A Review on The Story of the Holy Prophet and Zaynab Bint Jahsh

Ibrahim Ibrahimi, Seyyedmajid Nabavi, Robab Shahmoradi


Regarding the verse 37 of Surah Ahzab , some traditions and stories have been narrated which come in the following in brief:

“One day Prophet wanted Zayd ibn Harithah- his slave- do something for him, he came to his home. When he entered his home, he saw Zaynab bint Jahsh, the wife of Zayd. Her beauty surprised him. The Prophet fell in love with him and wished Zayd divorced her so he could marry her.” In the present study authenticity of this story has been studied. The method of this research is library and descriptive-analytic.

After reviewing text and sources, it becomes clear that these traditions are not authentic, the source-based shortcoming is presence of weak narrators in the chain of narrators. Likewise, in the chain of narrators, we have seen Tabe’in or those who could not have been eye-witnesses of this story.
Concerning the text of this tradition, it should be said that these traditions are not compatible with verses of Quran and the history of Prophet. Presence of ambiguity and discordance of these narrations with the infallibility of Prophet is another reason of rejecting this story.


Weak Traditions; Zaynab Bint Jahsh; Zayd Ibn Harithah; The Prophet

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18415/ijmmu.v5i3.1081


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