Muhammad's wives or Wives of Muhammad were the twelve women married to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Muslims refer to them as ""Mothers of the Believers"" (Arabic: أمهات المؤمنين Ummahāt al-Muʾminīn). Muslims use the term prominently before or after referring to them as a sign of respect. The term is derived from Quran 33:6:The Prophet is closer to the believers than their selves, and his wives are (as) their mothers.Muhammad's life is traditionally delineated as two epochs: pre-hijra (emigration) in Mecca, a city in western Arabia, from the year 570 to 622, and post-hijra in Medina, from 622 until his death in 632. All but two of his marriages were contracted after the Hijra (migration to Medina).