Our Prophet called Zayd to be present
Hâritha and his brother were very pleased by this reply of our Master, the Prophet and said, “You have treated us very justly and conscientiously!”
Then our Master, the Prophet, called Zayd to be present before him and asked, “Do you know these people?” He answered, “Yes, one of them is my father and the other one is my uncle.” Upon that our Prophet said, “O Zayd! You learned who I am; you saw my kindness and compassion and my behaviors towards you. These people came here to take you. So make a choice, either stay with me or prefer them and go!”
His father and his paternal uncle expected that he would prefer them and they would bring Zayd home. Zayd said, “I do not prefer anyone to you. You are both a father and an uncle to me. I want to stay with you.”
His father and uncle were shocked. His father got angry and told Zayd, “Shame on you! So, you prefer slavery to freedom, your mother, your father and your uncle!” Zayd replied to his father, “Father, I have seen such compassion and kind treatment from this person that I cannot prefer anyone to him.”
Our Master, the Prophet liked Zayd very much. After seeing his loyalty and affection, he brought him to Hijr at the Kâ’ba-i mu’azzama and said to people, “Be a witness! Zayd is my son. I am his inheritor, he is my inheritor.” Zayd’s father and uncle saw that, and their anger disappeared. They returned to their homeland in happiness. After that, the Ashâb-i kirâm called Zayd as Zayd bin Muhammad (the son of Muhammad). Later on, as the adoption was removed by Allahu ta’âlâ’s decrees of “Call your children with the name of their fathers, this way is better.” “Muhammad (’alaihis-salâm) is not the father of any one of you (like Zayd)” as stated in the 5th and 40th verses of Sûrat-ul-Ahzâb, Zayd began to be called as “Zayd bin Hâritha” which means “Zayd, the son of Hâritha.”
The Kâ’ba arbitration
When our Master Rasûlullah was around thirty-five years old, he arbitrated in the Kâba. At those times, rains and floods had worn down the walls of the Kâba. In addition, a fire had damaged the Kâba. It was necessary to re-build the structure. Upon this, the Quraysh tribe tore down the Kâba to the base, which was built by Hadrat Ibrâhim (Abraham), and started rebuilding. They heightened the walls by giving a part to each tribe. Tribes, who knew that it was a great honor, could not agree on placing the stone “Al Hajar ul Aswad.” Every tribe wanted to attain this honor, so there was a great disagreement. Sons of Abduddâr made an oath, “If anyone except us do this job, we will shed blood.” Due to this disagreement, which lasted four or five days, it almost came to bloodshed.
Meanwhile, Huzayfa bin Mugîra, who was an old person and maternal uncle of Abdulmuttalib, said, “O the Quraysh community! To arbitrate on your dispute, make the person who will firstly enter from this gate the arbitrator,” and showed the Banî Shayba gate which opened to the Kâ’ba. The audience accepted this proposal. Looking at the Banî Shayba gate, they started to wait for the person who would enter first and solve the issue at the most critical moment. In the end, they saw that Muhammad (‘alaihis-salâm), whose rightfulness and superior moral qualities, which they greatly appreciated and whom they always called Al Amîn, that is trustworthy, came. “Here is Al Amîn. We do consent to his verdict,” they said.
When our beloved Prophet Muhammad (‘alaihis-salâm) was notified of the situation, he demanded a remnant of fabric. He spread it on the ground and placed Al Hajar ul Aswad on it. He said, “Let one person from each tribe hold the remnant of fabric.” He had them lift the stone up to its place. Then, he took the stone in his arms and put it in its place. Thus, seeing that the impending terrible combat was prevented, the tribes were pleased with this event. Then, they built and completed the walls from where they had remained. He would recite the name of Allahu ta’âlâ in each business
He is the Prophet who is praised
He was full of good ethics, morals,
Knowledge, manners and goodness
He was gentle, generous to all people
He would grant benevolences