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Kilāb ibn Murrah (abt. 0359)

Kilāb "Abu Zuhrah" ibn Murrah
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Brother of [half] and [half]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Kilāb was son of Murrah ibn Ka'b ibn Lu'ayy ibn ibn Ghālib, from the descendants of Ishmael son of Abraham.

Kilāb in Arabic means a dog. He was nicknamed Kilāb because he loved to use hunting dogs, or it may be a derivative of the word Mukābalah meaning to pounce. His real name may have been Hakīm, ʻUrwah, Muhadhdhab, or Mughīrah.

His kunya was Abu Zuhrah, named after his son Zurah.[1]

The Arabs were once asked why they call their children the worst of names like 'dog' and 'wolf' and then name their slaves the best like 'Rizq' (provision) and 'Rabāḥ' (profit). He replied that when they name their children the name is directed toward their enemies. As for our slaves, they are our property so we wish to give them good names.

The paternal and maternal (grandfather's) ancestries of Prophet Muhammad meet at Kilāb.

Birth date estimation

Based on his relationships, his birth is computed using linear programming to be between 278 to 413. An estimate is 0359 (40% quantile from the latest date).


  1. Kiṭab Jumal Min Ansāb al-Ashrāf (Arabic), by Imām Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyā ibn Jābir (d. 0892), Dār al-Fikr, first edition 1992.

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