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Malik b. al-Nusayr

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Malik b. al-Nusayr
Member of 'Umar b. Sa'd's army
Full Name Malik b. Nusayr al-Baddi al-Kindi
Lineage Kinda
Death 66/686
Cause of Death Killed in al-Mukhtar Uprising
Era Umayyad
Known for Hitting the head of Imam al-Husayn (a) by sword
Activities Delivering Ibn Ziyad's letter to al-Hurr b. Yazid al-Riyahi, stealing the armor of Imam (a).

Mālik b. al-Nusayr (Bashīr) al-Baddī al-Kindī (Arabic:مالک بن نُسَیر(بشیر) البَدِّی الکِندی) was in the army of 'Umar b. Sa'd in the Event of Karbala. On the Day of 'Ashura, he hit the head of Imam al-Husayn (a) with a sword and was cursed by Imam (a). After the Event of Karbala, he was inflicted with poverty and insanity and was finally killed in the Uprising of Mukhtar.

His Lineage

Malik b. Nusayr was from Banu Badda from Kinda tribe. In some sources, his name is mentioned as Malik b. Nusayr, Malik b. Nusayr al-Kindi, Malik b. Bushr, Malik b. Bashir, Malik b. Yusr, Malik b. Nusayr al-Baddi and Malik b. Haytham al-Badda'i.

In the Event of 'Ashura

In the event of 'Ashura, Malik b. Nusayr delivered Ibn Ziyad's letter to al-Hurr b. Yazid al-Riyahi and Abu l-Sha'tha' al-Kindi admonished him for that and they had an argument over it.

In the event of Karbala, he was in the army of 'Umar b. Sa'd. On the Day of 'Ashura, he hit on the head of Imam al-Husayn (a) with sword. Even though Imam (a) was wearing a metal helmet, but the sword cut the helmet to the head of Imam (a) and the helmet filled with blood. Imam (a) removed the helmet and wore a hat. Imam (a) addressed him, “May you never eat bread or drink water with this hand, and God gathers you [on the Judgment Day] with oppressors.”

Ibn A'tham says that Malik stole the armor of Imam (a).

After 'Ashura

He took the helmet of Imam (a) to his house. His wife, Umm 'Abd Allah (daughter of Hurr and sister of Husayn b. Hurr al-Baddi) told him, “Have you brought the helmet of son of the Prophet (s) to my house?! Take it away from me!”

After the event of Karbala, he became very poor and his hands were paralyzed, and according to Ibn A'tham al-Kufi, he was inflicted with insanity.


Mukhtar sent Malik b. 'Amr al-Nahdi to capture him. Companions of Mukhtar captured him and 'Ubayd Allah b. Asad al-Juhani in Qadisiyya in 66/686. By the order of Mukhtar, they cut his hands and legs and then left him to die. In some sources, it is mentioned that Mukhtar killed him in the market.