Ibn Muljam al-Muradi
|Ibn Muljam al-Muradi|
Murderer of Imam Ali (a)
|Full Name||'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Amr b. Muljam al-Muradi|
|Place of Residence||Kufa|
|Cause of Death||He was killed by Imam al-Hasan (a)|
|Known for||Murderer of Imam Ali (a)|
|Activities||Being among Kharijite, Participating in the battle of Nahrawan|
ʿAbd al-Rahmān b. ʿAmr b. Muljam al-Murādī (Arabic:عبدالرحمن بن عمرو بن ملجم المرادي),known as Ibn Muljam al-Murādī (Arabic:إبن ملجم المرادي) was the Kharijite assassin of Ali b. Abi Talib (a), the first Imam of Shi'a. He pledged allegiance to Imam Ali (a) when he became the caliph of Muslims. Also, he fought alongside Imam Ali (a) in the Battle of Jamal; however, after the arbitration after the Battle of Siffin, Ibn Muljam joined Kharijites. Ibn Muljam fought against Imam Ali (a) in the Battle of Nahrawan, and he was among the few surviving Kharijites. He assassinated Ali b. Abi Talib (a) on the 19th of Ramadan; afterward, he was executed by the sole hit of the sword of Imam al-Hasan (a). He is known as "the most miserable of the first and the last generations" and "the worst evil of all" in hadiths of Ahl al-Bayt (a).
Birth and Lineage
His birth time is unknown, but it is said he has lived in the Age of Ignorance. According to Ibn Sa'd, he was a member of the Murad tribe that was allied with Kinda tribe. In several sources, he has been regarded as a Himyarite from the Tajub tribe (the Tajub tribe was allied with the Murad tribe). As al-Baladhuri said: Tajub was grandfather of Ibn Muljam.
Motives of Assassination
Numerous reasons were mentioned for his motive on the assassination of Ali b. Abi Talib (a):
According to Ibn Sa'd, he has assassinated Imam Ali (a) to seek revenge: After Kharijites were defeated in the Battle of Nahrawan, three surviving members, 'Abd al-Rahman b. Muljam, Ibn 'Abd Allah al-Tamimi, and 'Amr b. Bukayr al-Tamimi gathered around in Mecca and planned to simultaneously assassin Imam Ali (a), Mu'awiya and 'Amr b. al-'As. 'Abd al-Rahman was set for the assassination of Imam Ali (a) then he traveled to Kufa, where he met his Kharijite allies. He fell in love with Qatam, the attractive daughter of Shajna b. 'Uday, and proposed to her. Qatam's father and brother were slain in the Battle of Nahrrawan; therefore, she accepted his proposal under some conditions; one of them was the assassination of Imam Ali (a).
According to Ahmad b. A'tham al-Kufi, Ibn Muljam has assassinated Imam Ali (a) only because of Qatam's condition for their marriage: After the Battle of Nahrawan, just before Imam Ali (a) returned to the city, Ibn Muljam informed Kharijites about their defeat to Imam Ali's army. After a while, he fell in love with Qatam, daughter of Adba' al-Tamimi, and proposed to her. On the 23rd of Ramadan, 'Abd al-Rahman was drunk in Qatam's house. She woke him up for the Fajr prayer and sent him to the Mosque of Kufa. Then Ibn Muljam assassinated Imam Ali (a) with a poisoned sword, while Imam was in Sajda in the Fajr prayer.
According to Shi'ite sources, Ibn Muljam al-Muradi has assassinated Imam Ali (a) in the dawn of 19th of Ramadan, 40/January 29, 661 with a poisoned sword; he hit Imam's head while he was in Sajda of Fajr prayer.
Curse of Angels
According to a hadith from Imam al-Sadiq (a), When Ibn Muljam hit Imam Ali (a), there appeared an impact on the figure of Imam Ali (a) among angles, and afterward, every morning and evening, when angels visit the figure, they curse Ibn Muljam until the Day of Judgment.
Different fates have been mentioned for Ibn Muljam al-Muradi in historical books. However, it is well-known that Imam Ali (a) ordered his sons to behave with him fairly and equally. After Imam Ali (a) was martyred, Imam al-Hasan (a) gave equal punishment to Ibn Muljam; he was slain with only one equal hit of sword on 21st of Ramadan/January 31. It is also well-known that Umm al-Haytha, daughter of Aswad al-Nakha'i took Ibn Muljam's body and set it on fire.
According to Ibn Batuta: When I traveled to Kufa, on the west side of the cemetery of Kufa, I saw a black spot on a vast white land. I asked for its reason, people believed it was the burial site where the assassin of Ali b. Abi Talib (a), Ibn Muljam, has been buried. Every year people of Kufa, gather woods on his grave and set them on fire for seven consecutive days.
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