Muhammad's wives

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Muhammad's wives, or the wives of Muhammad, were the women married to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Muslims, usually excepting Shia, often use the term "Mothers of the Believers" prominently before or after referring to them as a sign of respect, a term derived from the Quran. [1] [2]

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Muhammad Founder of Islam

Muhammad was an Arab religious, social and political leader and the founder of Islam. According to Islamic doctrine, he was a prophet, sent to present and confirm the monotheistic teachings preached previously by Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. He is viewed as the final prophet of God in all the main branches of Islam, though some modern denominations diverge from this belief. Muhammad united Arabia into a single Muslim polity, with the Quran as well as his teachings and practices forming the basis of Islamic religious belief. He is referred to by many appellations, including Messenger of Allah, The Prophet Muhammad, Allah's Apostle, Last Prophet of Islam and others; there are also many variant spellings of Muhammad, such as Mohamet, Mahamad, Muhamad and many others.

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Muhammad was monogamous for 25 years when married to his first wife, Khadija bint Khuwaylid. After her death in 619 CE, he over time married a number of women, most of them widows, for reasons of family bonds and to provide for them after his companions had died. His life is traditionally delineated by two epochs: pre-hijra (emigration) in Mecca, a city in western Arabia, from the year 570 to 622 CE, and post-hijra in Medina, from 622 until his death in 632. All but two of his marriages were contracted after the Hegira (or Hijra - migration to Medina).

Khadija bint Khuwaylid the first wife of Muhammad

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid or Khadija bint Khuwaylid was the first wife and first follower of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Khadijah was the daughter of Khuwaylid ibn Asad, a leader of Quraysh tribe in Mecca, and a successful businesswoman in her own right.

Companions of the Prophet Companion, disciple, scribe or family members of prophet Muhammad

Companions of the Prophet or aṣ-ṣaḥābah were the disciples and followers of Muhammad who "saw or met the prophet during his lifetime and were physically in his presence". "Sahabah" is definite plural; the indefinite singular is masculine sahabi, feminine sahabia.

Muhammad in Mecca part of Muhammads life in Mecca, traditionally dated as the first 52 years of his life (570–622 CE), prior to leaving for Medina (the Hijra)

The Islamic prophet Muhammad was born and lived in Mecca for the first 52 years of his life. Orphaned early in life, he became known as a prominent merchant, and as an impartial and trustworthy arbiter of disputes. He married his first wife, the wealthy 40-year-old widow Khadijah at the age of 25. He would also marry Aisha and many others later in his life.

Of his 13 wives, only two bore him children: Khadija and Maria al-Qibtiyya.

The children of Muhammad include the three sons and four daughters born to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. All were born to Muhammad's first wife Khadija bint Khuwaylid except one son, who was born to Maria al-Qibtiyya.

Maria al-Qibtiyya Maria the Copt

Maria bint Shamʿūn, better known as Maria al-Qibtiyya, Maria Qubtiyya, or Maria the Copt, was an Egyptian who, along with her sister Sirin, were sent to the Islamic prophet Muhammad in 628 as a gift by Muqawqis, a governor of Alexandria, Egypt during the territory's Persian occupation. She and her sister were slaves. Maria bore Muhammad a son, Ibrahim, who died as an infant.


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In Arabian culture, marriage was contracted in accordance with the larger needs of the tribe and was based on the need to form alliances within the tribe and with other tribes. Virginity at the time of marriage was emphasized as a tribal honor. [3]

Arabs are a population inhabiting the Arab world. They primarily live in the Arab states in Western Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa and western Indian Ocean islands. They also form a significant diaspora, with Arab communities established around the world.

