Khalifah Hamzah Bin Abdul Muthalib

Uncle of Muhammad (c. 568–625)

Asad Allāh
(
أسد الله
)
Sayyid al-Shuhadāʾ
(
سيد الشهداء
)

Ḥamza

حمزة

Hamza Asadullah Masjid an-Nabawi Calligraphy.png

His Name in Islamic calligraphy

Military Commander to Muhammad

In office


623–625
Succeeded by Zubayr ibn al-Awwam
Ali (In Battle of Khaybar)
Personal details
Born

Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib

c.
568, or 566[1]

Mecca, Hejaz, Arabia

Died 22 March 625 (aged 56–57)
Mount Uhud, Medina, Arabia
Resting place Uhud, Medina
Spouses
  • Salma bint Umays
  • Zaynab bint Al-Milla ibn Malik
  • Khawla bint Qays ibn Amir
Relations

List

  • Abdullah (brother)
  • Abuk Talib (brother)
  • Al-Abbas (brother)
  • Abū Lahab (brother)
  • Al-Zubayr (brother)
  • Umm Hakim (sister)
  • Umayma (sister)
  • Arwa (sister)
  • Safiyya (sister)
  • Atika (sister)
Children
  • Umama,
  • Amir,
  • Bakr,
  • Umara
    (possibly more)
Parents
  • Abd al-Muttalib (father)
  • Hala bint Wuhayb (mother)
Occupation Military general
Known for Paternal Uncle and Companion of the Prophet
Tribe Quraysh (Banu Hashim)
Religion Islam
Military service
Allegiance Muhammad (623–625)
Years of service 623–625
Rank Military Commander
Battles/wars
  • Expedition of Hamza
  • Battle of Badr
  • Battle of Uhud

Ḥamza ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib
(Arabic:
حمزة بن عبد المطلب;
c.
568 – 625)[2]
[3]
was a foster brother, companion and paternal uncle of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

He was martyred in the Battle of Uhud on 22 March 625 (3 Shawwal 3 hijri). His
kunyas
were “Abū ʿUmāra”[3]

: 2

(
أبو عمارة
) and “Abū Yaʿlā”[3]

: 3

(
أبو يعلى
). He had the by-names
Asad Allāh
[3]

: 2

(
أَسَد ٱللَّٰه
, “Lion of God”) and
Asad al-Janna
(
أسد الجنة
, “Lion of Heaven”), and Muhammad gave him the posthumous title
Sayyid al-Shuhadāʾ
(
سيد الشهداء
).[4]

Early life

[edit]

Ibn Sa’d basing his claim on al-Waqidi states that Hamza was reportedly four years older than Muhammad.[3]
[
page needed
]

This is disputed by Ibn Sayyid, who argues: “Zubayr narrated that Hamza was four years older than the Prophet.[5]
But this does not seem correct, because reliable hadith state that Thuwayba nursed both Hamza and the Prophet.”[
citation needed
]

Ibn Sayyid concludes that Hamza was only two years older than Muhammad۔[
citation needed
]

Ibn Hajar writes as a conclusion of Ibn Sayyid’s hadiths: “Hamza was born two to four years before Muhammad”.[6]
[
page needed
]

Ibn Kathir in
Al-Sira Al-Nabawiyya
cites Abu Nu`aym who traces a hadith to Ibn Abbas, that after Abdul Mutallib went to Yemen, he stayed with a Jewish priest. A monk prophesied that he will have both power and prophethood and advised him to marry a woman of the Banu Zuhra. After returning to Mecca, he did so by marrying Hala, a woman of the tribe, and she birthed Hamza. Later, Abdullah married Amina and the Quraysh said he had won out in terms of marriage.[
citation needed
]

Hamza was skilled in wrestling, archery and fighting.[4]
[
page needed
]

He was fond of hunting lions, and he is described as “the strongest man of the Quraysh, and the most unyielding”.[7]
[
page needed
]

Family

[edit]

Parents

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Hamza’s father was Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim ibn Abd Manaf ibn Qusayy from the Qurayshi tribe of Mecca.[3]

: 2

His mother was Hala bint Wuhayb from the Zuhra clan of Quraysh.[3]

: 2

Tabari cites two different traditions. In one, Al-Waqidi states that his parents met when Abd al-Muttalib went with his son Abdullah to the house of Wahb ibn Abd Manaf to seek the hand of Wahb’s daughter Amina. While they were there, Abd al-Muttalib noticed Wahb’s niece, Hala bint Wuhayb, and he asked for her hand as well. Wahb agreed, and Muhammad’s father Abdullah and his grandfather Abd al-Muttalib were both married on the same day, in a double-marriage ceremony.[8]
Hence, Hamza was the younger brother of Muhammad’s father.

