Ka'b b. Amr

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Ka'b b. Amr
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Full NameKa'b b. Amr
TeknonymAbu l-Yasar
Place(s) of ResidenceMedina
Burial PlaceMedina
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Abū l-Yasar Kaʿb b. ʿAmr (Arabic: ابوالیَسَر، کعب بن عمرو), (d. 55/674-5) was one of the companions who accompanied the Prophet (s) in the battles of Badr and Uhud and other ghazwas. Later, he accompanied Imam Ali (a) in the battles of Jamal and Siffin.


He was one of Ansar, and from Banu Udayy, a clan of Banu Salama, a subset of Khazraj tribe.

Companionship of the Prophet (s)

He participated in the treaties of Aqaba and accompanied the Prophet (s) in the battles of Badr, Uhud and other ghazwas. Although, he was only 20 in the Battle of Badr, he captured al-Abbas b. Abd al-Muttalib, the Prophet's (s) uncle. He received the Prophet's admiration for this action. The incident brought him fame later. However, Waqidi has mentioned another person, who was the standard-bearer of polytheists' army, as the captive of Abu l-Yasar. Apparently, because of this point, it has been said that Abu l-Yasar knocked polytheists' standard-bearer down in this battle.

After the Prophet (s)

There is no report about his life after the Prophet (s), but al-Baladhuri's word implies that he participated in the battles of Jamal and Siffin in the period of Imam Ali's caliphate. Also, in a non-famous script of the treaty of Hakamiyya at the end of the battle of Siffin, his name is mentioned as a witness, but al-Baladhuri did not list his name among the witnesses. In other sources, however, it has been reported that he participated in the Battle of Siffin.


He passed away in Medina. It is said that he was the last remaining participant in the Battle of Badr.


Abu l-Yasar narrated hadiths from the Prophet (s), and people like Musa b. Talha b. Ubayd Allah and Ubada b. Walid have narrated hadiths from him.