The Arab house of Islam
The following genealogy, seen in a number of places
(linked here to Brian Tompsett's site),
which claims that the
Spanish Christian Royal House had Moorish Islamic ancestry,
is, it seems, generally not accepted by genealogists.
Apparently the Muslim genealogy of the Prophet Muhammad
is considered reasonably well supported.
However, there is not yet any proven descent from it
to medieval European Christian lines.
If any descent is established, it will probably be through medieval Spain and Portugal.
born 430 AD
Hashim Amr Abd Shams
Abd al-Muttalib Umayyah (the "Umayyids")
Abd Allah Abu el-As
The Prophet Muhammad al-Hakim
founder of Islam |
born 570 AD |
Fatimah (the "Fatimids") Marwan I, Caliph at Damascus
al-Hasan Abd al-Malik, Caliph of Damascus
Husain Hisham I, Caliph at Damascus
Zohra (mar the "Lakhm") Mu'awiya
Na'im al-Lakhmi Abd-ar-Rahman I, Emir of Cordoba
Na'im al-Lakhmi Hisham I, Emir of Cordoba
Itaf al-Hakam I, Emir of Cordoba
Amr Abd-ar-Rahman II, Emir of Cordoba
Aslan Muhammad I, Emir of Cordova
Amr Abd Allah, Emir of Cordoba
Qarais Abd al-Rahman III, Emir of Cordoba
Ismail, Iman of Seville al-Hakam II, Caliph of Cordoba
Chamberlain of Seville Mawiyah
al-Mu'tamid, Chamberlain of Seville Nuno Gonsalez of Lara
al-Mu'tamid, Emir of Seville Gonsalo Nunnez of Lara
born est c.1045 |
| Nuno Gonsalez of Lara
born est c.1075 Gonsalo Nunez of Lara
later bapt as a Christian |
Sancha de Castile Rodrigo Gonzalez de Lara
born c.1100 |
Rodrigo de Lara
Sancha de Lara
Meria de Henestrona
Maria de Padilla,
mar Peter the Cruel, King of Castile and Leon and had issue.
Christian descents from the Prophet Muhammad
- Maria de Padilla is
the ancestor of every
from Edward IV (succ 1461) to the present day
except for Henry VII.
- This note
suggests a descent from The Prophet Muhammad to
grandmother of Toda Aznarez.
But then there is a dispute as to whether
the latter left descendants.
Ancestry of the Prophet Muhammad
- Muslim family trees
- The Prophet Muhammad's ancestry is traced back to
Adnan around 100 BC.
This is probably myth.
- Beyond that, this attempt to link Adnan to the Biblical Abraham is obvious mythology.
Apart from anything else, even if Abraham existed, he would have lived something like 2300 BC.
- Some scholars believe that little from this period can be treated
as reliable history.
[Ibn Warraq, 1995]
for a brief survey.
However it is still almost certain that,
if we accept that
the Prophet existed, had wives and children,
and there was great status in marrying his descendants,
then very soon (within say two to three hundred years)
all of the prominent families of Islam
would be descended from him,
even if the specific descents above are not reliable.
- Many prominent people in the Islamic world
claim descent from the Prophet.
See the titles
- The Aga Khan
claims to descend from the Prophet.
- The Hashemite dynasty
claims to descend from the Prophet.
- People claiming descent from the Prophet:
- Ayatollah Khomeini,
leader of the 1979 Iranian Islamist revolution,
dictator of Iran.
- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
current dictator of Iran.
- Ali al-Sistani,
prominent Shia cleric.
- Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr,
prominent Shia cleric
(see Sadr family).
- Muqtada al-Sadr,
- The Hashemite Kings of Iraq,
- The Hashemite Kings of Jordan,
- Sayyid Qutb, founder of Islamism.
- Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah,
leader of Hezbollah.
- The Sultan of Brunei
apparently claims descent from the Prophet.
- The claimed descent of the Iraqi dictator
from the Prophet
He was a peasant
who did not even know his own birthday.
"The committee of Ashrafs, a group in Baghdad that guards the Muslim Prophet's genealogy,
has admitted that Saddam forced them to add him to Muhammad's family tree.
Three days after he was captured by American forces, the committee corrected the record."
Most people are probably descended from the Prophet Muhammad anyway
- If we accept the argument above that, even if the exact lines aren't known,
most of the prominent families of Islam
would have soon ended up descended from the Prophet,
then most of modern Islam would descend from the Prophet.
And only a tiny amount of intermarriage with Christians and Jews in medieval Spain
would yield the result that,
even if all the descents above are false,
almost every Muslim, almost every Jew,
and almost everyone in the West today is
descended from the Prophet.
- Simply put, if anyone at Muhammad's time left
a reasonable number of descendants,
they are probably the ancestor of most of the West today,
even if no specific descent can be proved.
See full discussion on
Common ancestors of all humans.