Ahl al-Bayt

Term referring to the family of Muhammad

Ahl al-Bayt (Arabic: أهل البيت‎, lit.'People of the House') is an Arabic phrase that refers primarily to the family of the prophet Muhammad.[1] It sometimes also refers to the family of the prophet Ibrahim.

In Shia Islam, the term refers to Muhammad, his daughter, Fatimah; his son-in-law, Ali; and their children, Hasan and Husayn.[1] Twelver Shias include their Twelve Imams in the Ahl al-Bayt as well, whereas Zaydis and Ismailis include their imams in Ahl al-Bayt.

In Sunni Islam, the term refers to Muhammad; his wives, his children; and his grandchildren.[1] In some other traditions, Ahl al-Bayt is used for the Banu Hashim clan.

In the Quran, Ahl al-Bayt has been used as a term of respect for wives.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ahl al-Bayt, Encyclopedia of Islam