Muhammad seems to have remained a bachelor for longer than was usual among his people. The reason for this was probably poverty. He asked, it is said, Abu Talib for the hand of his cousin Umm Hani. Marriages between cousins were approved of in Bedouin society; but the suitor was rejected, probably in favour of a more illustrious rival.
Long afterwards Umm Hani, then widowed, would have been glad to have her cousin renew his offer, but Muhammad was no longer inclined; they remained, however, on good terms. He was sleeping in Umm Hani's house the night he made his alleged nocturnal voyage to heaven.
Fortune soon favoured him when Khadija bint Khuwaylid, a widow, no longer in her first youth, who had already been twice married and had several children, proposed to marry him. She was rich, and equipped caravans to travel into Syria to bring back Byzantine merchandise for sale on the Mecca market. Khadija is said to have been forty, but she had no lack of suitors. Muhammad would then have been twenty-five.
Khadija gave Muhammad several children. There were four daughters Zaynab, Ruqayya, Fatima and Umm Kulthum. But what for an Arab was then, and still is, a great misfortune, all her sons died at an early age.
Tradition lists them variously. One was al-Qasim, who is said to have died when he was two and from whom his father took the kunya of Abu l-Qasim, which he was to retain. There also seems to have been an 'Abdallah, who may in fact have been named 'Abd Manaf, in token of respect to the deity Manaf whom his parents were soon to reject.
At about this time Muhammad adopted his young cousin 'Ali, whose father, Muhammad's uncle Abu Talib, was experiencing some business difficulties. Khadija also made Muhammad a present of a slave whom her nephew had bought in Syria- a young man from the tribe of Kalb, of strong Christian affiliations, whose name was Zayd. Muhammad gave him his freedom and adopted him as a son.
From Khadijah Khuwailid : Zainab, Ruqayyah, Ummu Kalsum, Fatimah az Zahrah,Qasim & Abdullah
From Maria al Qibtiyah (Copt):Ibrahimwho died in infancy also.
On the 15th of Ramadan of 3 A.H. (March 625), Allah was pleased to bless the daughter of his messenger, Muhammad, with the birth of her first child. Muhammad Mustafa came radiating happiness; he took the infant in his arms, kissed him, read adhan in his right ear, and iqama in his left; and called himHasan.
One year later, i.e., on the 3rd of Sha'aban of 4 A.H. (February 626), Allah was pleased to give the daughter of his apostle, her second child. The apostle came, all smiles and cheers, took the infant in his arms, kissed him, read adhan in his right ear, and iqama in his left; and called him Husain.
Ali and Fatimaalso had two daughters – Zaynab and Umm Kulthoom. When they grew up, they were married to their cousins – the sons of Jaafer ibn Abi Talib, the Winged Martyr of Islam. Zaynab was married to Abdullah ibn Jaafer, and Umm Kulthoom was married to Muhammad ibn Jaafer.
Hasan, Husain, Zaynab and Umm Kulthoom, all four children were pampered by their grandfather, Muhammad Mustafa.
From the Arabian cultural point of view, NOT HAVING MALE CHILDREN is not a sign of DIVINE BLESSING.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 1.345Narrated byAbu Dhar
Allah's Apostle said, "While I was at Mecca the roof of my house was opened and Gabriel descended, opened my chest, and washed it with Zam-zam water. Then he brought a golden tray full of wisdom and faith and having poured its contents into my chest, he closed it. Then he took my hand and ascended with me to the nearest heaven, when I reached the nearest heaven, Gabriel said to the gatekeeper of the heaven, 'Open (the gate).' The gatekeeper asked, 'Who is it?' Gabriel answered: 'Gabriel.' He asked, 'Is there anyone with you?' Gabriel replied, 'Yes, Muhammad is with me.' He asked, 'Has he been called?' Gabriel said, 'Yes.' So the gate was opened and we went over the nearest heaven and there we saw a man sitting with some people on his right and some on his left. When he looked towards his right, he laughed and when he looked toward his left he wept. Then he said, 'Welcome! O pious Prophet and pious son.' I asked Gabriel, 'Who is he?' He replied, 'He is Adam and the people on his right and left are the souls of his offspring. Those on his right are the people of Paradise and those on his left are the people of Hell and when he looks towards his right he laughs and when he looks towards his left he weeps.'