Marriages and children

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Hamza married three times and had six children.[3]

: 3

  1. Salma bint Umays ibn Ma’d, the half-sister of Maymuna bint al-Harith.
    1. Umama bint Hamza, wife of Salama ibn Abi Salama.
  2. Zaynab bint Al-Milla ibn Malik of the Aws tribe in Medina.
    1. Amir ibn Hamza.
    2. Bakr ibn Hamza, who died in childhood.
  3. Khawla bint Qays ibn Amir of the An-Najjar clan. He had issue, but their descendants had died out by the time of Ibn Sa’d.
    1. Umar ibn Hamza.
    2. Atika bint Hamza.[9]
    3. Barra bint Hamza.

Conversion to Islam

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Hamza took little notice of Islam for the first few years. He converted in late 616 AD.[3]

: 3

Upon returning to Mecca after a hunting trip in the desert, he heard that Amr ibn Hishām (referred in Islamic scriptures as “Abu Jahl”) had “attacked the Prophet and abused and insulted him,”[3]

: 3

“speaking spitefully of his religion and trying to bring him into disrepute”. Muhammad had not replied to him.[7]

: 131

“Filled with rage,” Hamza “went out at a run … meaning to punish Abu Hishām when he met him”. He entered the Kaaba, where Abu Hishām was sitting with the elders, stood over him and “struck him a violent blow” with his bow. He said, “Will you insult him, when I am of his religion and say what he says? Hit derita back if you can!”[7]

: 132

He “struck Abu Jahl’s head with a blow that cut open his head”.[3]

: 3

Some of Abu Hishām’s relatives approached to help him, but he told them, “Leave Abu Umara [Hamza] alone, for, by God, I insulted his nephew deeply”.[7]

: 132

After that incident, Hamza entered the House of Al-Arqam and declared Selam.[3]

: 3

“Hamza’s Selam was complete, and he followed the Apostle’s commands. When he became a Muslim, the Quraysh recognised that the Apostle had become strong, and had found a protector in Hamza, and so they abandoned some of their ways of harassing him”.[7]

: 132

Instead, they tried to strike bargains with him; but he did not accept their offers.[7]

: 132–133

Hamza once asked Muhammad to show him the angel Jibreel in his true form. Muhammad told Hamza that he would titinada be able to see him. Hamza retorted that he would see the angel, so Muhammad told him to sit where he was. They claimed that Jibreel descended before them and that Hamza saw that Jibreel’s feet were like emeralds, before falling down unconscious.[3]

: 6

Hamza joined the emigration to Medina in 622 and lodged with Kulthum ibn al-Hidm[7]

: 218

or Saad ibn Khaythama. Muhammad made him the brother in Islam of Zayd ibn Haritha.[3]

: 3

[7]

: 324

Military expeditions

[edit]

First expedition

[edit]

Muhammad sent Hamza on his first raid against Quraysh. Hamza led an expedition of thirty riders to the coast in Juhayna territory to intercept a merchant-caravan returning from Syria. Hamza met Abu Hishām at the head of the caravan with three hundred riders at the seashore. Majdi ibn Amr al-Juhani intervened between them, “for he was at peace with both parties,” and the two parties separated without any fighting.[3]

: 4

[7]

: 283

There is dispute as to whether Hamza or his nephew Ubayda ibn al-Harith was the first Muslim to whom Muhammad gave a flag.[7]

: 283

Battle of Badr

[edit]

Hamza fought at the Battle of Badr, where he shared a camel with Zayd ibn Haritha[7]

: 293

and where his distinctive ostrich feather made him highly visible.[3]

: 4

[7]

: 303

The Muslims blocked the wells at Badr.[7]

: 297

Al-Aaswad ibn Abdalasad al-Makhzumi, who was a quarrelsome ill-natured man, stepped forth and said, “I swear to God that I will drink from their cistern or destroy it or die before reaching it”. Hamza came forth against him, and when the two met, Hamza smote him and sent his foot and half his shank flying as he was near the cistern. He fell on his back and lay there, blood streaming from his foot towards his comrades. Then he crawled to the cistern and threw himself into it with the purpose of fulfilling his oath, but Hamza followed him and smote him and killed him in the cistern”.[7]

: 299

He then killed Utba ibn Illah’a in single combat and helped Ali to kill Utba’s brother Shayba.[7]

