ACCOUNT OF THE DEATH OF ‘ABD ALLAH IBN ‘ABD AL-MUTTALIB

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He (Ibn Sa`d) said: Muhammad Ibn ‘Umar Ibn Waqid al-Aslami informed us: Musa Ibn `Ubaydah al-Rabadhi informed us on the authority of Muhammad Ibn Ka’b); (second chain) he (Ibn Sa’d) said: Ibn Abi Zayd related to us on the authority of Ayyub Ibn `Abd al-Rahmŕn Ibn Abi Sa`sa`ah; they said:

‘Abd Allah Ibn al-Muttalib accompanied a caravan of the Quraysh that was going Ghazzah in Syria for trade. When they had finished their business they returned, passing by al-Madinah on their way home Since `Abd Allah Ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib was ill, he said: I shall stay behind with my maternal uncles in Banu ‘Adi Ibn al-Najja: Consequently he stayed there for a month in his ailment and his companions departed and reached Makkah. There ‘Abd al-Muttalib inquired about `Abd Allah and they informed him: We left him behind with his maternal uncles in Banu `Adi Ibn al-Najjar, because he was ill. Thereupon `Abd al-Muttalib sent his eldest son al-Harith who found him dead and buried in the house of al-Nabighah, a member of Banu `Adi Ibn al-Najjar; the house is a small building which would be to your left when you enter the habitation (of Banu ‘Adi). Then his uncles furnished him with information regarding (the nature of) his ailment, his stay there and his treatment, and that they had interred him. So he returned to his father and informed him (about the circumstances). ‘Abd al-Muttalib mourned for him; his (`Abd Allah’s) brothers and sisters also felt extremely grieved. The Prophet was still in the womb of his mother; at the time of his (father’s) death. `Abd Allah was twenty-five years (25) of age (at the time of his death).

Muhammad Ibn `Umar al-Waqidi said: This is the most trustworty of the statements and narrations with us relating to the death of ‘Abd Allah Ibn `Abd al-Muttalib.

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He (Ibn Sa`d) said: Muhammad Ibn `Umar informed us: Ma’mar related to me on the authority of al-Zuhri; he said:
`Abd al-Muttalib sent `Abd Allah to al-Madinah to procure dry dates for him, but he died.

Muhammad Ibn `Umar said: The first version is more trustworthy.
Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad Ibn Sa’d said: Another story has been related to us about his death.

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He (Ibn Sa`d) said: Hisham [P. 62] Ibn Muhammad Ibn al-Sa’ib al-Kalbi informed us on the authority of his father and ‘Awánah Ibn al-Hakam; they said:
`Abd Allah Ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib expired when the Prophet was of twenty-eight months; and it is also said, of seven months. Muhammad Ibn Sa`d said: The first version namely that he died when the Prophet was stil in the womb of his mother is established.

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He (Ihn Sa`d) said: Muhammad Ibn `Umar Ibn Wŕqid al-Aslŕmi informed us, he said:
‘Abd Allah left behind Umm Ayman, (slave-maid) five camels living on arák (a thorny tree) and a flock of sheep, which the Prophet inherited. Umm Ayman whose name was Barkah nursed him. ‘Aminah bint Wahb recited the following elegy in mourning for her husband ‘Abd Allah Ibn `Abd al-Muttalib:

“(With the death of) a child of Hashim (it appears as if) the edge of Batha is effaced; and it was laid into the grave far from this place amidst mourning.The death invited him which invitation he accepted and it (death) has not left in mankind a child like that of Háshim.By night when they were carrying his bier, the people, in large numbers, changed it from hand to hand.No matter, if he is dead; because his noble deeds have survived him, as he was very generous and compassionate.”

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