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Is Queen Elizabeth II A Direct Descendant Of The Prophet Muhammad?

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| April 9 , 2018 , 12:55 IST

Al-Ousboue, a Moroccan newspaper has claimed that Britain's Queen Elizabeth-II is a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad. The newspaper traced back 43 generations of the Queen's family tree to assert the claim.

According to the newspaper, Queen's bloodline runs through the "Earl of Cambridge in the 14th century, across medieval Muslim Spain, to Fatima, the Prophet's daughter."

Ali Gomaa, the former grand mufti of Egypt, had verified the genealogical records of early-medieval Spain.

This however is not the first instance of tying the Queen's ancestry to the prophet. These claims were first made back in 1986 by royal genealogy experts Burke’s Peerage. Burke's publishing director had said in a letter to the then Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher in 1986, "It is little known by the British people that the blood of Mohammed flows in the veins of the queen. However, all Moslem religious leaders are proud of this fact."

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He added, "The royal family's direct descent from the prophet Mohammed cannot be relied upon to protect the royal family forever from Moslem terrorists"

A study by Burke's Peerage had also said that Queen is a descendant of a Muslim princess called Zaida, who fled from her hometown of Seville in the 11th century, converted to Christianity and changed her name to Isabella.

The report suggested that Zaida was the fourth wife of King Al-Mu'tamid ibn Abbad of Seville and their son Sancho's descendant married the Earl of Cambridge. However, historians do not agree with Zaida's origin. Some claim that she is the daughter of Muatamid bin Abbad, a wine-drinking caliph descended from the Prophet, while other say she married into his family.

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As per reports, there have been mixed reactions to the reports of Queen's links to the founder of Islam with some welcoming the news, while some have warned saying that it is a plot to revive the British empire with Muslims help.

Ever since the claim was first published, it has been disputed by other experts who disagree with a lot of the details.

Abdelhamid Al-Aouni, who wrote the article in Al-Ousboue said, "It builds a bridge between our two religions and kingdoms."