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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / 07 Thul Qa'ada 1435 H 




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In spite of his noble standing among the Quraysh, Abu Talib, an uncle of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), was quite poor. He had a large family and did not have enough means to support them adequately. His poverty-stricken situation became much worse when a severe drought hit the Arabian Peninsula. The drought destroyed vegetation and livestock and, it is said, people were driven to eat bones in the struggle for survival.

It was during this time of drought, before his call to prophethood, that Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said to his uncle, al Abbas: "Your brother, Abu Talib, has a large family. People as you see have been afflicted by this severe drought and are facing starvation. Let us go to Abu Talib and take over responsibility for some of his family. It will take one of his sons and you can taken another and we will look after them." "What you suggest is certainly righteous and commendable," replied al-Abbas, and together they went to Abu Talib and said to him: "We want to ease some of the burden of your family until such time as this distressing period has gone." Abu Talib agreed. "If you allow me to keep Aqeel (one of his sons older than Ali), then you may do whatever you like," he said. It was in this way that Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) took Ali RA into his household and al-Abbas RA took Jafar RA into his.

Jafar RA had a very close resemblance to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). It is said there were five men from the Hashim clan who resembled the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) so much, they were often mistaken for him. They were: Abu Sufyan ibn al-Harith and Qutham ibn al-Abbas both of whom were cousins of his. As-Saib ibn Ubayd, the grandfather of Imam ash Shafi: al-Hasan ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), who resembled him most of all; and Jafar ibn Abi Talib. read more



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