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Ḥalīma Saʿdiyya
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Ḥalīma Saʿdiyya, the wetnurse and foster-mother of the Prophet of Islam. Her father was Abū Dhuʾayb ʿAbd Allāh b. Ḥārith (Ibn Isḥāq, 48; Ibn Qutayba, 131–132; al-Ṭabarī, 2/157), and her husband was Ḥārith b. ʿAbd al-ʿUzzā b. Rifāʿa. Both her husband and her father were from the Banū Saʿd branch of the Hawāzin tribe (Ibn Isḥāq, 49; Ibn Ḥabīb, 129–130).

According to the predominant account, Ḥalīma came to Mecca with a group of women from the Banū Saʿd during a year of famine to take new-born infants—as was the custom of the Arabs of the time—to the desert …

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Ebrahimi, Zahra and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “Ḥalīma Saʿdiyya”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_067278>
First published online: 2022

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