3.0 Abdul Muttalib
Hashim died on one of his trading trips to Gaza. His brother, Al-Muttalib, became the head of the tribe. One day he thought of his little nephew living with his mother in Yathrib and decided that it was time that he should live with his father's people in Mecca. So he went to Yathrib and brought the lad back with him to Mecca. People, seeing him approaching with a young boy riding behind him, thought it was a new slave he had bought and called the lad, Abdul-Muttalib or slave of Al-Muttalib. When they learnt that this was his nephew, the son of Hashim, they still held to that first name, continuing to call him Abdul-Muttalib instead of Shayba. AI-Muttalib wanted to give his nephew the money that belonged to Hashim, his father, but another uncle, Nawfal, had seized it and would not allow him to have it. When Abdul-Muttalib grew older, he called his uncles from Yathrib to his aid. Eighty horsemen came to Mecca to assist their young cousin so that Nawfal was forced to deliver his father's money to him. Abdul-Muttalib inherited the positions that his father Hashim used to occupy, which were welcoming the pilgrims and giving them water. But finding water for the pilgrims was a task of great hardship for him as he had only one son to aid him and it needed many men to carry the water and bring it from distant places. All the Meccans remembered nostalgically the water source of Zamzam but Abdul-Muttalib thought of it as a cherished dream; it would make his task of providing the pilgrims with water so much easier. In his sleep he would dream over and over again of this well and of someone telling him to re-open it. He kept looking for it until at last he was inspired to search between two of the idols placed near the Kaaba. There he dug and water gushed out. He kept on digging until the two golden gazelles, the money, and the swords of his ancestor Mudad were revealed.
Quraysh wanted him to share the treasure with them but he refused. Then re-considering, he offered to draw lots with them for it. The Meccans used to draw lots by writing their names on arrows, then casting them inside the Kaaba in a particular place so that the decision would be that of their gods. According to this lottery, , Abdul-Muttalib was to keep the swords, and the statues were to go to the Kaaba. Abdul-Muttalib placed the gazelles at the door of the Kaaba and he also placed the swords there as a decoration.
Abdul-Muttalib was the immediate grandfather of Muhammad. Thousands of years earlier, Abraham had prayed to Allah that He might provide for those of his descendants that remained in the desolate valley of Mecca and to send them a Messenger, from amongst themselves, to guide them to the straight way. Consequently, Mohamed used to say,
"I came in answer to the prayer of my grandfather Abraham."