Banu Abd-Shams

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Banu Abd Shams (Arabic: بنو عبد شمس‎) refers to a clan within the Meccan tribe of Quraish. The clan names itself from Abd Shams ibn Abd Manaf, the son of Abd Manaf ibn Qusai and brother of Hashim, the great-grandfather of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Connection with the Umayyads[edit]

The clan acts as the parent clan to Banu Umayya sub-clan, the widely known Umayyad dynasty which ruled as the second Islamic Caliphate (661–750) established after Muhammad's death. In pre-Islamic times, the clan's chieftain Utba ibn Rabi'ah's daughter Hind bint Utbah was married to Umayyad leader Abu Sufyan.

Modern day[edit]

The clan has its descendants living even today in few cities in Central and Western Arabia.