As a boy, Rasulullah was cared for and suckled for seven days by Thuwaybah, the freed slave of Abu-Lahab-ibn-Abdul Muttalib, incidentally, Hazrat Hamza (R.A.) was also suckled by Thuwaybah. and because of this good fortune, Hazrart Hamza (R.A.) became Rasulullah 's foster brother. Hazrat Abdul Muttalib was so overjoyed with the birth of his grandson that after seven days he offered an 'Aqeeqah', and invited all the people of Quraish for a feast. This tradition of the
'Aqeeqah' was common among the Arabs since they believed that by this sacrifice, all the evil and other omens will keep away from the person in the name of whom the 'Aqeeqah' is offered.
On the eighth day after his birth , Rasulullah was given in the care of Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A)
a lady of the Banu S'aad tribe. It was the practice of the Arabs to send their children away to the country-side so that they would grow up strong and healthy and learn the refined language of the Bedouin tribe which was considered superior to that of the city language. Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A) found that since Rasulullah had joined her family, there was 'barkat' (blessing) and a great deal of prosperity in her home. Thus Rasulullah grew up with the children of Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A), and he often went out with them to tend the sheep and goats.
After every six months, Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A.) brought Rasulullah back to Makkah to his mother Hazrat Bibi Aaminah (R.A.) and to his grandfather Abdul Muttalib.
It was while Rasulullah was in the care of Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A.) that her children reported to her one day that two persons, dressed in white, had taken Rasulullah away. When Hazrat Bibi Halemah (R.A.) found him, he was pale and weak. He explained that the two persons had split open his chest and taken out something from his heart. On inspecting his body, Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A.) found no signs of injury. This incident so upset her that she brought Rasulullah back to Makkah to Bibi Aaminah (R.A.).
According to 'Saheeh Muslim.' Hazrat Anas-bin -Maalik (R.A.) reports that one day while Rasulullah was playing with some boys, Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S) appeared before Rasulullah and split open his chest and removed a black spot from his heart and thereafter placed faith and wisdom in it. He then washed the heart in the water of 'Zam Zam' and replaced it in Rasulullah 's Chest.
When Rasulullah was six years old, Hazrat Bibi Aaminah (R.A.) took him to her people in Madinah. On the return journey to Makkah, she was taken ill and passed away at Abwa. Hazrat Abdul Muttalib then took care of Rasulullah for two years. When Rasululaah was eight years old, Hazrat Abdul Muttalib also passed away.