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Banu Kinanah

Mecca the Main land of the Mudhar tribes

Banu Kinanah (also Bani Kinanah) (Arabic: بنو كنانة‎) (Arabic: بني كنانة‎) are the largest Mudhari Adnanite tribe of western Saudi Arabia in Hejaz and Tihama. They are descended from Kinanah, who was a grandson of Ilyas (known as Elijah in Jewish and Christian traditions).

Kinanah (or Kinana) was an ancestor of the Islamic prophet Muhammad:

Abu Muhammad 'Abd al-Malik bin Hisham wrote: Muhammad was the son of 'Abdullah, b. 'Abdu'I-Muttalib (whose name was Shayba), b. Hashim (whose name was 'Amr), b. 'Abd Manaf (whose name was al-Mughira), b. Qusayy (whose name was Zayd), b. Kilab, b. Murra, b. Ka'b, b. Lu'ay, b. Ghalib, b. Fihr, b. Malik, b. aI-Nadr, b. Kinanah, b. Khuzayma, b. Mudrika (whose name was 'Amir), b. Ilyas, b. Mudar, b. Nizar, b. Ma'add, b. Adnan, b. Udd (or Udad),....b. Ya'rub, b. Yashjub, b. Nabit, b. Ishmael, b. Ibrahim (Abraham), the friend of the Compassionate.[1]


Approximate locations of some of the important tribes and Empire of the Arabian Peninsula at the dawn of Islam (approximately 600 CE / 50 BH).

Banu Kinanah are divided in four branches: An-Nadr, Abdumanat, Malakan, and Malak.

An-Nadr ibn Kinanah

An-Nadr is Quraysh, the 13th grandfather of Muhammad An-Nadr is the son of Kinana.

Abd manaf ibn Kinanah

This is one of the biggest branches of Kinanah, and his sons are Murrah, Bakr, Alharith.

Banu Laith, Banu Dhumrah, Banu Ghufar, Banu Jadhimah, Banu Mudlij, Banu Aldiil, and Banu Sho'bah are the descendants of Abdumanat.

Malak (Malik) ibn Kinanah

Ban Firas ibn Ghanam ibn Thaalabah ibn Alharith ibn Malak ibn Kinanah were the best warriors of all.

Malakan ibn Kinanah

He is the first man to be named Malakan, and his sons are Haram, Thaalabah, Saad, Ausaid, and Ghanam.

Related tribes


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