Banu Abd-Shams

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Banu Abd-Shams
(Arabic: بنو عبد شمس‎‎)
Quraysh, Adnanites
Location Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Descended from Abd Shams ibn Abd Manaf
Branches Banu Umayya
Banu Rabi'ah ibn Abd Shams
Religion Paganism and Islam

Banu Abd Shams (Arabic: بنو عبد شمس‎‎) refers to a clan within the Meccan tribe of Quraysh.

Ancestry[edit]

The clan names itself after Abd Shams ibn Abd Manaf, the son of Abd Manaf ibn Qusai and brother of Hashim ibn 'Abd Manaf, who was the great-grandfather of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.[1]

Connection with the Umayyads[edit]

The clan acts as the parent clan to Banu Umayya sub-clan, the widely known Umayyad dynasty who ruled as the second Islamic Caliphate (661–750) established after Muhammad's death.[2][3] Umayya was the adopted son of Abd Shams ibn Abd Manaf.[3] In pre-Islamic Arabia, the clan's chieftain Utba ibn Rabi'ah's daughter Hind bint Utbah was married to Umayyad leader Abu Sufyan ibn Harb.

Modern day[edit]

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

Members[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Razvi, Haafiz Mohammed Idrees (2009). Manifestations of the Moon Of Prophethood (PDF). Imam Mustafa Raza Research Centre Overport. p. 18. 
  2. ^ "Banu Hashim - Before the Birth of Islam". Al-Islam.org. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Muslim Congress". Muslim Congress. Retrieved 1 August 2013.