Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Two

Being Raised in the Care of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

It was the special favor of Allah Ta‘ala upon Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that Allah Ta‘ala blessed him with the honor of being raised in the care of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

During the childhood of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the people of Makkah Mukarramah were afflicted by a severe drought. At this time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was greatly concerned about his beloved uncle, Abu Taalib, who had taken care of him in his childhood.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus went to his uncle, Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was among the wealthy people of Makkah Mukarramah, and said to him, “O my uncle, ‘Abbaas! Your brother, Abu Taalib, has many dependents, and you can see the drought and difficulty that has befallen the people. Let us go to him and offer to assist him in taking care of some of his children. I will take one of his sons into my care, and you can take another, and we will both look after them and see to their needs.”

Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) happily agreed, and so they proceeded to Abu Taalib and offered to look after two of his sons. Abu Taalib replied, “Leave my son, ‘Aqeel, with me, and you may take any other son that you wish.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus took Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) into his care, while Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) took Hazrat Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) into his care.

As a result, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was blessed with the good fortune of being raised in the care of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received prophethood, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the first child to embrace Islam at his hands. After some time, Hazrat Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) also accepted Islam.

(Seerah Ibnu Hishaam 1/246, Mustadrak Haakim #6463 and Majma’uz Zawaa’id #13469)

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