Jumanah bint Abi Talib

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Jumanah bint Abi Talib (Arabic: جمانة بنت أبي طالب‎) was a companion and first cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

She was a daughter of Abu Talib ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib and Fatimah bint Asad. She married her cousin, Abu Sufyan ibn al-Harith, and they had a son, Ja'far.[1]

Abu Sufyan was hostile to Islam for a long time.[2][3] In 630 he told Jumanah that he intended to convert. She responded: "Finally, you see that Bedouins and foreigners have followed Muhammad, while you have been his confirmed foe! You should have been the first person to assist him!" She accompanied him on his journey to meet Muhammad at Al-Abwa; but Muhammad refused to see him.[4] They followed Muhammad all the way back to Mecca. After the conquest, Jumanah accompanied some women from the Muttalib clan on a visit to Muhammad. She "softened" him about her husband;[5] but it was only after the Battle of Hunayn that he accepted Abu Sufyan's conversion as genuine.[6][7]

Muhammad assigned Jumanah an income of 30 wasqs from Khaybar.[8]

She is not known to have narrated any hadith from Muhammad.


  1. ^ Muhammad ibn Saad. Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, vol. 8. Translated by Bewley, A. (1995). The Women of Madina, p. 35. London: Ta-Ha Publishers.
  2. ^ Muhammad ibn Umar al-Waqidi. Kitab al-Maghazi. Translated by Faizer, R. (2011). The Life of Muhammad, p. 397. London & New York: Routledge.
  3. ^ Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari. Tarikh al-Rusul wa'l-Muluk. Translated by Landau-Tasseron, E. (1998). Volume 39: Biographies of the Prophet's Companions and Their Successors, p. 21. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  4. ^ Waqidi/Faizer pp. 397-398.
  5. ^ Waqidi/Faizer p. 398.
  6. ^ Waqidi/Faizer pp. 398-399.
  7. ^ Tabari/Landau-Tasseron p. 21.
  8. ^ Muhammad ibn Ishaq. Sirat Rasul Allah. Translated by Guillaume, A. (1955). The Life of Muhammad, p. 522. Oxford: Oxford University Press.