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Hariz b. Abd Allah al-Azdi al-Kufi

His real name was Hariz b. Abd Allah al- Azdy al- Kufi, al- Sijstany. He was attributed to Sijstan because he traveled to it for trade many times. He was a narrator and jurisprudent. He has many books on jurisprudence. He reported many traditions orally or through the reporters on the authority of al- Sadiq, peace be on him. It was said that he did not report any tradition orally on the authority of al- Sadiq, peace be on him, but two ones. However, this claim opposes the traditions which have been reported on his authority without any means. Whoever considers carefully the books of traditions, knows that Hariz reported many traditions orally on the authority of al- Sadiq. His books are regarded among the fundamentals of Islamic jurisprudence. He and a group of the Shi'a were killed in Sajstan. That was because Hariz had companions who believed in his opinion. However, the Kharijites were the majority in Sajstan. The companions of Hariz heard them abusing Amirul Mu'minin (i.e. Imam , Ali), peace be on him. They told Hariz about that and asked him to permit them to kill those who abused Amirul Mu'minin.

So, he permitted them. So, they began to kill those who abused Amirul Mu'minin one by one. The Kharijites did not think that the Shi'a were able to commit such assassinations because they were few in number. For this reason the Kharijites accused the Murjea of committing such assassinations. Accordingly, they began looking for the Murjea to kill them. They went on looking for the Murjea till they knew that it was the Shi'a who committed such assassinations, not the Murjea. One day, Hariz and his companions met in the Mosque. The Kharijites came and demolished the walls of the Mosque on them, May Allah have mercy on them.

Adapted from: "Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.)"