Ma'ruf b. Kharrabudh

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Ma'ruf b. Kharrabudh
Companion ofImam al-Baqir (a) and Imam al-Sadiq (a)
EpithetAl-Qurashi, al-Makki
Religious AffiliationShi'a
LineageAl 'Uthman
Birthsecond half of the first/seventh century
Place of BirthMecca
Place(s) of ResidenceMecca, Medina
Death/Martyrdombetween 141/758-160/777.

Maʿrūf b. Kharrabūdh (Arabic: معروف بن خَرَّبُوذ) was one of the companions of Imam al-Baqir (a) and Imam al-Sadiq (a), among the People of Consensus and also among Shi'a faqihs. Since he was born in Mecca, he was attributed to that city (al-Makki). Ma'ruf was among narrators who have been mentioned as reliable both by Shi'a and Sunni scholars.


People of Consensus

Comapnions of Imam al-Baqir (a)
Zurara b. A'yan
Ma'ruf b. Kharrabudh
Burayd b. Mu'awiya
Abu Basir
al-Fudayl b. Yasar
Muhammad b. Muslim

Companions of Imam al-Sadiq (a)
Jamil b. Darraj
Abd Allah b. Muskan
Abd Allah b. Bukayr
Hammad b. 'Uthman
Hammad b. 'Isa
Aban b. 'Uthman

Companions of Imam al-Kazim (a) and Imam al-Rida (a)
Yunus b. 'Abd al-Rahman
Safwan b. Yahya
Muhammad b. Abi 'Umayr
Abd Allah b. al-Mughira
Hasan b. Mahbub
Ahmad b. Abi Nasr al-Bazanti

Ma'ruf b. Kharrabudh was one of the mawali of Al 'Uthman b. 'Affan who was therefore also called al-Qurashi. He was born in the second half of the first/seventh century in Mecca and passed his teenage and youth life in the same city.

In his al-Rijal, al-Shaykh al-Tusi has once mentioned him among the companions of Imam al-Sajjad (a), but sometimes considered him among the companions of Imam al-Baqir (a) and Imam al-Sadiq (a). According to the research of al-Sayyid Abu l-Qasim al-Khoei, it is not impossible, and al-Tusi's opinion is more accurate than others, he says that Ma'ruf could have remembered the time of Imam al-Sajjad (a), but he did not have the scholarly merits he gained at the time of Imam al-Baqir (a) and Imam al-Sadiq (a).

Position in Rijal

Ma'ruf b. Kharrabudh was among the People of Consensus and one of those narrators who have been reported as reliable by both Shi'a and Sunni scholars of Rijal including

And many other Shi'a scholars as well as Ibn Hajar, Ibn Hibban, and al-Dhahabi.

Al-Kashshi has considered Ma'ruf in a group of the companions of Imam al-Baqir (a) and Imam al-Sadiq (a) and all Shi'a faqihs and scholars agreed upon their grandeur and their great position in fiqh and they all respected their position and merits.

However, al-Kashshi has mentioned a narration which most scholars including al-Sayyid b. Tawus, al-Mamaqani, and al-Khoei have either questioned it with regards to its reference or have considered it useless in suggesting the weakness of Ma'ruf b. Kharrabudh.

Teachers and Narrators

The name of Ma'ruf b. Kharrabudh has been mentioned in more than 11 hadiths. He has directly narrated from Imam al-Sajjad (a), Imam al-Baqir (a), and Imam al-Sadiq (a) as well as from Abu l-Tufayl 'Amir b. Wathila, Hakam b. al-Mustawrid, Bashir b. Taym and Muhammad b. 'Amr b. 'Utba. Many people have narrated from him, some of whom are:

  • Abu Dawud al-Tayalisi
  • 'Ubayd b. Mu'adh
  • Hanan b. Sadir al-Sayrafi
  • Waki' b. al-Jarrah
  • 'Abd Allah b. Sanan
  • Malik b. 'Atiyya
  • Rabi' al-Musliyy
  • 'Uthman b. Rashid


There are no information about history, place, and the way of the death of Ma'ruf b. Kharrabudh in historical and rijal references.

Only al-Dhahabi in his Tarikh al-Islam wa wafayat al-mashahir wa al-a'lam, has mentioned the date of Ma'ruf's demise between 141/758-160/777. Also, from the reports of al-Kashshi, it can be understood that Ma'ruf had been alive years after detention of 'Abd Allah al-Mahd in 144/761-2.