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ʿAbd Allāh b. Ḥanẓala
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ʿAbd Allāh b. Ḥanẓala, Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān or Abū Bakr, who played a leading role in the uprising of al-Ḥarra in Medina. He came from the Banū ʿAwf, a branch of the Aws tribe (Khalīfa b. Khayyāṭ, 1/303; Ibn Saʿd, 5/65). He was born in Medina, a few months after his father, Ḥanẓala b. Abī ʿĀmir, was killed at the battle of Uḥud, receiving the martyr's ghusl (ritual ablution) from the angels. Thus in some sources ʿAbd Allāh is called Ibn al-Ghasīl (Ibn Saʿd, 5/65–66; al-Balādhurī, 4 (2)/37, 43; al-Dhahabī, 3/321; Ibn Ḥajar, al-Iṣāba, 2/299).

The second caliph, ʿUmar b. al-Khaṭṭāb, allotted ʿ…

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Bahramian, Ali and Translated by Hassan Lahouti, “ʿAbd Allāh b. Ḥanẓala”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0029>
First published online: 2015

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