The Blessed Tree: The Prophet’s Lineage-An-Naḍr

By Sheikh Idris Watts


His name was Qays. He was nicknamed Naḍr because of his light complexion and beauty. The word means red gold. He was coined Abū Yakhalud. Imām Shāfi’ī – may Allah have mercy upon him – said that the first to be called Quraysh was Naḍr. It is related that he married his father’s wife after he passed away. However, we can not ascertain that this happened or we can say that it might have not been forbidden in the laws of the Prophets’ before. He had three sons: Mālik, Yakhlud, and aṣ-Ṣalt but only Mālik had children. His mother was Barrah who was not the wife of Kinānah. Some said that Kinānah married her after his father Khuzaymah and she produced an-Naḍr. They explain that this was not seen as something reprehensible because it may have been permissible in their religion as Allāh says:

و لا تنكحوا ما نكح آباؤكم من النساء إلا ما قد سلف(…)
“Do not marry those women who your fathers married except for what has passed…”

The reason for this exception here is so that one would not find fault in the lineage of the Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings be upon him. However, this position is weak. In truth, he married her brother’s daughter Barrah who was the mother of Naḍr. Many scholars made the mistake because they bore the same name.

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