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Was Ummu Ayman the foster mother of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam)?

Question

Regarding this post

I read in an article that Ummu Ayman (radiyallahu ‘anha) also breastfed Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) as well as Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) and thus they were foster brothers. Is this true?

 

Answer

Your query has a few issues:

1. Did Sayyidatuna Umm Ayman (radiyallahu’anha) breastfeed Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam)?

– No. Although some writers have mentioned her as one of the foster mothers (مرضعة) of Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), she is more popularly recorded as the (حاضنة) nurse/one who cared for him (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) in his childhood.

(Subulul Huda war Rashad, vol.1 pg.378)

 

2. Was Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu) the foster brother of Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam)?

– The answer to this is that Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu) is indeed the foster brother (and biological uncle as well) of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) who was two years elder than Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) as clearly mentioned in Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5100 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 3566.

 

3. How was Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu) the foster brother of our Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam)?

– The common view is that it was Thuwaybah (the slave girl of Abu Lahab) who breastfed both; Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) and Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu).

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5100 and Nurun Nibras, vol.1 pg.215)

– The writers of Sirah also mention an un-named woman from the Banu Sa’d (besides Sayyidah Halimah) who was the suckling mother of Sayyidun Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu). She did, on one occasion also breastfeed Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).

Therefore, Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) and Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu) were foster brothers via two women.

(Nurun Nibras, vol.1 pg.215 and Subulul Huda war Rashad, vol.1 pg.377)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar