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.


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.[citation needed]

Modern day[edit]

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


The following were members.[citation needed]

See also[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". Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Muslim Congress". Muslim Congress. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2013.[unreliable source?]