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Bahira (Arabic: بَحِيرَىٰ, Classical Syriac: ܒܚܝܪܐ) was an Arabian monk from the tribe of Abd al-Qays Nestorian or possibly Nasoraean Mandaean who, according to Islamic tradition, foretold to the adolescent Muhammad his future as a prophet. His name derives from the Syriac bḥīrā, meaning “tested (by God) and approved”. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bahira has received more than 343,145 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Bahira is the 533rd most popular religious figure (down from 522nd in 2019).

Bahira is most famous for the story of her conversion to Islam. In the year 614, a Christian monk named Bahira was traveling in the desert when he met a young girl who had been abandoned by her tribe. The monk took her in and raised her as his own. As she grew up, she began to display signs of a spiritual gift. She would often see visions and dream prophetic dreams. One day, a group of Muslim traders came to the monk's monastery. They were from the Quraysh tribe, which was known for its piety and righteousness. The monk asked the traders what they were seeking and they told him that they were looking for a bride for their son Muhammad. The monk told them that he had the perfect girl for them. The girl was Bahira and she was not only beautiful but also had a spiritual gift. The traders agreed to marry their son to Bahira and they all returned to Mecca.

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Among religious figures, Bahira ranks 533 out of 2,238Before him are Pope John XIII, Anna the Prophetess, Christina of Bolsena, Antipope Benedict XIII, Sumayyah bint Khabbat, and Abdullah ibn Masud. After him are Ramla bint Abi Sufyan, Zaynab bint Khuzayma, Peter Waldo, Penitent thief, Muhammad Ahmad, and Pope Sergius II.

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Among people born in 600, Bahira ranks 11Before him are Samo, Pope John IV, Abraha, Musaylimah, Zainab bint Muhammad, and Abdullah ibn Masud. After him are Muadh ibn Jabal, Maria al-Qibtiyya, Pope Severinus, Pope Theodore I, Abu Dhar al-Ghifari, and Rayhana bint Zayd. Among people deceased in 700, Bahira ranks 2Before him is Asparuh of Bulgaria. After him are Isaac of Nineveh, Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah, Di Renjie, Abdullah ibn Saba', Bāṇabhaṭṭa, Eulji Mundeok, Cunipert, Daṇḍin, Sebeos, and Sajah.

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