Watt states that all of Muhammad's marriages had the political aspect of strengthening friendly relationships and were based on the Arabian custom. [4] Esposito points out that some of Muhammad's marriages were aimed at providing a livelihood for widows. [5] He noted that remarriage was difficult for widows in a society that emphasized virgin marriages. [6] F.E. Peters says that it is hard to make generalizations about Muhammad's marriages: many of them were political, some compassionate, and some perhaps affairs of the heart. [7]

John Esposito writer and professor of Islamic studies

John Louis Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He was also the Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding at Georgetown.

Francis Edward Peters, who generally publishes as F.E. Peters, is Professor Emeritus of History, Religion and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University (NYU).

The objectives of Muhammad's marriages have been described as: [8] [9]

  1. Helping out the widows of his companions.
  2. Creating family bonds between him and his companions (Muhammad married the daughters of Abu Bakr and Umar, whereas Uthman and Ali married his daughters. He therefore had family bonds with all the first four Caliphs).
  3. Spreading the message by uniting different clans through marriage.
  4. Increasing credibility and sources for conveying his private family life. If he only had one wife, then it would have been a tremendous responsibility on her to convey Muhammad's private acts of worship and family life, and people would try to discredit her to destroy the credibility of these practices. However, with multiple wives, there were a lot more sources to the knowledge, making it more difficult to discredit it. Therefore, his marriages gave more women the opportunity to learn and teach the matters of his private life.

Muhammad's first marriage was at the age of about 25 to the 40-year-old Khadijah. [10] He was monogamously married to her for 25 years, after which he is believed to have had multiple wives for the reasons explained above. With the exception of Aisha, Muhammad only married widows and divorcées or captives. [9] Muhammad's first marriage lasted 25 years. [11]


"Mother of the Believers" is a term by which each of Muhammad's wives came to be prefixed over time. It is derived from the Quran (33:6): "The Prophet is closer to the believers than their selves, and his wives are (as) their mothers" is applied to all of the wives. [1] [12]

Family life

Muhammad and his family lived in small apartments adjacent the mosque at Medina. Each of these were six to seven spans wide (5.5 feet) and ten spans long (7.5 feet). The height of the ceiling was that of an average man standing. The blankets were used as curtains to screen the doors. [13] According to an account by Anas bin Malik, "The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number." [14]

Although Muhammad's wives had a special status as Mothers of the Believers, he did not allow them to use his status as a prophet to obtain special treatment in public. [15]

Muhammad's marriages

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid

At the age of 25, Muhammad wed his wealthy employer, the 40-year-old daughter of a merchant. Khadija. [16] [17] [18] given that she had four children with Muhammad after their marriage. [19] [ self-published source ] This marriage, his first, would be both happy and monogamous; Muhammad would rely on Khadija in many ways, until her death 25 years later. [20] [21] They had two sons, Qasim and Abd-Allah (nicknamed al-Ṭāhir and al-Ṭayyib respectively), [22] both died young, and four daughters—Zaynab, Ruqaiya, Umm Kulthum and Fatimah. Shia scholars dispute the paternity of Khadija's daughters, as they view the first three of them as the daughters from previous marriages and only Fatimah as the daughter of Muhammad and Khadija. [23] During their marriage, Khadija purchased the slave Zayd ibn Harithah, then adopted the young man as her son at Muhammad's request. [24] Abu Talib and Khadija passed away in the same year after living in Shaeb e Abi Talib with Muhammad. He declared the year as Aam ul Huzn (year of sorrow). [25]

Hijra (migration) to Medina

Sawda bint Zamʿa

Before he left for Medina, it was suggested by Khawlah bint Hakim that he marry Sawda bint Zamʿa, who had suffered many hardships after she became a Muslim. Prior to that, Sawda was married to a paternal cousin of hers named As-Sakran bin ‘Amr, and had five or six sons from her previous marriage. There are disagreements in Muslim tradition whether Muhammad first married Sawda or Aisha, but Sawda is usually regarded as his second wife and she was living with him before Aisha joined the household. [26] In one account, he married Sawda in Shawwal, when Sawda was about 55 years old, in the tenth year of Prophethood, after the death of Khadija. At about the same period, Aisha was betrothed to him. [27]

