Our Prophet’s esteemed mother
Our beloved Prophet had been raised in Mecca by his mother until he was 6 years old. With Ummu Ayman who was a jariya (female slave), he and his mother went to Madîna to visit his relatives and the burial place of his father Abdullah. They stayed there about a month. Our beloved Prophet learned how to swim in the pool of the sons of Najjar. Meanwhile, a Jewish scholar saw the signs of prophethood on him. He approached and asked his name. When our beloved Prophet said “Ahmad,” he shouted, “He is going to be the last Prophet!” Also some other Jewish scholars who saw him, observed the signs of prophethood, too. After long discussions they agreed about his prophethood. Ummu Ayman heard these discussions and told Lady Âmina. To avoid the harm of these people, Lady Âmina, taking our beloved Prophet with her, headed towards Mecca. When they arrived at the place which is called Abwâ, our mother Lady Âmina became ill. Her health worsened. While she was looking at her son who was standing right next to her, she said, “O the son of the beloved person who had escaped from the arrow of death by giving a hundred camels by the help of Allahu ta’âlâ! May Allahu ta’âlâ make you blessed. If the dream I saw comes true, you will be sent by Allahu ta’âlâ, to all mankind to inform them about halâl (permitted) and harâm (forbidden). Allahu ta’âlâ is going to protect you from the centuries-old tradition of idols and idolatry.” and recited to him this couplet,
The new get old, the living die,
The many get depleted, is there one to stay young?
I will die too, my difference is:
I have given birth to you, my honor is this.
I’ve left a good child behind,
I shut my eyes, in rest is my heart.
My name will always be remembered,
In souls, your love will be kept alive.
Then she passed away. She was buried at Abwâ when she was twenty years old.
Ummu Ayman took our Prophet and, after a few days’ travel, they arrived in Mecca where she delivered our Prophet to his grandfather Abdulmuttalib.
Our Prophet’s grandfather
Our Master, the Prophet’s father and mother were in the religion of Ibrâhîm (Abraham) (‘alaihis-salâm). That is they were believers. The scholars of Islâm communicated that they were in the religion of Ibrâhîm (‘alaihis-salâm) and after their deaths, they were brought to life so that they could be among his ummat (community), they heard the Kalimat ash-shahâdat (“I believe in and testify to that Allahu ta’âlâ exists and He is One. And again, I believe in and testify to that Muhammad ‘alaihissalâm’ is His born slave and His Messenger.”) recited it and thus they became one of this ummat.
Muhammad (‘alaihis-salâm), until he was eight years old, grew up near his grandfather Abdulmuttalib. Abdulmuttalib was an esteemed person who governed various functions in Mecca. He was majestic, patient, moral, honest, brave and generous. He would give food to the poor, even to animals which were hungry and thirsty. He believed in Allahu ta’âlâ and the Hereafter. He abstained from the evil deeds, kept away from all the nasty customs of the times of ignorance and unawareness. He would prevent oppression and injustice in Mecca and accommodate visitors. It was his habit to seclude himself at Mount of Hira during the month of Ramadan. Abdulmuttalib loved children and he had compassion over them. He did not separate his beloved grandson from himself. He had a great love and affection for him. In the shadow of the Kâ’ba, he would sit down on the place peculiar to him with his grandson and say to those who wanted to prevent his grandson from being their, “Leave my son alone, he is great.” He constantly warned our Prophet’s nanny, Ummu Ayman, to look after him well. The people of the book tell of him that he will be the prophet of this ummat in the future.” Ummu Ayman said, “I did not see that he complained either about hunger or thirst. In the morning, he would drink a drop of zamzam water. When I wanted to give food to him, he would say, “I don’t want, I am full.”
Abdulmuttalib had a great compassion for him. He liked his words and behaviors very much. At meals, he would sit down with him, he would give the best and the most delicious parts of the meals to him. He would not start eating before our Prophet came. He saw many dreams and many incidents about him.