Habibullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Scholars

…mubarak names…

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…we all know that every thing about the life of our Beloved Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam was perfection…sowing seeds of such love and devotion in hearts…

…reading that he SallAllahu alaihi wasallam gave names to his blessed animals touches yet another chord of love and deep affection…revealing the extent of his love and respect for all of creation…teaching us to acknowledge all Allah Ta’ala has provided for us…nothing is to be taken for granted…one can only allow the imagination to take flight and listen to how he SallAllahu alaihi wasallam would be speaking to his beloved animals, SubhanAllah…a tingly tenderness washes over one…

 Riding beasts.

He has ten horses, although there is some disagreement [among scholars] regarding that, and they were:

1. al-Sakb: (which means the one that runs a lot) He was on it on the Day of Uhud, and it was covered with white patches with the exception of it’s right leg;

2. al-Murtajiz: (it was named that because it had a pleasant neigh) it is the one regarding whom Khuzaymah ibn Thabit testified (when the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam bought it from Sawa ibn al-Harith, who later denied selling it to him);

3. al-Lizaz: (it was named that because of its flesh tightly joined and pressed. From the verb lazza, which means to be connected or joined firmly) which was gift from al-Muqawqis;

4. al-Lahif: (it was named because it was big and fat) which Rabi’ah ibn Abi al-Bara gave him as a gift;

5. al-Zarib: (it was named because of its firmness and solidity) which was given to him as a gift by Farwah al-Judhami;

6. al-Ward: which was given to him as a gift by Tamim al-Dari;

7. al-Mirwah: (from the word rih, wind, because of its speed)

8. Sabbah (a horse is called sabih if it is good at stretching its legs when running)

9. Al-Bahr: which he bought from some Yemeni traders. He won a race on it three times, so he wiped over its face and said: ‘You are nothing but an ocean,’ bahr’

10. al-Mandub;

11. al-Najib;

12. al-Ya’sub;

13. and al-Sirhan

He had the mule which al-Muqawqis gave to him as a gift. It was the first mule to be ridden in Islam; it is the one that was called Duldul. it lived after him SallAllahu alaihi wassalam until it became old and lost its molars, and so the Companions would treat it kindly and grind barley for it to eat; it was grey in colour. he also had al-Ayliyyah, which was given to him as a gift from the King of Aylah (an ancient city located at the centre of Aqaba, Jordan’s port which lies in the north eastern corner of the Gulf of Arabia, an extension of the Red Sea) and another one from Dumah al-Jandal. He had another mare called Fiddah [silver], which was given to him as a gift from Farwah al-Judhami; it was white, and it was the one he rode on the Day of Hunayn; he later gave it away to Abu Bakr RadhiAllahu anhu as a gift. He SallAllahu alaihi wassalam had two donkeys called ‘Ufayr and Ya’fur. It has not been transmitted that he kept cattle.

Milch camels and goats

He had twenty milch camels, and they are the ones that were attacked in al-Ghabah and the ones the family of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wassalam used to live off. He had distributed them over his wives; every night, two large water skins filled with their milk would be brought to him [as supper for him and his family]. They are the following:

1. al-Hinna’;

2. al-Samra’;

3. al-‘Urayyis;

4. al-Sa’diyyah;

5. al-Bughum;

6. al-Yasirah;

7. al-Dubba’;

8. al-Shaqra’;

9. and Burda

As for his goats, then they were seven:

1. Ajrah;

2. Zamzam;

3. Suqya;

4. Barakah;

5. Warshah;

6. Atlal;

7. and Atraf.

Umm Ayman RadhiAllahu anha would herd them in Uhud and bring the milk to the house in which the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi Wasallam was scheduled to spend the night.

…source: Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasallam The Best of Creation Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki al Hasani RahmatuLlahi alaihi…this is an invaluable book to have. Not only researched and written by this illustrious scholar but the information he is sharing contains ‘a comprehensive summary of some of the most authoritative and voluminous works written on the Prophetic biography. The first part deals with various aspects of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s life, such as his early years before receiving revelation, members of his family, signs of his propehthood, the weapons he used in battle (including the names he gave them), the clothes he wore and so forth. The second part is a chronological summary of the most important events to have taken place in his SallAllahu alaihi wasallam life.’  Quoted from the back cover of the book.

…interesting that Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki al Hasani RahmatuLlahi alaihi does not mention Qaswa the mubarak camel that featured prominently in the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s life…the dear camel that went blind due to profuse crying after the demise of his master…the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum tied a blindfold over his eyes…Qaswa refused to eat…and not long after followed his master SallAllahu alaihi wasallam in death…SubhanAllah…

…so maybe when you are deciding on a name for one of your pets you will be inspired by these as selected by our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…


All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.


  • umm Reply
    October 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah,
    Jazakillah for posting this.
    Maybe we shall have to get a houseful so that we can use all the blessed names that our prophet ( saw) used for his pets 😉
    We named our female kitten Mu’izzah because apparently the prophet had a cat named that….. 😉

  • umm Reply
    October 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    And our boy, her brother is Mu’izz Mubarak ;))

    • almiskenah Reply
      October 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu
      Dear Umm,
      maybe you need to get a farm…I know of a place beginning with B 🙂
      No mention of household pets in this volume.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Abu Arifa Reply
    October 27, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Salaams dear Sister.
    Wow I am truly amazed at this. Is this book you quote in English and is it available online ?
    Was salaam.

    • Abu Arifa Reply
      October 27, 2014 at 2:08 am

      I’ve just googled it and it is available online and in English. Jzkl for drawing our attention to it.

      • almiskenah Reply
        October 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
        Alhumdulillah for this being of benefit and for you finding a copy. I am sure knowledge will be increased through all the information discovered.
        Wassalamu alaikum

  • asiyah Reply
    October 28, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Love the collage pic.

    Jazakallhiu Khairan for sharing:)


    • almiskenah Reply
      October 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Actually I was going to send a request for some family drawings for this post but ran out of time 🙂

  • Fatima Reply
    October 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Asalamu alaykum Sister Almiskeenah,

    Masha’Allah, what a beautiful post! May Allah Swt reward you for sharing this with us. A friend of mine sent me something similar Habib Ali al Jifri (h) had mentioned

    Habib Ali al-Jifry:

    The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) donkey was called Ya’fur. Even the animals connected to him are elevated. How many donkeys have come and gone, but this donkey was elevated on account of his link to the Prophet, such that we are sitting here some 1400 years remembering his name. If this is the state of a donkey, then imagine the state of a human whose heart is linked to him! …But be careful, this donkey may be better than many of us human beings.

    Requesting your duas and our salaams to at the Blessed Resting Place.

    Jazaakillah khayra for everything you share with us 🙂

    • almiskenah Reply
      October 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Sister Fatima,
      this is a beautiful account by Habib Ali, may Allah Ta’ala preserve his secrets and raise his Darajah Ameen. JazakiLlahu khaira for sharing this with us. There are so many soul moving stories involving animals, SubhanAllah! So humbling. When I watched the ‘Blessed Tree’ story tears were streaming down as it was told that this tree was a Sahabah as it too saw our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, so I wonder is the same could be said of the many animals who also were in his presence? Allahu ‘Alum
      Wassalamu alaikum

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