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The Nursing and Suckling of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) 2.

In our previous article we started talking about how Prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) was taken from Makkah by Halimah As-Sa'diyyah to the rural areas of Bani Sa'ad to be nurtured there. So let us continue from where we stoped.  

…Nothing distressed her except the shouting of his brother one morning saying: Mohamed has been killed!!!

What happened? And why killing a child? Who is capable to assassinate an innocent child in a green grazing land?

What happened was that the morning woke up the two kids.. And they went out with their sheep.. They did not recall that they were without food except after arriving at the grazing field.. Then small Mohamed (peace be upon him) turned to his brother and said to him: [My brother go and bring us some food from our mother, my brother went and I stayed looking after the sheep] (Seerat ibn katheer 1/229).

The orphan became alone between the animals in the desert. Did anything happened to him? Yes his chest was cut open. Something that has never happened to others happened to this orphan.. The chest of this small boy was really cut open while he was with his sheep.. while he was looking at what the two angels were doing with him.. The Prophet showed his followers the spot where it was done on his body, after he was made a Prophet of Allah.. which indicates that this incident was a real one.. The procedure through which it was done was beyond human capabilities.

Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that:

[أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَتَاهُ جِبْرِيلُ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَهُوَ يَلْعَبُ مَعَ الْغِلْمَانِ فَأَخَذَهُ فَصَرَعَهُ فَشَقَّ عَنْ قَلْبِهِ فَاسْتَخْرَجَ الْقَلْبَ فَاسْتَخْرَجَ مِنْهُ عَلَقَةً فَقَالَ هَذَا حَظُّ الشَّيْطَانِ مِنْكَ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ غَسَلَهُ فِي طَسْتٍ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ بِمَاءِ زَمْزَمَ ثُمَّ لأَمَهُ ثُمَّ أَعَادَهُ فِي مَكَانِهِ وَجَاءَ الْغِلْمَانُ يَسْعَوْنَ إِلَى أُمِّهِ - يَعْنِي ظِئْرَهُ - فَقَالُوا إِنَّ مُحَمَّدًا قَدْ قُتِلَ ‏.‏ فَاسْتَقْبَلُوهُ وَهُوَ مُنْتَقَعُ اللَّوْنِ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَنَسٌ وَقَدْ كُنْتُ أَرَى أَثَرَ ذَلِكَ الْمِخْيَطِ فِي صَدْرِهِ].

[Gabriel came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) while he was playing with his playmates. He took hold of him and lay him prostrate on the ground and tore open his breast and took out the heart from it and then extracted a blood-clot out of it and said: That was the part of Satan in thee. And then he washed it with the water of Zamzam in a golden basin and then it was joined together and restored it to it place. The boys came running to his mother, i.e. his nurse, and said: Verily Muhammad has been murdered. They all rushed toward him (and found him all right) His color was changed, Anas said. I myself saw the marks of needle on his breast.] (Sahih Muslim 162).

Anas bin Malik said in confirmation of that: "I used to see the mark on the chest of the Prophet (peace be upon him)".  


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