Hazrat Abdul Muttalib and his son Hazrat Haarith (R.A) began a desperate search for the well of 'Zam Zam'. There are two little hills, 'Safa and Marwah', now absorbed in the city of Makkah, and close to the well of 'Zam Zam'. Here Hazrat Hajira (R.A), mother of the infant Hazrat Isma'eel(A.S.) prayed for water in the parched desert, and in her eager quest between these hills, she found her prayer answered and she saw the 'Zam Zam' spring. She built walls round it to make it a well. In due course this well was covered up with silt and now, it was Hazrat Abdul Muttalib's intention to uncover it.
Hazrat Abdul Muttalib, the care-taker of the Ka'bah had to also contend with the attack by Abrah-bin-Saba, the governor of Yemen who intended to destroy the Ka'bah. Abrah had an army of 'The Elephants'. But Allah sent flights of birds which rained down stones on this army and destroyed the attackers and Abrah failed in his intention. The Quraan makes mention of this fact in Sura 'Feel' (The Elephants). This was the year that Rasulullah was born and it was called the 'Year of the Elephants'.
After this event, when Hazrat Abdul Muttalib visited Zaid-bin-Zeeyazun, the then ruler of Yemen, he was told by his ruler that the prophet for whom the world was waiting will be born in the family of Hazrat Abdul Muttalib.
Just before the birth of Rasulullah , Hazrat Abdullah the father of Rasulullah was sent by Hazrat Abdul Muttalib on a trade mission to Syria (Shaam). On his return journey, Hazrat Abdullah fell ill and passed away at Madinah.
Thus Rasulullah was born on Monday 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal (22 April 571 A.D.) in the family of Banu Hashim. His mother Hazrat Bibi Aamina (R.A). was from Banu Zuhra family. The genealogy of this tribe shows that it is directly linked with Hazrat Isma'eel (A.S.)
When Rasulullah was born, many divine events took place. A bright star was seen by a Jew in Madinah. A sacred fire burning continuously for a thousand years in Persia (Iran) was extinguished. A bright light arose in Makkah and this was seen as far as Syria. An angel had appeared in the dream of Hazrat Bibi Aaminah(R.A.) and told her that the boy that was to be born to her should be named 'Ahmed' (The Praise One).
With great joy Hazrat Abdul Muttalib, the grandfather of Rasulullah took the infant Prophet to the Ka'bah and thanked Allah for giving him this Divine grandson.
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