A Critical Assessment of Umm Kulthum’s Marriage to Umar

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Master, Muhammad, and his pure family, and may the curse of Allah be upon all of their enemies.

Since the early Islamic centuries as of now, many inquiries and investigations have been made and answers given concerning the following narration: “The Commander of Faithful, Ali (a.s.) married his daughter to Umar b. Khattab”.

As well, books, treatises and articles have been written in this regard. For instance, Sheikh Mufid, may Allah be pleased with him, has authored two well-researched treatises in this regard, of which one has been presented in the book titled Ajwebat Al-Masail Al-Sarawiyah in reply to the tenth question and the other has been presented in Ajwebat Al-Masail Al-Hajibiyah in reply to the fifteenth question.

The present book is the result of research concerning this incident. In this study, first of all, the original narration has been cited from the most famous Sunni books whereupon their chains of transmission as well as their significations have been examined and criticized.

This study aims to examine the story, unveil and clarify the truth and finally put a stop to controversies and disputes in this regard.

And Allah is Felicitous and He is the Helper.