Utbah ibn Rabi'ah

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Utbah ibn Rabi'ah was one of the prominent Leaders of Quraish during the era of Muhammad.

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Utbah's father was Rabi'ah ibn Abd Shams. Utbah's daughter, Hind bint Utbah, married Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, another of the Leaders of the Quraish and Muhammad's arch-enemy. Utbah had two sons, Abu Hudhayfah ibn Utbah and Walid ibn Utba, and a brother named Shaybah ibn Rabi'ah.

Death[edit]

Utbah was killed in the battle of Badr, as narrated in the hadith collection of Sunan Abi Da'ud. In it, Ali ibn Abi Talib is quoted saying:

(At the battle of Badr) Utbah ibn Rabi'ah came forward followed by his son and his brother and cried out: "Which of you shall challenge us in a traditional 3 champions' combat duel?" Some young men of the Helpers responded to his call. Utbah asked them: "Who are you?" They told him they were some young men from the Ansar. He responded: "You are brave indeed. However, we expect to face our peers, our equals, your allies from Quraish who have betrayed us!" Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib took out his sword and summoned two of us to join him, me and Ubaydah ibn al-Harith. Hamza headed straight towards Utbah. After few blows, Utbah was lying on the ground. [1]

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