Durrat al-Sadaf

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Durrat al-Ṣadaf (Arabic: درّة الصدف) is one of the women who are said to have been martyred trying to take Imam al-Husayn's (a) head from the Yazid's army.

Name and Lineage

Durrat al-Sadaf was the daughter of 'Abd Allah b. 'Umar al-Ansari.[1] There is no report about her in authentic sources.[2]

Fighting with Yazid's Army

According to some sources, when she heard his father that the captives of Karbala and Imam al-Husayn's (a) head have arrived in Aleppo, she said, "O father! There is no good in living after the murder of the guides (Imam al-Husayn (a) and his companions). By God, I will definitely do all I can to release the captives and take the head [of Imam al-Husayn (a)]."[3]

Near Aleppo, she fought with Khawli's agents, who held Imam's head, for taking it. Hanzala b. Jandal and Abu l-Aswad al-Du'ili accompanied her in this fight. Durrat al-Sadaf injured Muhammad b. Ash'ath and finally she was martyred.[4]

Some scholars believed that her story bears no relation to reality.[5]

See Also


  1. Al-Ḥasūn, aʿlām al-nisāʾ, p. 336.
  2. Group of writers, Pazhūhishī pīrāmūn-i shuhadāyi Karbalā, p. 160.
  3. Al-Ḥasūn, aʿlām al-nisāʾ, p. 336.
  4. Darbandī, Iksīr al-ʿibadāt fī asrār al-shahādāt, vol. 3, p. 445-450.
  5. Amīn, Aʿyān al-Shīʿa, vol. 10, p. 343.


  • Al-Ḥasūn, Muḥammad and Mashkūr ʾUmm ʿAlī. Aʿlām al-nisāʾ al-muʾmināt. 1st edition. [n.p]. Intishārāt-i Uswa, 1411 AH.
  • Amīn, al-Sayyid Muḥsin al-. Aʿyān al-Shīʿa. Edited by Ḥasan Amīn. Beirut: Dār al-Tʿāruf li-l-Maṭbūʿāt, 1403 AH.
  • Darbandī, Fāḍil. Iksīr al-ʿibadāt fī asrār al-shahādāt. Bahrain: Shirkat al-Muṣṭafā li-l Kahdimāt al-Thiqāfīya, 1415 AH.
  • Group of writers. Pazhūhishī pīrāmūn-i shuhadāyi Karbalā. Qom: Zamzam-i Hedāyat, 1385 Sh.