Week 3: Abdul Muttalib and the Rise of Quraysh

Main Points

This week, there are 3 major topics that should be covered:

  • Discuss Abdul Muttalib’s parents, and be sure to tie this into the discussion of lineage from last week
    • Mention Abdul Muttalib’s birth name and how he earned the nickname Abdul Muttalib
  • Discuss the concept of the hunafaa and Abdul Muttalib being a haneef
  • Discuss the rediscovery/digging of the well of ZamZam
    • Mention Abdul Muttalib’s dream
    • Discuss the dua Abdul Muttalib made for 10 sons and how he carried out the related oath
    • Explain what and who the Prophet ﷺ was referring to when he made the statement: “I am the son of the two sacrificed (ones)”

Discussion Questions

  • Some of the ulema (scholars) say that one of the reasons Islam was sent to the Arabs was because they were known for being people of their word.
    • Is that a good characteristic to have?
    • Why do you think that quality was particularly important to already be embedded within the people before the coming of the message of Islam?

Reflection points

  • When people were able to forget something as sacred and important as the well of ZamZam, it shows us the effect that our own fighting and misdeeds can have not only on ourselves but also on the community at large.
  • Despite the fact that there was no prophet on Earth for hundreds of years, Allah still preserved the truth through the Hunafaa. This highlights to us two key points:
    • Guidance is from Allah and Allah alone
    • Allah may use us as means to help protect the deen, but ultimately, He, alone, is the one who will protect Islam until the end of time.


  • Keep your word
    • This one quality of the Arabs was so beloved to Allah that most of the scholars cite it as a primary reason Islam was sent to them despite their otherwise deep rooted jahilya (ignorance). Should we, then, not find it all the more important to follow in this sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ?
  • Making dua for a lineage is a noble act
    • “Our Lord! Grant unto us spouses and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous. (Rabbana hab lana min azwajina wa dhurriyatina qurrata a`yunin wa’j`alna li’l muttaqina imama)” [Qur’an, 25:74]

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Action item: Keep your word, even when it comes to the smallest things. For example, do not say “coming” to your parents if you are, in fact, planning on finishing your last 3 homework problems before you go to see what they need.


  • Seerah by Shaykh Khalid Abdul Sattar: Lecture 2 and 3
  • Seerah by Mufti Hussain Kamani: Lecture 2
  • The Sealed Nectar by Saifur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri (p. 104,108-111)
  • Muhammad by Martin Lings (p. 12-14)
  • Prophet of Mercy by Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (p. 75-80)
  • When the Moon Split by Saif-ur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri (p. 18-19)
  • Muhammad Man and Prophet by Adil Salahi (p. 11-16)
  • In the Footsteps of the Prophet by Tariq Ramadan (p. 9)
  • Revelation by Meraj Mohiuddin (p. 59-61, 67)

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