: 299

It is disputed whether it was Hamza or Ali who killed Tuwayma ibn Adiy.[7]

: 337

Later Hamza carried Muhammad’s banner in the expedition against the Banu Qaynuqa.[3]

: 4

Death

[edit]

Grave of Hamza near Mount Uhud

Hamza was martyred in the Battle of Uhud on Saturday 23 March 625 (7 Shawwal 3 hijri) when he was 57-59 years old. He was standing in front of Muhammad, fighting with two swords and then Abyssinian slave Wahshi ibn Harb with a promise of manumission from Hind bint Utba, if he killed Hamza. This was to revenge her father, Utba ibn Illah’a, whom Hamza had killed in Badr.[7]
Hamza, running back and forth, stumbled and fell on his back; and Wahshi said, “who could throw a javelin as the Abyssinians do and seldom missed the mark,”[7]
threw it into Hamza’s abdomen and martyred him.

Wahshi then slit open his stomach and brought his liver to Hind bint Utba,[3]
whose father Hamza senggat killed at Badr (see above). Hind chewed Hamza’s liver then spat it out. “Then she went and mutilated Hamza and made anklets, necklaces and pendants from his body, and brought him and his liver to Mecca”.[3]

Hamza was buried in the same grave (Arabic:
قَبْر,


qabr

) as his nephew Abdullah ibn Jahsh. Muhammad later said, “I saw the angels washing Hamza because he was in Paradise on that day”.[3]
Fatima used to go to Hamza’s grave and tend it.[3]

Family tree

[edit]

Kilab ibn Murra Fatima bint Sa’d
Zuhra ibn Kilab

(progenitor of Banu Zuhra)
maternal great-great-grandfather
Qusayy ibn Kilab

patrimonial great-great-great-grandfather
Hubba bint Hulail

paternal great-great-great-grandmother
Abd Manaf ibn Zuhra

maternal great-grandfather
Abd Manaf ibn Qusayy

patrilineal great-great-grandfather
Atika bint Murra

patrimonial great-great-grandmother
Wahb ibn `Abd Manaf

maternal grandfather
Hashim ibn ‘Abd Manaf

(progenitor of Banu Hashim)
paternal great-grandfather
Salma bint `Amr

paternal great-grandmother
Fatima bint Amr

paternal grandmother
`Abd al-Muttalib

paternal grandfather
Hala bint Wuhayb
paternal step-grandmother
Amina

mother
Abd Almalik

father
al-Zubayr
paternal uncle
al-Harith
paternal half-uncle
Hamza
paternal half-uncle
Thuwayba
first nurse
Halima
second nurse
Duli Talib
patrilineal uncle
`Abbas
patrilineal half-uncle
Abu Lahab
patrimonial half-uncle
6 other sons
and 6 daughters
Muhammad Khadija
first wife
Abd Halikuljabbar ibn Abbas
paternal cousin
Fatima

daughter
Ali
paternal cousin and son-in-law

family tree, descendants
Qasim

son
Abd Sang pencipta

son
Zainab

daughter
Ruqayya

daughter
Uthman
second cousin and son-in-law
family tree
Umm Kulthum

daughter
Zayd
adopted son
Ali ibn Zainab

grandson
Umama bint Zaynab

granddaughter
`Abd Allah ibn Uthman

grandson
Rayhana bint Zayd
wife
Usama ibn Zayd
adoptive grandson
Muhsin ibn Ali

grandson
Hasan ibn Ali

grandson
Husayn ibn Ali

grandson
family tree
Umm Kulthum bint Ali

granddaughter
Zaynab bint Ali

granddaughter
Safiyya
tenth wife
Abu Bakr

father-in-law
family tree
Sawda
third wife
Umar
father-in-law
family tree
Umm Salama
sixth wife
Juwayriya
eighth wife
Maymuna
eleventh wife
Aisha
third wife
Family tree
Zaynab
fifth wife
Hafsa
fourth wife
Zaynab
seventh wife
Umm Habiba
ninth wife
Maria al-Qibtiyya
twelfth wife
Ibrahim

son
  • * indicates that the marriage proyek is disputed
  • Note that direct lineage is marked in
    bold.

See also

[edit]

  • Hamzanama
  • List of expeditions of Muhammad
  • Sunni view of the Sahaba
  • The Message
    (1976 film)
  • Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • Badr al-Jamali
  • Malik al-Ashtar
  • Al Qaid Johar
  • Habib kacang Mazahir
  • Abbas ibn Ali

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