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Ruqayya bt. al-Imam Ali (a)

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Descendant of Imam
Ruqayya bt. al-Imam Ali (a)
رقیه دختر امام علی.jpg
The shrine of Ruqayya bt. Ali
Father Ali b. Abi Talib (a)
Mother Sahba bt. Rabi'a
Spouse(s) Muslim b. Aqil
Children Abd Allah • Muhammad
Place of Burial Cairo,Egypt

Ruqayya bt. ʿAlī (Arabic: رُقَيَّة بنت علي) (alive in 61/680), was the daughter of Imam 'Ali (a). She married Muslim b. Aqil. She was on the way to Kufa with Imam al-Husayn (a) when she received the news of the martyrdom of her husband. Also, her son Abd Allah was martyred in the event of Karbala. She was one of the captives of Karbala.

Her shrine is in Cairo, Egypt.


Ruqayya's mother –Sahba' bt. Rabi'a al-Taghlibiyya- was a concubine of Imam Ali (a).[1]

Ruqayya married her cousin, Muslim b. Aqil.[2] It is said in the book Rayahin al-Shari'a, they had two sons named Abd Allah and Muhammad and a daughter. 'Abd Allah is considered as the husband of Sukayna bt. al-Husayn.[3]

In some sources, she is referred to as "Umm Kulthum"[4] which was probably her kunya. Sayyid Muhsin Amin referred to her as Umm Kulthum al-Wusta, distinct from Umm Kulthum al-Kubra and Umm Kulthum al-Sughra (the wife of one of Aqil's descendants).[5][6]

Event of Karbala

She came with Imam al-Husayn (a) to Karbala. On her way to Karbala, she heard the news of the martyrdom of Muslim b. Aqil. Also, her son, 'Abd Allah b. Muslim, was martyred in Karbala.[7] She is one of the captives of Karbala.[8]


According to the book Mu'jam al-buldan, Ruqayya was buried in Cairo, Egypt.[9]

Darih of Ruqayya bt. Ali in Cairo

The darih of the grave attributed to Ruqayya, the daughter of Imam ' Ali (a), was set up in 1416/1995 and is different with respect to artistic decorations from other silver darihs. The darih is approximately rectangular, and its angles have respectively three or four netlike windows. On top of the darih, there is a small dome, and on top of the angles of its sides, there are muqarnases like the ones in the corners of the minaret of the Mosque of Kufa (which is an imitation from the ones in Masjid al-Aqmar). Green carved marble stones make the base of the darih. The silver darih of the mausoleum of Ruqayya was designed by Dawudi Buhras of India, and it replaced the old copper darih.[10]

See also


  1. Ibn Saʿd, al-Ṭabaqāt al-kubrā, vol. 3 p. 14; Ibn al-Jawzī, al-Muntaẓam, vol. 4 p. 109; Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk, vol. 4 p. 359; Maḥallātī, Rayāḥīn al-sharī'a, vol. 4, p. 255-256; Ibn Kathīr, al-Bidāya wa l-nihāya, vol. 6, p. 352.
  2. Balādhurī, Ansāb al-ashrāf, vol. 2, p. 70.
  3. Maḥallātī, Rayāḥīn al-sharī'a, vol. 4 p. 255-256.
  4. Ibn ʿAnba, ʿUmdat al-ṭālib, p. 32.
  5. Amīn, Aʿyān al-Shīʿa, vol. 3, p. 484.
  6. meaning in Arabic: al-kubra: the elder * al-wusta: the middle * al-sughra: the younger * they are all the daughters of Imam Ali (a)
  7. Ibn Khayyāṭ, Tārīkh Khayyāṭ, p. 145; Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk, vol. 5, p. 469; Iṣfahānī, Maqātil al-ṭālibīyyīn, vol. 1, p. 134; Ibn al-Athīr, al-Kāmil fī l-tārīkh, vol. 9, p. 412.
  8. Ibn Khayyāṭ, Tārīkh Khayyāṭ, p. 146; Maḥallātī, Rayāḥīn al-sharī'a, vol. 4, p. 255-256.
  9. Ḥamawī, Muʿjam al-buldān, vol. 5, p. 132.
  10. Shia holy places for Ziyara


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