A little from me...
During a wonderful Bayaan I heard a few points regarding the Family of our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam that I had never come across before. I've been meaning to share this the day I heard this Bayaan, here is what I heard.
It was the habit of the Makkans to travel North to Syria (Shaam) for trading purposes. Their travel would take them through the city of Madinah Munawwara (then known as Yathrib).
Hashim left the city of Makkah Mukarramah and traveled to Syria with the intention of trade. On his way to Syria he stopped over in the city of Madinah to assess what merchandise he would need to buy from Syria to be able to sell in this cuty on his way back from Syria. However, during his stay, he saw a women whom he liked and therefore proposed to her. He was married to her and decided to stay a few days before setting off to Syria as planned.
Hashim left his wife, Laila, in the city of Madinah intending to take her back on his return. However, only a short while after his leave from Madinah he passed away on the way to Madinah, being aged about twenty-five. His wife in Madinah was expecting and gave birth to a boy.
The child born he had strands of white hair on his head and was given the name of Shaiba (meaning white). Shaiba was born an orphan and the signs of poverty and the signs of orphanhood were apparent. It was for this reason that his uncle (Hashim's brother), Muttalib came to collect him when he was aged eight or ten. His uncle Muttalib took him to Makkah along with him so that he could raise the child.
When Muttalib arived to Makkah with his nephew, Shaiba, people began to question Muttalib as to who the child on his camel was. Muttalib felt a great deal of shame to reveal that the child who was shabby and untidy was his nephew, and therefore he told them that the child was his slave. It was from this day that the child came to be known as Abdul Muttalib (the slave of Muttalib) and it is with this name that the world knows this great personality, the grand-father of our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. Despite Muttalib announcing that the child was his nephew and not his slave the title given to Shaiba remained with him.
Something to learn...
We've all been brought up to believe that the name of the grandfather of our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam was Abdul Muttalib. However, this was only his title like others given to him (which I may mention in my next post).
A lesson that we can learn from here is that we should be very careful as to what we call people and make known about them. Our reasons could be sincere and not of any intent to cause harm, but because of our actions we could make famous something about a person that is not true. If we do that, and in the process we hurt someone's feelings, it will be a sin that will continue forever. It has become a habit of many people to slander, accuse and try to bring down other people; we do this so often that we have come to forget its punishment and its results. May Allah save us all. Aameen.
(Taken from http://www.dropsofanocean.blogspot.com/)