She said: How can I suckle him as he is a grown-up man? Let us first look at the translation of the Hadith mentioned in the Sahih of Imam Muslim and elsewhere:. I see on the face of Abu Hudhayfa signs of dislike on the entering of Salim, who is an ally, into our house. She i. Before coming to any sort of conclusion, we need to first understand the background and context of this incident. He Salim had been brought up and raised by Abu Hudhayfa and his wife as their own son.
Clarification of Hadith about the Suckling of a Grown Man
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According to five hadiths in Sahih Muslim , Muhammad once plainly instructed the daughter or wife -- sources are unclear of a companion named Suhail to suckle a "grown-up" freedman named Salim so that Salim would become the daughter's mahram , or a relation whom the daughter could no longer marry, and thus render Salim's cohabitation with the family appropriate and legal. The report in Sunan Abu Dawud continues with Aisha , Muhammad's favorite wife, reporting that while she was "preoccupied with [Muhammad's] death", "a tame sheep came in and ate" the scrap of paper upon which the verse of "breastfeeding an adult" was written. The practice, sanctioned by a number of traditional jurists, is popularly rejected by Islamic scholars today. Translated literally, "mahram" means "that which is prohibited haram ", which explains the phrasing used in the hadiths e. The word mahram is used to refer to relations who one cannot marry.