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.


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.


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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