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Khalaf b. Muslim b. 'Awsaja

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Companion of Imam (a)
Khalaf b. Muslim b. 'Awsaja
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Companion of Imam al-Husayn (a)
Religious Affiliation Shi'a
Lineage Banu Asad
Wellknown Relatives Muslim b. 'Awsaja (father)
Place(s) of Residence Kufa
Death/Martyrdom 61/680
Cause of
Martyred in the Battle of Karbala
Burial Place Holy Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a), Karbala
Activities Attending the Battle of Karbala

Khalaf b. Muslim b. ʿAwsaja (Arabic: خَلَف بن مُسْلِمِ بنِ عَوْسَجه) was a teenager who was martyred in the Battle of Karbala. On the Day of 'Ashura after his father was martyred, he was encouraged by his mother to fight in the battlefield. He did so and was martyred.

Name and Lineage

Some sources have mentioned him as Muslim b. 'Awsaja's son, without mentioning his name. But some contemporary scholars have referred to him as "Khalaf" and others as "'Abd Allah." Shaykh 'Abbas Qummi wrote about the martyred teenager who witnessed his father's' martyrdom in Karbala, but whose name is not mentioned in sources that "he was probably Muslim b. 'Awsaja's son."

Event of Karbala

According to historical sources, Khalaf, Muslim b. 'Awsaja's son, was 12 years old on the Day of 'Ashura. When his father was martyred, he decided to fight the enemy, but Imam al-Husayn (a) did not allow him to go to the battlefield. His mother encouraged him nonetheless and told him: "O son! I would never be happy if you do not go to war." After this, Khalaf went to the battlefield and fought there hearing his mother as giving him glad tidings that he would be saturated with water by the Saqi al-Kawthar. He reportedly killed 20 or, on some accounts, 30 people and was finally martyred. His head was thrown to his mother. She looked at the decapitated head of her son and praised it.

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