In the Name of God,the Most Beneficent,the Ever Merciful ! Stories of the prophets From Aaminah to Halimah So the first thing we know of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him’s life after his birth is that his mother gave him to be raised away from the house in the desert. This seems strange to us, but it was a general custom of the elite of the Arabs, so that they might grow up in the free and healthy surroundings of the desert among the Bedouins; whereby they would acquire the pure speech as they were noted for chastity of their language. Also, the infant mortality was very high back then. So to protect the child, so that there are only few people interacting with the child because plagues and diseases are were frequent those days. [[ Ibn Ishaq states that Haleemah narrated that she along with her husband and a suckling babe, set out from her village in the company of some women of her clan in quest of children to suckle. Of course desert dwellers do not get much income - so they went to Makkah and adopted children from the noble and the rich for money. Not even a single woman amongst us accepted the Muhammad (peace be upon Him), as soon as they were told that he was an orphan, they refused him. We had fixed our eyes on the reward that we would get from the child’s father. An orphan! What are his grandfather and mother likely to do? So we spurned him because of that. Every woman who came with me got a suckling and when we were about to depart, I said to my husband: " I do not like to go back along with the other women without any baby. I should go to that orphan and I must take him”. He said, "There is no harm in doing so and perhaps Allah might bless us through him." So I went and took him because there was simply no other alternative left for me but to take him”. The tradition is explicit on the point that Haleemah’s return journey and her subsequent life, as long as the Prophet (peace be upon Him) stayed with her, was encircled with a halo of good fortune. The donkey that she rode when she came to Makkah was lean and almost foundered; it recovered speed much to the amazement of Haleemah’s fellow travellers. By the time they reached the encampments in the country of the clan of Sa‘d, they found the scales of fortune turned in their favour. The barren land sprouted forth luxuriant grass and beasts came back to them satisfied and full of milk. Muhammad (peace be upon Him) stayed with Haleemah for two years until he was weaned as Haleemah said: We then took him back to his mother requesting her earnestly to have him stay with us and benefit by the good fortune and blessings he had brought us. We persisted in our request which we substantiated by our anxiety over the child catching a certain infection peculiar to Makkah.[Ibn Hisham 1/162-164] At last, we were granted our wish and the Prophet (peace be upon Him) stayed with us until he was four or five years of age. ]] Book Source : Sealed Nectar In-Sha-Allah...To Be Continued !