The Prophet’s Son Given a Wet Nurse in Paradise

Ibrahim ibn Muhammad was born to Muhammad (saws) and Maria al-Qibtiyya in 8th year of Hijrah in Madinah. He had a wet nurse, Umm Sayf, who breastfed him, as mentioned in the translation of the following hadith:

Anas Ibn Malik narrates:

We went with Allah’s Apostle to the blacksmith Abu Sayf, and he was the husband of the wet-nurse of Ibrahim (the son of the Prophet). Allah’s Apostle took Ibrahim and kissed him and smelled him and later we entered Abu Sayf’s house and at that time Ibrahim was in his last breaths, and the eyes of Allah’s Apostle started shedding tears. Abdur Rahman bin Auf said: O Allah’s Apostle, even you are weeping! Prophet: Oh Ibn ‘Auf, this is mercy. Then he wept more and said, The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord. Oh Ibrahim ! Indeed we are grieved by your separation.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23 (Kitaab Al-Janaaiz), Hadith 390]

When Ibrahim passed away at the tender age of 22 months, he had two more months of breastfeeding to complete the full term of 2 years. By the mercy of Allah (swt) he was given a wet-nurse in paradise, as Al Baraa narrates in the following hadith:

When Ibrahim (the son of the Prophet) died, Allah’s Apostle said, “There is a wet nurse for him in Paradise.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73 (Kitaab Al-Adaab, Hadith 215]

Insh’Allah this is an inspiration for expecting and experienced parents. There are many physical and spiritual benefits of breastfeeding, which should not be underestimated. If we can, we should try to complete the full term of 2 years and may Allah (swt) make it easy for us all.

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