Maymuna bint al-Harith

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Maymuna bint al-Harith (Arabic: ميمونه بنت الحارث‎) was a wife of Muhammad. Her original name was Barrah, but Muhammad changed it to Maymuna.

Family[edit]

Her father was Al-Harith ibn Hazn, and her mother was Hind bint Awf. Both were from the Hilal tribe in Mecca. Her full sister was Lubaba the Elder. Her paternal half-sisters were Layla (Lubaba the Younger), Huzayla and Izza. Her maternal half-siblings were Mahmiyah ibn Jazi al-Zubaydi, Zaynab bint Khuzayma (a wife of Muhammad), Asma bint Umays (a wife of Abu Bakr), Salma bint Umays (a wife of Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib) and Awn ibn Umays.[1]

Marriage to Muhammad[edit]

She married Muhammad in 629 in Sarif, about ten miles from Mecca, just after the Lesser Pilgrimage.[2] He would have been 58 years old, and she was probably in her late twenties or early thirties.

Maymuna lived with Muhammad for three years until his death in 632.

Death[edit]

Maymuna's death-date is controversial.

According to Al-Tabari: "Maymuna died in the year 61 A.H. [680-681] during the caliphate of Yazid ibn Muawiyah. She was the last of the wives of the Prophet to die, and her age was then 80 or 81."[3] However, Al-Tabari asserts elsewhere that Umm Salama outlived Maymuna.[4]

Ibn Kathir writes: "After the Prophet's death, Maymuna continued to live in Medina for another forty years, dying at the age of 80, in 51 A.H. [71 C.E.], being the last but one of the Prophet's wives to die."[5] However, at least four of Muhammad's other widows (Safiya, Sawda, Aisha and Umm Salama) were still alive in 71 C.E.

Ibn Hajar also cites a tradition implying that Maymuna predeceased Aisha. "We stood on the walls of Medina, looking out … [Aisha said]: 'By Allah! Maymuna is no more! She has gone, and you are left free to do whatever you like. She was the most pious of all of us and the most devoted to her relatives.'"[6][7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Muhammad ibn Jarir Al-Tabari, Tarik ul-Rasul wa'l-Muluk, vol. 39. Translated by Landau-Tasseron, E. (1998). Biographies of the Prophet's Companions and Their Successors, p. 201. New York: State University of New York Press.
  2. ^ Guillaume/Ishaq p. 531. Tabari vol. 39 p. 186.
  3. ^ Landau-Tasseron/Tabari, p. 186.
  4. ^ Landau-Tasseron/Tabari, p. 177.
  5. ^ http://www.islamawareness.net/Muhammed/ibn_kathir_wives.html
  6. ^ Al-Hakim al-Nishaburi, Mustadrak vol. 4 p. 32.
  7. ^ Ibn Hajar, Al-Isaba vol. 8 p. 192.