Abu Thumama al-Sa'idi
|Abu Thumama al-Sa'idi|
|Full Name||'Amr b. 'Abd Allah al-Sa'idi|
|Companion of||Imam 'Ali (a), Imam al-Hasan (a), Imam al-Husayn (a)|
|Place(s) of Residence||Kufa|
|Cause ofDeath/Martyrdom||Martyrdom in event of 'Ashura'|
|Burial Place||Holy shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a), Karbala, Iraq|
|Activities||Participating in the battles of Jamal, Siffin, Nahrawan, battle of Imam al-Hasan (a) with Mu'awiyya|
ʿAmr b. ʿAbd ʾAllāh b. Kaʿb (Arabic: عمرو بن عبدالله بن کعب) also known as ʾAbū Thumāma al-Ṣa'idī (Arabic: اَبوثُمامة الصائِدي) (or: ʾAbū Thumā'a al-Ṣā'idī, ʾAbū Thumā'a al-Ṣādī, ʾAbū Thumāma al-Ṣaydāwī), was a companion of Imam 'Ali (a) and accompanied him in all of the battles during his caliphate. He was one of the great horse riders of 'Arab and was a prominent Shi'a in Kufa. He joined Imam al-Husayn (a) on his way toward Kufa from Mecca and accompanied him in the battle of Karbala. On 'Ashura', at noon he mentioned that the noon prayer's time had come, and Imam al-Husayn (a) asked Allah blessing for him. He was martyred in Karbala on 'Ashura' (61/681).
Name and Lineage
Most of sources mentioned the name "'Amr" for him; but there are differences in other details -maybe some of these differences is because of the faults of the copyists- for example some brought his teknonym is mentioned as Abu Tumama and his name as Ziyad and 'Umar and his surname as Sa'idi (Ṣāʿidī, صائدي), Ansari, Saydawi, Sa'idi (Ṣāʾidī, صاعدي). Banu Sa'id is one of the branches of Hamdan tribe. Some genealogy sources mentioned the complete name as: Ziyad b. 'Amr b. 'Arib b. Hanzala b. Daram b. 'Abd Allah al-Sa'idi
In the Uprising of Imam al-Husayn (a)
He was a companion of Imam 'Ali (a) and accompanied him in all of the battles during his caliphate. Then he became a companion of Imam al-Hasan (a) and accompanied him in his conflict with Mu'awiya. After that, he became a companion of Imam al-Husayn (a) and stayed in Kufa after Imam al-Husayn moved toward Medina.
He was one of the great horse riders of Arab and was a prominent Shi'a in Kufa. While Muslim b. 'Aqil was in Kufa, he raised people's charity, managed financial affairs and bought weapons, the field that he was an expert in.
Adopting the policy of bribing and terrifying the heads of important tribes, 'Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad dispersed people from around Muslim b. 'Aqil and martyred him. After Muslim b. 'Aqil, 'Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad pursued Abu Thumama. He hid in his tribe for some days, then secretly left Kufa along with Nafi' b. Hilal. He joined Imam al-Husayn (a) on his way from Mecca to Kufa and accompanied him to Karbala.
Some of his actions on the day of 'Ashura' is preventing Kathir b. 'Abd Allah al-Sha'bi, the herald of 'Umar b. Sa'd, to carry his weapon before Imam al-Husayn (a). And at noon, he mentioned that the noon prayer's time had come, and Imam al-Husayn (a) asked Allah blessing for him.
There is little information about his fighting and martyrdom. However, according to al-Tabari, after the martyrdom of Hurr b. Yazid al-Riyahi, Abu Thumama continued fighting until he was martyred. It's obvious from his conversation with Imam al-Husayn (a), that he had accepted the fighting and martyrdom with Imam al-Husayn (a), knowingly and willingly.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from ابوثمامه صائدی in Farsi Wikishia.