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'Abd Allah b. Ja'far b. Abi Talib

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'Abd Allah b. Ja'far b. Abi Talib
Personal Information
Full Name 'Abd Allah b. Ja'far b. Abi Talib b. 'Abd al-Muttalib al-Qurashi al-Hashimi
Teknonym Abu Ja'far
Epithet Bahr al-Jud (the sea of generosity)
Lineage Banu Hashim
Well-Known Relatives the Prophet Muhammad (s)  • Imam Ali (a)(uncle and father-in-law) • Imam al-Hasan (a) and Imam al-Husayn (a)(cousins and brothers-in-law) • Ja'far b. Abi Talib(father) • Asma' bt. 'Umays(mother) • Zaynab(wife)
Birth 2 or 3?/623, 624, or 625?
Place of Birth Abyssinia
Muhajir/Ansar Muhajir
Place(s) of Residence Abyssinia, Medina, Kufa, Basra, Syria
Death/Martyrdom 80?/699-700?
Burial Place al-Baqi' Cemetery, Medina
Religious Information
Migration to Medina
Known for Companion of Imam 'Ali, Imam al-Hasan and Imam al-Husayn (a)
Notable Roles Commander of Imam 'Ali's army
Other Activities Presence in the battles of Jamal and Siffin, allegiance to 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr

ʿAbd Allāh b. Jaʿfar b. Abī Ṭālib (Arabic: عبدالله بن جعفر بن ابي طالب) was one of the companions of the Prophet (s), Imam Ali (a), and Imam al-Hasan (a). He was the husband of Zaynab -the daughter of Imam Ali (a).

He was the first Muslim child born in Abyssinia. He pledged allegiance to the Prophet (s) when he was a child and after the Prophet (s) he became a companion to Imam Ali (a) and participated in the battles of Jamal and Siffin.

He accompanied Imam al-Hasan (a) until his peace treaty with Mu'awiya. Although he accepted rewards from Mu'awiya and Yazid during their reign, his two sons –'Awn and Muhammad- were martyred in the day of 'Ashura' by Yazid's army. Also, some of his other children were martyred in the Event of Harra.

After the death of Yazid, he pledged allegiance to 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr. He was in touch with 'Abd al-Malik b. Marwan and was welcomed in his court; but because of 'Abd al-Malik's oppression, he became poor at the end of his life.

He was very generous that he was titled as "Bahr al-Jud" (the sea of generosity) and was listed among the four most generous people from Banu Hashim.

Finally, he passed away in Medina in the 80s/700s decade. The Umayyad Caliph performed Salat al-Mayyit on his body and he was buried in al-Baqi' Cemetery.


'Abd Allah b. Ja'far b. Abi Talib b. 'Abd al-Muttalib al-Qurashi al-Hashimi, his kunya was Abu Ja'far and his father was Ja'far -Imam Ali's brother- and his mother was Asma' bt. 'Umays. He was a companion of the prophet (s), Imam Ali (a), and also Imam al-Hasan (a).

Family tree of the Prophet (s)
400 CE
'Abd al-'Uzza
'Abd Manaf
430 CE
'Abd al-Dar
464 CE
'Abd Shams
'Abd al-Muttalib
497 CE
Khadija (a)
'Abd Allah
b. 545 CE
Abu Talib
Muhammad (s)
b. 571 CE
'Ali (a)
b. 599 CE
Fatima (a)
'Abd Allah
Al-Hasan (a)
b. 625 CE
Al-Husayn (a)
b. 626 CE

Birth and Childhood

In the second Migration to Abyssinia, Ja'far took his wife -Asma'- with him and 'Abd Allah was born there as the first child of Muslims in Abyssinia in 2 or 3 (623, 624, or 625). 'Abd Allah returned to Medina along with his family after the Battle of Khaybar (7/628) and pledge allegiance to the Prophet (s). According to the narration which says that he pledged allegiance to the Prophet (s) when he was 7 and he was 10 when the Prophet (s) passed away, he was born in the first year after Hijra (622 or 623).

Moreover, according to some other reports, he was a young child when the Prophet (s) caressed him after his fa