Zunairah al-Rumiya

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Zunairah al-Rumiya
Nationality Middle East, originally from Europe

Zunairah al-Rumiya (Arabic: زنيرة الرومية‎‎, Zaneerah the Roman) (other transliterations include Zaneera, Zannirah, Zanira or in some sources Zinnirah) was a companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. She was among the slaves freed by Abu Bakr.


Zunairah was a concubine of the Banu Makhzum[1] and a slave of Umar ibn al-Khattab.

She was amongst the first to embrace Islam in Mecca.[2] After her conversion, she was asked to renounce her new religion but remained steadfast.[3] When Abu Jahl knew of her conversion, he beat her.[1]

Abu Bakr bought and freed her, along with her companion in slavery Lubaynah.[2]

After being manumitted, Zunairah lost her eyesight. The Quraysh claimed, "Al-lāt and Al-‘Uzzá are the ones that have taken away her sight."[4][2] But she replied, "No, by the house of Allah, you are lying. Al-Lat and Al-Uzza can neither harm nor heal and they have not afflicted me. This is from Allah."[2][4]

Later she recovered her eyesight, a healing that the Muslims attributed to Allah.[2][4] However, the Quraysh then said, "This is some of Muhammad's magic."[2]

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  1. ^ a b http://www.reviewofreligions.org/4203/the-life-character-of-the-seal-of-the-prophetssaw-part-9, .
  2. ^ a b c d e f Muhammad ibn Saad. Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir vol. 8. Translated by Bewley, A. (1995). The Women of Madina, pp. 180-181. London: Ta-Ha Publishers.
  3. ^ http://www.alim.org/library/biography/khalifa/content/KAB/2/1,
  4. ^ a b c Muhammad ibn Ishaq. Sirat Rasul Allah. Translated by Guillaume, A. (1955). The Life of Muhammad, p. 144. Oxford: Oxford University Press.