It was the general custom of Arabs living towns to send their children away to Bedouin wet nurses so that they might grow up in the free and healthy surroundings of the desert. Nabi (S.A.W) was entrusted to Halimah bint Abi Dhuaib from Bani Sa’ad bin Bakr. Halimah’s husband, Harith bin ‘Abdul-Uzzah, called Abi Kabshah, was from the same tribe.
Halimah was Muhammad (S.A.W)’s nursemaid from infancy until he was four years old, although he was weaned at two years. However, at the end of the two years, Halimah said: “We then took him back to his mother earnestly requesting her to have him stay with us and so we may benefit from the good fortune and blessings he brought us. We persisted in our request, expressing our anxiety over the child catching an infection peculiar to Makkat [Mukarramah]. At last, we were granted our wish and the Prophet (S.A.W) stayed with us until we returned with him.”
Nabi (S.A.W) had several foster siblings. From Halimah (R.A)’s biological children were Abdullah bin Harih, Aneesa bint Harith and Hudhafah (known as Shaymah) bint Harith.
Shayma (R.A) would sing to Muhammad (S.A.W) when he was a child and whenever she would hold him for a while. Shaymah (R.A) would help her mother, Halimah, in performing the household chores as well as in the fields. All of this was before the Prophet (S.A.W) had even begun walking. At that time Shaymah (R.A) was about four or five years old and was somewhat old enough to observe the changes in her family’s condition due to Muhammad (S.A.W) from poverty to comfort and abundance, and from hardship to ease. She realized that this change was caused by the blessing of this young boy who was brought to their midst. Hence, she would express her love for him with poetry that flowed spontaneously from her tongue.
“O our Lord! Keep Muhammad alive for us, so that I may see him become an adolescent, then a leader. Suppress his enemies and those who are envious of him, and give him an everlasting glory!”
Shaymah (R.A), the foster sister of the Prophet (S.A.W) was a captive caught after the Battle of Hunayn. When she was treated harshly, she said, “I am the foster sister of your Prophet (S.A.W).”She asked them to give up their harsh treatment. Thereupon, the Mujahid’s took her to the presence of the Prophet (S.A.W) to find out whether she was telling the truth or not.
Shaymah (R.A) exclaimed, “O Muhammad! I am your foster sister”.
The Prophet (S.A.W) asked, “Can you prove it?”
Shaymah (R.A) replied, “There is a scar of bite on my shoulder; you had bitten me.”
It was through the scar that Nabi (S.A.W) recognized his foster sister. By this time, Halimah and Harith had already passed on. Shaymah (R.A) became a Muslim after this.
Muhammad (S.A.W) bin Abdullah bin Abdul Muttalib bin Haashim bin Abde Manaf bin Qusayy bin Kilab bin Murrah bin Ka’b bin Lu-ayy bin Ghaalib bin Fahr bin Nadhr bin Kinaanah bin Khuzaimah bin Mudrikah bin Ilyas bin Mudhar bin Nizaar bin Ma’ad bin Adnaan
Abdullah Bin Abbas states that when the Prophet (S.A.W) used to talk about his family lineage, he used to stop at Adnaan.
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Love and Duas,