Utbah ibn Rabi’ah


ʿUtbah ibn Rabīʿah (Arabic: عتبة بن ربيعة‎) was one of the prominent pagan leaders of the Quraysh during the era of Muhammad. He is the father of Hind bint Utbah and father-in-law of Abu Sufyan ibn Harb.

Attitude Regarding Islam

Utbah was strongly opposed to the message of Allah’s Prophet. On one occasion he became so enraged he beat Abu Bakr close to death with his shoe.


Utbah was killed on Tuesday, 13 March 624 CE (17 Ramadan, 2 AH in the Islamic calendar) in a duel prior to the Battle of Badr by Hamzah ibn Abdul Muttalib as described by Ali ibn Abi Talib.

Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib: (At the battle of Badr) Utbah ibn Rabi’ah came forward followed by his son and his brother and cried out: Who will be engaged in single combat? Some young men of the Helpers responded to his call. He asked: Who are you? They told him. He said: We do not want you; we, in fact, want only our cousins. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Get up Hamzah get up Ali; get up Ubaydah ibn al-Harith. Hamzah went forward to Utbah, I went forward to Shaybah; and after two blows had been exchanged between Ubaydah and al-Walid, they wounded one another severely; so we turned against al-Walid and killed him, and we carried Ubaydah away.[1]


  1. Jump up↑ Sunan Abi Dawud: Book of Jihad (Kitab Al-Jihad) 2665, In-book reference: Book 15, Hadith 189, English translation: Book 14, Hadith 2659. https://sunnah.com/abudawud/15/189