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Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Islam
Author(s):
John L. EspositoJohn L. Esposito

Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim 

(d. ca. 578)

Muhammad's grandfather. Cared for Muhammad after the deaths of his parents. Died when Muhammad was eight. Credited by hadith with receiving a command from God to dig up the well of Zamzam, over which he maintained control and from which he sold water to pilgrims coming to the Kaaba in Mecca.