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Family of the Prophet

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Author(s): Asani, Ali S.A.
The extended family (q.v.) of the prophet Muḥammad (q.v.), to which the Qurʾān contains several references clearly intended to distinguish them from other Muslims. This is in accord with the general tendency in the Qurʾān of exalting the family and descendants of most prophets (see prophets and prophethood ), as is evidenced, for example, in q 3 (Sūrat Āl ʿImrān), a sūra named after the family of ʿImrān (q.v.), the father of Moses (q.v.). The specific contexts in which the Qurʾān refers to the prophet Muḥammad's family are diverse. q 8:41 and 59:7 designate a portion of the booty (q.v.…