Divine Fosterage of the Prophet
The interesting point in the early years life of the Prophet (s.a.w) for whoever wants to study his life, is the fact that Allah adopted him, not only in maintaining his health, preparing him for the great role he was to have later.
The books written about the life of the Prophet (s.a.w.) are filled with events that corroborate the fact that he was under the direct care of Allah and this enabled him to shoulder the future responsibility of prophethood.
Imam Ali bin Abi-Talib (a.s.) refers to this point in one of his sermons in Nahj al-Balaghah:
From the time of his birth, Allah had appointed the archangel among all the angels, to always be with him. And this archangel was leading him towards exemplary qualities and high moral values by night and day... 4
Referring to this fact, Imam Muhammad bin Ali al-Baqir was related to have said:
Allah had appointed the archangel to be with Muhammad, since he was weaned, leading him to the way of graces, the best of morals, and leading him away from evil and vices. 5
One major trace of the divine care for the Prophet (s.a.w.) was that he was, from early age, a monotheist. He used to unequivocally proclaim his hostility to the idols 6. He used to perform hajj without eating the meat which was slaughtered at the feet of the idols. He would to mention the name of Allah before having his food' 7 and praise Allah when he finished. Muhammad, He was widely known among Arabs to be upright and virtuous. He would keep his word, and for that he was known as the truthful and the faithful.
4. Nahj al-Balaghah (Peaks of Eloquence) - Commander of the faithful, Imam Ali bin Abi-Talib (a.s.), Subhi al-Salih, 1st ed., 1967, p.300.
5. Bihar al-Anwar (Seas of Lights), Shaikh al-Majlisi, vol. 15, Tehran, p.363.
6&7 Al-Wafa bi-Ahwal al-Mustapha (Detailed Account of the Life of the Chosen Prophet), Ibn al-Jowzi, vol. l, p.133; Al-Bihar vol. 15, p.410.
Adapted from the book: "Muhammad The Messenger of Allah"
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