Abdullah, the son of Abd Al-Muttalib, was not in Mecca at the time of the miracle of the birds. He had gone for trade to Palestine and Syria with one of the caravans; and on his way home he had lodged with his grandmother’s family in Yathrib, and there he had fallen ill.

The caravan went on without him to Mecca and when it brought the news of his illness. His father Abd Al-Muttalib quickly sent Harith to accompany his brother home as soon as he should be well enough to travel.

But when Harith arrived at the house of his Yathrib cousins they answered his greetings with commiserations, and he knew at once that his brother Abdullah was dead.

There was great grief in Mecca when Harith returned. Aminah’s only consolation was the unborn child of her dead husband, and her solace increased as the time of her delivery drew near.

She was conscious of a strong light within her
One day it shone so intensely from her, that she could see the castles of Bostra in Syria. And then she heard a voice say softly to her,

“Thou ,carriest in thy womb, the Lord of this people. When he is born say:
‘I place him beneath the protection of the One, from the evil of every envier;
Then name him Mohammad.”

Some weeks later, Aminah gave birth to her child in the home of her uncle.

Then Abd Al-Muttalib took the new born baby boy in his arms and carried him into the Sanctuary of the Holy House, The Kaba. Where he prayed a prayer of thanksgiving to God for this gift.

Then he brought him once more to his mother, but on the way he showed him off to his own household. He himself was shortly to have another son, by Aminah’s cousin Halah.

At the moment his youngest son was the three year old Abbass who now met him at the door of his house.

“This is thy brother; kiss him,”

he said, holding out to him the new-born babe, and Abbass kissed his baby nephew Mohammad(pbuh&hf).

 

Source: al-shia.org


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