Find out where Maria, Prophet Mohammedโ€™s Coptic Christian wife, was born

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Mohamad Mostafa Nassar


Some 400 kilometers south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, there is the village called โ€œSheikh Ebadaโ€ near Mallawi center in Minya governorate.

The village inhabited by about 60 thousand people is the birthplace of Maria, the Coptic Christian wife of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). She was โ€œgiftedโ€™ to him during the 7th Hijri year by Al-Muqawqis, the ruler of Egypt back then.

Lady Maria is the daughter of Shamoun. She gave birth to Ibrahim, Prophet Mohammedโ€™s third son, who died as a young child.

The story of her marriage starts when Prophet Mohammed sent a messenger to the Egyptian ruler with Hattib bin Abi Beltaโ€™a, introducing and inviting him to Islam. Hattib delivered the words of the Prophet, and the response of

Al-Muqawqis was as follows:

โ€œTo Mohammed bin Abddallah, From Al-Muqawqis the Greatest of the Copts, I read your message and I understood what you are calling for. I know of the last Prophet, and I thought that he would come out of the Levant. I honored your messenger, and Iโ€™m sending you two gifts who are of great value to the Copts, along with clothing and a mule to ride, peace be upon you.โ€

The village where Lady Maria was born and raised has Ancient Egyptian, Roman, Coptic and Islamic monuments.

He added that the village itself was also named โ€œAntonio Polisโ€ after it was founded by Emperor Hadrian who named it in commemoration of his fatherโ€™s memory, and it contains the remains of the Temple of Ramses II, the remains of Pharaonic tombs, a Roman theater, and the gate of victory.

โ€œIn the times following the Pharaonic era, the village was called โ€œHufnโ€™, and in the Islamic era, the followers of the Prophet looked after the village, and Muawiya exempted it from the levies,โ€ he added.

He said, โ€œaccording to many historical sources, after Amr ibn al-Aas took command of Egypt, the armies led by Ebada bin al- Samit arrived at the village, and when he was told it was the birthplace of Lady Maria, wife of Prophet Mohammed, he decided to stay there.

He built a mosque close to Lady Mariaโ€™s home, and it became the first mosque in Mlawi. Ebada settled in that area and made it his residence, and thus the village was named after him โ€œthe village of Sheikh Ebada.

Credit Lamiaa ElKholy

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