Ḥassān ibn Thābit (Arabic: حسان بن ثابت) (born c. 563, Medina died 674) was an Arabian poet and one of the Sahaba, or companions of Muhammad, who was best known for poems in defense of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Hassan ibn Thabit
حسان بن ثابت
Bornc. 563 CE
Yathrib, Hejaz, Arabia
Died674(674-00-00) (aged 110–111)
Medina, Umayyad Caliphate
SpouseSirin bint Shamun
ChildrenAbdul-Rahman ibn Hassan
RelationsBanu Khazraj (from Azd)

He was born in Medina, and was a member of the Banu Khazraj tribe.[1] Muhammad gave him a slave, Sirin, as a concubine.

His writings in defence of Muhammad refer to contemporary events that have been useful in documenting the period. He was also Islam's first religious poet, using many phrases from the Qur'an in his verses.[citation needed]


According to Islamic tradition Hassan lived for 120 years, sixty years before converting to Islam and another sixty thereafter.[2] In his youth he traveled to Al-Hirah and Damascus, then he settled in Medina, where, after Mohammad's arrival, he accepted Islam and wrote poems in his defense.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainThatcher, Griffithes Wheeler (1911). "Ḥassān ibn Thābit". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 51.
  2. ^ Thomas Patrick Hughes, 1885/1999 rept., Dictionary of Islam, New Delhi: Rupa & Co.
  3. ^ Tabari, p. 131.