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Kinana ibn al-Rabi' ibn Abu al-Huqayq was a leader/chief of the Jews of Khaybar and husband of Safiyah, who later became one of Muhammad's wives. One source relates that Kinana and Safiyah had only been married one day prior to his death.
Torture and Beheading of Kinana
"Where are the vessels of gold," he asked, "which ye used to lend to the people of Mecca?" They protested that they no longer possessed them.
"If ye conceal anything from me," continued Mahomet, "and should I gain knowledge of it, then your lives and the lives of your families shall be at my disposal." They answered that it should be so.A traitorous Jew, having divulged to Mahomet the place in which a part of their wealth was deposited, he sent and fetched it. On the discovery of this attempt at imposition, Kinana was subjected to cruel torture,--"fire being placed upon his breast till his breath had almost departed,"--in the hope that he would confess where the rest of his treasures were concealed. Mahomet then gave command, and the heads of the two chiefs were severed from their bodies.
The claim that Kinana was beheaded for the death of Mahmud
Angry over the death of his brother, Muhammad b. Maslamah asked Muhammad for permission to fight and kill Marhab. He succeeded. However, Kinana was still killed for the death of Mahmud b. Maslamah:
Muhammad asked his companions, "Who will rise to meet him?"Muhammad ibn Maslamah rose and said, "Send me, O Prophet of God. For I am angry and bereaved, who lost his brother yesterday." The Prophet permitted him and he sprang to meet Marhab. The pair fought valiantly and, at one stage, Marhab almost killed the Muslim. Ibn Maslamah, however, intercepted the falling sword with his shield which bent under its weight and was cut so that the sword could not be pulled out and disengaged. Muhammad ibn Maslamah seized the opportunity and gave Marhab a fatal blow.