He is Abu ‘Abdullaah – Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu – who embraced Islam while he was a youth of 16 years. Az-Zubair ibn al-Awwam (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) was the cousin of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and one of those ten who were given the glad tidings of Jannah. He was one of the six people of Shura (consultation) and the first one who unsheathed his sword in the Cause of Allaah.
Safiyah bint ‘Abdul-Muttaalib belonged to the high-class family of Bani Hashim and she married the notable man (Al-Awwam) whom she loved and admired.
Within the society of the Quraish, as well as other societies in the Arabian Peninsula, the household that had more male offspring was given more esteem (held in the highest regard). They felt that later on, as youth, such boys would be the ones who would protect the tribe and give the family dignity and honor. Safiyah dreamt to have such a son that would add to her happiness.
Days passed slowly while Safiyah yearned for a baby. She looked forward to the day when she would be a mother.
Nine months later, Allaah blessed Al-Awwam and Safiyah with a son whom they named Az-Zubair. Safiyah gave him all the care and affection that would make him a man of notable rank among his peers.
Orphaned at a young age
As tribes during those ancient days used to invade and be invaded by other tribes, and as wars were normally waged for trivial reasons, it was commonplace that a man might spend the first part of the day with his family and be killed later in the day. This is what happened to Al-Awwam; Az-Zubair (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) was left an orphan under the custody of his mother after his father was killed in a battle among the tribes of Arabia.
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