Sīrah – [6] Our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Growing Up [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!

Our Prophet Muhammad Growing Up

Aminah, the mother of our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) gave him milk for a few days. Then a slave girl called Thuwaybah. 

In the olden days, the Arabs would send their baby children to the desert and desert to grow up. When the children would grow up in the desert, they would become strong and healthy because it was hard to live in the desert. The children in the desert would learn how to speak very good Arabic too. 

Every year, women would come from the village to look for babies they could take back with them. They would get money for doing this because they were looking after someone else’s children. 

The year our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was born, some women came from the village looking for children to take back with them. 

Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah

There was a woman called Ḥalīmah who lived in the desert with her husband called Ḥārith and children. They were very poor and needed some money. So to get some money, they went to Makkah to look for a baby they could take back with them. They would look after the baby and get money.

There were a lot of other women who came to look for a baby too. 

Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah came to Makkah on a skinny donkey and a camel. The camel would not give them any milk. Because they would be hungry, they could not even sleep at night. 

Finding a Baby

Our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was shown to all the women but no one wanted to take him because he did not have a father. They all thought they would get less money if they took him. All the women got a baby except for Ḥalīmah. 

When it was time for everyone to go back, Ḥalīmah did not want to go back without a baby. When she saw our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam), she decided to take him with her. She asked her husband Ḥārith and he was happy. He said, “I hope that Allāh makes good things happen because of him.”

Their animals started to give milk. They all drank milk and went to sleep. In the morning, Ḥārith said to Ḥalīmah, “You have brought a very special boy to our house.”

When it was time to go back home from Makkah, Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah sat on the skinny donkey they came on. When they came, the donkey would walk very slowly, but now it was the fastest from all the animals.

The other women were shocked when they saw Ḥalīmah going so fast. They asked her, “Is that the same donkey you came on?!”

Reaching Home

Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah reached home with our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam). This was the new home of our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam).

It would never rain where Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah lived. Because of no rain, grass would not grow. The animals would have nothing to eat, so they would be hungry and not give milk.

When the goats of Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah would go to graze, they would come back and give lots of milk. The animals of the other people would not give any milk.

When the people saw that the goats of Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah were giving lots of milk, they started taking their animals to the same place Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah would take their animals to graze. But their animals still would not give any milk.

Since our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) had come, Ḥārith and Ḥalīmah started to see that their life was becoming easier and better.

They knew that our Prophet Muhammad (ṣallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was very special.

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