Study Guide for December 2021

Topics : Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم (Childhood Nursing and Surah Burooj

  • After the birth of the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (his grandfather and mother were looking for a person who can nurse him. It was a custom of the Arabs that after the birth of a child they would send their child with a nursing woman who lived in the outskirts of the city. This had many benefits, one was that those who lived in the outskirts of the city had a more eloquent style of Arabic so the child would learn how to speak properly.
    The suburbs had a richer environment of fresh air and a healthier agriculture thus it would be more nourishing for the child.
  •  There would be a group of Bedouin women who would come to visit Makkah with the intention that someone would entrust them with the responsibility of nurturing their child. In return for taking care of the child they would receive a handsome payment.
  •  However sadly since the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (was an orphan, many women declined taking him thinking that they wouldn’t receive much from his family.
  •  One woman, whose family was suffering severely from poverty, did not find any child to take back with her other than the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم.(
  •  This woman’s name was Haleema bint Abu Dhuwayb. Her husband’s name was Harith bin Abdul Uzzah and they were from the tribe of Hawazen.
  •  Their animal-ride came to Makkah extremely weak, there she-camel couldn’t give a drop of milk, their locality was struck with a drought, and along with her family they would remain hungry for days on end.
  •  What no one knew and realized was that this baby was no ordinary baby rather he was a blessed baby.
  •  Once she took the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم ,(miraculous changes occurred and their economical situation sky-rocketed. The animal-ride gained strength, the she-camel started to give lots of milk, they were unaffected by the drought, their animals would go to graze and would return well-fed and utters filled with milk.
  •  Haleema (r.a.) would visit Makkah every 6 months so that the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (could see his mother. After two years the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (was now weaned, meaning he no longer needed to be nursed and was supposed to be returned to his mother.
  •  However Haleema (r.a.) had developed a lot of love for the blessed Prophet(صلى الله عليه وسلم (especially after seeing how much of a great economical fortune he brought them. She then begged the blessed Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم (mother, Amina, if she could allow her to keep the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (for longer. She then agreed to allow him to stay for another two years.
  •  After two years Sayyiduna Jibrael (a.s.) came to the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (while he was playing outside with other kids. Sayyiduna Jibrael (a.s.) laid the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (on his back and split his chest open took out his heart cleaned it with Zam Zam water and filled it with wisdom and returned it to its place.
  •  The blessed Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم (chest was split open and cleansed a total number of four times. Once was in the care of Haleema Sadiyyah, once when he was 10 years old, once at the time of the first revelation, and once prior to Isra and Miraj.
  •  The children, upon witnessing the incident ran to Haleema in fear that the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (was hurt.
  •  When they returned to the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم ,(he was alive and his face was pale from shock. Haleema after this incident was worried for the blessed Prophet ‘s life so she hurried to return him to his mother

Tafseer Section : Surah Burooj

  • The word Buruj Is the plural of the word Barj, which normally means huge mansions and castles. However according to Sayyiduna Abbas in this context the second meaning is intended, which is huge stars, or constellations of stars.
  •  Allah (swt) took oath by four things in the first three verses of this chapter. Normally only that being takes oath in which there is a possibility of falsehood. However there is no such possibility in Allah. Allah only takes oaths on things to show their importance.
  •  Allah took oath on the constellation of stars.
  •  Alllah (swt) took oath on the “promised day” which refers to the Day of Judgment.
  •  Allah (swt) took oath on the “one who witnesses” which refers to the day of  friday which repeatedly returns every week.
  •  Allah (swt) took oath on the “one which is attended” refers to the Day of Arafah the Ninth day of Zul-Hijjah.
  •  The greatness of the first two is that they are proof that Allah exists. They show his complete power that he made the universe filled with shining stars, galaxies, planets floating in orbit. Along with that with the end and destruction of the world and the end of creation He will recreate everyone and will judge them all. Bringing the reader’s attention to the point that I need to prepare for this.
  •  The second two subjects of oath are two special days in which Muslims have the opportunity to prepare for the Day of Judgment by pleasing Allah (Swt), one is the day of Friday and the other is the Day of Arafah.