|Role||The Custodian of Properties Endowed by Imam Ali (a)|
|Father||Imam al-Hasan (a)|
|Mother||Khawla bt. Manzur|
|Place(s) of Residence||Medina|
|Spouse(s)||Fatima bt. al-Husayn b. 'Ali|
|Children||'Abd Allah Mahd, Ibrahim 'Amr, and Hasan Muthallath|
|Demise||He was alive in 85/705-706|
|Place of Burial||Baqi' cemetery, Medina|
Ḥasan b. Ḥasan b. ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib (Arabic: حسن بن حسن بن علي بن ابي طالب) known as Ḥasan al-Muthannā (Arabic: حسن المثنّی) was the son of Imam al-Hasan (a) and one of the noblemen of Alids. In the Event of Karbala, he was a member of Imam al-Husayn's (a) army. Although he was injured in the day of 'Ashura, he was not killed through the intercession of one of his maternal relatives; and after recovering from injuries, he returned from Kufa to Medina. He was in charge of alms given by Imam 'Ali (a). He took part in the rebellion of 'Abd al-Rahman b. Muhammad al-Kindi against Hajjaj b. Yusuf. There are disagreements among scholars whether Hasan al-Muthanna claimed to be an Imam.
Lineage and Kunya
His father was Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba (a). His mother was Khawla bt. Manzur. After the death of her husband (36 AH), Muhammad b. Talha b. 'Ubayd Allah, in the Battle of Jamal, Khawla married Imam al-Hasan (a).
His kunya was Abu Muhammad.
|Family tree of Ahl al-Bayt (a)|
Wife and children
His sons whose mother was Fatima, the daughter of Imam al-Husayn (a), were 'Abd Allah Mahd, Ibrahim 'Amr, and Hasan Muthallath, all of whom passed away in the prison of Abu Ja'far Mansur, the Abbasid caliph.
His grandchildren, specially sons of 'Abd Allah b. Hasan, who himself was a literate and knowledgeable man, such as Muhammad known as Nafs Zakiyya and Ibrahim known as Qatil Bakhamra, led important movements against the Abbasids.
Taking part in the Battle of Karbala
On the day of 'Ashura, he bravely fought beside Imam al-Husayn (a) and was injured and captive. His maternal uncle, Asma' b. Kharijah Fazari, saved him. He was cured in Kufa; and after recovering, he returned to Medina.
Hasan al-Muthanna has quoted hadiths from his father, Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba (a) and some others.
The Custodian of Properties Endowed by Imam Ali (a)
When Hajjaj b. Yusuf al-Thaqafi was the ruler of Medina, he wanted Hasan al-Muthanna to let 'Umar b. Ali help him in custodianship of alms, because 'Umar was Hasan al-Muthanna's uncle. But, since only the children of Lady Fatima (a) have the right to hold custodianship of alms, he refused Hajjah's request. Hajjaj went to Syria to 'Abd al-Malik b. Marwan, the Umayyad caliph; and the caliph prevented Hajjaj from that.
Hasan al-Muthanna put his son, 'Abd Allah, in charge of custodianship of alms after his death. But Mansur 'Abbasi imprisoned 'Abd Allah and held custodianship of alms himself.
Cooperation with 'Abd al-Rahman b. Muhammad
When 'Abd al-Rahman b. Muhammad al-Kindi rebelled against Hajjaj b. Yusuf, he intended to call himself the caliph. But because only someone from Quraysh could hold caliphate, he wrote letters to noblemen of Alids, Imam al-Sajjad (a) and Hasan al-Muthanna, to convince them. Imam al-Sajjad (a) declined his request. Hasan al-Muthanna who thought rebels might break their allegiance, refused to accept caliphate of 'Abd al-Rahman as well. But, after their insistence, finally he became convinced and paid allegiance to him as the caliph. Famous Iraqi scholars such as 'Abd al-Rahman b. Abi Liyli, Sha'bi, Muhammad b. Sirin, and al-Hasan al-Basri paid allegiance to him who was called al-Rida.
According to al-Shaykh al-Mufid, Hasan al-Muthanna never claimed to be an Imam, nor did anyone with similar name claim so.
In Zaydis' references, Hasan al-Muthanna has been mentioned as an Imam.
After the death of Ibn Ash'ath in 85 AH, Hasan al-Muthanna fled. Finally, the agents of Walid b. 'Abd al-Malik poisoned and killed him. They transferred his body to Medina and buried him in Baqi' cemetery.
- 'Umar b. Ali was the son of 'Ali from Umm Habib bt. Rabi'a
- The material for this article is mainly taken from حسن مثنّی in Farsi Wikishia.