'Abd Allah b. Muslim b. 'Aqil
|'Abd Allah b. Muslim b. 'Aqil|
|Companion of||Imam al-Husayn (a)|
|Wellknown Relatives||Muslim b. 'Aqil (father), Imam al-Husayn (a) (uncle), Ruqayya bt. 'Ali (a) (mother)|
|Place of Birth||Medina|
|Place(s) of Residence||Medina|
|Cause ofDeath/Martyrdom||Martyred in the Event of Ashura|
|Activities||Participating in the battle of Karbala|
ʿAbd Allāh b. Muslīm b. ʿAqīl b. Abī Ṭalib (a) (Arabic: عبدالله بن مُسلِم بن عَقيل بن أَبي طالب) is one of the martyrs of Karbala and, according to a report, the first martyr of Banu Hashim (Hashemites) on the Day of 'Ashura'.
Lineage and Biography
'Abd Allah b. Muslim was martyred on the Day of 'Ashura', 10th of Muharram, in Karbala. He was 26 or 28 when he was martyred. It is reported in Tanqih al-maqal that 'Abd Allah was 14 when he was martyred. This report is improbable, though.
Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani (d. 356/967) writes: "Muslim b. 'Aqil had no children; but many historians mentioned that he had sons and some of them mentioned a daughter for him, while there are many disagreements about their life, age and the way of martyrdom."
Al-Khwarazmi narrated in Maqtal al-Husayn (a) that when all of the companions of Imam al-Husayn (a) were martyred and no one except for his family, i.e. descends of 'Ali, Ja'far, 'Aqil, Al-Hasan (a) and his own, had remained they gathered around and bid farewell to each other. Then the first person who went to battle field for fighting was 'Abd 'Allah b. Muslim.
Al-Tabari in his history book narrated from Humayd b. Muslim al-Azdi, and also al-Shaykh al-Mufid in al-Irshad, that 'Amr b. Subayh al-Sada'i shot him by an arrow which sewed his hand to his forehead, then he was attacked and martyred. 'Amr b. Subayh fired an arrow towards him. He wanted to protect his face by his hand; but the arrow sewed his hand to his forehead and he could not move his hand. Then another arrow hit him on his heart.
Al-Tabari said that he was martyred by Usayd b. Malik al-Hadrami. In another place he said that he was martyred by Zayd b. Ruqad, who was later killed by al-Mukhtar's order.
Qadi Nu'man al-Maghribi (d. 363/973-4) writes that Muslim had a son named 'Abd Allah, whose mother was Ruqayya, Imam Ali's daughter. According to Qadi Nu'man, 'Abd Allah b. Muslim was martyred in Karbala by 'Amr b. Subayh. He adds that some has reported that he was martyred by Asad b. Malik.
Al-Baladhuri talked about a young named 'Abd Allah b. Muslim b. 'Aqil b. Abi Talib whom Zayd b. Ruqad al-Janbi shot on forehead and heart and martyred. In another account, al-Baladhuri said that 'Amr b. Subayh al-Saydawi shot 'Abd Allah by an arrow, then he was attacked and martyred.
- I have sworn not to be killed except when I am free; although I have found the death bitter.
- I do not like to be called coward and elusive.
Al-Khwarazmi, also, reported in Maqtal al-Husayn (a) that he recited this battle cry:
- Today I will visit Muslim, who is my father, and the men who have passed away in the way of the religion of the Prophet.
- They are not like people who are known by lie, rather the best people in lineage.
Ziyarah al-Nahiyya and al-Rajabiyya
- The material for writing this article is mainly taken from عبدالله بن مسلم بن عقیل in Farsi WikiShia.