Abdul Muttalib

The real name of the grandfather of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم was Shaybah. He was a very pious and good-natured person and was uninterested in the world. He would go to the Hira Cave with food and water and would worship the Almighty for many consecutive days. During the month of Ramadan, he would often perform I’tikaf in the Hira Cave. He would avoid meeting people unnecessarily and would remember the Almighty. The Noor of the Nubuwwah of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم would shine from his forehead and his body would smell of musk. The Arabs, especially the Quraysh, would greatly revere and respect him.

Whenever the people of Makkah suffered from any trouble or when any famine occurred, they would climb a mountain along with ‘Abdul Muttalib and would pray to the Almighty with his Wasilah, so the prayer would be answered. He would very strictly prevent people from burying girls alive and would cut the hand of the thief. He would let even birds feed on grains at his dining-mat. Hence he was given the title of ‘مطعم الطیر’, i.e. the one who feeds birds. He considered alcohol and fornication Haraam and was a monotheist [i.e. a person who believes that there is only one Almighty.] The well of Zamzam was in a very poor condition. He got it dug again, quenching the thirst of people with Zamzam water. He was also chosen as the custodian of the Holy Ka’bah. The incidence of the ‘Ashaab-ul-Feel’ occurred in his time. He passed away at the age of 120 years. 1

(Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 1, pp. 72)

1 Sharh-uz-Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 1, pp. 135-138;
Al-Mawahib-ul-Ladunniyyah ma’ Sharh-uz-Zurqaani, vol. 1, pp. 155

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