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Bahr b. Ka'b al-Taymi

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Bahr b. Ka'b al-Taymi
Murderer of 'Abd Allah b. al-Hasan
Full Name Bahr b. Ka'b b. 'Ubayd Allah al-Taymi
Lineage Banu Taym
Era Banu Umayya
Known for Stealing Imam al-Husayn's (a) clothes

Baḥr (Abḥar) b. Kaʿb b. ʿUbayd Allahā al-Taymī (Arabic:بحر (أبحار) بن کعب بن عبیدالله التیمی) was in the army of 'Umar b. Sa'd in the Battle of Karbala. On the Day of 'Ashura, he cut the hand of 'Abd Allah b. al-Imam al-Hasan (a) in the arms of his uncle and participated in looting the clothes of Imam al-Husayn (a).

Name and Lineage

Bahr was from Banu Taym b. Tha'laba b. 'Akaba. He has also been referred to as Abhar b. Ka'b and Abjar b. Ka'b in different sources.

In the Battle of Karbala

In the event of 'Ashura, he was in the army of 'Umar b. Sa'd. When they besieged Imam al-Husayn (a), 'Abd Allah b. Hasan went out of his tent and went to his uncle. Bahr b. Ka'b attacked Imam al-Husyan (a) with a sword. 'Abd Allah stretched his hand to guard Imam (a) and Bahr cut his hand and then 'Abd Allah was martyred.

In some reports, plundering the Imam's clothes is also attributed to him. Before going to the battlefield, Imam al-Husayn (a) wore a thick shirt under his armor and torn it so that no one would take it off from him after martyrdom. But, Bahr stole it. However, Ibn A'tham has mentioned that Yahya b. 'Amr al-Harami did that.

Some sources have narrated that after the event of 'Ashura, both of Bahr's hands were inflicted with a disease. In the winter, pus oozed from his hands and in the summer, they dried out and became like pieces of wooden sticks and later his feet were paralyzed.