Abu l-Hutuf b. al-Harth al-Ansari

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Abū l-Ḥutūf b. al-Ḥarth (al-Ḥārith) al-Anṣārī al-ʿAjlānī (Arabic: أبوالحتوف بن حَرث (الحارث) الأنصاری العِجلاني) was a companion of Imam al-Husayn (a) and one of the Martyrs of Karbala.

Name and Lineage

He is also known as Abu l-Hutuf Salama b. Harth al-Ansari al-'Ajlani. According to later sources, his name was Abu l-Hutuf, and his father’s name was Harth b. Salama al-Ansari al-'Ajlani. He was from Kufa, from the Banu 'Ajlan clan, one of the Khawarij in Kufa, and from the Khazraj tribe in Medina who were from Ansar.

Joining Imam al-Husayn (a) and Martyrdom

Abu l-Hutuf and his brother, Sa'd b. al-Harith (Harth) allegedly accompanied 'Umar b. Sa'd to fight Imam al-Husayn (a). On the Day of 'Ashura when all of the Imam’s (a) companions were martyred except Suwayd b. 'Amr b. Abi Muta' and Bashir b. 'Amr al-Hadrami, the Imam (a) asked for help, and women and children in his camps began to cry. When Abu l-Hutuf and his brother, Sa'd, heard the Imam’s (a) call and the cry of women and children from the Prophet Muhammad's (s)’s household, they said: “There is no verdict except by God and we do not obey the one who committed sins; this is Husayn (a), the son of the daughter of our Prophet Muhammad (s). How can we fight him while he has no soldiers, while we hope for his grandfather’s intercession on Dooms Day?” They then drew their swords and fought for Imam al-Husayn (a). After killing three people and injuring a number of others, they were both martyred in one place. In his Ibsar al-'ayn, al-Samawi holds that Abu l-Hutuf and his brother, Sa'd, were martyred after Imam al-Husayn’s (a) martyrdom.

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