Then he ascended with me till he reached the second heaven and he (Gabriel) said to its gatekeeper, 'Open (the gate).' The gatekeeper said to him the same as the gatekeeper of the first heaven had said and he opened the gate. Anas said: "Abu Dhar added that the Prophet met Adam, Idris, Moses, Jesus and Abraham, he (Abu Dhar) did not mention on which heaven they were but he mentioned that he (the Prophet) met Adam on the nearest heaven and Abraham on the sixth heaven. Anas said, "When Gabriel along with the Prophet passed by Idris, the latter said, 'Welcome! O pious Prophet and pious brother.' The Prophet asked, 'Who is he?' Gabriel replied, 'He is Idris.' The Prophet added, 'I passed by Moses and he said, "Welcome! O pious Prophet and pious brother.'"I asked Gabriel, "Who is he?"Gabriel replied, "He is Moses." Then I passed by Jesus and he said, "Welcome! O pious brother and pious Prophet."I asked, "Who is he?" Gabriel replied, "He is Jesus."
Then I passed by Abraham and he said, "Welcome! O pious Prophet and pious son."I asked Gabriel, "Who is he?"Gabriel replied, "He is Abraham." The Prophet added, "Then Gabriel ascended with me to a place where I heard the creaking of the pens." Ibn Hazm and Anas bin Malik said: The Prophet said, "Then Allah enjoinedfifty prayers on my followers.
When I returned with this order of Allah, I passed by Moses who asked me, 'What has Allah enjoined on your followers?' I replied, 'He has enjoined fifty prayers on them.'
Moses said, 'Go back to your Lord (and appeal for reduction) for your followers will not be able to bear it.'
(So I went back to Allah and requested for reduction) and He reduced it to half. When I passed by Moses again and informed him about it, he said, 'Go back to your Lord as your followers will not be able to bear it.' So I returned to Allah and requested for further reduction and half of it was reduced. I again passed by Moses and he said to me: 'Return to your Lord, for your followers will not be able to bear it. So I returned to Allah and He said, 'These are five prayers and they are all (equal to) fifty (in reward) for My Word does not change.' I returned to Moses and he told me to go back once again. I replied, 'Now I feel shy of asking my Lord again.' Then Gabriel took me till we reached Sidrat-il-Muntaha (Lote tree of the utmost boundary) which was shrouded in colors, indescribable. Then I was admitted into Paradise where I found small (tents or) walls (made) of pearls and its earth was of musk."
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 4.429Narrated byMalik bin Sasaa
The Prophet said, "While I was at the House in a state midway between sleep and wakefulness, (an angel recognized me) as the man lying between two men. A golden tray full of wisdom and belief was brought to me and my body was cut open from the throat to the lower part of the abdomen and then my abdomen was washed with Zam-zam water and (my heart was) filled with wisdom and belief. Al-Buraq, a white animal, smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me and I set out with Gabriel. When I reached the nearest heaven. Gabriel said to the heaven gate-keeper, 'Open the gate.' ----------Then we ascended to the seventh heaven and again the same questions and answers were exchanged as in the previous heavens. There I met and greeted Abraham who said, 'You are welcomed O son and a Prophet.' Then I was shown Al-Bait-al-Ma'mur (i.e. Allah's House). I asked Gabriel about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma'mur where 70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes into it daily).' Then I was shown Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (i.e. a tree in the seventh heaven) and I saw its Nabk fruits which resembled the clay jugs of Hajr (i.e. a town in Arabia), and its leaves were like the ears of elephants, and four rivers originated at its root, two of them were apparent and two were hidden. I asked Gabriel about those rivers and he said, 'The two hidden rivers are in Paradise, and the apparent ones are the Nile and the Euphrates.' Then fifty prayers were enjoined on me. I descended till I met Moses who asked me, 'What have you done?' I said,'Fifty prayers have been enjoined on me.' He said, 'I know the people better than you, because I had the hardest experience to bring Bani Israel to obedience. Your followers cannot put up with such obligation. So, return to your Lord and request Him (to reduce the number of prayers.' I returned and requested Allah (for reduction) and He made it forty. I returned and (met Moses) and had a similar discussion, and then returned again to Allah for reduction and He made it thirty, then twenty, then ten, and then I came to Moses who repeated the same advice. Ultimately Allah reduced it to five. When I came to Moses again, he said, 'What have you done?' I said, 'Allah has made it five only.' He repeated the same advice but I said that I surrendered (to Allah's Final Order)' " Allah's Apostle was addressed by Allah, "I have decreed My obligation and have reduced the burden on My slaves, and I shall reward a single good deed as if it were ten good deeds."
