The Prophet's Bibliography
The Birth of the Prophet
Before Islam in the year in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was born), the Ka’bah was subjected to an attack by the Ethiopian Abrahah, who had built al-Qulays, a church to which he wanted the Arabs to make their pilgrimage.
He set out with his army, with whom was the elephant, and when they reached Makkah, Allah sent flocks of birds against them; each bird was carrying three stones like chickpeas or lentils, one in its beak and two in its claws. Every man who was struck by a stone was killed, so the army was destroyed, by the command of Allah.
Allah has mentioned this incident in His Book, where He says (interpretation of the Meanings):
“Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with the Owners of the Elephant? Did He not make their plot go astray?
And sent against them birds, in flocks,
Striking them with stones of Sijjeel,
And made them like an empty field of slaks (in which the corn has been eaten up by cattle).” [al-Feel 105:1-5]
The Prophet r did not see his father who was on a trading mission with a caravan on their way to Great Syria at the time of his birth. He became sick and died on his way back to Makkah, and was burried in Almadinah.
Before his birth his mother; Aminah, dreamt that a light came out of her body and lit the world, especially the castles of Kisra in Great Syria -now Palestine, Syria and Jordan. She had no pains at all during giving birth to him.
The minute he was born, his grandfather Abdul Muttalib took him to AlKa'bah to thank Allah. He chose a beautiful name which was not previously known to Arabs. It is Muhammad. After that his mother took him in search of a wet nurse, so he would grow up in the desert to be strong.
She went to the market, stayed until the wet-nurses came. They rejected him because he was an orphan, which will deprive them of a big amount of money.