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|Abu Sufyan ibn Harb
صخر بن حرب
|Born||Sakhr ibn Harb
)1 September 560
|Died||2 September 652) (aged 92)
|Known for||Chieftain of the Quraish of Mecca.|
Sakhr ibn Harb (Arabic: صخر بن حرب), more commonly known as Abu Sufyan (1 September 560 - 1 August 652), was the leader of the Quraish tribe of Mecca. He was a staunch opponent of the Islamic prophet Muhammad before accepting Islam later in his life. His mother, Safia, is the paternal aunt of Maymuna bint al-Harith.
Opposition to Islam
Abu Sufyan was the chieftain of the Banu Abd-Shams clan of the Quraish tribe, which made him one of the most powerful in Mecca. Abu Sufyan viewed Muhammad as a threat to Mecca's social order, a man aiming for political power and a blasphemer of the Quraish gods.
Abu Sufyan's brother Musab was among several people who migrated to Abyssinia to escape persecution in Mecca.