Islam holds a lot of value for humanity and has given the humankind the title of the “Ashraful Makhluqat” meaning the best and noblest of creations as mentioned in the Quran:
Indeed, Allah has created the human in the best of forms. (Surah Teen, verse 4)
“I and the one who looks after/sponsors an orphan will be in Paradise like these two” – and he gestured with his forefinger and middle finger, holding them close together. (Bukhari)
The Story of Halima Sa’ddiyah
In the year in which Our Beloved Prophet Muhammed (may peace and blessings be upon him) was born, the tribe of Sa’d arrived in Makkah. In which the women of that tribe would take the new born children of the Makkah back to their villages.
The reason behind this is so the child can have a good and clean upbringing due to the city pollution and habits. Among their women was Halima who in future was to be the foster mother of Prophet Mohammed (may peace and blessings be upon him), who was accompanied by her husband and baby son.
They had suffered great amount of poverty throughout their lives, but this year had been more difficult because of famine that was happening throughout the Arabian Peninsula. The donkey that carried her to Makkah was so weak from hunger that it often stumbled.
Halima’s baby cried all the time because she could not feed him properly, and their old she-camel who was weak and frail failed to produce milk.
All the women of the tribe of Sa’d found a child to take back with them, but not Halima. There was one baby left in Makkah, the orphaned Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him). As it was customary for the baby’s father to pay the wet-nurses, none of the women would take the orphan as the prophet never had a father to pay.
Halimah said to her husband, “I don’t like that I should be the only woman of our clan to return without a baby, I want to take that orphan”. Her husband agreed, saying, “Perhaps it will be that Allah will bless us because of him.” She said, “When I went to get him, he was wearing a woollen dress, whiter than milk. A fragrance of musk spread from him. He lay on his back sleeping, underneath him a piece of green silk. I did not like to wake him because of his beauty and grace, but I came close to him and put my hand on his chest. He smiled and opened his eyes. I kissed him between his eyes and put him to my right breast which gave him all the milk he wanted. Then I placed him on the left, but he refused. That was the way he always was. After he was satisfied, I gave my son his fill. As soon as I brought him to my home, both my breasts began pouring milk.
By Allah’s grace, Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) drank until he was satisfied, as did his brother. My husband went to our old camel for milk, and lo, it was full. He milked enough for both of us to drink our fill and we had a wonderful night. Later my husband said, “Oh Halima, it looks like you have picked a blessed soul. We spent the first night in blessings and bounties, and Allah continued to give us more and more ever since we chose him”. (May peace and blessings be upon him)
From this story we learn how the most beloved human being to Allah Almighty was an orphan and the virtues and blessings the care of orphans could bring into our lives.
Alhamdulillah, KORT for nearly 16 years have provided an amazing orphanage for the orphaned children of Azad Kashmir. Many children over the years have benefited from KORT’s orphanage in excelling themselves in education as well as their upbringing and their Islamic studies too.
The purpose-built orphanage in Mirpur Azad Kashmir has been running for approximately 6 years in which the children are provided with quality education as well as madrasah and extra curriculum studies taught by qualified staff members.