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Am al-Huzn

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ʿĀm al-Ḥuzn (Arabic: عام الحزن), meaning: the year of sorrow and grief, is one of early years during the emergence of Islam in which the wife of the Prophet (s), Lady Khadija (a), and his uncle, Abu Talib (a), passed away. The naming of that particular year as the year of sorrow is attributed the Prophet (s) that signifies his deep grief over these losses and shows the respect of the Prophet (s) toward them.


Most of historians believe the year was the tenth year after Bi'tha which is three years before Hijra; however, there are few reports about it being one of the years between sixth to ninth after Bi'tha.

Also historians greatly disagree over the exact day and month of these two events and the period of time between them. Regarding the demise of Abu Talib (a), historical sources present three different dates:

Likewise, for the demise of Lady Khadija (a), different dates have been recorded:

  • Three days after demise of Abu Talib (a)
  • 30 days after demise of Abu Talib (a)
  • 35 days after demise of Abu Talib (a)
  • 55 days after the demise of Abu Talib (a)

Also, the order of precedence between the two events is a matter of disagreement among historians; as some historians reported that the demise of Abu Talib (a) happened prior to that of Lady Khadija (a) and some reported vice versa.


  • The material for writing this article is mainly taken from عام الحزن in Farsi WikiShia.