Sīrah – [7] Splitting of the Chest [Simplified for Children]

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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!

Splitting of the Chest

Our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was now living with Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah. When our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was two years old, he did not need to drink milk and could eat food. So Ḥalīmah brought him back to Makkah to give back to his mother. 

When she came to Makkah, a lot of people were becoming ill. Ḥalīmah loved our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) very much. She even saw how many good things had happened since he came to their house. So she asked Āminah if she could keep our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) for a little longer.

Āminah was happy and let our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) stay with Ḥalīmah for a little longer.  

The Two Men

One day, our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) went with the children of Ḥalīmah to play outside. They took the animals with them so they could eat grass. 

Suddenly, the other children came running back to Ḥalīmah. They told her that two people dressed in white clothes came and laid our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) on the floor. 

As soon as they heard this, Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah both ran out to look for our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam). 

They found our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) standing in a place and looking very scared.

They both hugged him and asked him what had happened.

Our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said, “Two men in white clothes came and made me lie down. They cut open my chest and were looking for something.”

Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah looked around to see if they could find the two men but there was no sign of them.

There was no blood or scars anywhere on the body of our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam).

The other children promised that they saw the two men!

Who Were the Two Men?

The two men were the Angels Jibrail and Mikail (ʿalayhi s-salām). They took out the heart of our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) and washed it. They washed all the bad things and made his heart very clean. After washing it, they put it back and closed his chest.

Our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was 4 years old when this happened!

Going Back to Makkah

After this had happened, Ḥalīmah got worried that something else might happen to our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam). So she took him back to Makkah, to her mother Aminah.

She told Aminah the whole story, but Aminah did not get worried at all. She told Ḥalīmah all the amazing things that happened when our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was born. She knew that our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was a someone very special.

Ḥalīmah went back to her home and left our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) with his mother.

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