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Minhal b. Amr al-Asadi

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Companion of Imam (a)
Minhal b. Amr al-Asadi
Full Name Minhal b. Amr al-Asadi
Companion of Imam al-Sajjad (a)
Religious Affiliation Shi'a
Lineage Banu Asad
Place of Birth Kufa
Students Sulayman b. Mihran al-A'mash
Activities Transmitter of hadiths

Minhāl b. Amr al-Asadī (Arabic: مِنهال بن عَمرو اَسَدی) transmitted from Imam al-Sajjad (a) a report about the condition of the captive of Karbala in the Ruins of Damascus and thus in some elegies his name is mentioned as well. Minhal transmitted from Imam Ali (a) through one person and transmitted the hadith of Manzila and other merits about Imam Ali (a).

Some Sunni scholars of rijal have considered him trustworthy.


Minhal b. Amr was the servant of Banu Amr b. Asad b. Khuzayma al-Kufi. In the sources, he is attributed as Asadi; thus, he is considered from Banu Asad tribe who lived in Kufa. Al-Shaykh al-Tusi considered Minhal among the companions of Imam al-Sajjad (a). Some considered him among the companions of Imam al-Husayn (a), Imam al-Baqir (a) and Imam al-Sadiq (a) as well. There is no report about the time of his birth, death or other details of his life.

Meeting with Imam al-Sajjad (a)

Minhal met Imam al-Sajjad (a) in Damascus. He reported that he saw Imam al-Sajjad (a) in the market of Damascus (al-Hamidiyah Souq) while blood was dribbling from Imam's (a) feet. When he asked Imam (a) about his condition, Imam (a) likened the Ahl al-Bayt (a) of the Prophet (s) to Banu Israel, whose men were killed by the people of Pharaoh and took their women as servant. He also reported about the condition of the ruins of Damascus, according to which they had no shade and the sun shone from above. Therefore, in some elegies about Ashura' in which it is mentioned that the captives of Karbala were taken in the ruins of Damascus, his name is mentioned as well.

He also reported that when the head of Imam al-Husayn (a) was up on the spear, someone recited the verse about the Companions of the Cave, a voice was heard from the beheaded head of Imam (a) saying, "Killing me and taking around my head is stranger than the story of the Companions of the Cave."

Transmitter of Imam al-Sajjad's (a) Curse upon Harmala

In a journey Minhal was returning from hajj, he met Imam al-Sajjad (a) in Medina. Imam al-Sajjad (a) asked him about the condition of the perpetrators of the event of Karbala. Minhal informed Imam (a) about Harmala b. Kahil al-Asadi that he was alive. He reported that Imam al-Sajjad (a) cursed Harmala saying, "O God, make Harmala taste the heat of fire and iron". After Harmala was killed, Minhal told Mukhtar al-Thaqafi about his meeting with Imam al-Sajjad (a) and his curse on Harmala.

Transmission of Hadiths

Minhal transmitted hadiths from Imam al-Sajjad (a) directly and from Imam Ali (a) through one person. He transmitted hadith of Manzila through Abd Allah b. Harith Nawfil and another hadith from Imam Ali (a) though Abbad b. Abd Allah, according to which only Imam Ali (a) was "al-Siddiq al-Akbar (the Great Truthful). He also transmitted another hadith from Imam Ali (a) through Abbad b. Abd Allah, based on which Imam (a) knew the occasion of revelation for all the verses of the Qur'an. A hadith from Imam al-Baqir (a) transmitted by him is mentioned in al-Amali. He also transmitted hadiths from Zirr b. Hubaysh, Sa'id b. Jubayr, Abd al-Rahman b. Abi Layla and Qays b. Sakan, Hajjaj b. Artah, Ibn Abi Layla, Subbi b. Ash'ath Saluli and Abi Maryam al-Ansari.

Mansur, A'mash, Maysara b. Habib, Abd Rabbih b. Sa'id, Abu Khalid Dalani, Qasim b. Walid al-Hamdani, Hajjaj b. Artah, Ibn Abi Layla, Subbi b. Ash'ath Saluli and Abi Maryam al-Ansari transmitted hadiths from him.

In Sunni sources too some hadiths are transmitted from him. Some Sunni scholars of rijal considered him trustworthy and said that Yahya b. Mu'in considered him trustworthy too.