[Paraphrased from Our Beloved Nabi Kareem صلى الله عليه و سلم by Moulana Moosa Olga]
Aqiqah- the sacrifice that is offered on behalf of the newborn on the seventh day after birth- was a custom practiced by the Arabs during the Jahiliyyah period as well (i.e. before Islam).
On the seventh day of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم)’s birth, Abdul Muttalib performed the Aqiqah and invited all the Quraish to this function. He then proposed to keep the child’s name Muhammad. The Quraish, startled at such an innovative name, enquired: “Oh Abdul Harith (an appellation of Abdul Muttalib), why do you propose to keep a name that was certainly not kept by your forefathers or any of your family members?” Abdul Muttalib replied, “I propose to name him Muhammad (the praised one) because I want Allah in the skynand His creation on earth to praise him.”
Before the birth of Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم), Abdul Muttalib actually had a dream that inspired him to keep the newborn child’s name Muhammad. He dreamt that anniron chain is being extracted from his back. One end of the chain is towards the sky and the other end is towards the earth. One end is towards the west and other end towards the east. A little while later, the chain transforms itself into a huge tree. Every leaf of the tree was glittering with luminosity seventy times more intense than the brilliance of the sun. People from the east as well as the west are clinging onto the branches. Some of the Quraish are also clinging onto this tree whilst a few others from the Quraish are determined to chop it down. Whenever this group decides to approach the tree with thus intention, a handsome young man pays heed to their intentions by thrusting them aside.
In interpretation of this dream, the interpretors informed Abdul Muttalib that amongst his descendants, a boy will be born. People from the east to the west will follow him devotedly. The beings of the sky as well as the earth will sing his praises. That is why Abdul Muttalib kept our Rasool (صلى الله عليه و سلم)’s name Muhammad.
Whilst Abdul Muttalib was reflecting over the name Muhammad, Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم)’s mother, on the other hand, saw a pious dream in which she was informed that she is carrying the most saintly creation and the most supreme leader of the nations. She was directed to keep his name Muhammad or according to another narration, she was in trusted to name him Ahmad.
Imam Bukhari says in Tarikhe Saghir on the authority of Ali bin Zaid that Abu Taalib would often recite the following stanza: “Allah has extracted his (Muhammad’s) name from His own so that he may be exalted, So the one on the throne is Mahmud whilst this is Muhammad.”
Surely our Habib (صلى الله عليه و سلم) will always be praised.
Don’t forget to recite as much Durood as you can!
Love and Duas,