As Sawda got older, and some time after Muhammad's marriage to Umm Salama, [28] some sources claim that Muhammad wished to divorce Sawda. [29] Some traditions maintain that Muhammad did not intend to divorce her, but only Sawda feared or thought that he would. [30] Ibn Kathir says that Muhammad was worried that Sawda might be upset about having to compete with so many younger wives, and offered to divorce her. [31] Sawda offered to give her turn of Muhammad's conjugal visits to Aisha, of whom she was very fond, [31] stating that she "was old, and cared not for men; her only desire was to rise on the Day of Judgment as one of his wives". [29] While some Muslim historians cite this story as a reason of revelation, citing Quran 4:128, others like Rashid Rida dispute this whole account as "poorly supported", or mursal. [30]

Aisha bint Abu Bakr

Aisha was the daughter of Muhammad's close friend Abu Bakr. She was initially betrothed to Jubayr ibn Mut'im, a Muslim whose father, though pagan, was friendly to the Muslims. When Khawlah bint Hakim suggested that Muhammad marry Aisha after the death of Muhammad's first wife (Khadija), the previous agreement regarding marriage of Aisha with ibn Mut'im was put aside by common consent. [27]

The majority of traditional sources state that Aisha was betrothed to Muhammad at the age of six , but she stayed in her parents' home until the age of nine, according to Ibn Hisham, [32] when the marriage was consummated with Muhammad, then 53, in Medina. [33] [34] [35] This timeline has been challenged by a number of scholars in modern times. [36] Both Aisha and Sawda, his two wives, were given apartments adjoined to the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque. [37]

Per Sunni belief, Aisha was extremely scholarly and inquisitive. Her contribution to the spread of Muhammad's message was extraordinary, and she served the Muslim community for 44 years after his death. [38] She is also known for narrating 2210 hadith, [39] not just on matters related to Muhammad's private life, but also on topics such as marriage, sex, inheritance, pilgrimage, eschatology, among other subjects. [40] She was highly regarded for her intellect and knowledge in various fields, including poetry and medicine, which received plenty of praise by early luminaries, such as the historian Al-Zuhri and her student Urwa ibn al-Zubayr. [40]

Widows of the war with Mecca

Hafsa bint Umar and Zaynab bint Khuzayma

During the Muslim war with Mecca, many men were killed leaving behind widows and orphans. Hafsa bint Umar, daughter of Umar (‘Umar bin Al-Khattab), was widowed at battle of Badr when her husband Khunais ibn Hudhaifa was killed in action. Muhammad married her in 3 A.H./625 C.E. [41] Zaynab bint Khuzayma was also widowed at the battle of Uhad. She was the wife of 'Ubaydah b. al-Hārith, [42] a faithful Muslim and from the tribe of al-Muttalib, for which Muhammad had special responsibility. [43] When her husband died, Muhammad aiming to provide for her, married her in 4 A.H. She was nicknamed Umm Al-Masakeen (roughly translates as the mother of the poor), because of her kindness and charity. [44]

Close to Aisha's age, the two younger wives Hafsa and Zaynab were welcomed into the household. Sawda, who was much older, extended her motherly benevolence to the younger women. Aisha and Hafsa had a lasting relationship. As for Zaynab, however, she became ill and died about three months after her marriage. [45] [46] [47]

Hind bint suhail (Umm Salama)

The death of Zaynab coincided with that of Abu Salamah, a devout Muslim and muhammed's foster brother, as a result of his wounds from the Battle of Uhud. [46] Abu Salamah's widow, Umm Salama, also a devoted Muslim, had none but her young children. Her man-less plight reportedly saddened the Muslims, and after her iddah some Muslims proposed marriage to her; but she declined. When Muhammad proposed her marriage, she was reluctant for three reasons: she claimed to suffer from jealousy and pointed out the prospect of an unsuccessful marriage, her old age, and her young family that needed support. But Muhammad replied that he would pray to God to free her from jealousy, that he too was of old age, and that her family was like his family. [48] She married Muhammad around the end of 4 AH. [49]

