Al-Harith ibn Abd al-Muttalib

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Ḥārith ibn Abdul-Muṭṭalib (Arabic: حارث بن عبد المطلب‎‎) was one of the uncles of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

He was the son of Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim, of the Quraysh in Mecca, by his first wife, Sumra bint Jundab, who was from Hawazin tribe.[1][2]:99 For a long time his father, who took from him the kunya Abu al-Harith,[2]:99 had no other children.[3]:62[2]:87

It is said that al-Harith assisted Abd al-Muttalib with the excavation of the Zamzam Well[3]:62 by carrying away the dug earth.[2]:87

Al-Harith had at least five children.

  1. Nawfal was his eldest son. He became a Muslim after being captured at the Battle of Badr and died in 635.[4]:19-20
  2. Rabī‘ah was born c.566 and converted to Islam during the Battle of the Ditch. He outlived all his brothers but had died by 644.[4]:62,98
  3. Abū Sufyān (Mughīrah). He became a Muslim during the Conquest of Mecca and died in 636.[4]:21
  4. Abdshams was renamed Abdullah when he became a Muslim before 630. He died in Muhammad's lifetime.[4]:62 His children lived after him in Syria.[5]
  5. Arwā. Her mother was Ghaziya bint Qays, and she married Abu Wida'a ibn Sabara.[6][7]

Al-Harith outlived his brother Abdullah, who died in late 570 or early 571,[2]:108 but he predeceased his father,[2] who died in 579.[3]:73

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  1. ^ Abdulmalik ibn Hisham. Notes to Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah. Translated by Guillaume, A. (1955). The Life of Muhammad, p. 708 note 97. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Muhammad ibn Saad. Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir. Translated by Haq, S. M. (1967). Ibn Sa'd's Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir Volume I Parts I & II. Delhi: Kitab Bhavan.
  3. ^ a b c Muhammad ibn Ishaq. Sirat Rasul Allah. Translated by Guillaume, A. (1955). The Life of Muhammad. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. ^ a b c d Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari. Tarikh al-Rusual wa'l-Muluk. Translated by Landau-Tasseron, E. (1998). Volume 39: Biographies of the Prophet's Companions and Their Successors. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  5. ^ Majlisi, M. B. Hayat al-Qulub. Translated by Rizvi, S. A. H. (2010). Volume 2: A Detailed Biography of Prophet Muhammad (saww), p. 1205. Qum, Iran: Ansariyan Publications.
  6. ^ Muhammad ibn Saad. Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir vol. 8. Translated by Bewley, A. (1995). The women of Madina, p. 36. London: Ta-Ha Publishers.
  7. ^ ref

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