Sunan of Abu-DawoodHadith 247Narrated byAbdullah ibn Umar
There were fifty prayers (obligatory in the beginning); and (in the beginning of Islam) washing seven times because of sexual defilement (was obligatory); and washing the urine from the cloth seven times (was obligatory). The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) kept on praying to Allah until the number of prayers was reduced to five and washing because of sexual defilement was allowed only once and washing the urine from the clothe was also permitted only once.
Al-Tirmidhi HadithHadith 5762Narrated byAbdullah ibn Abbas
When some of the companions of Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) were sitting he came out, and when he came near them he heard them discussing. One of them said Allah had taken Abraham as a friend, another said He spoke direct to Moses, another said Jesus was Allah's word and spirit, and another said Allah chose Adam. Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) then came out to them and said, "I have heard what you said, and you wonder that Abraham was Allah's friend, as indeed he was; that Moses was Allah's confidant, as indeed he was; that Jesus was His spirit and word, as indeed he was; and that Adam was chosen by Allah, as indeed he was.
I am the one whom Allah loves,and this is no boast. On the Day of Resurrection I shall be the bearer of the banner of praise under which will be Adam and the others, and this is no boast. I shall be the first intercessor and the first whose intercession is accepted on the Day of Resurrection, and this is no boast. I shall be the first to rattle the knocker of Paradise, and Allah will open for me and bring me into it accompanied by the poor ones among the believers, and this is no boast. I shall be the most honourable in Allah's estimation among those of earliest and latest times, and this is no boast."
Tirmidhi and Darimi transmitted it.
*** Muhammad'sHUMILITY is limitless just like his MENDACITY.
Not to have MALE children is definitely not a sign of Divine Blessing.
To have Muhammad's grand children and his son in law killed in the prime of their life is also not a Divine Blessing.
For Allah to ordain upon Muhammad and his followers FIFTY prayers a day is WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT, NOT A DIVINE BLESSING.
FIFTY PRAYERS a day constitutes praying EVERY 28.8 minutes of the day. There would be no time to SLEEP, to EAT, to WORK, to REST, to have LEISURE and to have SEX.
FIFTY PRAYERSa day constitutes a PUNISHMENT and not a DIVINEBLESSING.
It was ONLY due to the INTERVENTION of MOSES that SAVEDMuhammad and his 'religion' from OBLIVION.
Muhammad accepted Allah's ordinance without understanding the magnitude of the BURDENthat Allahwas imposing upon him and his followers. Muhammad thought that the greater the number of prayers, the greater was his'religion'.
It was Moses who had the intelligence to realise that Allah's ordinance was UNREASONABLE,IMPRACTICAL andUNACCEPTABLE and accordingly advised Muhammad repeatedly to RE-NEGOTIATE better terms with Allah until ultimately he had reduced the number of prayers to a more manageable FIVE a day.
Muhammadan Islam owes Moses an incredible debt of gratitude ***
The Quran and Ahadith depict an Allahwho so lovedMuhammad that he was always ready to defend him, protect him and advise him even unto the most intimate of his personal affairs, with the most appropriate and relevant verses that justified any and all his actions, deeds and thoughts.
This perception is not at all supported by the most relevant facts that are mentioned in the Ahadith such as:
1Allah did not see fit to 'talk' directly to the allegedly best of all his prophets. All his 'communications' were SECOND HAND through the angel Gabriel, an angel who is only mentioned in the Bible.
2Allah did not allow Muhammad to have any living male children.
3Allah later 'deprived' him of his most beloved male relatives and descendants such as his nephew Ali, his grandchildren Hassan and Hussain and al Zubair.
4Allah's'love' manifested itself in requiring Muhammad and his followers to pray FIFTY times a day; an onerous and impossible task to follow. This was later abrogated and reduced to the much more reasonable FIVE only because of the very opportune and intelligent intervention of the prophet Moses and his acumen in advising Muhammad to negotiate a more manageable number of prayers with Allah as mentioned in Bukhari Hadith 1.345, 4.429, 5.227, 9.608. Without the intervention of Moses, the Hebrew prophet,there would have been no Muhammadan Cult of Islam.
5The Quran asserts that Allah did not show Muhammad or his followers a single miracle, unlike those that he bestowed upon several of his - more beloved -Hebrew prophets.
6Allah did not give Muhammad any warning about his time of death thus depriving his followers from getting an authentic and comprehensive Quran in his life time. The after effects of this omission caused Muhammad's followers to fragment into as many - if not MORE - sects as those that he vehemently condemned among the Jews and Christians.