Rayhana bint Zayd

In 626, Rayhana bint Zayd, was a Jewish woman from the Banu Nadir tribe, enslaved along with others after the defeat of the Banu Qurayza tribe. [50]

Internal dissension

After Muhammad's final battle against his Meccan enemies, he diverted his attention to stopping the Banu Mustaliq's raid on Medina. During this skirmish, Medinan dissidents, begrudging Muhammad's influence, attempted to attack him in the more sensitive areas of his life, including his marriage to Zaynab bint Jahsh, [51] and an incident in which Aisha left her camp to search for her lost necklace, and returned with a Companion of Muhammad. [52]

Zaynab bint Jahsh

Zaynab bint Jahsh was Muhammad's cousin, the daughter of one of his father's sisters. [53] In Medina Muhammad arranged the widowed Zaynab's marriage to his adopted son Zayd ibn Harithah. Caesar E. Farah states that Muhammad was determined to establish the legitimacy and right to equal treatment of the adopted. [54] Zaynab disapproved of the marriage, and her brothers rejected it, because according to Ibn Sa'd, she was of aristocratic lineage and Zayd was a former slave. [55] [56] Watt states that it is not clear why Zaynab was unwilling to marry Zayd as Muhammad esteemed him highly. He postulates that Zaynab, being an ambitious woman, was already hoping to marry Muhammad; or that she might have wanted to marry someone of whom Muhammad disapproved for political reasons. [57] According to Maududi, after the Qur'anic verse 33:36 was revealed, [58] Zaynab acquiesced and married Zayd.

Zaynab's marriage was unharmonious. [55] According to Watt, it is almost certain that she was working for marriage with Muhammad before the end of 626. "Zaynab had dressed in haste when she was told 'the Messenger of God is at the door.' She jumped up in haste and excited the admiration of the Messenger of God, so that he turned away murmuring something that could scarcely be understood. However, he did say overtly: 'Glory be to God the Almighty! Glory be to God, who causes the hearts to turn!'" [59] Zaynab told Zayd about this, and he offered to divorce her, but Muhammad told him to keep her. [27] The story laid much stress on Zaynab's perceived beauty. [60] Nomani considers this story to be a rumor. [61] Watt doubts the accuracy of this portion of the narrative, since it does not occur in the earliest source. He thinks that even if there is a basis of fact underlying the narrative, it would have been subject to exaggeration in the course of transmission as the later Muslims liked to maintain that there was no celibacy and monkery in Islam. [56] Rodinson disagrees with Watt arguing that the story is stressed in the traditional texts and that it would not have aroused any adverse comment or criticism. [60]

Muhammad, fearing public opinion, was initially reluctant to marry Zaynab. The marriage would seem incestuous to their contemporaries because she was the former wife of his adopted son, and adopted sons were considered the same as biological sons. [27] According to Watt, this "conception of incest was bound up with old practices belonging to a lower, communalistic level of familial institutions where a child's paternity was not definitely known; and this lower level was in process being eliminated by Islam." [62] Muhammad's decision to marry Zaynab was an attempt to break the hold of pre-Islamic ideas over men's conduct in society.[ citation needed ] The Qur'an,33:37 however, indicated that this marriage was a duty imposed upon him by God. It implied that treating adopted sons as real sons was objectionable and that there should now be a complete break with the past. [27] Thus Muhammad, confident that he was strong enough to face public opinion, proceeded to reject these taboos. [63] When Zaynab's waiting period was complete, Muhammad married her. [64] An influential faction in Medina, called "Hypocrites" in the Islamic tradition, [65] did indeed criticize the marriage as incestuous. [27] Attempting to divide the Muslim community, they spread rumors as part of a strategy of attacking Muhammad through his wives. [65] According to Ibn Kathir, the relevant Qur'anic verses were a "divine rejection" of the Hypocrites' objections. [65] According to Rodinson, doubters argued the verses were in exact conflict with social taboos and favored Muhammad too much. The delivery of these verses, thus, did not end the dissent. [60]

