age.
On one occasion, however, Muhammad (S.A.W.) went with some of the boys to a wedding in Mecca. When he reached the house he heard the sounds of music and dancing but just as he was about to enter he suddenly felt tired and, sitting down, fell asleep. He didn’t wake up until late the next morning and thus missed the celebrations. In this way Allah prevented him from doing anything foolish for He was keeping Muhammad (S.A.W.) for something much more important.
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