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Asmāʾ bint ʿUmays
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Asmāʾ bint ʿUmays, one of the female Companions of the Prophet (d. after 40/660). Her father, ʿUmays b. Maʿad, was from the Banū Khathʿam b. Anmār tribe, who were part of the tribes of Qaḥṭān, while her mother, Hind, was the daughter of ʿAwn b. Zuhayr al-Ḥimyarī (Ibn al-Kalbī, 1/356, 358).

Her exact date of birth is not known, but she converted to Islam with her husband, Jaʿfar b. Abī Ṭālib, and is therefore considered one of the first Muslims (Ibn Isḥāq, 143; Ibn Saʿd, 8/280). She migrated to Ethiopia with her husband in the seventh year of the…

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YusoFI Ishkevari, Hasan and Translated by Suheyl Umar, “Asmāʾ bint ʿUmays”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0309>
First published online: 2015

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