Al-Barāʾ b. Mālik
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Al-Barāʾ b. Mālik (d. ca. 20/641), a Companion of the Prophet. Al-Barāʾ belonged to the Banū al-Najjār branch of Khazraj, and was the brother of Anas b. Mālik (q.v.), the renowned Companion and servant of the Prophet (Ibn Saʿd, 7/16–17; Khalīfa, 1/438; Ibn Ḥibbān, 3/26–27; al-Dhahabī, 1/195). He is said to have been one of the Companions of the Tree (aṣḥāb al-shajara), those who swore an oath of allegiance to the Prophet under an acacia tree at Ḥudaybiyya, a pact which became known as the bayʿat al-shajara (‘pledge of the tree’) or bayʿat al…

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Sadigh, Kianoush and Negahban, Farzin, “Al-Barāʾ b. Mālik”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 18 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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