Hubba bint Hulail

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Hubbah bint Hulail
Known for Ancestor of Muhammad
Spouse(s) Qusai ibn Kilab
Children Abd Manaf ibn Qusai (son)
Abd-al-Dar ibn Qusai (son)
Abd-al-Uzza ibn Qusai (son)
Parent(s) Hulail ibn Hubshiyyah (father)
Relatives Qaylah (Hind)

Hubba bint Hulail (Arabic: حبة بنت هليل‎‎) was the grandmother of Hashim ibn 'Abd Manaf, thus the great-great-great-grandmother of the Islamic Nabi (Arabic: نَـبِي‎‎, Prophet) Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah.


Hubbah was the daughter of Hulail ibn Hubshiyyah[1] ibn Salul ibn Ka’b ibn Amr al-Khuza’i of Banu Khuza'a[2] who was the trustee and guardian of the Ka‘bah. She married Qusai ibn Kilab[1] and after her father died, the keys of the Ka‘bah were committed to her. Qusai, according to Hulail's will, had the trusteeship of the Ka‘bah after him.

Hubbah never gave up ambitious hopes for the line of her favourite son ‘Abd Manaf. Her two favourite grandsons were the twin sons ‘Amr and ‘‘Abd Shams of ‘Ātikah bint Murrah. Hubbah hoped that the opportunities missed by ‘Abd Manaf would be made up for in these grandsons, especially ‘Amr, who seemed much more suitable for the role than any of the sons of ‘Abd al-Dar. He was dear to the ‘ayn (Arabic: عـيـن‎‎, eye) of his grandmother Hubbah.[3]


Qusai ibn Kilab had four sons by Hubbah:[4] Abd-al-Dar ibn Qusai dedicated to his house, Abdu’l Qusayy dedicated to himself, ‘Abd-al-Uzza ibn Qusai to his goddess (Al-‘Uzzá) and ‘Abd Manaf ibn Qusai to the idol revered by Hubbah. They also had two daughters, Takhmur and Barrah.[5] ‘Abdu Manaf's real name was 'Mughirah', and he also had the nickname 'al-Qamar' (the Moon) because he was handsome.

Hubbah was related to Muhammad in more than way. Firstly, she was the great-great-grandmother of his father ‘Abdullah.[2] She was also the great-grandmother of Umm Habib and ‘Abdul-‘Uzza, the maternal grandmother and grandfather of Aminah, respectively.

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  1. ^ a b Lings, Martin (1983). Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. George Allen & Unwin. p. 6. ISBN 0946621330. 
  2. ^ a b Maqsood, Ruqaiyyah Waris. "The Prophet's Line Family No 3 – Qusayy, Hubbah, and Banu Nadr to Quraysh". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Maqsood, Ruqaiyyah Waris. "The Prophet's Family Line No. 4 – Amr (Hashim), the Founder of the Hashimites". Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood Dawah. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Naim, Syed (2010). Lineage of the Prophets. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1452033518. 
  5. ^ Watt, W.Montgomery (1998). The History of Al-Tabari, Vol. 6: Muhammad at Mecca. State University of New York Press, Albany. p. 18.