Necklace incident

Aisha had accompanied Muhammad on his skirmish with the Banu Mustaliq. On the way back, Aisha lost her necklace which she had borrowed from her sister Asma Bint Abu Bakr (a treasured possession), and Muhammad required the army to stop so that it could be found. The necklace was found, but during the same journey, Aisha lost it again. This time, she quietly slipped out in search for it, but by the time she recovered it, the caravan had moved on. She was eventually taken home by Safw'an bin Mu'attal. [66]

Rumors spread that A'isha and Safw'an committed adultery although there were no witnesses to this. [67] Disputes arose, and the community was split into factions. Meanwhile, Aisha had been ill, and unaware of the stories. At first, Muhammad himself was unsure of what to believe, but eventually trusted Aisha's protestations of innocence. [66] Eventually, verses of surah Nur were revealed by Muhammad, establishing her innocence, and condemning the slanders and the libel. Although the episode was uneasy for both Muhammad and Aisha, in the end, it reinforced their mutual love and trust. [68]

According to shia (Allameh Tabataba'), revealing of Nur's verses belongs to Maria al-Qibtiyya, another wife of Muhammad. Also the accuracy of incident free from which wife of Muhammad, isn't confirmed by shia scholar (Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi), because the Ismah of Muhammad is violated. [69] [70]


Juwayriyya bint al-Harith

One of the captives from the skirmish with the Banu Mustaliq was Juwayriyya bint al-Harith, who was the daughter of the tribe's chieftain. Her husband, Mustafa bin Safwan, had been killed in the battle. She initially fell among the booty of Muhammad's companion Thabit b. Qays b. Al-Shammas. Upon being enslaved, Juwayriyya went to Muhammad requesting that she - as the daughter of the lord of the Mustaliq - be released, however the Prophet refused. Meanwhile, her father approached Muhammad with ransom to secure her release, but Muhammed still refused to release her. Muhammad then offered to marry her, and she accepted. [71] When it became known that tribes persons of Mustaliq were kinsmen of the prophet of Islam through marriage, the Muslims began releasing their captives. [72] Thus, Muhammad's marriage resulted in the freedom of nearly one hundred families whom he had recently enslaved. [73]

Safiyya bint Huyeiy Ibn Akhtab

Safiyya bint Huyayy was a noblewoman, [74] the daughter of Huyayy ibn Akhtab, chief of the Jewish tribe Banu Qurayza, who was killed at the Battle of the Trench. [75] [76] She had been married first to the poet Sallam ibn Mishkam, who had divorced her, [74] [77] and second to Kenana ibn al-Rabi, a commander. In 628, at the Battle of Khaybar, [78] Banu Nadir was defeated, her husband was executed and she was taken as a prisoner. Muhammad freed her from her captor Dihya and proposed marriage, which Safiyya accepted. [79] According to Martin Lings, Muhammad had given Safiyyah the choice of returning to the defeated Banu Nadir, or becoming Muslim and marrying him, and Safiyyah opted for the latter choice. [80]

According to a hadith, Muhammad's contemporaries believed that due to Safiyya's high status, it was only befitting that she be manumitted and married to Muhammad. [81] Modern scholars believe that Muhammad married Safiyya as part of reconciliation with the Jewish tribe and as a gesture of goodwill. [82] [83] John L. Esposito states that the marriage may have been political or to cement alliances. [84] [85] Haykal opines that Muhammad's manumission of and marriage to Safiyaa was partly in order to alleviate her tragedy and partly to preserve their dignity, and compares these actions to previous conquerors who married the daughters and wives of the kings whom they had defeated. [86] According to some, by marrying Safiyyah, Muhammad aimed at ending the enmity and hostility between Jews and Islam. [85]

