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Zaynab daughter of the Prophet
Daughter of the Prophet (s)
Full Name Zaynab bt. Muhammad (s)
Lineage Banu Hashim
Well-known Relatives The Prophet (s), Lady Khadija (a), Abu l-'As b. Rabi'
Place of Birth Mecca
Place of Residence Mecca
Death/Martyrdom 8/629
Burial Place Baqi' cemetery
Era Early Islam
Known for Daughter of the Prophet (s)

Zaynab bt. Muḥammad (Arabic: زینب بنت محمد) was the daughter of the Prophet (s) and Khadija. Her husband was Abu l-'As b. Rabi'. Zaynab died in 8/629., and was buried in al-Baqi'.

According to some Shiite scholars, such as al-Sayyid Ja'far Murtada al-'Amili, Zaynab was not the daughter of the Prophet (s) and Khadija; rather she was the Prophet (s)'s step-daughter.

Lineage and Life

Zaynab was the oldest daughter of the Prophet (s) and Khadija. She was born when the Prophet (s) was 30 years old, that is, in the 30th year after 'Am al-Fil (600 CE).

She was married to Abu l-'As b. Rabi' before the Prophet (s)'s bi'that.

When 'Utba b. Abu Lahab and his brother 'Utayba divorced Ruqayya and Umm Kulthum—the other two daughters of the Prophet (s)—the heads of Quraysh asked Abu l-'As to divorce Zaynab, but he overlooked their request.

According to some Shiite scholars, such as al-Sayyid Ja'far Murtada al-'Amili, Zaynab, Ruqayya, and Umm Kulthum were not daughters of the Prophet (s) and Khadija; rather they were all Prophet's (s) step-daughters.

Captivity of Abu l-'As

In the Battle of Badr, Abu l-'As attended the army of polytheists, and was captivated by Muslims. When people of Medina asked for ransoms in order to release the captives, Zaynab sent the necklace she had received from Khadija for her marriage. When the Prophet (s) saw the necklace, he was emotionally touched, and with the agreement of Muslims, he released Abu l-'As and returned Zaynab's properties, and asked Abu l-'As to set Zaynab free. When Abu l-'As went back to Mecca, he sent Zaynab, together with some of the Prophet (s)'s companions, to Medina.

Remarriage

In 6/628, when Abu l-'As were returning from a commercial trip to Syria (Levant), his properties were confiscated, and he was captivated, by the Prophet (s)'s agents. They took him to Medina, and Zaynab refuged him. The Prophet (s) ordered his agents to return his properties to him. Abu l-'As converted to Islam.

After a while, Abu l-'As went back to Medina and the Prophet (s) sent Zaynab to him in the Muharram month of 7/629 with the same marriage covenant. But according to some accounts, they remarried with a new marriage covenant and dowry.

Children

One of their children, Ali, died when he was a kid.

They also had a daughter called Amama. The Prophet (s) loved her very much. When the Prophet (s) was saying his prayers, Amama rode on his shoulders, and the Prophet (s) put her down when he was prostrating, and then took her up when he was rising from the prostration. When Fatima al-Zahra (a) was martyred, Imam Ali (a) married Amama in accordance with Fatima's will.

Death

Zaynab died in 8/630. Her corpse was washed by Sawda bt. Zam'a, Umm Salama, and Umm Ayman. The Prophet (s) asked them to cover her with his clothes. He then went into the grave and prayed for her.

According to an account of her death, when she was going from Mecca to Medina to join the Prophet (s), Habar b. Aswad and Nafi' b. 'Abd al-Qays from the Quraysh, threw arrows to her howdah. She is said to have been pregnant then, and this led her to abort her baby. The pains did not improve, until she died in 8/630.

Grave

The dome of the Prophet (s)'s daughters—Ruqayya, Umm Kulthum, and Zaynab— before being demolished by Wahhabis.

The graves thought be of the Prophet (s)'s daughters—Ruqayya, Umm Kulthum, and Zaynab—were located in the north of the graves of Shiite Imams (a) and the southwestern part of the graves of the Prophet (s)'s wives and near the grave of 'Uthman b. Maz'un in al-Baqi'. According to some historical accounts, Zaynab was buried in al-Baqi', near the grave of 'Uthman b. Maz'un in accordance with the Prophet (s)'s request. The grave used to have a brass shrine. Wahhabis destroyed the grave.

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