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f:637 -    Can we use cradles for babies
Country : Kareemnagar,
Name : submittername
Question:     Can we use cradles for babies as they are very comfortable in them?
Answer:     Putting babies in cradles is permissible in the light of the Shariah.  There is proof of this in the Holy Quran and the Hadith.  The Holy Quran has mention of Hadhrat Isa (Peace be upon him) in a cradle.  It is given in Surah Maryam:

They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?"

Surah Maryam (19:29)

He shall speak to the people in the cradle

Surah Al-E-Imran (3:46)

Also, it is well established that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) also has rested in a cradle.  Imam Suyuti (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) has recorded a Hadith in Khasaais Kubra on the authority of Baihaqui, Sabuni, Khateeb and Ibn Asakar:

Translation of Hadith:  Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib (May Allah be well pleased with him) says that I told the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam): O Prophet of Allah! (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), a sign of your Prophethood made me embrace Islam.  I had seen you in the cradle that you would talk to the moon and the moon would dip in the sky wherever you would gesture.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: I would talk to it and it would talk to me and it would play with me and keep me from crying and when it would prostrate below the Arsh, I would hear the sound of its falling.  

(Khasaais Kubra, Vol. 1, Pg No. 53)

The interpreter of Sahih Bukhari, Imam Qustullani, in Mawahib Ladunniya, and Imam Suyuti (May Allah shower His Mercy on them), in Khasaais Kubra, have recorded a Hadith:

Translation of Hadith:  The blessed cradle of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would move because of the service of angels.  

(Zurqani Alal Mawahib, Vol. 1, Pg No. 277; Khasaais Kubra, Vol. 1, Pg No. 92)

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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