Children of Muhammad

The Children of Muhammad include the three sons and four daughters (one daughter according to Shia sources) born to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.[1] All were born to Muhammad’s first wife Khadija bint Khuwaylid[2] except one son, who was born to Maria al-Qibtiyya[3] who was given to Muhammad as a slave in 628AD.

His attitude and treatment towards his children, enshrined in the hadith, is viewed by Muslims as an exemplar to be imitated.[4]

All Muhammad’s children, except Fatimah, died in childhood and it is through Fatimah that Muhammad’s lineage continued in the form of the respected Sayyid (meaning Leader or Sir) and Sharif (meaning noble).[5] His sons never reached adulthood and died as infants. The early deaths of Muhammad’s sons has been viewed as being detrimental to the cause of those who advocated that succession should be based upon family inheritance from Muhammad.[6]

List of children

Muhammad’s children were (in chronological order):

  • Qasim ibn Muhammad, (598 – 600 or 601 CE)
  • Zainab bint Muhammad, (599 – 630 CE)
  • Ruqayyah bint Muhammad, (601 – 624 CE)
  • Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad, (603 – 630 CE)
  • Abd-Allah ibn Muhammad, (d. 615 CE)
  • Fatimah bint Muhammad, (ca. 604 – 632 CE)
  • Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, (630 – 631 CE)


  1.  Muḥammad Ḥusayn Haykal (1 May 1994). The Life of Muhammad (revised ed.). The Other Press. pp. 76–7. ISBN9789839154177.
  2.  Paul Gwynne (23 Dec 2013). Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad: A Comparative Study. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN9781118465493According to Sunni Islam, Khadija bore Muhammad four daughters (Zaynab, Ruqayya, Umm Kulthum and Fatima) and two sons (‘Abdallah and Qasim).
  3.  G. Smith, Bonnie, ed. (2008). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History: 4 Volume Set (illustrated ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 17. ISBN9780195148909.
  4.  Yust, Karen-Marie, ed. (2006). Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World’s Religious Traditions. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 72. ISBN9780742544635.
  5.  Morimoto, Kazuo, ed. (2012). Sayyids and Sharifs in Muslim Societies: The Living Links to the Prophet (illustrated ed.). Routledge. p. 2. ISBN9780415519175.
  6.  Noel Freedman, David; J. McClymond, Michael, eds. (2000). The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 497. ISBN9780802829573Muhammad’s lack of male offspring—which would continue with his later wives as well—was to have serious implications for the future of Islam. When controversy surged over the question of succession, there was no male heir to the Prophet. The Shi’ites, who were to claim that the succession belonged by right to the closest male relative, could do no better than to point to Muhammad’s cousin Ali as their candidate—which did not carry the day for them. Had there been a son, things might have turned out rather differently.

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