Muhammad convinced Safiyya to convert to Islam. [79] According to Al-Bayhaqi, Safiyyah was initially angry at Muhammad as both her father and husband had been killed. Muhammad explained "Your father charged the Arabs against me and committed heinous acts." Eventually, Safiyyah got rid of her bitterness against Muhammad. [87] According to Abu Ya'la al-Mawsili, Safiyya came to appreciate the love and honor Muhammad gave her, and said, "I have never seen a good-natured person as the Messenger of Allah". [88] Safiyyah remained loyal to Muhammad until he died. [89]

According to Islamic tradition, Safiyya was beautiful, patient, intelligent, learned and gentle, and she respected Muhammad as "Allah's Messenger". Muslim scholars state she had many good moral qualities. [90] She is described as a humble worshiper and a pious believer. Ibn Kathir said, "she was one of the best women in her worship, piousness, ascetism, devoutness, and charity". [91] According to Ibn Sa'd, Safiyyah was very charitable and generous. She used to give out and spend whatever she had; she gave away a house that she had when she was still alive. [92]

Upon entering Muhammad's household, Safiyya became friends with Aisha and Hafsa. Also, she offered gifts to Fatima. She gave some of Muhammad's other wives gifts from her jewels that she brought with her from Khaybar. [93] However, some of Muhammad's other wives spoke ill of Safiyya's Jewish descent. Muhammad intervened, pointing out to everyone that Safiyya's "husband is Muhammad, father is Aaron, and uncle is Moses", a reference to revered prophets. [94]

Muhammad once went to hajj with all his wives. On the way Safiyya's camel knelt down, as it was the weakest in the caravan, and she started to weep. Muhammad came to her and wiped her tears with his dress and hands, but the more he asked her not to cry, the more she went on weeping. [95] When Muhammad was terminally ill, Safiyya was profoundly upset. She said to him "I wish it was I who was suffering instead of you." [90]

Ramla bint Abi Sufyan (Umm Habiba)

In the same year, Muhammad signed a peace treaty with his Meccan enemies, the Quraysh effectively ending the state of war between the two parties. He soon married the daughter of the Quraysh leader, Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, aimed at further reconciling his opponents. [96] He sent a proposal for marriage to Ramla bint Abi Sufyan, who, was in Abyssinia at the time when he learned her husband had died. She had previously converted to Islam (in Mecca) against her father's will. After her migration to Abyssinia her husband had converted to Christianity. [97] Muhammad dispatched ‘Amr bin Omaiyah Ad-Damri with a letter to the Negus (king), asking him for Umm Habiba’s hand — that was in Muharram, in the seventh year of Al-Hijra.

Maria al-Qibtiyya

Maria al-Qibtiyya was an Egyptian Coptic Christian, sent as a gift to Muhammad from Muqawqis, a Byzantine official. [98] and bore him a son named Ibrahim, who died in infancy.

Maymuna bint al-Harith

As part of the treaty of Hudaybiyah, Muhammad visited Mecca for the lesser pilgrimage. There Maymuna bint al-Harith proposed marriage to him. [99] Muhammad accepted, and thus married Maymuna, the sister-in-law of Abbas, a longtime ally of his. By marrying her, Muhammad also established kinship ties with the banu Makhzum, his previous opponents. [100] As the Meccans did not allow him to stay any longer, Muhammad left the city, taking Maymuna with him. Her original name was "Barra" but the Prophet called her "Maymuna", meaning the blessed, as his marriage to her had also marked the first time in seven years when he could enter his hometown Mecca. [99]

Muhammad's widows

A map showing the grave of the wives of Muhammad and his daughters in al-Baqi' Cemetery. Central rectangle just in front of Main Gate. Location of grave of Fatema and others at J.Baqi,Medina.JPG
A map showing the grave of the wives of Muhammad and his daughters in al-Baqīʿ Cemetery. Central rectangle just in front of Main Gate.
Grave of the wives of Muhammad in al-Baqi' Cemetery, Medina. Grave Ajvaje(wife) nabi 1.JPG
Grave of the wives of Muhammad in al-Baqīʿ Cemetery, Medina.

