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Salim b. 'Amr b. 'Abd Allah
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The burial place of the martyrs of Karbala in the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a)
Full Name Salim b. 'Amr b. 'Abd Allah Banu l-Madina al-Kalbi.
Companion of Imam al-Husayn (a)
Religious Affiliation Shi'a
Lineage Banu l-Madina al-Kalbi
Martyrdom 61/681
Cause of Martyrdom Event of Karbala
Burial Place Karbala
Activities He accompanied Muslim b. 'Aqil in his uprising.

Sālim b. 'Amr b. 'Abd Allāh (Arabic: سالِم بن عَمْرو بن عَبْدالله, martyrdom: 61/681) was one of the martyrs of Karbala. He participated in Muslim b. 'Aqil's uprising, and joined Imam al-Husayn (a) after Muslim's martyrdom. He was martyred on the Day of Ashura.

Companionship of Muslim b. 'Aqil

Salim b. 'Amr b. 'Abd Allah was a servant of the clan of Banu l-Madina al-Kalbi, and was a Shi'a in Kufa. He accompanied Muslim b. 'Aqil in his uprising, and after Muslim's martyrdom, he was arrested by Kathir b. Shahab. He escaped 'Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad's prison after a while and hid in his own tribe.

Joining Imam al-Husayn (a)

When Imam al-Husayn (a) arrived in Karbala, he was joined by Salim and a number of people from Banu Kalb. He was martyred on the Day of Ashura. In the book, Ibsar al-'ayn, Ibn Shahrashub is quoted as saying that Salim was martyred within the first attack on the Day of Ashura. However, he is not listed among the first martyrs in extant versions of Ibn Shahrashub's Manaqib.

Skeptical Considerations

Salim is not mentioned as a martyr of Karbala in early Shiite sources of history and rijal. However, he is mentioned as martyr of Karbala in Ziyara al-Shuhada as cited in books of hadiths, such as Iqbal al-a'mal and Bihar al-anwar: "peace be upon Salim the servant of Banu l-Madina Kalbi". However, he is not mentioned in the version of Ziyarat al-Shuhada cited in al-Shaykh al-Mufid's al-Mazar as well as Ibn Mashhadi's Al-Mazar. Muhammad Taqi Shushtari has cast doubts over the existence of such a person.