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Hudayn b. al-Mundhir al-Raqashi

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Companion of Imam (a)
Hudayn b. al-Mundhir al-Raqashi
Companion of Imam 'Ali (a)
Teknonym Abu Muhammad, Abu Hafs
Well Known As Abu Sasan
Lineage Bakr b. Wa'il
Place(s) of Residence Kufa, Istakhr
Death/Martyrdom 99/717 or 100/718
Activities Governor of Istakhr, participating in the battles of Jamal and Siffin

Ḥuḍayn b. al-Mundhir al-Raqashī (Arabic: حُضَین بن المُنْذِر الرَقاشی), know as Abu Sasan al-Ansari was a companion of Imam 'Ali (a), a transmitter of hadiths, a nobleman and a prominent figure of the Bakr b. Wa'il tribe. He attended the battles of Jamal and Siffin. During his reign, Imam 'Ali (a) appointed him as the ruler of Istakhr. In Sunni and Shi'a sources, Hudayn is referred to as a reliable transmitter of hadiths.

Biography

In some sources, his name is mentioned as "Ḥuṣayn" (Arabic: حُصَين), but the correct form is Ḥuḍayn. He is attributed to one of his grandmothers, Raqasha, the daughter of Dabi'a. His kunyas were Abu Muhammad, Abu Hafs, and in most sources, Abu Sasan. According to Ibn Manjawayh (d. 428/1036), his title was Abu Sasan, and his kunya was Abu Muhammad.

In Sunni and Shiite sources, Hudayn is considered to be a reliable transmitter of hadiths. Hudayn was known as an eloquent poet. Scattered parts of his poems are available in sources.

There is no information about the year of his birth. Sayyid Muhsin al-Amin speculated that he was born in 3/624. There is a slight difference over the year of his death. According to al-Bukhari, he died in 100/718, and according to Ibn Manjawayh, he died in 99/717.

There have been doubts about the accuracy of two hadiths according to which Hudayn was one of the first people who joined Imam 'Ali (a)