According to the Qur'an, God forbade anyone to marry the wives of Muhammad, because of their respect and honour, after he died.

Nor is it right for you that ye should annoy Allah's Messenger, or that ye should marry his wives after him at any time.[Quran   33:53]

The extent of Muhammad's property at the time of his death is unclear. Although Qur'an [2.180] clearly addresses issues of inheritance, Abu Bakr, the new leader of the Muslim ummah, refused to divide Muhammad's property among his widows and heirs, saying that he had heard Muhammad say:

We (Prophets) do not have any heirs; what we leave behind is (to be given in) charity. [101]

Muhammad's widow Hafsa played a role in the collection of the first Qur'anic manuscript. After Abu Bakr had collected the copy, he gave it to Hafsa, who preserved it until Uthman took it, copied it and distributed it in Muslim lands. [102]

Some of Muhammad's widows were active politically in the Islamic state after Muhammad's death. Safiyya, for example, aided the Caliph Uthman during his siege. [94] During the first fitna, some wives also took sides. Umm Salama, for example, sided with Ali, and sent her son Umar for help. [103] The last of Muhammad's wives, Umm Salama lived to hear about the tragedy of Karbala in 680, dying the same year. [103] The grave of the wives of Muhammed is located at al-Baqīʿ Cemetery, Medina.

Timeline of marriages

Muhammad's wives

The vertical lines in the graph indicate, in chronological order, the start of prophethood, the Hijra, and the Battle of Badr.

Family tree

Kilab ibn Murrah Fatimah bint Sa'd
Zuhrah ibn Kilab
(progenitor of Banu Zuhrah)
maternal great-great-grandfather [104]
Qusai ibn Kilab
paternal great-great-great-grandfather
Hubba bint Hulail
paternal great-great-great-grandmother
`Abd Manaf ibn Zuhrah
maternal great-grandfather
`Abd Manaf ibn Qusai
paternal great-great-grandfather
Atikah bint Murrah
paternal great-great-grandmother
Wahb ibn `Abd Manaf
maternal grandfather
Hashim ibn 'Abd Manaf
(progenitor of Banu Hashim)
paternal great-grandfather
Salma bint `Amr
paternal great-grandmother
Fatimah bint `Amr
paternal grandmother
paternal grandfather
Halah bint Wuhayb
paternal step-grandmother
paternal uncle
paternal half-uncle
paternal half-uncle
first nurse
second nurse
Abu Talib
paternal uncle
paternal half-uncle
Abu Lahab
paternal half-uncle
6 other sons
and 6 daughters
Muhammad Khadija
first wife
`Abd Allah ibn `Abbas
paternal cousin
paternal cousin and son-in-law
family tree, descendants
second cousin and son-in-law
family tree
Umm Kulthum
adopted son
Ali ibn Zainab
Umamah bint Zainab
`Abd-Allah ibn Uthman
(marriage disputed)
Usama ibn Zayd
adoptive grandson
Muhsin ibn Ali
Hasan ibn Ali
Husayn ibn Ali
family tree
Umm Kulthum bint Ali
Zaynab bint Ali
tenth / eleventh wife*
Abu Bakr
family tree
second / third wife*
family tree
Umm Salama
sixth wife
eighth wife
eleventh / twelfth wife*
second / third wife*
Family tree
fifth wife
fourth wife
seventh wife
Umm Habiba
ninth wife
Maria al-Qibtiyya

See also


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