THE BIRTH OF THE HOLY PROPHET (S)

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THE BIRTH OF THE HOLY PROPHET (S)

Post by ILMAdmin on Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:17 pm

CLASS 5 - LESSON 8
THE BIRTH OF THE HOLY PROPHET (S)
The Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad Al-Mustafa (S), was born after
sunrise on Friday the 17th of Rabiul Awwal 570 A.D. in Makka. He was
born in the Year of the Elephant, when Abraha tried to destroy the Holy
Ka’ba.
The parents of the Holy Prophet (S) were Abdullah son of Abdul Muttalib
and Aamina daughter of Wahab. Abdullah died two months before his son
was born and was buried in Madina. The Holy Prophet (S) belonged to the
respected family of Bani Hashim from the tribe of Quraish.
Abdul Muttalib decided to bring up the Holy Prophet (S) under his own
care. On the seventh day of the birth of his grandson, he slaughtered a
sheep to show his gratitude to Allah for blessing him with a healthy
grandson. Many people were invited to take part in the celebrations.
In this gathering, Abdul Muttalib announced to the people that he would
name the child "Muhammad", which means "One who is worthy of praise".
When the Quraish asked him why he was keeping such an unusual name,
he replied that he wanted his grandson to be praised in the heavens and
on the earth.
Arabic Box
Learn to write the word “Muhammad” in Arabic.
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Arabic Box
Learn to write the word “Ahmad” in Arabic.
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Before this event, the Holy Prophet's (S) mother had already named him
"Ahmad". Allah has referred to him by both names in the Holy Qur'an.
The Holy Prophet (S) was breastfed by his own mother Aamina for three
days only. As was the custom in those days, he was then given to a fostermother
to nurse. Two women had this honour.
They were:
1. Suwaybah. She was a slave of Abu Lahab and nursed the Holy
Prophet (S) for four months. The Holy Prophet (S) and his wife Bibi
Khadija (A) always regarded her with great kindness throughout her life.
When the Holy Prophet (S) returned from the battle of Khaybar he learnt
of her death and was saddened by it.
2. Halimah. She belonged to the tribe of Sa'd bin Bakr. She brought up
the Holy Prophet (S) outside the city of Makka in the desert. Here he
grew up strong and healthy and learnt the pure Arabic language of the
desert. He stayed with her for five years.
Exercise
Our Holy Prophet (S) has been called “Ahmad” in Surah as-Saff (Surah 61,
verse 6) and “Muhammad” in Surah al-Ahzab (Surah 33, verse 40). Find
both verses and write the translation below.
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Extension Exercise
Abdul Muttalib called his grandson “Muhammad” because he wanted
him to be praised in the heavens and the earth. Verse 56 of Suratul
Ahzab does exactly this. Write down the translation below.
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Now you know…
♦ The Holy Prophet (S) was born on Friday 17th Rabiul Awwal 570 AD
in Makka. The year in which he was born is called ‘Aamul Feel’ – The
Year of the Elephant.
♦ His father was Abdullah son of Abdul Muttalib and his mother was
Aamina daughter of Wahab.
♦ Abdul Muttalib named the Holy Prophet (S) ‘Muhammad’ which
means ‘One who is worthy of praise’. However, his mother had
already named him ‘Ahmad’. Allah has referred to him by both names
in the Holy Qur’an.
♦ The Holy Prophet (S) was breastfed by his mother Aamina for only
three days. As was the custom, he was given to a foster-mother to
nurse.
♦ He had two foster-mothers:
1) Suwaybah: She was a slave and nursed him for four months. The
Holy Prophet (S) always regarded her with great respect.
2) Halimah: She brought up the Holy Prophet (S) outside Makka in the
desert where he grew up strong and healthy. He stayed with her for
five years.
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