Zaynab bint Al-Harith (Arabic: زينب بنت الحارث;) was a Jewish woman who lived in Khaybar, Arabia. She was married to Salam Ibn Mishkam. Zaynab is known for her attempted murder of the Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) after the Conquest of Khaybar in 7 AH (628 CE).
Zaynab planned to kill the Prophet (ﷺ) shortly after the Conquest of Khaybar. She prepared a roasted sheep with poison and presented it as a gift to Him (ﷺ). The assassination attempt failed and Zaynab was questioned about the matter. She replied, “She said: If you were a prophet, it would not harm you; but if you were a king, I should rid the people of you.”
Zaynab was initially shown mercy for her failed attempt on the Prophet’s (ﷺ) life, however she was eventually executed later in 7 AH (628 CE) for the murder of Bishar ibn Al-Bara who had eaten from the same sheep she poisoned and presented to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ).
- Jump up↑ The History of Islam Volume One by Akbar Shah Najeebadi, Revised by Safi-ur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri, p. 208
- Jump up↑ The Noble Life of The Prophet by Dr. Ali Muhammad As-Sallaabee, Volume 3, p.1605
- Jump up↑ Sunan Abi Dawud 4512, Book 41, Hadith 19: Types of Blood-Wit (Kitab Al-Diyat) – كتاب الديات – Hasan Sahih (Al-Albani)
- Jump up↑ Safi-ur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri (2002), Al-Raheeq Al-Makhtum, The Sealed Nectar: Biography of the Noble Prophet, Revised Edition, Darussalam Publications, p. 441, ISBN 9960-899-55-1
- Jump up↑ Basis of story is found in Sahih Al-Bukhari 1/449, 2/610, 860
- Jump up↑ Zadul-Ma’ad 2/139,140; Fathul-Bari 7/497; Ibn Hisham 2/337, 338