The Story of Hazrat Halima Sa`diyya
(Radiyallahu anha), the foster mother of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi waSallam) is well-known.
The custom of the Arabs who lived in the towns was to entrust their
young children in the care of the Bedouin women, who earned a living
by being wet nurses. For the town Arabs, this time afforded their
children the healthy environment of the desert; facilitating good
health, strength and an opportunity to master the rich, untainted
speech of the Bedouins.
Thus, it was the good fortune of Hazrat Halima Sa`diyya(Radiyallahu
anha), that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) was
destined for her.
In the many books on the Seerah, we read Hazrat Halima’s(Radiyallahu
anha) personal account of how she, her husband and baby travelled
in the company of other women, in search of children to suckle.
It was a time of famine and drought and theirs was a state of hunger
and want, to the extent that she could not even feed her baby.
On reaching Makkah Mukarramah, none of the women were prepared to
accept Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) once they
were told that he was an orphan. Their hope was to secure a child
whose father would reward them generously.
Whilst the other women were successful in their quest,Hazrat Halima(Radiyallahu
anha) was not. Before departing from Makkah Mukkarramah, she decided
to take the orphaned baby, rather than have none to take home. There
was no other choice that she had.
Hazrat Halima (Radiyallahu anha)relates herself, that the moment
she lifted him into her arms, she found to her great surprise, that
she had sufficient milk to feed him, as well as her own little baby.
And she thereafter related the good fortune that came their way
whilst taking care of the little Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
waSallam) : Their she-camel was suddenly blessed with plentiful
of milk; her lean, slow donkey was suddenly blessed with strength
and speed; their barren land was blessed with plentiful of grass
for their animals to feed on. And like this, prosperity filled their
home due to the presence and blessings of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Reflecting over this, we learn so much: Just the physical
body of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) coming into the
arms of Hazrat Halima (Radiyallahu anha) as a little baby, caused
such blessings to pour into their lives.
Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) was not able to give lengthy
speeches in the arms of Hazrat Halima; nor was his character, his
dealings, his relationships with people, his honesty and his truthfulness,
his charity and his sincerity, his nobility and forgiveness, and
other beautiful characteristics apparent at that time when she took
the little baby into her arms. At this stage, it was only the physical
body of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) as a baby …
yet look at the tremendous Barakah.
Blessings in their lives, in their home, in their time and crops,
in their animals and their food … Barakah in everything .
If so many blessings came with just lifting and carrying
the physical body of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam),
then what would we say about the Barakaat and the blessings that
a person will see and experience in his own life if he has to bring
the teachings of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) in his
What kind of blessings will he experience? …And what kind
of blessings will the Ummah of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam)
experience if they have to bring into their lives, the beautiful
We will experience the same Barakaat that Allah Ta’ala gave
to Hazrat Halima and thereafter what became even more manifest in
the lives of the Companions of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam).
Look at their condition : Most of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam (RA) were
extremely poor, undergoing extreme difficulties, tests and trials.
But with the implementation of the teachings of Nabi (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi waSallam) in their lives, look at the Barakaat that
Allah Ta’ala gave to them : The Persian Empire at their feet,
the Roman Empire at their feet – something that could not
be even imagined at one time but the Prophecies of Nabi (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi waSallam) were seen and experienced by them.
Of course they did not just sit and do nothing. They did what they
had to do - they fulfilled their part of the contract.They
made their Salaah, they gave their Zakaah, they kept their fasts,
they performed Hajj if it was Fardh, they were kind, they were charitable,
they were honest, they were truthful; each one brought the beautiful,
noble character of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) in
his or her life. …They went forth in Jihad with Nabi (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi waSallam) and after his demise also, they spread the
message of Islam and the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
waSallam) in the world – and then look at the Barakaat that
came pouring into their lives… “Barakaat minnas
sa’maa’i wal ardh”(Blessings from the heavens
and the earth).
Thus, if someone looks at that incident of Hazrat Halima Sa`diyya
(Radiyallahu anha), and the blessings of just taking Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) into her arms as a baby, then
we draw the lesson : Barakaat is sure to follow, in
abundance, if we only bring into our lives the beautiful Sunnah
of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam). So simple.
Let those who wish to enjoy blessings, bring alive the Sunnah.