A white cloud then appeared inexplicably and covered him and took him away saying:
“O animals on the face of the earth, fishes in the seas, and the trees remember the name of this child (Muhammad) (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and recognise him well. He has combined in himself all the wonderful and good qualities that were in all the prophets that have come on earth from Adam to Jesus.” When the cloud returned and replaced the child, he was clothed in Green silk.
[Tafrihul Askia Fil Ahwal Ul Ambia,Vol.II, page 13]
Abu Nu’aym reports from Abdullah bin Abbas ( رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ ) who narrated that the mother of the Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم),Sayyidah Amina (رضئ الله تعالى عنها) used to state :
لما خرج من بطني فنظرت اليه فاذا انابه ساجد ثم رايت سحابة بيضاء قد اقبلت من السماء حتى غشيته فغيب عن وجھي ، ثم تجلت فاذا انابه مدرج في ثوب صوف ابيض وتحته حريرة خضراء وقد قبض على ثلٰثة مفاتيح من اللؤلوء الرطب واذا قائل يقول قبض محمد على مفاتيح النصرة ومفاتيح الربح ومفاتيح النبوة ثم اقبلت سحابة اخرٰى حتى غشيته فغيب عن عيني ثم تجلت فاذا انابه قد قبض على حريرة خضراء مطوية واذ قائل يقول بخٍ بخٍ قبض محمد على الدنيا کلھا لم يبق خلق من اھلھا الادخل في قبضته
(When the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) was born, he fell straight into prostration.
Then I saw a white cloud from the sky appearing and covering the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) such that he disappeared from me.
When the cloud appeared, I saw that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) was covered in a white woolly shawl and there was a green mat spread on the floor.
Within the hands of the Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) there were three keys made of diamonds and there was an unseen voice heard saying, ‘The Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) has grasped the key of giving victory, the key of giving benefit and the key of Prophet-hood.’
Then I saw another cloud which enclosed the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) such that he disappeared from my view and it became illuminated.
I saw that the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is holding a folded piece of green silk in his blessed hands and an unseen voice was heard was saying, ‘How great! How great!
The Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) has grasped the all worlds; all the creation has entered into his grasp, with none left out.’”
Musnad Ahmad, narrated from Ibn Mas’ud( رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ ), (Published Al-Maktab al-Islami, Beirut), Vol. 1, Page 386.
Sunan al-Darimi, the chapter on Ma U’tiya al-Nabiyyu Min al-Fadl, (Published Dar al-Mahasin li al-Taba’ah, Cairo), Vol. 1, Page 30.
Al-Khasais al-Kubra, the chapter on Ma Zahara Fi Lailat Moulidi, (Published Markaz Ahl Sunnat, Gujarat), Vol. 1, Page 48
THE MOST BLESSED BIRTH IN THE UNIVERSE:
The Most beloved Rasool and the Leader of the Universe was born on Monday the 12thRabi ul Awwal, 53 years before Hijrat coinciding, 20 April 571 at the time of Subh Saadiq. It has thus been the manner of the people of Makkah,that on the 12ththey would go to the blessed home of Rasoolullah to make ziyaarah and commemorate the Milad un Nabi [Madarijun Nabuiwat vol.2 pg.14]
The Most Blessed Childhood:
As a child, Prophet(s) was given in the care of a nurse called Daai Halima Saadiya(RA) . This was the tradition of the Arabs. Before being given to her, the Prophet(s) was suckled by Bibi Amina(RA),Suwayba and Umm-e-Aiman (radi Allahu anhuma).
Daai Halima(RA) says that when she brought the Prophet (s)to her home, she would never have to burn a lamp at night, since the Light (Noor) of the Prophet(s) brightened her entire home.
She also states that when she suckled Rasoolullah , then He(s) would only take milk from the right breast and not from the left, leaving this, for Bibi Halima’s son(radi Allahu anhum).
He(s) in turn would abstain from drinking from the left, and would never drink milk before Rasoolullah .
She further states that the Prophet(s) was always pure and clean as a child. He never messed the bedding with passing urine or stool. Whenever he would need to answer to the call of nature, he showed a sign and would then do so.
She says that she never needed to rinse his blessed mouth or clean him, as she would only make the intention and she would find that this was already done.
