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‘Abdullah Ibn Muslim

Adapted from: "Maqtal al-Husayn; Martyrdom Epic of Imam al-Husayn (a.s.)" by: "Abd al-Razzaq al-Muqarram"

After him ‘Abdullah son of Muslim Ibn ‘Aqil Ibn Abu Talib and Ruqayya, the great daughter of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam ‘Ali (‘a),32 charged as he recited this verse:
Today Muslim, my father, shall I meet
With a band sacrificed for the Prophet's creed.
He killed a number of the enemy troops in three of his assaults.33 Yazid Ibn al-Ruqad al-Jahni34 shot him with an arrow that he unsuccessfully tried to avoid with his hand, but it pierced his hand and found its way to his forehead.

He could not remove it from his forehead.35 He, therefore, said, “O Allah! They have found us few in number, so they humiliated us. Kill them, O Lord, as they have killed us.” As he was thus engaged, a man threw a spear at him which pierced his heart, killing him instantly.36 Yazid Ibn al-Ruqad came to him, took out the arrow from his forehead as its tip remained inside.37


32. On p. 45 of his book, he attributed the genealogy of Mis’ab Ibn al-Zubayr to Quraish, adding, “She is the mother of his brothers ‘Ali and Muhammad.”

33. Ibn Shahr Ashub, Al-Manaqib, Vol. 2, p. 220.

34. His last name, as recorded on p. 238, Vol. 5, of Ansab al-Ashraf of al-Balathiri, is given as “al-Janbi”.

35. Abul-Faraj al-Isfahani, Maqatil al-Talibiyyin, p. 27 (Iranian edition).

36. According to both Al-Irshad and p. 256, Vol. 6, of al-Tabari's Tarikh, ‘Amr Ibn Abi al-Sa’idi shot him with a couple of arrows one of which found its way to his heart. On p. 239, Vol. 5, of Ansab al-Ashraf of al-Balathiri, the name of the person who shot that arrow is said to be Yazid Ibn al-Ruqad al-Janbi.

37. al-Tabari, Tarikh, Vol. 6, p. 179.


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