The Blessed Birth
The Beloved Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam stayed for full nine months in the womb. During that period Hazrat Amina reports that she did not feel any pain and did not go through the difficulties that a woman normally goes through during pregnancy. In fact she did not even realise she was pregnant until she heard the voice and she noticed that her menstrual period had stopped.
Hazrat Amina continues, ‘When the labour pain initiated, I was alone in the house and Hazrat Abdul Muttalib was engaged in the tawaf of the Holy Ka’ba. I heard a very loud voice which frightened me. Next I felt soft feathery touch on my heart which settled me down. Then I was presented with a sweet white drink, which I drank and received internal contentment. Then I saw a minaret of Noor appear before me and also some very tall women whom I did not recognise. One of them said, ‘I am Aasiya, the wife of Firaun.’ The second one said, ‘I am Maryam, daughter of Imran (Mother of Isa Alaihis Salaam) and these are the Hoor of Jannah. One after the other I was seeing and hearing astonishing things. Soon I saw a floor in the air and many people were standing on it with silver trays in their hands. Then I saw a large group of birds coming towards me. They soon filled my room. Their beaks and feathers were made of pearls and precious stones. I felt that the veils had been lifted from me and I saw the east and the west. Then I saw three flags, one was fixed in the east, the other in the west and the last one on the Holy Ka’ba. Then after a thrust of pain, the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam finally arrived.
As soon as he was born, the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam bowed down in prostration. He lifted his index finger and moved his blessed lips as if he was praying something. Soon I saw a white cloud appear which hid the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam from me. I heard someone saying, ‘Show him the east and the west and take him to all the cities. Let everyone know his name and characteristics. And also that he is ‘Mahi’ that means he will eliminate polytheism from this world.’
Then I heard voices of the sighing of horses and flattering of feathers. A voice then said, ‘Show him every corner of the world. Take him over the souls of Jinns and humans; show him the angels, animals and the birds. Bestow him with the character of Hazrat Adam Alaihis Salaam, the understanding of Hazrat Sheesh Alaihis Salaam, the courage of Hazrat Nooh Alaihis Salaam, the friendship of Hazrat Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam, the language of Hazrat Ismaeel Alaihis Salaam, the content of Hazrat Ishaq Alaihis Salaam, the eloquence of Hazrat Saleh Alaihis Salaam, the wisdom of Hazrat Loot Alaihis Salaam, the glad tidings of Hazrat Ya’qoob Alaihis Salaam, the power of Hazrat Moosa Alaihis Salaam, the patience of Hazrat Ayub Alaihis Salaam, the obedience of Hazrat Yunus Alaihis Salaam, the struggle of Hazrat Yosha’ Alaihis Salaam, the sweet voice of Hazrat Dawood Alaihis Salaam, the affection of Hazrat Danyal Alaihis Salaam, the awe of Hazrat Ilyas Alaihis Salaam, the asmat (immunity ) of Hazrat Yahya Alaihis Salaam, the meditation of Hazrat Isa Alaihis Salaam. And dip him in the ocean of superior character.’’
Hazrat Amina RadiyAllahu Anha continues, ‘Then the cloud disappeared and I found the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam wrapped in fine green silk and there were drops of water on his body. A voice then said, ‘By the Will of Allah, by the Will of Allah, Allah has sent his Final Prophet with supremacy over His creation. There is none in the world who is not under his command. He has been given authority over everything.’ Then when I looked at his face I saw that it was sparkling like the full moon and waves of musk and sweet fragrance was emitting from him. Then I saw three men with trays in their hands. One had a silver tray, the other had green and the third had white. They then took a ring which sparkled in our eyes and washed it seven times. The ring was then used to stamp between his shoulders. He was then picked up and passed over to me.’