𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐭 𝐌𝐮𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡.
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
The name Muhammed peace be upon him was given to the Prophet by his mother and grandfather.
Praise be to Almighty Allah and blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah Prophet Muhammed and his family and companions.
The following are two traditions from the biography= Sirah by Ibn Kathir, about the reason behind the name:
Muhammad b. Ishaq stated that:
Amina, daughter of Wahb and mother of the Messenger of Almighty Allah peace be upon him used to say that when she became pregnant with the Messenger of Almighty Allah peace be upon him, a voice told her:
“You are pregnant with the lord of this nation; when he drops to the ground (in birth) say the words, ‘I invoke for him the protection of the One God, from the evil of all who envy, from everyone committed to his oath and every prowling slave; may a champion protect me, for he is with the All-praised and All-glorious One, until I see him come into view.
And the proof of that is a light accompanying him that will fill the castles of Busra in Syria. And at his birth, then call him Muhammed, for in the Torah his name is “Ahmad” and the hosts of earth and heaven give him hamd=praise. In the Gospels his name is “Ahmad”, the hosts of heaven and earth giving him hamd= praise. And his name in the Qur’an is “Muhammed”, “The praised one.”
On the seventh day he made a sacrifice for him and invited the Quraysh tribe to see him. When they had feasted, they asked, “O Abd al-Muttalib, what have you thought of naming this son of yours you have honoured?” “I have named him Muhammad,” he replied. “Why”, they asked, “have you preferred him not to have one of the names of his kinsfolk?” “Because I wanted God to praise him in heaven and His creatures to praise him on earth,” he replied.
Language scholars say, “All that invites the qualities of good is named ‘Muhammad’.” As the poet said: To you, blameless as you are, I have urged on my mount, to him who is the glorious and noble master, the one ‘Muhammad’ (i.e., “the laudable one”).
Some scholars say that God, the Almighty and Glorious, encouraged them to name him Muhammad for the praiseworthy qualities he possessed; so that word and deed be joined and that the name and the one named be appropriately congruent in form and concept.
As for the following: Al-Salihi says in “Sabil al-Huda and al-Rashad” Book: Al-Bayhaqi narrated on the authority of Abu al-Hasan al-Tanukhi that when it came on the seventh day of the birth of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s prayers and peace be upon him, his grandfather was slaughtered on his behalf and called Quraysh, and when they ate, they said:
O Abdul Muttalib: What did you name it?
He said: I called him Muhammad. They said: Why did you want the names of his household? He said: I wanted Allah to praise him in heaven and to create him on Earth.
Abu Omar and Abu Al-Qasim bin Asaker narrated from the paths on the authority of Ibn Abbas, who said: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was born and mentioned about him.
Then he said: Al-Suhaili and Abu Al-Rabee ‘mentioned that Abd al-Muttalib called him Muhammad because of a vision he saw, they claimed that he saw in a dream as if a chain of Silver came out from his back and has a tip in the sky, a tip in the earth, a tip in the east and a tip in the Maghreb, then returned as a tree, on every leaf of which there is light.
And the people of the East and the West cling to it, Abdul Muttalib said his vision/dream to someone who interpret it to him with a child who is from his ancestors and will be followed by the people of the East and the West And the people of heaven and earth praise him, so he called him Muhammed, along with what his mother also added about her visions.
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The pregnancy of Prophet Muhammad’s mother and the death of his father
Miracles Surrounding the Birth of the Prophet and Miracles performed by Prophet Muhammed
Chronology of the most important events in the prophetic biography from birth till death
Short Biography of Prophet Muhammad
What is the Evidence in Islam that Prophet Muhammed celebrated his birthday or anyone of his companions did?
Allah knows best.
Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.
Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan
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