Al-Hajjaj b. Masruq al-Ju'fi

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Al-Hajjaj b. Masruq al-Madhhiji al-Juʿfi was a devotee Shi'a and companion of Imam Ali. When al-Hajjaj learned that Imam Hussain left Medina, he left Kufa to join Imam in Mecca. He then accompanied Imam Hussain on his journey from Mecca to Kufa and became the mu'adhdhin of Imam Hussain's caravan. He was eventually martyred at the Battle of Karbala.

Al-Hajjaj b. Masruq al-Ju'fi
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Native nameالحَجّاج بن مَسروق المذحجی الجُعفی
Full NameAl-Ḥajjaj b. Masruq al-Madhḥiji al-Juʿfī
Companion ofImam Ali,Imam al-Hussain
Death/Martyrdom61/680
Cause of
Death/Martyrdom
Battle of Karbala
Burial PlaceThe Holy Shrine of mam Hussain
ActivitiesMuadhdhin of the caravan of mam Hussain

Event of Karbala[edit | edit source]

When al-Hajjaj learned about Imam Hussain's departure to Mecca, he moved from Kufa to Mecca and later, accompanied Imam's caravan to Kufa. He was the mu'adhdhin of the caravan on the way from Mecca to Karbala.[1]

In the Dhu Husam station, where the caravan of Imam Hussain encountered the army of Kufa under the leadership of Hurr b. Yazid al-Riyahi, the Imam ordered al-Hajjaj b. Masruq to recite adhan (call for prayers) at noon.[2]

When the caravan arrived in the Qasr b. Bani Muqatil station, Imam Hussain saw a tent. He asked about the owner of the tent, and he was told that it belonged to Ubayd Allah b. al-Hurr al-Ju'fi. The Imam sent al-Hajjaj b. Masruq to him to call him to help the Imam, but he rejected the call.[3]

Martyrdom[edit | edit source]

On the day of Ashura, al-Hajjaj asked for the Imam permission to go to the battlefield. After a while he returned to the Imam with a bloodstained body, and recited the following poem:

"may my life be sacrificed for you—the guiding and the guided. I will meet your grandfather, the Prophet, today. And then I will meet your father, Ali; the great man who I know as the successor of the Prophet ."

Imam al-Hussain told him: "Yes. And I will meet them after you."

Al-Hajjaj returned to the battlefield then, and fought until he was martyred.

Al-Hajjaj is mentioned in Ziyarat al-Nahiya al-Muqaddasa and Ziyarat al-Rajabiyya.[4]

Source[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 151.
  2. Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-Ṭabarī, vol. 5, p. 401.
  3. Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 151; Ḥāʾirī Shīrāzī, Dhakhīrat al-dārayn, p. 407.
  4. Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 151.