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Al-Nukhayla

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Al-Nukhayla (Arabic: النُخَیلَة) was a military camp near Kufa. Imam Ali (a) gave a speech for his companions at this location. Also, in the event of Karbala, Ibn Ziyad sent some forces from Nukhayla to help 'Umar b. Sa'd to fight with Imam al-Husayn (a). This place is now known as 'Abbasiyyat.

Location

Nukhayla was near Kufa on the way to Syria. This place is now known as 'Abbasiyyat. Also, Nukhayla was the name of a water near Maghitha and 'Aqaba (in the south of Kufa).

Historical Events

In the battle of Siffin, Imam Ali (a) camped in this place and gave a speech to his companions. There, he (a) also wrote letters to his agents and asked them to join him and then moved toward Syria. It is said that when Busr b. Arta took over Yemen, Imam Ali (a) gave a speech in Nukhayla and criticized the people of Kufa there.

In the event of Karbala, Ibn Ziyad sent forces to Karbala to help 'Umar b. Sa'd from there. When the messenger of 'Umar b. Sa'd delivered the news of Imam al-Husayn's (a) refusal from allegiance to Yazid, to Ibn Ziyad in Kufa, he camped in Nukhayla together with his companions and from there, he sent Husayn b. Numayr, Hajjar b. Abjar, Shabath b. Rib'i and Shimr b. Dhi al-Jawshan to help 'Umar b. Sa'd.

Mosque of Nukhayla

In the city of al-Kifl near Kufa, there is a mosque known as the mosque of Nukhayla, the construction of which dates back to the time of Öljeitü. It is said that this mosque was built in a place Imam Ali (a) performed prayer before going to Siffin. However, some writers rejected this claim and said that based on historical sources, Imam Ali (a) camped in Nukhayla before crossing Euphrates, while the mentioned place is located after Euphrates. Also, there is a place called Nukhayla 25 km to the east of al-Raqqa (in Syria), the residents of which believe that it was the place Imam Ali (a) stayed in the battle of Siffin.

References

  • The material for this article is mainly taken from نخیله in Farsi WikiShia.