By: Lailuma Noori
The Prophet of Islam
(PBUH) was born in Mecca on 12th of Rabi ul Awal on Monday coinciding with 571 AC. It was a miraculous night as the world was waiting for such a big incident to occur and host the blessing of the two worlds. The Prophet of Islam had two names from the time he was delivered to this world. The people called him with both names one of which was Muhammad, the name which was put by his grandfather Abdul Mutalib, and Ahmad, which was put by his mother Amina.
The new-born baby was fed by his mother only for three days, but later the baby was handed over to two other maids for feeding.
It was customary among the noble families of Quraysh that they entrusted their new-borns to country-women so that they might be brought up in the open and healthy environments. According to this custom, therefore, the mother of the Holy Prophet gave him into the care of Halima Sa’dia, a lady belonging to the tribe of Banu Sa’d.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) spent the first five years of his life with Halima and then she returned him to his mother, Amina. His mother brought him up with great love and devotion. When he was about six years old, she took him to Madina for a few days. On her return journey, however, she breathed her last on the way. After this his grandfather Abd al-Muttalib took him into his care.
Abd al-Muttalib loved his orphaned grandchild very much and was very kind to him. However, he too, expired after two years.
Now the Holy Prophet began to live with his uncle Abu Talib. Fatima, daughter of Asad, who was the wife of Abu Talib loved Muhammad (a) as if he were her own son. Abu Talib, too, was very good to him. When he undertook a journey for the purpose of trade, he took his young nephew along with him.
As Muhammad (a) acquired, under the guidance of his uncle, fair knowledge and experience of business, and was well spoken of by persons who happened to come in touch with him, some traders engaged him as their representative to conduct important business affairs on their behalf. Muhammad (a) so successfully executed these trusts that people were perfectly satisfied with his honesty. The people, therefore, respected him very much and used to call him Sadiq (the truthful) and Amin (the trustworthy).
From his early childhood he never took part in idolatrous rituals and never told a lie. He had excellent habits and an unimpeachable character.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) spent the major portion of his life in his native town, Mecca. He always treated the people kindly and affectionately and never harmed anyone.
When he was about forty years old, he proclaimed himself, under Allah’s command, to be the Prophet and Messenger of Allah. He advised the people to refrain from idol-worship and other evil deeds, and to worship only Allah, the Creator and Lord of the heavens and the earth. He also warned them of the Day of Judgement, when every one will have to account for his good and bad deeds in this world, and will be recompensed for them.
The behaviour and personality of Prophet Muhammad (a) are the best examples to follow in life. A companion of his, who spent full ten years with him, has said:
“Throughout my stay with him I never heard an indecent word from his lips and never found him rude to anyone. He spoke very politely. He was kind to everyone”.
Although Muhammad (a) was the Prophet of Allah and had been appointed by Allah to guide the people, yet he was not ashamed of doing his work with his own hands. He assisted the members of his family in household work and performed the jobs of other deserving persons with great pleasure. He mended his clothes and shoes. He also took part in the construction of Masjid al-Nabi in Madina along with his companions.
His dress was always clean, though simple. He was very mindful of cleanliness. He washed his hands and mouth before and after taking his meals.
He was so kind and generous that he never refused a reasonable request of any person. He often distributed edibles among others and went without meals himself. He always helped the needy and the poor and went to the houses of the sick to enquire after their health. As and when he met anyone he said “Salamun Alaikum”. He always spoke with a smiling face.
The Holy Prophet was a model of all the virtues and qualities of a believer described in the Holy Qur’an. None can describe him better than Allah who has said, he possessed the most noble character.