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Halimah al-Sa‘diyah (Arabic: حليمة السعدية‎) was the foster-mother and wetnurse of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Halimah and her husband were from the tribe of Sa'd b. Bakr, a subdivision of Hawazin (a large North Arabian tribe or group of tribes).[1]


Relationship with MuhammadEdit

Aminah bint Wahb the mother of Muhammad was waiting for the arrival of Banu Sa'd the women within the tribe of Banu Sa'd were wet nurses. They would take the children of Mecca to the desert and teach them the classical Arabic in return they would receive a salary from the family of the child in Mecca.[2] No one would take him to her because he was an orphan so they would not receive a salary to take care of him. Halimah felt sad that every women her tribe had received a child except her. So she told her husband al-Harith "By God it is oppressive to me to return to my companions without a new infant to nurse. Surely I shall go back and take the orphan boy and accept him." Her husband replied "There would be no blame if you did so it maybe that God will bless us for you doing so."[3] Immediately after accepting him, blessing came to her and family. Her husband's flock during a time of great famine was healthy and producing milk while the rest of the people's flock's were dying.[3] A strange and mysterious event happened when he was 5 years old. Muhammad's foster brother was playing with him then suddenly Halimah and husband saw their son (Muhammad's foster brother) came running back and shouted "two men dressed in white grabbed my brother and cut his chest." So then Halimah and Al-Harith ran to Muhammad found him pale faced. When they asked him what happened, he said "Two men came and opened my chest and took a portion of it"[3] After this happened, Halimah took Muhammad back to Mecca and told his mother of what happened. Then she knew that he was special and would grow up to be someone great and special.[4]

She later accepted Islam after the Battle of Huyanh.


She died in 8 A.H. and her grave lies in Jannatul Baqi, Madinah, Saudi Arabia.[citation needed] The remains of the place she used to live in and where Muhammad grew up still stand today.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mubarakpuri, Safiur Rahman (1979). The Sealed Nectar. Saudi Arabia: Dar-us-Salam Publications. p. 56.
  2. ^ Haykal, Muhammad Husyan (1968). The Life of Muhammad. India: Millat Book Center. p. 47.
  3. ^ a b c Mubarakpuri, Safiur Rahman (1979). The Sealed Nectar. Saudi Arabia: Dar-us-Salam Publications. p. 58.
  4. ^ 02 - Muhammad [SAW] : Before Prophethood, retrieved 2015-10-01

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