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Duels Between Two or Four Warriors

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

When the rest of al-Husayn's companions saw the large number of those who had been killed from their camp, two, three, or four men simultaneously sought al-Husayn's permission to let them defend him and his ladies. Each member of these groups tried his best to protect the other or others as they fought.

Two men, both with the last name of al-Jabiri, namely Sayf Ibn al-Harith Ibn Sari’ and Malik Ibn ‘Abd Ibn Saree’, both cousins, came out weeping. Al-Husayn (‘a) asked them, “Why are you weeping? I hope after a short while you will see what will cool your eyes!”

They said, “May Allah accept us as your own sacrifice! We are not mourning our own death, but we are weeping only because we can see how you are thus surrounded while we cannot do much for you.” Al-Husayn (‘a) prayed Allah to reward them both with goodness.

They both fought near him till they were killed.7 ‘Abdullah and ‘Abdul-Rahman, sons of ‘Urwah al-Ghifari, came and said, “People have driven us to you [against our wish].” They kept fighting al-Husayn's enemy till they were both killed.
‘Amr Ibn Khalid al-Saydawi and his slave Sa’d, as well as Jabir Ibn al-Harith al-Salmani and Majma’ Ibn ‘Abdullah al-’A'ithi8, came out and collectively attacked the Kufians. Once they were in the latter's midst, they were soon circled.

Al-Husayn (‘a) asked his brother al-’Abbas to go to their rescue, which he did, but not before all those men received heavy wounds. On their way, the enemy came close to them. Despite their wounds, they kept fighting till they were all killed at the same place.9


7. Ibn al-Athir, Vol. 4, p. 29.

8. On p. 94, Vol. 3, of Al-Isaba (of Ibn Hajar al-’Asqalani), Part 3, it is stated that Mujma’ Ibn ‘Abdullah Ibn Mujma’ Ibn Malik Ibn Iyas Ibn ‘Abd Manat Ibn Sa’d was killed with al-Husayn Ibn ‘Ali, peace be upon him, during the Battle of Taff.

9. al-Tabari, Tarikh, Vol. 6, p. 255.


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