Sawda Bint Zamʿa
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b. Ḳais,Muḥammad’s second wife, was one of the first women who embraced Islām. She accompanied her first husband al-Sakrān b. ʿAmr and her brother Malik to Abyssinia, with the second party of Muslims who repaired thither. The pair returned to Mekka before the Hid̲j̲ra, and al-Sakrān, who had become a Christian in Abyssinia, died there. By this union Sawda had a son, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān, who was killed in the battle of Ḏj̲alūlā.

Sawda’s marriage to Muḥammad was arranged by Ḵh̲awla bint Ḥakīm, who wished to console him for the loss of Ḵh̲adīd̲j̲a, and took place about a mo…

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Vacca, V., “Sawda Bint Zamʿa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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