Today you will learn about the best man that ever lived. We already know that the prophets were the best from all the people. But our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was the best from all the prophets. He was the most special person chosen by Allah.
Our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) is the best and his story is also the best from all the prophets! By reading his story, we will learn how the best person ever lived!
The Family of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
Our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was from the best family from all the families. Our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was from the family of Prophet Ismāʿīl (ʿalayhi s-salām). From the children of Ismāʿīl (ʿalayhi s-salām), our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was born into a big family called the Quraysh.
The Quraysh were very important and everyone respected them. They were in charge of a lot of things in Makkah. They would look after the Ka’bah. They would give water to the people that would come for Hajj. They would help the poor people. They would a lot of things. Our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was from the family of Quraysh.
We have already learnt that the leader of the Quraysh was Abdul Muṭṭalib and he was the one who found the Well of Zamzam.
When Abdul Muṭṭalib found the Well of Zamzam, he only had one son called Ḥārith. Abdul Muṭṭalib made a promise to Allah, that if Allah gave him 10 sons, he would kill and sacrifice one son for Allah.
After some time, Allah gave Abdul Muṭṭalib 10 sons. One night, Abdul Muṭṭalib was sleeping near the Ka’bah when he had a dream. In the dream he saw a man saying, “O Abdul Muṭṭalib, do what you promised to Allah and sacrifice your son.”
When Abdul Muṭṭalib woke up, he called all his sons. He told them the promise he had made to Allah and the dream he had seen. All the sons agreed and were happy with the promise.
Abdul Muṭṭalib wrote all the sons names down and chose one name. When he chose the name, the name of Abdullah came out. Abdullah was his favourite son. Abdul Muṭṭalib took Abdullah with him with a knife in his hand.
When Abdullah’s sisters saw this, they started to cry. One of the sisters said to sacrifice camels instead of Abdullah. In the end, Abdul Muṭṭalib sacrificed 100 camels instead of Abdullah.
The Parents of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
This same Abdullah became the father of our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam). He married a woman called Āmina.
The father of our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was Abdullah and his mother was Āmina.
Abdullah and Āmina
After Abdullah and Āmina got married, they both lived in Makkah.
After some time, Abdullah had to go to a far place to work and do business. On the way there, Abdullah became ill and had to stop.
When the other people came back to Makkah, Abdul Muṭṭalib asked them where his son Abdullah was. The people told him that he had become ill and had to stop on the way.
Abdul Muṭṭalib sent his son Ḥārith to check how Abdullah was. When Ḥārith reached, he found out that Abdullah had already passed away.
Ḥārith came back to Makkah and told everyone what had happened. Everyone was very sad, especially Āmina.
So before our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam), his father Abdullah had already passed away. So our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) did not see his father.