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Army of Umar b. Sa'd

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Army of Umar b. Sa'd was the army Umar b. Sa'd gathered by the order of Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad. On the day of Ashura, they fought Imam al-Husayn (a) and his companions and killed them all and then took the family of Imam (a) as captives.

Most sources have mentioned the number of soldiers in the army of Umar b. Sa'd, more than twenty thousand. The army of Umar b. Sa'd was comprised of different people of Kufa who went to Karbala with different motives. Most of them were from the Uthmaniyya. Also, there were many Khawarij among them. A group of the army attended in Karbala because of their enmity with the Ahl al-Bayt (a) and some others because of Ibn Ziyad's threat and enticements.

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The army led by Umar b. Sa'd fought Imam al-Husayn (a) and his companions on the day of Ashura and killed them all. Since Umar b. Sa'd b. Abi Waqqas was the commander of the army, it became famous as the army of Umar b. Sa'd. According to the report of most sources, the number of people in this army was about 4 thousand at the beginning,[1] but when other armies joined it, it exceeded twenty thousand people.[2] However, the number of people in the army of Umar b. Sa'd is also reported between six to thirty-five thousand people a