Halimah bint Abi Dhuayb

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Halima nursing

Halimah bint Abi Dhuayb Abdullah ibn Al-Harith ibn Shagna ibn Jaber ibn Razam ibn Nasera ibn Faseya ibn Nasr ibn Sa'ad ibn Bakr ibn Hawazen ibn Mansour ibn Ikrima ibn Khasfah ibn Qays ibn 'Ilan best known as 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 Muhammad[edit]

Wet nurses came to Mecca to feed children. They preferred that the fathers of the children they fed were still alive. Although Muhammad's father was dead, Halimah took him just 8 days after he was born. He grew up in Hudaybiyah then in Medina before returning him to his mother, Aminah bint Wahb, just after he was two. Aminah then asked Halimah to keep Muhammad for some more time for him to be tougher.

Years after Muhammad's mother died and he became married to Khadijah, Halimah came to him complaining of her poverty. He asked Khadijah to give her 40 sheep. After Muhammad got his first revelation, Halimah and her husband came to Muhammad and embraced Islam. When she came to Muhammad on the day of Hunayn, he took off his robe and put it on the ground for her to sit.



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.

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  1. ^ William Montgomery Watt, Ḥalīma Bint Abī Ḏh̲u;ayb, Encyclopedia of Islam

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