Last updated

Thuwaybah (also Sobia) was a Ṣaḥābah and the first milk nurse of Muḥammad. [1]


Her name means "Deserving of God's reward." She is also known as Thuwaybah al-Islamiah.


She was the servant of 'Abd al-'Uzzā ibn 'Abd al-Muṭallib, better known as Abū Lahab. [1] [2] However she was freed by Abū Lahab when she informed him that his brother ('Abdullāh's) wife Āminah had given birth to a son Muḥammad. [3]

Thuwaybah became Muḥammad's first nurse, [2] after his first three days with his mother, nursing both him and her own son Masrah. Thuwaybah also nursed Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib, Muḥammad's paternal uncle, two years earlier: Muḥammad had said of Ḥamzah's daughter: "She is the daughter of my nursing brother." [1]

Eventually, Ḥalīmah bint 'Abdullāh took over the task after a few days and nursed Muḥammad until he reached the age of weaning (around four years). [1]

Thuwaybah became a Muslim when Muḥammad proclaimed prophethood. Her son died before her, and she herself died in 7 AH (629 CE). [1]

See also

The Shaykh of the Ḥaram - Muḥammad al-'Alawi al-Mālikī in his Al-Dhakā'ir al-Muḥammadiyah writes that the Hadith Master (muḥaddith) Ibn Mundah records Thuwaybah among the Ṣaḥābah.

Related Research Articles

Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib paternal uncle of Muhammad

Al-Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib was paternal uncle and Sahabi (companion) of Muhammad, just three years older than his nephew. A wealthy merchant, during the early years of Islam he protected Muhammad while he was in Mecca, but only became a convert after the Battle of Badr in 624 CE (2 AH). His descendants founded the Abbasid Caliphate in 750.

Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib father of Islamic prophet Muhammad

Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib was the father of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He was the son of Abdul-Muttalib ibn Hashim and Fatimah bint Amr of the Makhzum clan.

Asmā’ binṫ ‘Umays was a companion of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. She is known for having married three companions of the Prophet: Ja'far ibn Abi Talib, Abu Bakr and Ali ibn Abi Talib.

Non-Muslim interactants with Muslims during Muhammads era

This is a list of the non-Muslim interactants with Muslims during Muhammad's era. In Islam, the Ṣaḥābah were the companions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. This form is plural; the singular is Ṣaḥābi. A list of the best-known companions can be found at List of companions of Muhammad

Fatimah bint Amr was the grandmother of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and one of the wives of Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim. She was from the Banu Makhzum clan of the Quraysh tribe, unlike her co-wives, who were all from outlying tribes and had relatively little influence in Mecca.

ʿAbd al-ʿUzzā ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib, often known as Abū Lahab was Muhammad's half paternal uncle. He was one of the Meccan Quraysh leaders who opposed Muhammad and his followers and was condemned in the surah Lahab of the Quran for antagonizing Islam.

Ḥārith ibn Abdul-Muṭṭalib was one of the uncles of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Abū Sufyān ibn al-Ḥārith ibn ‘Abd al-Muṭṭalib, born al-Mughīrah (المغيرة), was a companion and first cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Lubaba bint al-Harith prominent early Muslim

Lubaba bint al-Harith, also known as Umm Fadl, was a prominent early Muslim. Two of her sisters, Maymuna bint al-Harith and Zaynab bint Khuzayma, became wives of Muhammad.

Zayd ibn Harithah adopted son of Muhammad

Zayd ibn Harithah, was an early Muslim, sahabah and adopted son of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

Abd al-Muttalib 4Th Major Chief Leader of Quraysh

Abd al-Muttalib Shaybah ibn Hashim was the grandfather of Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Umm Jamil bint Harb, also known as Arwā, was an aunt in law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad who is mentioned in the Quran. She was Abu Lahab's wife and Abu Sufyan's sister. Arwa is usually remembered for opposing Islam and the prophet, and also for a poem.

Ruqayyah bint Muhammad daughter of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad

Ruqayyah bint Muhammad was the daughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and Khadija.

Utbah ibn Abu Lahab was a first cousin and companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Halah bint Wuhayb ibn Abd Manaf ibn Zuhrah was one of Abdul-Muttalib ibn Hashim's wives.

Persecution of Muslims by Meccans

In the early days of Islam at Mecca, the new Muslims were often subjected to abuse and persecution.

Barakah bint Tha'alaba, commonly known by her kunya Umm Ayman, was an early Muslim and companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib, born ʿImrān (عِمْرَان) or ʿAbd Manāf, was the leader of Banu Hashim, a clan of the Qurayshi tribe of Mecca in the Hejazi region of the Arabian Peninsula. He was an uncle of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, and father of the Rashid Caliph Ali. After the death of his father Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim ibn Abd Manaf, he inherited this position, and the offices of Siqaya and Rifada. He was well-respected in Mecca, despite a declining fortune.

Khadija bint Khuwaylid the first wife of Muhammad

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, commonly known as Khadija, was the first wife and first female 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.

Ayman ibn Ubayd, was an early Muslim and companion of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Beacons of Light on
  2. 1 2, question 9
  3. Sahih al-Bukhari , 7:62:38