Sayf b. al-Harith al-Hamdani

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Companion of Imam (a)
Sayf b. al-Harith al-Hamdani
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Burial Place of most of the martyrs of the Battle of Karbala, near the holy grave of Imam al-Husayn (a) in Karbala
Full Name Sayf b. al-Harith b. Suray' al-Hamdani
Companion of Imam al-Husayn (a)
Lineage Hamdan tribe
Place(s) of Residence Kufa
Death/Martyrdom 61/680
Cause of
Martyred in the Battle of Karbala
Burial Place Karbala

Sayf b. al-Ḥārith b. Surayʿ al-Hamdāni (Arabic: سيف بن الحارث بن سُرَيع الهمداني) (martyrdom: 61/680) was among the companions of Imam al-Husayn (a) who was martyred in the Battle of Karbala.

His Lineage

Sayf b. Harith[1] (Harath)[2] b. Suray' b. Jabir al-Hamdani al-Jabiri was from Bani Jabir, a branch of Hamdan tribe who were originally from Yemen and lived in Kufa.[3]

In the Battle of Karbala

Sayf b. Harith b. Suray' and Malik b. Abd Allah b. Suray' were brothers from the same mother and were also cousin. They went to Karbala and joined the companions of Imam al-Husayn (a).

According to historical reports, on the Day of 'Ashura, when they saw Imam al-Husayn (a) confronting the army of enemy, went to him crying. Imam (a) told them, "O cousins! Why are you crying? By God, I hope your eyes will soon be brightened [to heaven]." They answered, "May God sacrifice us for you; by God we swear we are not crying for ourselves, but our crying is because we see you besieged and cannot defend you." Imam (a) said, "May God give you best of rewards He gives to the God-wary for your companionship and defense."

After Hanzala b. As'ad al-Shibami (a companion of Imam al-Husayn (a)) was martyred, Sayf and Malik greeted Imam (a). Imam (a) answered their greeting and they moved toward the enemy. They fought while they supported each other until they both were martyred.[4]

See Also


  1. Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk, vol. 5, p. 442.
  2. Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 132.
  3. Samʿānī, al-Ansāb, p. 419.
  4. Ṭabarī, Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk, vol. 5, p. 442-444; Samāwī, Ibṣār al-ʿayn, p. 132-133.


  • Samāwī, Muḥammad. Ibṣār al-ʿayn fī anṣār al-Ḥusayn (a). Qom: Zamzam-i Hidāyat, 1384 Sh.
  • Ṭabarī, Muḥammad b. Jarīr al-. Tārīkh al-umam wa l-mulūk. Beirut: Muʾassisat al-Aʿlamī, 1403 AH.