Sayf b. al-Harith al-Hamdani

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Sayf b. al-Harith al-Hamdani
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Native nameسیف بن الحارث بن سُرَیع الهمدانی
Full NameSayf b. al-Harith b. Suray al-Hamdani
Companion ofImam al-Hussain
LineageHamdan tribe
Place(s) of ResidenceKufa
Cause of
Martyrdom in the Battle of Karbala
Burial PlaceKarbala, Iraq
ActivitiesParticipating in the Battle of Karbala

Sayf b. al-Harith al-Hamdani was martyred on the day of Ashura.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

Sayf b. Harith (Harath) b. Suray b. Jabir al-Hamdani al-Jabiri was from Bani Jabir, a branch of Hamdan tribe who were originally from Yemen and lived in Kufa.[1]

In the Battle of Karbala[edit | edit source]

According to historical sources, Sayf b. Harith b. Suray and Malik b. Abd Allah b. Suray were brothers from the same mother and were also cousin. They went to Karbala and joined the companions of Imam Hussain.

On the Day of Ashura, when they saw Imam Hussain confronting the army of enemy, went to him crying. Imam told them, "O cousins! Why are you crying? By God, I hope your eyes will soon be brightened [to heaven]."

They answered, "May God sacrifice us for you; by God we swear we are not crying for ourselves, but our crying is because we see you besieged and cannot defend you."

Imam said, "May God give you best of rewards He gives to the God-wary for your companionship and defense."

After Hanzala b. As'ad al-Shibami was martyred, Sayf and Malik greeted Imam. Imam answered their greeting and they moved toward the enemy. They fought while they supported each other until they both were martyred.[2]

Source[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samʿānī, al-Ansāb, p. 419.
  2. Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk, vol. 5, p. 442-444; Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 132-133.