Hasan b. Zayd b. Hasan

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Hasan b. Zayd b. Hasan
Full Name Hasan b. Zayd b. al-Hasan b. Ali b. Abi Talib
Kunya Abu Muhammad
Lineage Banu Hashim
Birth 83/702
Place of Birth Medina
Place of Residence Medina
Death/Martyrdom 168/784
Burial Place Hajar, 5 miles away from Medina
Era Al-Mansur al-'Abbasi
Notable roles Governor of Medina
Activities Setting fire to the house of Imam al-Sadiq (a), having good connections with Abbasids, and helping them

Ḥasan b. Zayd b. Ḥasan b. ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib (Arabic:حسن بن زید بن حسن بن علي بن أبي طالب) (b. 83/702 - 168/784) was the grandson of Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba (a) and one of the prominent Hashimi features in the second century. He is also referred to as "Madani" and "Hashimi", and Abu Muhammad was his kunya. Setting fire to the house of Imam al-Sadiq (a), having good connections with Abbasids, and helping them to find and lay hands on the grandchildren of his uncle, Hasan al-Muthanna, are of the dark sides to his life according to Shi'a viewpoint. From 150/767 to 155/772, he was the governor of Medina through al-Mansur al-'Abbasi.

Family

His father Zayd, the son of Imam al-Hasan (a), was a trustee of the Prophet's (s) charities. His mother Zujaja, was an Umm Walad (a slave woman who bear a child from her owner).

Family tree of Ahl al-Bayt (a)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Khadija
 
 
 
Muhammad
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Fatima
 
 
 
Imam Ali
 
 
 
 
Umm al-Banin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Husayn
 
Imam al-Hasan
 
Lady Zaynab
 
Umm Kulthum
 
Muhsin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-'Abbas
 
Abd Allah
 
Uthman
 
Ja'far
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Muhammad
 
'Awn
 
Ali
 
Al-'Abbas
 
Umm Kulthum
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-Hasan
 
Al-Qasim
 
'Abd Allah
 
Fatima
 
Zayd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'Abd Allah
 
Zaynab
 
Ibrahim
 
Al-Hasan
 
Hasan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Muhammad
 
 
Ibrahim
 
 
Idris
 
 
 
Nafisa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Sajjad
 
'Ali al-Akbar
 
 
'Ali al-Asghar
 
 
Fatima
 
Sukayna
 
Ruqayya
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Baqir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zayd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Sadiq
 
'Abd Allah
 
Ibrahim
 
'Ubayd Allah
 
'Ali
 
Yahya
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Kazim
 
Muhammad
 
Ali
 
Ishaq
 
Umm Farwa
 
'Abd Allah
 
Isma'il
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Rida
 
Ma'suama
 
Hamza
 
Ishaq
 
Ahmad
 
Ibrahim
 
Muhammad
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Jawad
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Hadi
 
 
Musa
 
 
 
 
Fatima
 
 
 
Amama
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari
 
 
Husayn
 
 
 
 
Muhammad
 
 
 
Ja'far
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Mahdi
 
 

Children

Sayyida Nafisa, whose tomb is in Egypt, is perceived by Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani to be the daughter of Hasan b. Zayd. Al-Tabari names nine sons for him, but according to Ibn 'Inaba, he was survived by seven sons. He also had a daughter who got married to Abu l-'Abbas al-Saffah, the first caliph of Abbasid dynasty. The offspring of Zayd b. Hasan are all descended from his son Hasan.

Kunya and epithet

"Madani" and "Hashimi" were his epithets, and his kunya was Abu Muhammad.

Masters

He has been a hadith transmitter and has narrated from his father, his cousin 'Abd Allah al-Mahd, and others. Al-Shaykh al-Tusi has regarded him as a companion of Imam al-Sadiq (a), by which he merely meant their contemporaneous.

Narrators from him

Sunni Rijal sources consider him a reliable narrator. Some of those who have narrated from him are as:

  • Muhammad b. Ishaq b. Yasar,
  • Malik b. Anas,
  • Ibn Abi Zi'b,
  • Ibn Abi Zinad,
  • Waki',
  • and his own son, Isma'il b. Hasan.

Religious and political orientation

He leaned towards Abbasids, he did not believe in the Imamate of Shi'a Imams (a), but, moreover, neither did he believe in the first three caliphs.

During the victory and the establishment of Abbasid caliphate, Hasan b. Zayd was always an adherent to them. He was the first 'Alawi who adopted 'Abbasid's motto and wore a black garment. He supported Abbasids against the children and grandchildren of his uncle, Hasan al-Muthanna, who was imprisoned by Abbasids. For instance, he informed al-Mansur al-'Abbasi of the news on Muhammad b. 'Abd Allah b. Hasan and his uprising. Musa b. 'Abdullah b. Hasan, therefore, would always say; "O God! Claim our blood from Hasan b. Zayd and seek our revenge against him".

After the rising of Muhammad b. 'Abd Allah, 'Isa b. Musa 'Abbasi, the chief commander of al-Mnasur al-'Abbasi, sent al-Mansur the heads of Muhammad and other martyrs by Qasim, the son of Hasan b. Zayd, as glad tidings of triumph. Hasan b. Zayd was in al-mansur's presence when the head was brought before him. Hasan was grieved, but did not utter a word in his fear. Then he said; "I wish he agreed to submit to you, so that he would not be killed".

Likewise, when the rising of Ibrahim b. 'Abd Allah b. Hasan, the brother of Muhammad b. 'Abd Allah, was defeated, his head was sent to al-Mansur, and people would come before him and curse Ibrahim and his family. When Hasan b. Zayd came in and saw the head, he turned pale and said to al-Mansur; "O Commander of the Faithful! By God you killed him while he fasted a lot and was a vigilant at nights. I did not want you to undertake the guilt of shedding his blood".

Setting fire to the house of Imam al-Sadiq (a)

Al-Kulayni has narrated that; when he was the governor of Haramayn (Mecca and Medina), taking orders from al-Mansur al-'Abbasi, Hasan b. Zayd set fire to the house of Imam al-Sadiq (a), and the door and entry of the house was burnt, while Imam al-Sadiq (a) walking through the fire, exited the house and said: "I am the son of Aʿrāq al-Tharā (the epithet of prophet Isma'il), I am son of Ibrahim (a) khalil Allah".

Governing Medina and dismissal from it

In 150/767, al-Mansur assigned Hasan b. Zayd the government of Medina. Then in 155/772, al-Mansur became suspicious of, and angry with him, and dismissing him from government, imprisoned him in Baghdad and confiscated his property. Al-Mahdi al-'Abbasi, the crown prince of al-Mansur, sent a secret letter to 'Abd al-Samad b. 'Ali, the new governor of Medina, asking him to treat Hasan b. Zayd well. When al-Mahdi came to power, released Hansan from the prison, and repaid his property, and made him his favored. According to some historical narrations, after al-Mansur's death in 158/775, Hasan b. Zayd attended the room where his body was laid, and swore allegiance to al-Musa, who was there on behalf of his father, al-Mahdi. It is likely then, that Hasan b. Zayd had been released from the prison for some time before the death of al-Mansur.

Death

In company with al-Mahdi al-'Abbasi, Hasan b. Zayd went on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 168/784 at the age of 85. However, he died on his way and was buried in a place called Hajar, 5 miles away from Medina.

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