Yazid b. Ziyad b. Muhasir

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Yazid b. Ziyad b. Muhasir
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Native nameیَزید بن زیاد بن مُهاصِر
Full NameYazid b. Ziyad b. Muhasir
Companion ofImam al-Hussain
TeknonymAbu l-Sha'tha
Religious AffiliationShiʿa
Cause of
Martyrdom in the Battle of Karbala
Burial PlaceShrine of Imam Hussain, Karbala, Iraq

Yazid b. Ziyad b. Muhasir, known as Abu l-Shaʿtha al-Kindi, was in the army of Umar b. Sa'd at first but then He joined the army of the Imam Hussain. he was martyred in the Battle of Karbala.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

Yazid b. Ziyad b. Muhasir was from the Kinda tribe from the Banu Bahdala clan. His kunya was Abu l-Sha'tha.[1]

Companion of Imam al-Hussain[edit | edit source]

When Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad sent a letter to Hurr b. Yazid, Abu l-Sha'tha recognized the person who delivered the letter since they were from the same tribe, and so he told him: “May your mother sit in mourning for you! What is the message that you delivered?”

He replied: “I obeyed my imam (leader, that is, Ibn Ziyad) and stayed loyal to my allegiance to him”.

Abu l-Sha'tha said: “you have disobeyed God and obeyed your imam to your own destruction and you have gained shame and fire.”.[2]

he left Kufa before Hurr b. Yazid and his army approached the caravan of Imam Hussain, and then joined the Imam.

According to another account, he accompanied the army of Umar b. Sa'd from Kufa to Karbala. But when he found that Imam Hussain's proposals were rejected, he joined the army of the Imam.[3]

In the Battle of Karbala[edit | edit source]

On the Day of Ashura, he fought while riding his horse. When his horse was slaughtered, he squatted near Imam Hussain and threw 100 arrows to the army of Umar b. Sa'd. After throwing each of the arrows he sang paeans.

Observing his attempts, Imam Hussain prayed for him in this way: “O God! Make his arrows hit the targets and reward him with the Heaven”.[4]

When Abu l-Sha'tha' ran out of arrows, he stood up and said: “Only five arrows did not hit the targets”.

He fought until he was martyred.

Source[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 171.
  2. Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 172.
  3. Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-Ṭabarī, vol. 5, p. 445-446.
  4. Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 172.