Salim b. Amr b. Abd Allah

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Salim b. Amr b. Abd Allah
Martyrs of Karbala.jpg
The burial place of the martyrs of Karbala in the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Hussain
Native nameسالِم بن عَمْرو بن عَبْدالله
Full NameSalim b. Amr b. Abd Allah Banu l-Madina al-Kalbi.
Companion ofImam al-Hussain
Religious AffiliationShi'a
LineageBanu l-Madina al-Kalbi
Cause of MartyrdomEvent of Karbala
Burial PlaceKarbala
ActivitiesAccompanied Muslim b. Aqil, Martyred in Karbala

Salim b. Amr b. Abd Allah (Arabic: سالِم بن عَمْرو بن عَبْدالله, martyrdom: 61/681) was martyred in the Battle of Karbala. He accompanied Muslim b. Aqil in his uprising, and after Muslim's martyrdom, left Kufa to join Imam al-Hussain's army.

Helping Muslim b. Aqil[edit | edit source]

Salim b. Amr b. Abd Allah was a servant of the Banu l-Madina al-Kalbi tribe. As a Shi'a, Salim helped Muslim b. Aqil in his uprising, and after Muslim's martyrdom, was arrested by Kathir b. Shahab. He managed to escape Obayd-Allah b. Ziyad's prison and hide with his own tribe.

Joining Imam al-Hussain[edit | edit source]

After Imam al-Hussain's caravan reached Karbala, Salim and a number of people from Banu Kalb joined the Imam's army. He was martyred on the Day of Ashura. Ibn Shahrashub writes in the book Ibsar al-'ayn that Salim was martyred during the first attack on the Day of Ashura. However, the same author does not list Salim among the first martyrs in existing copies of his book Manaqib.

Doubts About Existence[edit | edit source]

Salim is mentioned as martyr of Karbala in the version of Ziyara al-Shuhada that in the Hadith books Iqbal al-a'mal and Bihar al-anwar, with the phrase, "peace be upon Salim the servant of Banu l-Madina Kalbi". However, early Shiite sources of history and rijal do not mention Salim among martyrs of Karbala. Furthermore, he is not mentioned in the version of Ziyarat al-Shuhada cited in al-Shaykh al-Mufid's al-Mazar or in Ibn Mashhadi's Al-Mazar. Muhammad Taqi Shushtari has cast doubts over the existence of such a person.

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