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Al-Khirrit b. Rashid al-Naji

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Al-Khirrit b. Rashid al-Naji
Personal Information
Lineage Banu Najiya
Place(s) of Residence Fars
Cause of Death/Martyrdom Killed by Nu'man b. Sahban
Religious Information
Known for Revolt against Imam Ali (a), Converting to Christianity
Notable Roles Governor of a part of Fars
Other Activities Participating in Battles of Ridda, in the army of Talha and al-Zubayr

Al-Khirrīt b. Rāshid al-Nājī (Arabic: الخِرّیت بن راشد الناجی) was one of the Sahaba and Khawarij. He played an effective role in the Battles of Ridda (or apostasy) in the period of Abu Bakr b. Abi Quhafa's caliphate. And in the period of 'Uthman b. 'Affan, he was appointed as the ruler of an area in Fars. In the Battle of Jamal, he took the side of Talha b. 'Ubayd Allah and al-Zubayr b. 'Awwam. After the Battle of Siffin, Khirrit led oppositions and revolts against Imam 'Ali (a) and converted to Christianity. He was finally killed after several confrontations with Imam 'Ali's (a) envoy.


There is little information in sources about Khirrit's life. His name is sometimes distorted as Hārith b. Rashid and Ḥarīth b. Asad. According to al-Mas'udi, Banu Najiya claimed that they were the progeny of Sama b. Lu'ayy b. Ghalib, but al-Mas'udi cast doubts over the accuracy of this claim.

In the Period of the Prophet (s) and the Caliphs

According to Sayf b. 'Umar al-Tamimi in his al-Futuh, Khirrit and a group of Banu Sama met the Prophet Muhammad (s) in a place between Mecca and Medina.

In battles against apostasy (battles of Ridda) in the period of Abu Bakr, Muslims defeated Luqayt b. Malik al-Azdi, the rioting ruler of Oman, with the aids o