I'm confused whether the age of Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased on him) was 8 or 13 at time of the death of Muhammad (SAW).

I've read a book which says, it is 8. But in different websites, it says, 13. In Wikipedia, they have failed to provide any references to support "13". However, even if they give, I don't care. Their references are not always reliable.

In other website, they have also failed to provide references to support "13".

So plz answer with references from the books of the reliable and renowned scholars so that they can be cited as reference or from such type website for example: Islamqa. I mean, I want a reliable references. Not from any website. That's why, I would be thankful if anyone give references from the books of scholars.

  • The sahih reports about the age at which the prophet () died are giving different informations and you ask about the age of a sahabi and want a reliable information? Which book actually pretended he was 8 years old? The main sources say he was 13 or 15 as he was born before hijrah.
    – Medi1Saif
    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:08
  • @Medi1Saif, Would you plz give me the source which says it was 13 or 15? Nov 19, 2019 at 3:10

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There are at least six reports on the age of Abdullah ibn Abbas at that time of the death of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ: ten, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen or sixteen years. See فتح الباري - فضائل القرآن , باب تعليم الصبيان القرآن .

Among the references for thirteen and fifteen years include:

ابن عباس يقول: ولدت قبل الهجرة ونحن في الشعب فتوفي النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وأنا ابن ثلاث عشرة

Mustadrak al-Hakim

ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال: توفي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وأنا ابن خمس عشرة وقد ختنت

Mustadrak al-Hakim


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