Bibi Halima(RA) says that the Prophet(s) grew very swiftly and his progress was completely different from any other child. He(s) grew in a day, what other children grew in a month and in a month; He(s) grew what other children would grow in a year.
She says that when he was 2 months old He(s) could sit very well.
At 3 months, He(s) began to stand.
At 4 months, He(s)walked holding the wall and at 5 months He(s) walked and talked very well.
In his first stages, the first words He(s) said were:
“Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Alhumdu lil laahi Rab’bil Aalameen”
Bibi Halima(RA) says, “At night I would often here Him(s) read:
‘Laa ilaaha ilal laahu Qudoosun Qudoosun Naamatul Uyoonu wa Rahmaanu Laa Takhuzuhu sinatuw wala Naum.’”
She says that in his sixth month, He(s) started to run and in His(s) seventh month, He(s) could run very swiftly.
At eight months, He(s) spoke very beautiful words.
At nine months He(s) spoke with great wisdom and intellect.
Bibi Halima(RA) states that when Rasoolullah was ten monthsold, He(s) could fire an arrow from a bow.
Whenever children called him to play, he would reply by saying:
“Almighty Allah did not create me to play.”
The Prophet(s) always took anything with his right hand by saying: Bismillah hir Rahmaannir Raheem. [Rauzatun Naeem]
Bibi Halima(RA) says, “Once there was a drought, so we took the Prophet(s) with us into a jungle and made Dua by saying, ‘O Allah bestow rain upon us through this child.’
Immediately the clouds began to gather, and it began to rain very hard. It was as if someone had opened the cork of a water bottle.”
Bibi Halima(RA) was blessed in many ways whilst the Prophet(s) was with her. This continued even until the incident of Shakus Sadr (The splitting of the Holy Chest) occurred.
The Splitting Of The Chest:
Once Bibi Halima’s son rushed home to tell his mother that he saw three very bright people dressed in white clothing lay Muhammad(s) down on the ground and split open his chest. He said, “I left them in that condition and came to call you to assist.”
Bibi Halima(RA) and her husband became alarmed and rushed to the spot where their livestock were grazing. They reached there to find that Rasoolullah sitting very concerned.
Bibi Halima(RA) spoke to him very gently and asked him what had happened?
The Prophet(s) said, “Three people, very bright and dressed in white appeared. They lay me down and then split open my chest. They then removed something and put in something and then sealed my chest, and in all that time, I did not even feel the slightest pain.”
After this incident,
Bibi Halima(RA) watched the Prophet(s) very closely.
When the Prophet(s) was two years old, He(s) was very healthy and he was not being suckled any more.
Bibi Halima(RA) then returned him to Bibi Amina(RA) , who showered her with many valuable gifts. [Madarijun Nabuiwat vol.2 pg 12]
How Many Times Was The Chest Split Open?
Shaykh Shah Abdul Aziz Muhadith Dehlwi (RA) wrote in theTafseer of Surah Alam Nashrah, that the Blessed chest of the Prophet(s) was split open four times.
The first time was when the Prophet(s) was at the home of Bibi Halima , the wisdom of this was to purify him of the thoughts that children have of playing and being mischievous.
The second time was when Rasoolullahwas 10 years old. This was so that he may become fearless of the general fears during ones youth.
The third time was in the Cave of Hira, when a majestic light was placed into his heart, so that he may be able to withstand the revelation from the Court of Almighty Allah.
The fourth time was during the Journey of Me’raj. On this occasion, the heart was adorned with the light of wisdom. This was done so that he(s) may be able to make Deedar (see) Almighty Allah and converse with his Creator. [Madarijun Nabuiwat – Seeratul Mustafa]
From the Manuscript of a Sirah work authored by the notable Hanbali scholar Shaykh Mari bin Yusuf al-Karmi:
“And in reality the daughters of Adam have not given birth to anyone more handsome and beautiful than him. As if He (Upon him be peace) was created as he wished. May Allah reward the one who said:“My eye has not seen anyone more handsome than you, No woman has given birth to anyone as beautiful as you, You were created free of any blemish, As if you were created as you wished.”
(Edited by ADHM)