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Zaynab Name Information

This eMedTV Web page highlights information about the name Zaynab. This may include information about variations, and meaning. It is believed to be a modification of Zenubia, a pre-Islam Syrian queen.

Meanings and Variations

Zaynab is from Arabic meaning A fragrant flowering plant, desert flower.
Alternates for Zaynab include: Zeynab, Zeyneb, Zainab, Zeineb, Zainub, Zejneb, Zejneba, Zaeneb, and Zeynep
Zaynab is associated with these categories: Religious
Famous people named Zaynab
Zaynab bint Ali, Religion: The daughter of the Islamic caliph, Ali (Ali ibn Abu Talib), and granddaughter of Islamic prophet, Muhammad through his daughter Fatimah. In Shia Muslim views, she is a great figure of sacrifice and strength. In Iran, her birthday is recognized as Nurse's Day.\n
Zaynab bint Jahsh, Religion: A wife of Muhammad and therefore a Mother of the Believers. Prior to this, she was briefly married to Muhammad's adopted son, Zayd ibn Harithah.
Zainab bint Muhammad, Religion: While Sunnis view Zainab (also spelled as Zainub and Zaynab) as the daughter of Muhammad and Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, other Muslim sects such as Shia Muslims debate that she is the daughter of Khadijah's assumed previous husband (see Genealogy of Khadijas daughters).\n\nMarried to Abu al-Aas ibn al-Rabiah prior to his conversion to Islam, she became the mother of two children: Ali and Ummah.\n\nHer other sisters were Ruqayah bint Muhammad, Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad and Fatima bint Muhammad.\n\nWhen Muhammad abandoned Mecca for Medina, his daughter Zaynab could not bear to leave her non-Muslim husband Abu al-'Aas, and was not required to do so until years later under other circumstances. Muhammad did not automatically divorce them.\n
Zaynab an-Nafzawiyyat, Historical Figure: A Berber woman of influence in the early Almoravid movement which gained control of Morocco, Algeria and parts of Spain. The earliest reference to her is in the anonymous 12th-century text Kitab al-Istibsar, where it says "In her time there was none more beautiful or intelligent or witty ... she was married by Yusuf, who built Marrakech for her".\n

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