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Did Hind really chew on the heart of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu'anhu)?

Question

What is the status of the story of Hind eating and chewing the heart of Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu)?

Answer

There are several authentic reports that state that Hind bint ‘Utbah, the wife of Abu Sufyan, had mutilated the body of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu).

Refer to: Mustadrak Hakim, vol.3 pg.197-199 & Hayatus Sahabah, vol.1 pg.845 & vol.3 pgs.93-94.

The famous Historian, Muhammad ibn Is-haq and some of the Biographers of Sahabah, like Ibn ‘Abdil Barr and Ibnul Athir (rahimahumullah) have mentioned that Hind had removed – among other body parts- the liver of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu) and chewed on it!

(Al-Isti’ab, vol.1 pg.425, Usdul Ghabah, vol.2 pg.68 & Sirah ibn Hisham, vol.2 pg.79- on the authority of Ibn Is-haq.)

I haven’t been able to locate any mention of her eating Sayyiduna Hamzah’s (radiyallahu’anhu) heart.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar