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Abd Allah b. Misma' al-Hamdani

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Abd Allah b. Misma' al-Hamdani
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Full Name Abd Allah b. Misma' al-Hamdani
Place(s) of Residence Kufa
Religious Information
Known for Delivering the first letter of Kufans to Imam al-Husayn (a)

ʿAbd Allāh b. Mismaʿ al-Hamdānī (Arabic:عبدالله بن مسمع الهمداني, alive in 60/679) was a Shi'a from Kufa known for delivering the first letter of Kufans to Imam al-Husayn (a) in Mecca in 60/679.

Al-Tabari (d. 310 AH/923), the well-known historian, in al-Umam wa l-muluk, quoting from Abu Mikhnaf, reports that after receiving the news about the death of Mu'awiya b. Abi Sufyan, the Shi'a of Kufa gathered in Sulayman b. Surad al-Khuza'i's house. Sulayman let them know about Imam al-Husayn's refusal to pledge allegiance to Yazid I, son of Mu'awiya[1]. He then said, "Mu'awiya is dead, and al-Husayn b. 'Ali (a) has not given allegiance to his son, Yazid, and has gone to Mecca. If you intend to help him, inform him, but if you doubt to help him, never deceive him putting him in danger".[2]

People insisted that they want to help him, so they wrote a letter to Imam al-Husayn (a). This letter was delivered by two Shi'a figures of Kufa, i.e., Abd Allah b. Mism'a al-Hamdani and 'Abd Allah b. Wal to Imam al-Husayn (a) in Mecca on Ramadan 10, 60-June 14, 680.[3] Al-Shaykh al-Mufid reports the same in al-Irshad mentioning Abd Allah b. Misma' al-Hamdani as the letter carrier.[4]

In Akhbar al-tiwal, written by Ibn Qutayba al-Dinawari, the name of the letter carrier is recorded differently as Ubayd Allah b. Sabi' al-Hamdani.[5]

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Notes

  1. Yazid I was the first person in the history of the Caliphate to be nominated as heir based on a blood relationship
  2. Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk, vol. 4, p. 261-262.
  3. Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk, vol. 4, p. 261-262.
  4. Mufīd, al-Irshād, vol. 2, p. 36-37.
  5. Dīnawarī, al-Akhbār al-ṭiwāl, p. 229.

References

  • Dīnawarī, Aḥmad b. Dāwūd al-. al-Akhbār al-ṭiwāl. Qom: Nashr-i Sharīf Raḍī, 1373 Sh.
  • Mufīd, Muḥammad b. Muḥammad al-. Al-Irshād fī maʿrifat ḥujaj Allāh ʿalā l-ʿibād. Edited by Muʾassisat Āl al-Bayt. Qom: Kungira-yi Hizāra-yi Shaykh al-Mufīd, 1413 AH.
  • Ṭabarī, Muḥammad b. Jarīr al-.Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk. Beirut: Nashr-i Aʿlamī, 1409 AH.